Located in the northernmost part of Yatsugatake Chushin National Park, Utsukushi-ga-hara-kogen Highlands is one of the largest tablelands in Japan.
Utsukushi-ga-hara-kogen offers visitors a moorland scenery on a mountain plateau at an elevation of 2,000 meters.
A well maintained footpath runs through the pastures, perfect for enjoying an easy trek.
A 360-degree panorama provides excellent views of many mountain ranges, including the distant Mt. Fuji.
Utsukushi Tower, the symbol of Utsukushi-ga-hara-kogen, was built as a shelter for climbers.
The bell inside the tower serves to help climbers find their way in foggy weather.
The 6-meter high tower was originally built in 1954, and the current tower was reconstructed in 1984.
- Open 24 hours
- No closing days
Access / Public Transport
- 83 minutes from Matsumoto Bus Terminal by the bus bound for Utsukushigahara Bijutsukan. Get off at Yamamoto-goya Bus stop, then walk 15 minutes.
- 70 minutes from Matsumoto Station on the JR lines or Alpico Kotsu Kamikochi Line by taxi, then walk 20 minutes.