Recently I got to meet Tyler in beautiful Norikura Kogen to go for a snowshoe hike. You can read Tyler’s blog here and since he wrote about access and lots of other environmental details I will let you read about that in his post.
The day we went for our snowshoe hike was just after a few days of sunny warm weather and a bit of rain so it was not the best condition but still a fun way to spend the morning. My friends at Little Peaks guided us that day on a course that I always recommend to people looking for a nice half day hike. (Norikura Kanko Center >> Zengoro Falls >> Ushidome Pond.)
I hope you enjoy the photos and comments below.
Matsu from Little Peaks getting us setup at the trail head.
Hiking to Zengoro Falls from Norikura Kanko Center
Approaching one of the bridges leading to Zengoro Falls
There is a nice view from the observation point above Zengoro Falls.
Tyler makes Zengoro Falls look small
Enjoying the view
Snowshoeing in Norikura Kogen
A view of Zengoro Falls from the trail
A view from Ushidome Pond of some pretty light hitting Mt. Norikura
This is from a different day after some heavy rain at Zengoro Falls.
I wanted to share this photo because it shoes how beautiful Zengoro Falls is when it's fully frozen. (Late Jan.)
When the falls freeze over some come out for ice climbing.
Every spring around this time the road up from Norikura Kogen (sorry it’s only in Japanese) to Mt. Norikura opens up with bus service to Kuraigahara Hut giving people access to one of the best spring backcountry areas in Japan and a chance to walk along a deep snow wall. Bus service will open to Tatamidaira by the beginning of June. You can find more info about the Alpico bus schedule here and also check out Kuraigahara’s homepage here (sorry it’s only in Japanese).
If you have any questions about Norikura Kogen please leave a comment and I will do my best to answer your questions.
The Alpico bus parked at the Norikura Kogen Tourist Center
Kuraigahara Hut 2350m
Someone enjoying the beautiful snow wall near Kuraigahara Hut
Alpico bus making it's way up the mountain through the deep snow wall.
A view from Kuraigahara Hut
Looking down at Norikura Kogen from just above Sanbondaki