Location : Mt. Tsubakuro is located at Northern Japan Alps. One of the National park in Japan.
How to get there : It takes approx 5-6 hours by Train from Tokyo Narita Airport to Hotaka train Station.
* You have to change train at least 3 times.
It takes one hour from Hotaka train Station to Nakabusa Onsen Bus Station by bus.
*Their bus service is only from May to November. ( Weekend only for June and November ) Not regular service. So it is better to check each time if you wish to
In addition, this road will be closed for winter. ( Dec to April ) So you have to take Taxi from Hotaka Station to Miyashiro Gate and walk 12 km bus route from Miyashiro gate to Nakabusa Onsen during Dec to April. Normally everyone walk 12 km bus route to Nakabusa onsen and stay one night at Nakabusan onsen and walk upto Mt. Tsubakuro on the next day for winter.
-Bus Company web site. ( Only in Japanese )
- Japan Train time table search ( English site ! )
- Nakabusa Onsen web site ( Only in Japanese ) They open only winter hut for winter season.
-Mountain hut ( Enzanso ) web site
Entrance of this treck : Nakabusa Onsen Bus Station. 1455m
How long it takes from Nakabusa Onsen to Mountain hut ( Enzanso ) by walk : approx 4 hours in Summer, approx 5-10 hours in Winter ( All depends on the snow condition for winter )
Route to the summit : Nakabusan Onsen ( 1455m ) - 1st Bench ( 1670 m ) - 2nd Bench ( 1840m )- 3rd Bench ( 1950m )-
Mt Fuji view Bench ( 2170m )- Kassen koya ( 2375m )- Montain hut: Enzanso ( 2705m) - Summit of Mt. Tsubakuro ( 2763m )
*You can find English version Northern Japan Alps information & map as per below web site.
The Gears required for November's trek : Crampon , Ice axe
*If there is no trace, it is better to have snow shoes. ( "Wakan": Japanese type of snow shoe http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/514bOvRc5gL._AA300_.jpg）
Actually I expected to go Mt. Tsubakuro with my another friend for the weekend of 23rd and 24th of November.
However my friend was not so well, In addition, it seems that that area had a lots of snow and looks very difficult to climb up.
So we decided not to go.
However I still cannot forget Mt. Tsubakuro and am continually thinking about this mountain. Very fortunately another my friend offered to pick me up at Matsumoto station and
go to this mountain with me. So I decided to go only one day before the climbing up day. In addition, I sincere appreciated him !!!
My home town in Japan is near Tokyo. So I have to depart from my home as soon as possible in time for the meeting time at Matsumoto Station for tomorrow morning.
I rushed to book tonight's hotel at Matsumoto and pack and depart to the mountain.
I waked up 5 o'clock in the morning and went to Mc donald near the Matsumoto station for Breakfast, this is because Hotel restaurant has not been opened at 5 o'clock ! There are almost nobody at Mc Donald.Too early in the morning.
I was waiting for my friends coming 6 o'clock in the morning. I can see great mountain range at Matsumoto Station. I was so excited to see them. Actually they are
too beautiful in the pink & violet colored sky. I cannot believe why I forgot taking photo of them.
My friend picked me up at Matsumoto Station and brought me to Nakabusa Onsen. We met another couple on the way and went to there using two cars. We can enjoy great fresh snow view from the car. The snow just stopped early in this morning.
The route to Nakabusa onsen is mountain road and very slippy. Special tire will be required for Winter without fail.
We arrived at Nakabusa Onsen and met a few people and enjoyed chatting a few minutes and started to climb approx 9:00 in the morning.
23rd November is Saturday and good weather forecast made a lots of people head to this mountain.
The parking is almost full at 9:00 in the morning and a lots people has already started to climb to Mt. Tsubakoro.
Entrance of this trek. ( Nakabusa Onsen ).
There are not so much snow around Nakabusa Onsen. So Crampon is not required at the beginning.