Uenotaira walking trails
The Uenotaira highlands
On the plateau of the Uenotaira highlands is a vast and beautiful beech forest, with a series and interesting and relatively easy walking trails. The scenery changes greatly with the seasons: In spring while the buds are still forming on the beech trees, there are open glades with very little undergrowth and clear vision through the forest. In summer, the foliage and undergrowth is much denser and the area is a great hiding place from the summer heat.
Come Autumn time the leaves turn a variety of golds and oranges that are contrasted against the deep green of the evergreen cedars.
|Course name||Length||Altitude change||Estimated time|
|A : Flower field course||1.7km||70m||About 30 min|
|B : Plateau course||2.5km||120m||About 40 min|
|C : Sutaka lake course||3.8km||130m||About 80 min|
|D : Mt. Kenashi summit course||3.2Km||250m||About 90 min|
|E : White Birch course||2.4Km||80m||About 40 min|
|F : Kokenashi Observatory Course||0.6Km||50m||About 15 min|
Walking course map, and gradient guides
Kogemu Observatory at the summit of Mt. Kokenashi
Located to the right of the Yambiko station of the Nagasaka gondola, the Kokenashi Observatory sits at the top of Mt. Kokenashi at 1450m. The distance from Yamabiko Station is about 450m, and it is about a 15-minute walk.
From the observatory tower, you have a great view of Nozawa Onsen district and the Chikuma River below. When the weather is clear, you can see “Hokushin Godake” – The 5 peaks of the Hokushin area and the Northern Alps beyond.
Nordic walking- trail walking with the assistance of walking poles- is a physical activity anyone can be involved in, regardless of fitness level. It improves endurance, strengthens various muscles in the upper and lower body, promotes weight management, and improves neck and shoulder movement and blood circulation.
Nordic walking pole rental
|Nordic walking pole rental reception||Lake Sutaka, Campground Administration Building.|
|Nordic walking pole rental fee||300 yen / day|