• Senjojiki Cirque in the Central Alps

    SENJOJIKI CIRQUE IN THE CENTRAL ALPS

    IN NAGANO

    The cirque was carved by a glacier about 20,000 years ago at an altitude of 2,612 meters

    If you want to see a spectacular view of nature, you absolutely can't miss the Senjojiki Cirque! Located at an elevation of 2,612 meters, Senjyojiki Cirque is an amphitheater-like valley formed by glacial erosion about 20,000 years ago, directly below Mount Hōken in the Central Alps. It was named Senjojiki (thousand tatami mats) because it is as large as an area covered with about 1,000 tatami mats. The scenery changes its appearance beautifully through the seasons, but the silvery-white view in winter is the most popular. Wearing snowshoes at the top of the mountain and playing in the snow while enjoying the spectacular landscape is a popular activity.

    Travel Time: 2 hours 30 minutes by highway bus from Nagoya Station to Komagane IC, 30 minutes by bus, and transfer to the ropeway.

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  • Snowshoe Experience and Komagatake Ropeway in the Central Alps

    SNOWSHOE EXPERIENCE AND KOMAGATAKE ROPEWAY IN THE CENTRAL ALPS

    IN NAGANO

    Enjoy the snowshoe and the mighty winter scenery from the ropeway with the highest elevation difference in Japan!

    The Komagatake Ropeway connects Shirabidaira, 1,662m above sea level, to Senjojiki, 2,612m above sea level, with a height difference of 950m, the highest elevation difference in Japan. From the ropeway enjoy the view of the snow-covered peaks of the Southern Alps as well as icefalls and icicles. Try snowshoeing in the forest at Shirabidaira Station, and snowshoeing with a spectacular view of the Senjoujiki cirque at the top of the mountain. And from Komagatake Ropeway enjoy great natural winter landscapes, at the highest elevation in Japan at 2,612 meters above sea level.

    Travel Time: 2 hours 30 minutes by highway bus from Nagoya Station to Komagane IC, transfer to a local bus for about 30 minutes, transfer to the ropeway.

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  • Hayataro Onsen

    HAYATARO ONSEN

    IN NAGANO

    Famous among the hot springs in the Central Alps for its water that beautify skin

    Located at the foot of the Central Alps, Hayataro Hot Spring Resort has more than ten Japanese inns and day-trip hot spring facilities. The spring water is alkaline and gentle to the skin. The colorless, clear, odorless water makes your skin glow and is popular among women as a hot spring for beautiful skin. The resort is located at a high altitude, the air is clean, and surrounded by clear streams, making the place a healing spot with the relaxing sound of streaming water. The name of the resort, Hayataro, is taken from the name of a spirit dog that drove a monster away and is enshrined at the nearby Kouzenji Temple.

    Travel Time: 2 hours 30 minutes by express bus from Nagoya Station to Komagane IC, then transfer to a local bus for about 5 minutes.

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  • Komagane Sauce Katsudon

    KOMAGANE SAUCE KATSUDON

    IN NAGANO

    Local gourmet served at more than 30 restaurants in the city!

    Nagano is famous for soba (buckwheat noodles), but Komagane sauce katsudon (pork cutlet rice bowl) is another must-try food! It is a bowl of rice topped with shredded cabbage and a pork cutlet coated with plenty of sauce. It's a typical local dish that has been popular since the Showa period (1926-1989.) The Komagane Sauce Katsudon Association, est. 1993, set rules for making sauce katsudon to help local makers create a more consistent dish. For example, the dish requires pork loin weighing 120g or more, the sauce must be association approved, and only cabbage, no other vegetables. Each restaurant adds original elements to this recipe, creating unique styles of katsudon. If you like pork, this is a must-try!

    Travel Time: 2 hours 30 minutes by express bus from Nagoya Station to Komagane Bus Terminal.

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KOMAGANE

IN NAGANO

Komagane City, located & in the southern Shinshu region of Nagano and the center of the Inadani Valley, has a magnificent view of the two Japanese Alps, the Central Alps to the west, and the Southern Alps to the east. It is blessed with rich food and sake produced by pristine water, beautiful scenery that changes with the seasons, and great outdoors.
Komagane Highland, which is home to many tourist spots such as the Yomeishu Komagane Factory, Honbo Shuzo Shinshu Mars Shinshu Distillery Whiskey Factory, Komagane Highland Ski Resort, and Hayataro Hot Spring Resort, is just a 5-minute drive from Komagane I.C. on the Chuo Expressway.

Map from Centrair to Komagane
Senjojiki Cirque in the Central Alps

SENJOJIKI CIRQUE IN THE CENTRAL ALPS

The cirque was carved by a glacier about 20,000 years ago at an altitude of 2,612 meters

Snowshoe Experience and Komagatake Ropeway in the Central Alps

SNOWSHOE EXPERIENCE AND KOMAGATAKE ROPEWAY IN THE CENTRAL ALPS

Enjoy the snowshoe and the mighty winter scenery from the ropeway with the highest elevation difference in Japan!

Hayataro Onsen

HAYATARO ONSEN

Famous among the hot springs in the Central Alps for its water that beautify skin

Komagane Sauce Katsudon

KOMAGANE SAUCE KATSUDON

Local gourmet served at more than 30 restaurants in the city!