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Mt. Hiuchi Rock Ptarmigan Course

Mt. Hiuchi Rock Ptarmigan Courseの写真
Type:
Mountain Climbing
Time Required:
1 Night Trip
Distance:
25 km
You may encounter the Japanese rock ptarmigan, a gamebird indigenous to this “earthly paradise,” as the mountainous area is often called.

Course Outline

Soaring 2,462 m above sea level, Mt. Hiuchi is famed as one of the One Hundred Mountains of Japan. The hiking course is an easily walked mountain path with no steep sections. It passes by Kurosawa-ike Pond. As you climb Mt. Chausu, you will see the pond spreading out against the backdrop of Mt. Myoko. We recommend a leisurely rest when you reach Koya-ike Pond, which offers a magnificent view of this “earthly paradise.” From there, the path leads through a rock garden toward the peak. At Tengu-no-niwa Marsh, you will find a beautiful marshland dotted with small blooming flowers. From the peak, you can look down on Mt. Myoko. With a bit luck, you might encounter the rock ptarmigan, a bird designated as a Natural Monument. We also recommend spending a night in a mountain lodge to further enjoy the scenery, plants, and animals. After descending, you can relax at Sasagamine Kogen, with its ranch and “woodland therapy footpath.”

* This course requires robust trekking shoes, rain gear, and mountain climbing gear, including drinking water.

Highlights

Tengu-no-niwa Marsh and Rock Garden
Tengu-no-niwa Marsh and Rock Garden

A nature made rock garden decorated with alpine flora

From Koya-ike Pond, which has been cited as one of the “31 Most Beautiful Places in Japan,” take a relaxing walk through the rock garden. It is a perfect spot for viewing Mt. Hiuchi, and to look behind at Tengu-no-niwa Marsh, which is covered with flowering plants, including Primula cuneifolia Ledeb. var. hakusanensis makino when the snow begins to melt, and cotton grass in summer.

Japan's northernmost rock ptarmigan
Japan's northernmost rock ptarmigan

A male acting as guardian of its territory

The Japanese rock ptarmigan is the Nature Monument indigenous to Japan. Traditionally called a “divine bird,” this member of the grouse family lives in the alpine zone at altitudes 2,000 m above sea level. Mt. Hiuchi provides its northernmost habitat where the valuable population that considered as the oldest royal roots in Japan.
The 20 to 30 rock ptarmigans that live in the area, lay the largest number of eggs in the country. You may encounter the birds between Raicho-daira and the mountain peak.

Refreshing Sasagamine Kogen
Refreshing Sasagamine Kogen

A highland of healing, where time lingers luxuriously

Sasagamine Kogen is located at an altitude 1,300 m above sea level. Enjoy the “Hitome-Gozan (View of Five Mountains)” from Lake Otomi, then walk through the Picea abies Forest where you will find the Udana-no-shimizu (spring waters of Udana) and cows freely grazing in the fields. The restaurant in the Greenhouse is famous for its Kubiki jumbo beef steak, a Sasagamine specialty.
* Open from early May to late October.

Course Map

Mt. Hiuchi Rock Ptarmigan Course

Course Time

Starting Point
1
National Park Resorts KYUKAMURA MYOKO Sasagamine Campground
170 min.
4 km
2
Fujimi-daira
50 min.
2 km
3
Kurosawa-ike Pond
70 min.
2 km
4
Koya-ike Pond
15 min.
0.8 km
5
Tengu-no-niwa Marsh
75 min.
2 km
6
Peak of Mt. Hiuchi
60 min.
2 km
7
Tengu-no-niwa Marsh
15 min.
0.8 km
8
Koya-ike Pond
45 min.
1.7 km
9
Fujimi-daira
130 min.
4 km
10
National Park Resorts KYUKAMURA MYOKO Sasagamine Campground
60 min.
3.6 km
11
Udana-no-shimizu
60 min.
2.1 km
12
Sasagamine - Greenhouse
Terminus
*Course time and distance are estimates.