Northern Nagano Area 竜王 SORA terrace
Located at the top of Ryuoo Ski Park’s ropeway lift, the 1,770m Sora terrace has stunning views of the surrounding mountains, including Mt. Kosha and the Hokushin Gogaku (Mt. Iizuna, Kurohime, Togakushi, Madarao, and Myoko). When conditions are just right, clouds completely cover the valley below, becoming a vast sea interrupted only by rocky peaks. This phenomenon, called unkai in Japanese, can be seen regularly here—appearing on 63.5% of the days the terrace is open.
The Sora terrace cafe, adjacent to the terrace, was renovated in 2017 and features wall-to-wall windows, stylish seating and a central fire place for those cool days in autumn and winter. The menu includes coffees, colorful beverages, and a wide range of food from light snacks to Japanese comfort foods like curry rice and omelettes.
During the green season, several trekking courses run through Ryuoo Ski Park and neighboring Mt. Kosha for those who want to break a sweat. There are many colorful wildflowers around the mountain, and rare flowers such as blue poppies are cultivated here by taking advantage of the high altitude and spring snow.
On select dates, starry sky tours are also available!
Ride on one of Japan's largest ropeways and rise above the clouds!
Seasonal InfoBlue Poppies: late June to early August
Autumn Leaves: late September to early October
Kitashiga Ryuoo Mountain park
Green Season: May 25 to November 4, 2019
Winter Season: Mid December to late March
9:00 to 19:00
Adults : 2,200 yen
Children : 1,100 yen
Seniors (65+) : 2,200 yen
Location / Access
11700, Yomase, Yamanouchi Town
- By Train:
- Get off at Yudanaka Station (Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line) Take the Ryuoo shuttle bus from Yudanaka Station to Ryuoo Ski Park, then ride the the ropeway to the mountaintop.
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