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Nita Pass is situated in the “saddle” between Mount Myoken and Mount No, and the observation deck here gives you a panoramic view that not only includes Heisei-shinzan but also extends all the way to the Amakusa Islands. The landscape here is rich in seasonal variety: azaleas in spring, fresh greenery in summer, colorful leaves in fall, and hoarfrost in winter.
551 Unzen, Obama-cho, Unzen, Nagasaki
*Unzen Ropeway: April to October, 8:31 to 17:23(last carriage up at 17:03) November to March, 8:31 to 17:11 (last carriage up at 16:51)
*Poor weather: The Unzen Ropeway as well as the Nita Pass circular road may close owing to bad weather.
It’s an easy climb from the Nita Pass to Mount Myoken if you use the Unzen Ropeway. Be sure to enjoy the spectacular view as you float above the world in your cable car.
*Taxi share: About 18 minutes by taxi from the “Shimatetsu Unzen Eigyosho (Shimatetsu Unzen Office)” stop. There are only three round trips a day.
Leave the Nagasaki Expressway at Isahaya IC and drive about 80 minutes to the Nita Pass.
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