At the southern edge of the Northern Alps
Located at the southern tip of the northern alps, with Kengamine (3,026 m) as its highest peak, this moutain of massive scale has a total of 23 peaks, 7 lakes, and 8 plains. The mountain came to be called Norikura (riding saddle) because it resembles the saddle of a horse. The appeal of the mountain lies in its ease of access, with buses and taxis going all the way up to a flat parking lot at an elevation of 2,700 m. Visitors can enjoy the mountain in many ways, choosing from peaks that can be climbed in a short time according to one's stamina, including of course the highest peak Kengamine, as well as Mt. Mao, Mt. Daikoku, Mt. Fujimi, and Mt. Marishiten. Many of Japan's most famous moutains can be seen from each peak, including the northern alps of Mt. Yarigatake, Mt. Hotaka, Mt. Kasa, the impressive Mt. Ontake, the central alps, the southern alps, Mt. Yatsugatake, and beyond that Mt. Fuji. Norikura is a charming destination in all seasons, with large snowy valleys for skiing even in the summer, as well as trails with beatiful alpine plants blooming.