駒ヶ根シリーズ: ロープウィーで一気に2600m千畳敷カールへ Komagane Series: Ride the Ropeway to 2600m Senjojiki Cirque

2013.08.03: 信州の山 Nagano’s Mountains










注: ロープウェーで千畳敷カールまでは夏にTシャツと短パンで気楽で行けます。駒ヶ岳の頂上までは天気が良ければ登山の格好しなくても大丈夫です。私達が行った時は事情があって、私はハワイで買ったスリッパで駒ヶ岳の途中まで登った。それぐら気楽で、簡単で行けるわけです。

注意、その2: 私達が行ったのは夏休みに入ったばかりの平日でした。帰りのロープウェーは20分ぐらい並んだ。お盆やピークの時は4時間待ちとの事があるらしい。防いだ方が良いかもしれない。

For many people that come to Komagane, the main draw is riding the Komagatake Ropeway and seeing the Senjojiki Cirque.

Meaning "1,000 tatami mats" (indicating its size), Senjojiki Cirque is a bowl-shaped depression carved out of the top of the Chuo (Central) Alps by glaciers 20,000 years ago. Located at a high altitude elevation of 2,600 meters, normally the only access would be a day-long climb of the mountain. Thanks to the Komagatake Ropeway, though, you can wisk up there in 7-1/2 minutes. Amazingly quick and easy access to this amazing alpine wonderland.

The journey to Senjojiki Cirque starts at the Suganodai Bus Station (850m) a convenient 5 minutes from the Chuo Expressway Komagane IC (or an easy bus ride from Komagane Station). Hop on the red & white bus for a windy ride up to Shirabidaira (1662m) where you'll find the Komagatake Ropeway station. Then you dart up to Senjojiki Cirque Station (2612) and views across Komagane City below to the Southern Alps in the distance. On clear days, you can even see the World Heritage mountain, Fuji-san.

From the upper station, there is a 45 minute walk around the cirque giving you a parade of alpine flowers in the summer, and stunningly beautiful autumn colors in the fall. For those with more energy, a 2 hour hike will take you to the 2,956 meter summit of Mt. Kiso-Komagatake. You'll pass the Hokendake mountain hut. There is a branch in the trail for Mt. Hokendake, which is better left for hikers will full gear.

High-alpine hiking and being able to look down on the world we live in from above is a joy normally reserved for serious mountain climbers. But with the Komagatake Ropeway, anyone can enjoy being at the top of the world at Senjojike Cirque.

The Komagatake Ropeway is deceptively close to Kamesei Ryokan and our onsen town, Togura-Kamiyamada. It is only 1 hour 45 minutes from Komagane IC to here by car, and there are highway busses that can take you from the same IC to Obasute SA in a mere 1 hour 40 minutes. So for guests coming here from the Nagoya area, we highly suggest a stop to take the ropeway up to Senjojiki.

Note: Riding the ropeway and a summer walk around Senjojiki Cirque can be done wearing shorts and a t-shirt. However, as the saying goes, mountain weather is as fickle as a woman's heart. Pay close attention to the weather. When we went, we had clear weather and I was able to hike up partway to the 2956-meter Komagatake peak wearing a pair of slippas I had bought in Hawaii -- it was that easy. But the very day before, 4 mountain climbers from Korea died on Mt. Hokendake. When the clouds move in, you can't even see your hand in front of your face. Do not underestimate the Japanese Alps.

Note #2: We went early in the summer vacation season. For our return ride on the ropeway, we had line up for about 20 minutes. But during O-Bon and peak times, the line can be 4 hours long. Plan accordingly.

駒ヶ岳ロープウェー・千畳敷カール Komagatake Ropeway, Senjojiki Cirque

The Komagatake Ropeway Car

View of the Southern Alps from Senjojiki Station

Looking up Senjojiki Cirque towards Mt. Hokendake

Wild Alpine Flowers

Looking back towards Hokendake Mountain Hut


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