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【Fare for oneway yen】Children's(6-12) fare are half price
|Hirayu Onsen Gezanguchi||Daikokudake Tozanguchi||Norikura （Tatamidaira）|
【Fare for round trip yen】Adults 2,500 yen（Hirayu Onsen or Honokidaira～Norikura）
※The round trip ticket is valid for 7 days.
connecting round trip set Ticket
|You can go and back once between Takayama and Norikura via Honokidaira with this ticket. Valid for 7 days.||Adults 4,800 yen
Children 2,400 yen
About an hour and a half one way on foot from Tatamidaira,and the altitude is 3,026 m
Mt. Kengamine is the highest peak of Mt. Norikuradake, one of the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains and a popular mountain where people can easily challenge climbing a 3,000-m mountain. Mt. Yarigatake (3,180 m, 5th highest mountain in Japan), Mt. Okuhotakadake (3,180 m, 3rd highest mountain in Japan), Mt. Hakusan (2,702 m), Mt. Ontake (3,067 m) or even the far away Mt. Fuji (3,776 m, highest mountain in Japan) can be viewed from the mountaintop on a bright sunny day if you are lucky. The mystical deep blue crater lake, Gongen Pond, can be also observed on the way.
About 15 minutes one way on foot from Tatamidaira,and the altitude is 2,763 m
Mt. Maoudake is the nearest mountain from Tatamidaira and you can climb to the mountaintop relatively easily as steps are prepared close to the top. Mt. Kengamine and the Hotaka mountain ranges, and the vast panoramic, curvy Norikura Skyline below can be viewed from the mountaintop.
About 20 minutes one way on foot from Tatamidaira,and the altitude is 2,772 m
Climbing Mt. Daikokutake became easier than before as the climbing route to the mountaintop was maintained from the bus stop "Mt. Daikokutake trailhead" newly established in September 1, 2016. From the mountaintop, you can enjoy the view of Mt. Yakedake (2,455 m) smoking, the majestic Hotaka mountain ranges or the mystical rising sun early in the morning.
About 25 minutes one way on foot from Tatamidaira,and the altitude is 2,817 m
Although the climbing route is arranged to the mountaintop in Mt. Fujimidake, you may have to pay attention to the rock-strewn part near the top. The mountains of Northern Alps, Kiezugaike Pond with snow remaining in the gorge depending on the season and the Tatamidaira area can be observed from the mountaintop. Also, this is the viewing spot of the rising sun.
About 5 minutes one way on foot from Tatamidair
Tsurugaike Pond is located near Tatamidaira bus terminal, it became popular as its shape looks like a "Tsuru" (crane). You can view its beautiful shape reflecting the blue sky on its surface on a bright day.
About 1 minute one way on foot from Tatamidaira
During Mt. Norikuradake's short summer, from mid-July to mid-August, the alpine plants will be in full bloom all around the flower gardens. As the wooden hiking trail makes walking easier, everyone can enjoy hiking.
The "Norikuradake Rising Sun bus" is available from Hirayu Hot Spring and Honoki Daira for a limited period, from mid-July to mid-September. Departing from the mountain base before daybreak, you can enjoy the impressive rising sun that emerges above the sea of clouds at the mountaintop. Experience the breathtaking landscape and mystic world, viewing from an altitude of 2,702 m.
You can observe the twinkling star-filled night sky, from the altitude of 2,702 m. With no light or sound around, you can immerse yourself in your own world to spend your time in romantic ambiance. We have two inns in Tatamidaira, "Norikura Ginreiso" and "Hakuun-so," and "Kata no Khoya, mountain hut" on the border with Nagano facing Mt. Kengamine. It is necessary to stay overnight to watch the starlit sky. (Tent installation is prohibited in the area near Norikura Tatamidaira)
Norikura Skyline is the 14.4 km mountain tourist road from Hirayutoge Pass, 1,684 meters high, to Norikura mountaintop Tatamidaira. It was a toll road for 30 years from 1973 but became open to the public at no charge on October 31, 2002 and restricted the private vehicle use in 2003 to eliminate the traffic congestion and to protect the natural environment allowing only buses, taxis and bicycles to pass through.
There is the Norikura Hongu Shrine which enshrines Amaterasu Omikami at the mountaintop of Mt. Kengamine, a religious holy mountain from ancient times, and Yohaisho (a shrine built as worship space for another shrine) was established to pray for the safety of climbing or for the people who cannot come up to the mountaintop of Mt. Kengamine.
The best time to see alpine plants is from July to early August, and you can enjoy the pretty little flowers, such as Anemone narcissiflora or Dicentra peregrina. Also, the population of a special national natural treasure, snow grouse, is increasing due to the efforts of recent environmental initiatives. If you are lucky, you may see them. Even if you may find them, you are asked not to catch or threaten them, but watch them discreetly from a distance.
In Norikura, you can find things to eat at the Norikura bus terminal restaurant and Norikura Ginreiso restaurant. You can select your favorites from an extensive menu, from the light meals such as soba/udon noodles to a set menu using Hida's local cooking ingredients.
For your stay in Norikura, near Tatamidaira there are "Norikura Hakuun-so" and "Norikura Ginreiso" for general tourists and "Kata no Koya mountain hut" for climbers. These accommodations are available only during the short summer season. Early reservation is strongly recommended as the accommodation capacity is limited.
Atmospheric pressure changes at an altitude difference of 1,500 m.
When the atmospheric pressure on the ground is 1,000 hpa, it will be about 730 hpa at Norikura Tatamidaira and water will boil at 92 to 93℃. As the low pressure means less air volume, it may cause slight headaches (Altitude Sickness). Do not run on the mountaintop, have a nice relaxing time!
It is said that the temperature will drop by 0.6℃ as the altitude increases by 100 m. The altitude of Takayama City is about 570 m and the altitude difference is about 2,100 m. When it is 30℃ in Takayama City, Norikura Tatamidaira will be 17 to 18℃ and it is very rare to exceed 20℃ in Norikkura Tatamidaira.
※You may feel cold due to the strong wind even in midsummer.
Nohi Bus has started the shuttle bus service operation to Norikura in 1948.
The mountain trail (current Norikura Skyline) was planned as a military road to construct the experimental laboratory for the development of airplane engines available to the high-altitude flight by the old army. The army planned to construct the road wide enough for trucks to pass through. However, considering the conversion to a scenic road after the war, the first president of Nohi Bus, Seiichi Joujima, persuaded the army to accept the construction of 3.6 m wide road with which bus operation could be approved. Joujima offered to pay 80 thousand yen from his private funds out of the total cost of 420 thousand yen (total construction cost, about 400 million yen in today’s value).
The road construction work was started in 1941 and opened to traffic in autumn 1942 after difficult constructions, but it was not actually used as a military road because the war finished a few years later. Since then, the test run of shuttle bus to Norikura was conducted in July 1948 using "Romancecar," Japan's first vehicle with a complete glass ceiling. This vehicle was developed to allow passengers enjoy Norikura's marvelous scenery from inside of the vehicle. Although the scenery from inside was outstanding, regrettably the service ended after a few years because at that time buses did not have air-conditioner and it had a poor reputation on interior heat due to the direct summer sunlight shining through the glass ceiling.
Adult 6,900 yen～
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