One hour drive from Matsumoto station, Mt. Norikura is the highest mountain in Japan you can reach on a bicycle.
The mountain is a Mecca for hill climbers, but access from Matsumoto station is limited to Route 158 which has a few long tunnels and traffic of large buses and tracks.
This one-day trip tour offers safe and comfortable bus transportation between Matsumoto and Norikura. We will charter a bus to Norikura Visitor Center and climb on Echo Line.
On Echo Line, you will ride about 20km/12ml. while climbing 1,249 m/4,098 ft. up to the top. You’ll notice the surrounding green is gradually changing to autumn-colored alpine plants. You’ll also enjoy a panoramic view of Japan Alps. After you reached the highest road in Japan, go downhill to Visitor Center. But, do not overspeed, please! Many crashes take place on downhill. Share the road with buses and taxis.
Once you get back to Visitor Center, you are done! It’s time for lunch and hot spa! Relax and take care of your muscles. The chartered bus takes you back to Matsumoto station.
Super Azusa leaving Matsumoto at 17:58 gets you to Shijuku station at 19:36.
- Safe and comfortable bus transportation between Matsumoto and Norikura.
- A challenging climb to Mt. Norikura to enjoy breathtaking autumn leaves and Japan Alps mountains from above clouds.
- Enjoy hot spa after riding.
- Return to Matsumoto station around 16:30, and 2.5 hour travel to Shinjuku station.