(乗鞍岳) Mt. Norikura Hike

 

Definitely public transportation feasible, but save yourself the trouble and only do this when you have a car.  

Budget: JPY9,030 (~USD86)
  • JPY2,410. One day's worth allocated with Seishun 18 ticket.
    • If not using the ticket, JPY8,140. Train, Tokyo < > Matsumoto Station (JPY4,070 one way)
  • JPY1,420. Train, Matsumoto Station < > Shinshimashima Station (JPY710 one way)
  • JPY2,700. Bus, Shinshimashima Station < > Norikura Kogen Tourist Information Center  (JPY1,350 one way)
  • JPY2,500. Bus, Roundtrip, Norikura Kogen Tourist Information Center < > Tatamidaira. 
    • Even with a car, this is a non-optional expense
Hike Date / Difficulty (Elevation: 3,026m / 9,928ft)
  • 2021
  • Difficulty: 1 out of 5
  • Route below is around 5.5kilometers, with an elevation change of ▲478m/ ▽474m
  • PDF Map Link 

When to Go
The trailhead, Tatamidaira, is not accessible by private cars, and the bus only runs from July 1 to October 31, making that a hiking restriction. 

Special Notes
  • Trailhead: Tatamidaira. There are other trailheads, but most access (public transport wise) uses the same shuttle below. 
    • Train, Tokyo area to Matsumoto Station (JR Line), JPY4,070, 4.5 hours one way.
    • Train, Matsumoto Station to Shinshimashima Station (Alpico Line), JPY710, 30 minutes one way.
      • Leaving around 4:30am, the earliest arrival is at 10:40am. 
    • Bus, Shinshimashima Station to Norikura Kogen Tourist Information Center. JPY1,350, 50 minutes one way. Bus runs throughout the year. 
    • Bus, Norikura Kogen Tourist Information Center to Tatamidaira. Bus only runs from July 1 to October 31. JPY1,500 one way, 50 minutes. Ticket is discounted to JPY2,500 roundtrip. 
  • Private cars are not allowed to go to Tatamidaira, so if you have one, park at Norikura Kogen Tourist Information Center and then take the bus. 
  • It is not feasible as a dayhike from Tokyo with public transportation.  So either get a car, pay for an express train (additional JPY2,000 with the Seishun 18 pass not usable) or stay somewhere in Matsumoto. 
Itinerary
  • 10:40am. ETA: Shinshimashima Station.
  • 10:55am. Bus, Shinshimashima Station to Norikura Kogen Tourist Information Center
  • 11:42am. ETA: Norikura Kogen Tourist Information Center. 
  • 12:00pm. Bus, Norikura Kogen Tourist Information Center to Tatamidaira
  • 12:50pm. ETA: Tatamidaira
  • 01:00pm. Start hike.
  • 02:35pm. ETA: Summit. 
  • 04:20pm. ETA: Tatamidaira. 
  • 04:30pm. Bus, Tatamidaira to Norikura Kogen Tourist Information Center
  • 05:20pm. ETA: Norikura Kogen Tourist Information Center
  • 06:23pm. Bus, Norikura Kogen Tourist Information Center to Shinshimashima Station.
  • 07:25pm. Train, Shinshimashima Station to Matsumoto Station
  • 07:54pm. ETA: Matsumoto Station.
  • At this point, it is unlikely to get back to Tokyo within the day.

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