★Raicho Bird is a Japanese Rock Ptarmigan which is a rare bird species seen only in the Norikura area.
Takayama Bus Terminal 8:40 Honokidaira Bus Terminal 9:55 Daikokudake Tozanguchi Bus Stop 10:40 Raicho Bird Watching (2 hours) Alpine Plants Watching (1 hour) Tatamidaira (Free Time) 14:00~14:50 Honokidaira Bus Terminal 15:46 Takayama Bus Terminal 16:31
※If you take a bus at Hirayu, please take the bus leaves at 9:40 (Hirayu Bus Terminal Gate 1) for Tatamidaira
※You can use the fixed route bus for return at anytime you like.
Please pick up your ticket at Takayama Bus Terminal with the reference number before boarding bus.
The bus will leave from gate 5 at 8:40 sharp. Please be careful not be late for the bus. *40 minutes bus ride to Honokidaira.
※If you come by your own car, free parking lot is available at Honokidaira.
※If you take a bus at Hirayu, please take the bus leaves at 9:40 (Hirayu Bus Terminal Gate 1) for Tatamidaira.
Please change buses for Norikura Tatamidaira at Honokidaira bus stop.
Press the button when ‘Honokidaira bus stop number H32’ is announced on the bus.
Take a journey to the world above the clouds on the Norikura Skyline!
You will see Japan Northern Alps of Mt. Yari, Mt. Hotaka and Mt. Yari from the bus.
Please get off the bus at Daikokudake Tozanguchi bus stop.
Enjoy a walk in the Mount Daikoku region accompanied by raicho bird (ptarmigan) researcher Mr. Kobayashi, who will educate you in the wonders of this rare national treasure protected species. (A ptarmigan is a rare bird species seen only in the Norikura area.) There are chances that you will be able to catch the rare sight of a ptarmigan!
*Please be advised that the sighting of a ptarmigan is not guaranteed, as they are a wild species. In the event that a ptarmigan sighting does not occur, a postcard souvenir will be issued.
After the raicho bird watching, we walk around the tsurugaike pond and flower garden together and see the unique alpine plants.
It’s free to explore and relax in Norikura until taking a return bus.
Please talk a bus at Norikura Tatamidaira Bus Terminal going back to Honokidaira.
*Your preferred bus may be full during peak hours/days. Please allot plenty of time for your trip.
Please change buses at Honokidaira Bus Terminal for Takayama.
Arrive at Takayama Bus Terminal.
Thank you for joining. See you next time.
Ptarmigan researcher Atsushi Kobayashi
Professor of Science.
Born in 1987 in Tokyo.
Toho University Department of Biological Science Geography- Biological Department visiting researcher.
Started his research of Ptarmigans after studying under Hiroshi Nakamura, Director of International Aviary Research at Shinshu University, for his graduate thesis in 2009.
Received the first Japanese PhD in Ptarmigan Research in 2014. Most of his research takes place in the Mount Norikura area, with experience in Ptarmigan research that dates back a decade.
Takayama Bus Terminal Tour Information
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via the World Heritage Mount Fuji.
Go and Visit Mount Fuji taking an express bus from Takayama.
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