Utsukushi-gahara hiking & climbing route

Utsukushi-gahara Kogen Plateau Route

①Utsukushi-gahara Kogen museum ~ Yamamoto-koya Mountain hut ~ Siokure-ba ~ Ohgato ~ Ohgahana ~ Utsukushi-hara Nature Preserve Center ~ Ohgato ~ Yamamoto-koya Mountain hut ~ Utsukushi-gahara Kogen Plateau Museum

Technical level: B
Physical strength level: 2
Difficulty level: ⛰️

Please appreciate the artworks displayed outdoors and enjoy hiking the plateau.

●Hiking Data

Schedule: One day
Walking hours: 4 hours 35 minutes
(Up: 2 hours/Down 2 hours 35 minutes)
Walking distance: 11.4 km
Difference in elevation: 410 m

Utsukushi-gahara Kogen Museum

Elevation 1,950m

↓ 30 minutes

Yamamoto-koya Mountain hut

Elevation 1,940m

↓ 30 minutes

Siokure-ba

Elevation 1,960m

↓ 40 minutes

O-gato

Elevation 2,034m

↓ 20 minutes

O-gahana

Elevation 2,008m

↓ 20 minutes

Utsukushi-hara Nature Preserve Center

Elevation 1,920m

↓ 25 minutes

O-gato

Elevation 2,034m

↓ 1 hour 25 minutes

Yamamoto-koya Mountain hut

Elevation 1,940m

↓ 25 minutes

Utsukushi-gahara Kogen Museum

Elevation 1,950m

Route Guide

If you take a bus, start from Utsukushi-gahara Kogen Museum. If you drive, park at Yamamoto-koya Mountain hut parking lot and start from the lot. There is a gradual uphill from the museum to Yamamoto-koya Mountain hut, however, it is not a hard trail to walk on. From the hut, walk towards the Ohgahara area. A symbolic tower of Utsukushi-gahara, Utukushi-no-tou can be seen on your right. The tower becomes a land mark especially when the area becomes foggy. Shiokure-ba is reached shortly. A long time ago, shio (Japanese for salt), was placed on a big rock for cows to lick it for sickness prevention. A radio tower comes into sight if you follow the path. After passing a hotel, Ohgato is reached. From here, head towards Ohgahana. The trail becomes slightly steeper. Ohgahana is a rocky place. The southside of the trail is a cliff so caution must be employed. When bumpers appear on the pavement, Utsukushi-gahara Nature Preserve Center is reached. Information about nature in Utsukushi-gahara is displayed nicely. Return by the same trail you just walked. Shortly the trail leading to the mountains appears. Take a right here and enter the Alps lookout course. The atmosphere of the high altitude mountains can be enjoyed along the course. Shiokure-ba is reached after passing the junction of Sanjiro and another junction of Mt. Chausu-yama. Descend the same trail used for ascending to Utsukushi-gahara Kogen Museum via Yamamoto-koya Mountain hut.