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Yatsugatake mountains

Yatsugatake mountainsYatsugatake is a group of mountains located on the prefectural border between Yanamashi and Nagano.
On Yamanashi side, it is located at the northwestern end of the central basin.
And on Nagano side, it is located to the east of Lake Suwa.

The mountains spread about 30 km long from north to south.
The mountains have more than 20 peaks, and they are 2,300-2,900 meters high. The highest peak is Mount Akadake (2,899 m).
"Yatsugatake" is the group name of these peaks, so there is not "Mount Yatsugatake" in these peaks.

Yatsugatake is the volcano, but the last eruption caused before recorded history.

The north part of Yatsugatake has gently sloping mountains, and some small lakes are dotted.
The south part has precipitous mountains, so there are several rock-climbing spots.

The following story is in ancient mythology.
Yatsugatake compared heights with Mount Fuji. And Yatsgatake won.
But Mount Fuji gave a kick at him. Then Yatsugatake had broken into many mountains. So Mount Fuji became the highest mountain.
Yatsugatake's sister, Mount Tateshina (the northernmost peak, 2,530 m), wept at his broken figure.
And her tears created Lake Suwa.

On its extensive foot, there are some popular highlands such as Kiyosato and Tateshina.

How to get to here

By railroad

The main sections are from Kobuchizawa to Kamisuwa on JR Chuo Line and from Kobuchizawa to Komoro on JR Koumi Line.
To Kobuchizawa, about 1 hours 55 minutes - 2 hours 10 minutes from Shinjuku.

By car

Run on Chuo Expressway and exit Kobuchizawa or Suwa exits. About 160-170 km from Tokyo.

Mount Amida on Yatsugatake
Mount Tengu on Yatsugateke
Mount Tateshina on Yatsugatake

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