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Look ahead and you see the magnificent Hida Alps spread out before you. Turn around and you can even sometimes catch sight of Mt. Fuji. This is the incredible 360° panorama that unfolds if you stand in the Takabocchi Highlands. In early summer, Japanese “Renge” azaleas dye the mountain in orange, and in the summer cattle are taken out to graze. On the first Sunday of August, the Takabocchi Highland Kusa Horse Races are held, famous as the highest altitude races held in all of Japan.
Kataoka Village, Shiojiri, Nagano
Closed in winter (December until late April)
Jun., Aug., Oct.
If you climb from the Kataoka side in Shiojiri City (the Gake no Yu entrance), it’s about three hours to the top from the parking lots at Asty Kataoka Hotel or Nagano Forestry and Silviculture Center.
Take the Midoriko-Higashiyama Line Municipal Loop Bus from Shiojiri Station, JR Chuo Line, and get off at Higashiyama-Reiun (Higashiyama Cemetery).
About 40 minutes by taxi from Shiojiri Station, JR Chuo Line.
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