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Kirifuri Highlands
霧降高原

The Kirifuri Highlands (霧降高原 Kirifuri-kogen) is a highland area between Nikko and Kuriyama in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, on the slopes of the Japanese Alps. The main activities in the area are skiing in winter and hiking in summer and autumn. It is very close to Nikko (less than half an hour away by bus), and so it is entirely possible to make a day-trip here while staying overnight in Nikko.

History

The main road through this area used to have a quite expensive toll on it, but this was removed in 2007.

Landscape

The area is on the slopes of the Japanese Alps. It is heavily forested with Japanese ceder, pine and deciduous trees, apart from the ski field, which is covered in knee-height bracken-like bamboo (but looks like grassy fields from a distance). The main road is lined with hotels and shops close to Nikko, however as it gets closer to the ski ground there is mainly forest with few other facilities.

Flora and fauna

In June and July, the entire ski ground turns butter-yellow with the blooming of the Nikko Lily (ニッコウキスゲ Nikko kisuge), and the ski lifts are open at this time for sightseers.

There are plenty of deer and monkeys in the area, and it is necessary to drive carefully, particularly at dusk. There is a (very small) possibility of encountering a bear while hiking in the mountains.

Climate

Mild in summer and covered in snow in winter. There are rainy seasons just before the beginning of summer in June, and at the end of August.

The Kirifuri Highlands (霧降高原 Kirifuri-kogen) is a highland area between Nikko and Kuriyama in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, on the slopes of the Japanese Alps. The main activities in the area are skiing in winter and hiking in summer and autumn. It is very close to Nikko (less than half an hour away by bus), and so it is entirely possible to make a day-trip here while staying overnight in Nikko.

History

The main road through this area used to have a quite expensive toll on it, but this was removed in 2007.

Landscape

The area is on the slopes of the Japanese Alps. It is heavily forested with Japanese ceder, pine and deciduous trees, apart from the ski field, which is covered in knee-height bracken-like bamboo (but looks like grassy fields from a distance). The main road is lined with hotels and shops close to Nikko, however as it gets closer to the ski ground there is mainly forest with few other facilities.

Flora and fauna

In June and July, the entire ski ground turns butter-yellow with the blooming of the Nikko Lily (ニッコウキスゲ Nikko kisuge), and the ski lifts are open at this time for sightseers.

There are plenty of deer and monkeys in the area, and it is necessary to drive carefully, particularly at dusk. There is a (very small) possibility of encountering a bear while hiking in the mountains.

Climate

Mild in summer and covered in snow in winter. There are rainy seasons just before the beginning of summer in June, and at the end of August.

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Buy

There are small eateries and omiyage (souvenir) shops at the trailhead at Kirifuri Falls, and also at the bottom of the third lift at the ski ground.

Provisions for hiking probably cannot be bought here - it would be best to get them in Nikko.

Buy

There are small eateries and omiyage (souvenir) shops at the trailhead at Kirifuri Falls, and also at the bottom of the third lift at the ski ground.

Provisions for hiking probably cannot be bought here - it would be best to get them in Nikko.

Do

Skiing: There is a small ski ground at Kirifuri Highlands Ski Ground (霧降高原スキー場 Kirifuri Kougen Sukiijou). It has four lifts and four main runs.

Hiking: There are some beautiful hikes in this area. For beginners, it is only a short walk to see Kirifuri Falls from the bus stop. Starting from the same place, it is also possible to hike to the other three waterfalls (Tamasudare, Choji and Makkura Falls), which is a two hour return trip. It is also possible to do a circuit from Kirifuri Falls to the ski ground and back again, but this will take several hours.

At Kirifuri Kougen Ski Ground, there is a circuit walk starting from the bottom of the third ski lift, which takes about an hour or two and is recommended in late June or early July, when the lilies are out in full bloom.

For the really adventurous, it is possible to climb Mt. Nyohou (女峰山 Nyohou-zan), which is the second-highest mountain in Tochigi Prefecture. This hike also starts from the ski ground. It takes about four hours one way, and is a fairly tough climb, however the views across the Kanto plain are spectacular. It is possible to go through to Oku-Nikko (奥日光) on the other side in a day, but be aware that there is no public transport after about 7:30pm.

Hiking in this area is best limited to summer and autumn - snow remains on the mountains until at least May and can make trails impassable. Autumn is highly recommended, particularly late October to early November, when the autumn leaves are at their most spectacular.

Do

Skiing: There is a small ski ground at Kirifuri Highlands Ski Ground (霧降高原スキー場 Kirifuri Kougen Sukiijou). It has four lifts and four main runs.

Hiking: There are some beautiful hikes in this area. For beginners, it is only a short walk to see Kirifuri Falls from the bus stop. Starting from the same place, it is also possible to hike to the other three waterfalls (Tamasudare, Choji and Makkura Falls), which is a two hour return trip. It is also possible to do a circuit from Kirifuri Falls to the ski ground and back again, but this will take several hours.

At Kirifuri Kougen Ski Ground, there is a circuit walk starting from the bottom of the third ski lift, which takes about an hour or two and is recommended in late June or early July, when the lilies are out in full bloom.

