(美ヶ原) Utsukushi-ga-hara Hike


I'm hard pressed to call this a hike, but it's part of the hyakumeizan, so...

Budget: JPY10,140 (~USD95)

  • JPY4,070. Train, Tokyo to Matsumoto Station.
  • JPY4,070. Train, Matsumoto Station to Tokyo Station.
  • JPY2,000. Bus, Matsumoto Station <> Nature Center.

Hike Date / Difficulty (Elevation: _m / _ft)

  • Target 2020
  • Difficulty: 0 out of 5.
  • Route below is around 3.2kilometers, with an elevation change of ▲142m/ ▽148m
  • PDF Map Link

When to Go

If you have a car, anytime during the year. Otherwise, buses seem to run from early June to mid-September. 

Special Notes

  • Mountain huts. Only paid ones (JPY13,000 per head, requires 4 people), and camping available at JPY1,000 per head, and if you look at this link, it looks pretty cozy. There are hotels in the area too. 
  • Access. Not the most accessible, but also not impossible.
    • Train, Tokyo to Matsumoto Station.
      • Limited express. JPY6,310, 194 minutes. Earliest to get there is 09:42am. 
      • Local train. JPY4,070, 285 minutes one way. Earliest to get there is 10:17am. 
    • Bus, Matsumoto Station to Nature Center. Website here (govt site) or here (location site). JPY1,000, 75 minutes one way, two buses a day.
Bus Schedule, Matsumoto Station to/from Utsukushi-ga-hara Nature Center

Itinerary

  • 08:15am. Bus, Matsumoto Station to Nature Center.
  • 09:30am. Start hike.
  • 09:50am. ETA: Summit.
  • 10:26am. Back at Nature Center.

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