1. For mountain climbers of the Northern Alps in Japan
First and foremost, the Northern Alps are noted for their high elevation. Eight peaks are more than 3,000 meters in height, and almost all of the other mountains are above 2,500 meters, which is above the timber line. Climbers need to prepare themselves for the special weather conditions of high mountain ranges such as strong winds, cold temperatures, snow, and geographical features.
2. About the Enzanso Group
Enzanso is a mountain hut on the ridgeline from the top of Mt. Tsubakurodake (2,763 m) in the Northern Alps in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. Founded in 1921, it is one of the leading historic mountain huts in the Japan Alps and celebrates its 96th year this year. Ariakeso, Daitenso, Hutte Oyari, and Kassengoya and the Tenkei Travel Agency are part of the Enzanso Group.
Ariakeso to Enzanso Hut – Beginners’ course
It is 700 m and 15 minutes on foot from Ariakeso Hot Spring Inn to Mt. Tsubakurodake trailhead. To Enzanso, it is a distance of 5.5 km and an elevation gain of 1,303 m from the trailhead, taking 5 hours to climb on a maintained trail. There are rest benches: the first, second, third and Fujimi benches are situated about every 45 minutes until you arrive at the Kassengoya Hut in a zigzag climb taking 4 hours. From Kassengoya, it takes 90 minutes to Enzanso, passing through Kassen-one-no-kashira (trig point) where the view opens up. It takes 30 minutes from Enzanso to the top of Mt. Tsubakurodake (2,763 m).
Enzanso to Daitenso – Intermediate course
From Enzanso, it takes 3 hours 30 minutes on the traverse course (Omote-ginza course) and allows you to view Mt. Yari all the way through. Daitenso is just under the top of Mt. Otenshodake, which is the highest peak of Azumino City (2,922 m). It is 10 minutes from Daitenso hut to the top.
Daitenso to Hutte Oyari – Advanced course
Continuing along the Omote-ginza traverse course from Daitenso for 7 hours with a view of the Yari-Hotaka Mountain Range will take you to Hutte Oyari. It takes 1 hour from the hut to the summit of Mt. Yari.
• Reservation is necessary for an overnight stay.
• The majority of rooms are communal.
• Enzanso and Daitenso have some private rooms.
• Private rooms only in Ariakeso Hot Spring Inn.
(Single room reservation is required for private rooms)
• Breakfast and dinner are served according to the sunrise and sunset time. Dinner will be served in order of guests’ arrival and may be served several times depending on the number of guests on the day. Breakfast is served on a first come first serve basis.
• Those with allergies are advised to make their own meal arrangements.
• Please inform us in advance if you are vegetarian.
Electricity is powered by in-house generators. Lights are off at 9 o’clock.
Cash payments only. We apologize for any possible inconvenience.
For the purpose of protecting natural environments and precious wild animals such as lagopus mutus, we kindly ask hikers to refrain from bringing any pets in the Northern Japan Alps.
4. For First Time Climbers of Mt. Tsubakuro, the Northern Japan Alps
5. History of Enzanso
Enzanso was founded by Chihiro Akanuma in 1921 and was passed on through three generations: from Chihiro, through Atsuo, and to Kenji Akanuma.
The current main building was built in 1935, and the timber used in its construction was carried by hand from around the third bench (elevation 2,000 m).
From the time of its founding, they have served items such as coffee, tea, as well as curry and rice, which was a very modern menu at that time and has continued to the present day. The “Sun Room” cafeteria is one of the most popular features of Enzanso. While enjoying coffee, cake, and draft beer, you can enjoy a beautifully scenic sunrise and views of Mt. Fuji, Mt. Asama, and Nagano.
Special bedding (futon type sleeping bag) was jointly developed by Mizuno Corporation and Kenji Akanuma. Made from a cotton material that greatly retains heat, it also eliminates odors and bacteria, and remains dry. It is always comfortable and kept clean.Toilets are a portaloo style.
Rock ptarmigan can be seen from Mt. Kita-Tsubakurodake, along the ridgeline of Omote-ginza course, and around Enzanso. Japan’s rock ptarmigan are carefully protected, so they are not afraid of humans - a fact that is quite surprising for ptarmigan researchers around the world.
Komakusa (dicentra peregrina)
In July the pale pink komakusa, commonly called “queens of alpine plants”, begin to bloom.
In the area around Mt. Tsubakurodake and Enzanso, you can enjoy a number of strangely shaped rocks such as Dolphin Rock, Gorilla Rock, Spectacles Rock, and Lion Rock.
|Open||April 22 to November 25, 2017
Around New Year’s Day from December 23, 2017 to January 8, 2018
|Rate||One night with breakfast and dinner – ¥10,000 (1 adult)|
Ariakeso Hot Spring Inn
|April 21 to November 25, 2017
May 9, June 13, July 4, November 14
|Rate||One night with breakfast and dinner (1 adult) – from ¥9,200|
* Ariakeso is located in Nakabusa Gorge, surrounded by the famous peaks of the Northern Alps in Chubu Sangaku National Park: Mt. Tsubakurodake, Mt. Otenshodake, and Mt. Ariake. It takes 40 minutes by car from the center of Azumino City. You can enjoy natural hot springs in this unexplored area and experience the beautiful changes of nature through the seasons. It is 700 m to the trailhead of Mt. Tsubakurodake. You can use the hut as a starting and finishing point. There is also a bus stop to Hotaka Station at the hut.
|Open||July 1 to November 4, 2017|
|Rate||One night with breakfast and dinner – ¥10,000 (1 adult)|
* Daitenso is located 10 minutes from the top of Mt. Otenshodake (2,922 m), which is the highest peak of Azumino City. It is built on the fork between Mt. Yari and Mt. Jonen, and is one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the Northern Alps. It is a quiet and comfortable mountain hut and there are many opportunities to see rock ptarmigan.
Hutte Oyari Hut
|Open||July 1 to October 9, 2017|
|Rate||One night with breakfast and dinner – ¥9,800 (1 adult)|
* Hutte Oyari is located 900 m from the summit of Mt. Yari, at the golden spot to view the spectacular mountain – ‘not too close’ and ‘not too far’.
|Open||from late April to early in November , 2017|
Board the Chuo Line limited express train from Shinjuku Station to Matsumoto Station (approx. 2 hrs. 50 min.). From Matsumoto Station, transfer to the Oito Line to Hotaka station (30 min.). From Hotaka Station, take the Nakabusa Onsen regular bus or taxi to Mt. Tsubakurodake trailhead. (approx. 1 hr).
Take the Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train from Osaka Station to Nagoya Station (1 hr). From Nagoya Station, board the Chuo Main Line limited express train to Matsumoto Station (2 hr.). Then From Matsumoto Station, transfer to the Oito Line to Hotaka station (30 min.). From Hotaka Station, take the Nakabusa Onsen regular bus or taxi to Mt. Tsubakurodake trailhead. (approx. 1 hr).
|By Car||From the Azumino interchange exit of the Nagano Expressway, take National Route 147 to Mt.Tsubakurodake trailhead for approximately 1 hour 15 minutes．|
8. JAPAN ALPIN LODGE ASSOCIATION PAMPLET
You can see the information of the mountain huts of the whole North Alps.
Japan Alpin lodge Association web site