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  • The beautiful scenery from Mt. Hokendake
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  • Steep Hacchozaka hill
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  • View of Cloud Sea and Sunset from Gokurakudaira
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  • Senjojiki Station of the Ropeway
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  • Sunset view of Gokurakudaira
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Komagatake Recreation Forest


ElevationAverage2,600m/Highest Point2,956m(Komagatake)/Lowest1,600m

Panoramic views from Senjojiki Station, Japan's highest ropeway.

ー A cirque carved out by a glacier reveals the area's dramatic and ancient history, while alpine plants provide a feast for the eyes. ー

Panoramic views from Senjojiki Station, Japan's highest ropeway.

ー A cirque carved out by a glacier reveals the area's dramatic and ancient history, while alpine plants provide a feast for the eyes. ー

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Flower viewing (alpine plants) Autumn leaf viewing Mountain climbing (Includes surrounding area) Waterfall viewing Skiing(Ski resort)(Skiing possible in spring only(250 m T-bar lift)
Geographical/topographical features
When you alight from the ropeway, a semicircular gorge surrounded by steep cliffs meets your eyes. This geological feature is a cirque , which was formed by the erosion of the mountain's surface by the stately progression of a glacier about 20,000 years ago. The vast size of this cirque led to its being named “Senjojiki,” which means “the width of a thousand tatami mats.”
Historical/cultural features
The cirque has a very pronounced shape, with terminal moraines at its bottom. As such, it is of tremendous scientific value to the nation and has been designated a natural monument by Nagano Prefecture.
Climate, flora and fauna
Located in a subalpine to alpine zone, this area experiences cold conditions, reaching a maximum of 20°C or so in summer. At its best between late July and mid-August, Senjojiki's flower garden of alpine plants includes shinanokinbai (Trollius japonicus); hakusan-ichige, narcissus anemone (Anemone narcissiflora); kuroyuri, Kamchatka fritillary (Fritillaria camschatcensis); and miyamakinpoge, meadow buttercup (Ranunculus acris var. nipponicus). As well as haimatsu, Siberian dwarf pine (Pinus pumila), plants growing wild along the ridge of the Central Alps include kibanashakunage (Rhododendron aureum) and urashimatsutsuji (Arctous alpina var. japonica). The forest is home to 520 plant species (approximately 270 of which are alpine plants).
The Senjojiki Cirque unfolds before your eyes as you alight from the ropeway. Visitors can savor views of alpine plants and autumn leaves while taking a stroll on a footpath that makes a 40–50-minute circuit through the cirque. April and May bring the opportunity to enjoy spring skiing. This is a hiking trail that offers uniquely exquisite and extraordinary views, thanks to the contrast between the delicate alpine plants, the rugged rock face, and the clear blue sky. A mountain trail splits off from the footpath and heads up along the ridge of the Central Alps, enabling visitors to enjoy real mountain climbing on Mount Hoken, Mount Naka, and Mount Kisokoma.
The Komagatake Ropeway is a mountain ropeway running to Senjojiki Cirque, directly below Mount Hoken (2,931 m) in the Central Alps. It is famous for having the biggest elevation difference of any ropeway in Japan (950 m) and Japan's highest station (Senjojiki Station: 2,612 m).
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Information on temporarily unavailable facilities
The Komagatake Ropeway is closed in severe weather and when ropeway maintenance is being carried out, so please check in advance whether it will be operating on the day of your visit.
・The mountain trails are treacherous underfoot, so visitors should walk only on the footpaths unless they have the proper equipment.
Usage Guide
Entrance fee
Free of charge (charges apply if using the Komagatake Ropeway: ¥1,210 one-way, ¥2,260 round-trip)
Opening seasons and hours
Open all year (Komagatake Ropeway hours of operation: mid-April to early November First departure 08:00 Last departure 17:00; early November to the end of November First departure 09:00 Last departure 16:00; December to early April First departure 09:05 Last departure 16:05)
Accommodation options
Hotel Senjojiki is connected to the station at the ropeway's summit.
There are 10 accommodation facilities in Hayataro Hot Spring Village (about 3 minutes by car from Komagane IC)
Toilets and drinking fountains Toilet (accessible) Walking trail Vending machine Shop Restaurant Accommodation facilities (Hotels / Japanese inns)
Akaho, Komagane-shi, Nagano Prefecture; Miyada-mura, Kamiina-gun, Nagano Prefecture
(Distances and times are provided as a guide only)
By public transport
<Access from nearest railway station / bus stop>
  • JR Komagane Station→Komagatake Ropeway Shirabidaira Station (Ina Bus 16 km / 45 minutes)
    Shirabidaira Station→Senjojiki Station (Komagatake Ropeway 7 minutes 30 seconds)
<Access from major transport hubs to nearest railway station / bus stop>
  • Shinjuku Station (JR Chuo Main Line: 150 minutes by limited express) →change at Okaya Station (JR Iida Line: 90 minutes) → Komagane Station
By car
  • Chuo Expressway Komagane IC→Pref. Route 75 Komagane-Komagatake Park Line (toward Chuo Alps Komagatake)→Suganodai Bus Center (2 km / 3 minutes)
    (Private vehicles are not permitted to use the road between Suganodai Bus Center and Komagatake Ropeway Shirabidaira Station, so visitors must take the bus from the bus center)
<Car parking capacity / parking charges>

Parking lot capacity: Suganodai Bus Center: 350 vehicles (temporary parking lot with space for approximately 300 vehicles also available)
Parking charges: Standard-sized cars ¥600/visit, motorbikes and motor scooters ¥200/visit, large buses ¥1,500/day, minibuses and camper vans ¥1,000/day

Nearby tourist facilities
  • ・Komagane Kogen Alpine Hill Family Vacation Village (about 3 minutes by car from Komagane IC)
  • ・Komagane Kogen Ski Resort (about 3 minutes by car from Komagane IC)
  • ・Kozenji Temple and Komagane Kogen Art Museum (about 2 minutes by car from Komagane IC)
  • ・Miyada Kogen Campsite (about 40 minutes by car from Komagane IC)
  • ・Tours of various factories (around Komagane IC)
Management office contact details
Nanshin District Forest Office
Information on Other Local Tourist Attractions
Chuo Alps Kanko Co., Ltd. [External link]
Official Tourist Information
Institute of Komagane Tourism Association [External link]
Miyada Village Tourism Association [External link]
Recreation Forest Management Committee
Committee name and contact details:
The Central Alps Komagatake Recreation Forest Management Committee Sightseeing promotion division, Komagane City

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