Joshin’etsu Kogen National Park:Shiga Kogen Route
Alpine cycling along clear mountain streams and Japanese beech forests.
The Joshin’etsu Kogen National Park:Shiga Kogen Route is a long 110-km
cycling route from Iiyama Station to Joshin'etsu-kogen National Park. It takes about seven hours to
complete. An enjoyable mountainous ride with lots of ups and downs. This route is recommended for cyclists
fit for road bicycles.
If you don't think you can complete the entire route or if you want to take a short cut, ride Nozawa Onsen Nagasaka gondola (in summer only) or take the Kogen Shuttle Bus from Iiyama Station to Kayanotaira Kogen or Kiriake Onsen both in Sakae village.
|RECOMMEND TO||athletic cyclists|
After starting, your first objective is Nozawa Onsen village. From there, it is an uphill ride for about 15 km
to reach an elevation of 900 meters. It's a pretty tough climb. In summer, you will like the cool air of
Uenotaira Kogen at the foot of Mt. Kenashi (elevation 1,650 m). The road continues into a primeval forest of
Japanese beech. It's heavenly to breath in the fresh air and ride under the trees with the sunlight peeking
through and birds chirping. From Kayanotaira Kogen, ride on Route 502 until you reach Shiga Kogen.
Route 502 is popular since it goes along a scenic stream. Beautiful Shiga Kogen is also part of a national park where you can enjoy grand nature. Seasoned cyclists can also enter the Shiga Kogen Long Ride bicycle race course where they can ride to their heart's content and gain a sense of achievement.
From Shiga Kogen, the route goes downhill to the city of Nakano. But first, you should visit Shibu Pass, a
sacred spot for cyclists. On this mountain pass, there is a stone monument indicating Japan's highest elevation (2,172 m) on a national route. The views from here are just
After the steep slope to Uenotaira Kogen, you will need to be in good shape physically and mentally to reach the pass. But as a cyclist, you certainly don't want to regretfully miss seeing this famous spot for cyclists, right? Even in the peak of summer, Shiga Kogen is a comfortable 20˚C–25˚C. If you have the time and energy, take on the challenge and enjoy the alpine flowers along the way.
From Iiyama, ride through Nozawa Onsen village and Sakae village to Yamanouchi town in Shiga Kogen. Then go to
Nakano and to Iiyama. With no traffic signals, the highland's forest route is a great pleasure to ride through.
The main long ride goes through five municipalities in northern Nagano. The elevation varies by as much as 1,000
meters. The route will please experienced athletes looking for a challenge. Come prepared with warm clothing,
water, energy bars, repair kit, etc. You should also be in good physical shape.
If you plan to take a short cut by riding the gondola or bus, ask about it ahead of time. Depending on how and when you travel, the same route provides different views and scenery to enhance your enjoyment.
Shops and points of interest along route
Yudanaka-Shibu Onsen Resort
Jigokudani - Snow Monkey Park
Highest point on Japan’s national route
Nozana Onsen Ski Area
Shigakogen 98 Center
"Shiga Highland Nature Conservation Center" contains a wealth of information on hiking trails and how to enjoy the mountains. "Shiga Kogen Information desk" "Olympics Paralympics Memorial", "98 halls" are also in the facility.
Kaede no Yu
Ono Apple Orchard
Cherry picking (early June-late June)
Grape picking (early September-late October): offered at the main location
Apple picking (early September-late November): offered at the bypass location
|Half a day: 3,000yen
|Road bicycle is of a lightweight construction and for traveling at speed on paved roads. It's great for long rides and clibming hills.|
|Elecric cross bike||S.M.L
|Half a day: 3,000yen 1day: 4,000yen||Electric cross bike is great for long rides and climbing steep
The battery will last for maximum of 115 km.
|Gravel road with electric assist||One Size
|Half a day: 4,000yen 1day: 5,000yen||It is a gravel road bike with electric assist. Equipped with 650B x 45C size tires, stable driving is possible on courses such as forest roads and farm roads and off-road. You can ride uphill easily, and the running performance that combines the lightness of a road bike is outstanding. Long rides are possible with a long battery. Appropriate height: M size (165cm-178cm)|