For the really adventurous, it is possible to climb Mt. Nyohou (女峰山 Nyohou-zan), which is the second-highest mountain in Tochigi Prefecture. This hike also starts from the ski ground. It takes about four hours one way, and is a fairly tough climb, however the views across the Kanto plain are spectacular. It is possible to go through to Oku-Nikko (奥日光) on the other side in a day, but be aware that there is no public transport after about 7:30pm.

Hiking in this area is best limited to summer and autumn - snow remains on the mountains until at least May and can make trails impassable. Autumn is highly recommended, particularly late October to early November, when the autumn leaves are at their most spectacular.

See

  • Kirifuri Falls (霧降の滝 Kirifuri no taki)
  • Tamasudare Falls (玉簾滝 Tamasudare taki)
  • Makkura Falls (マックラ滝 Makkura taki)
  • Choji Falls ( 丁字滝 Choji taki)

See

  • Kirifuri Falls (霧降の滝 Kirifuri no taki)
  • Tamasudare Falls (玉簾滝 Tamasudare taki)
  • Makkura Falls (マックラ滝 Makkura taki)
  • Choji Falls ( 丁字滝 Choji taki)

Understand

History

The main road through this area used to have a quite expensive toll on it, but this was removed in 2007.

Landscape

The area is on the slopes of the Japanese Alps. It is heavily forested with Japanese ceder, pine and deciduous trees, apart from the ski field, which is covered in knee-height bracken-like bamboo (but looks like grassy fields from a distance). The main road is lined with hotels and shops close to Nikko, however as it gets closer to the ski ground there is mainly forest with few other facilities.

Flora and fauna

In June and July, the entire ski ground turns butter-yellow with the blooming of the Nikko Lily (ニッコウキスゲ Nikko kisuge), and the ski lifts are open at this time for sightseers.

There are plenty of deer and monkeys in the area, and it is necessary to drive carefully, particularly at dusk. There is a (very small) possibility of encountering a bear while hiking in the mountains.

Climate

Mild in summer and covered in snow in winter. There are rainy seasons just before the beginning of summer in June, and at the end of August.

Understand

History

The main road through this area used to have a quite expensive toll on it, but this was removed in 2007.

Landscape

The area is on the slopes of the Japanese Alps. It is heavily forested with Japanese ceder, pine and deciduous trees, apart from the ski field, which is covered in knee-height bracken-like bamboo (but looks like grassy fields from a distance). The main road is lined with hotels and shops close to Nikko, however as it gets closer to the ski ground there is mainly forest with few other facilities.

Flora and fauna

In June and July, the entire ski ground turns butter-yellow with the blooming of the Nikko Lily (ニッコウキスゲ Nikko kisuge), and the ski lifts are open at this time for sightseers.

There are plenty of deer and monkeys in the area, and it is necessary to drive carefully, particularly at dusk. There is a (very small) possibility of encountering a bear while hiking in the mountains.

Climate

Mild in summer and covered in snow in winter. There are rainy seasons just before the beginning of summer in June, and at the end of August.

Get around

This area is covered by just one main road, which the buses run along.

Get around

This area is covered by just one main road, which the buses run along.

Go next

It is possible to drive onwards to Kuriyama, but returning to Nikko is the best option for those without a car.

Go next

It is possible to drive onwards to Kuriyama, but returning to Nikko is the best option for those without a car.

Get in

Buses run from both the JR Nikko and Tobu-nikko railway stations to the trailhead for Kirifuri Falls (¥300) and to the Kirifuri ski ground (¥640). They run about once an hour from about 8:30am to 4pm. It is also possible to get a taxi from Nikko.

Get in

Buses run from both the JR Nikko and Tobu-nikko railway stations to the trailhead for Kirifuri Falls (¥300) and to the Kirifuri ski ground (¥640). They run about once an hour from about 8:30am to 4pm. It is also possible to get a taxi from Nikko.

Stay safe

Hiking around the ski ground and the waterfalls should present no problems normally, however a climb up the mountains requires suitable preparations. It is essential to bring warm and waterproof clothing, and plenty of food and liquid. There are few water sources - ensure you bring enough with you! Ensure that you have a map, try to hike with at least one other friend in case of an accident, and inform someone before you leave of your plans. Only experts should contemplate hiking up the mountains in winter and early spring. If you are very unlucky, it is possible to encounter a bear - it is best to be informed of what to do if this happens before leaving. Japanese hikers often tie a bell to their backpacks - the noise lessens the chance of a bear encounter.

Stay safe

Hiking around the ski ground and the waterfalls should present no problems normally, however a climb up the mountains requires suitable preparations. It is essential to bring warm and waterproof clothing, and plenty of food and liquid. There are few water sources - ensure you bring enough with you! Ensure that you have a map, try to hike with at least one other friend in case of an accident, and inform someone before you leave of your plans. Only experts should contemplate hiking up the mountains in winter and early spring. If you are very unlucky, it is possible to encounter a bear - it is best to be informed of what to do if this happens before leaving. Japanese hikers often tie a bell to their backpacks - the noise lessens the chance of a bear encounter.

Sleep

Lodging

Camping

  • New Kirifuri Camping Ground (ニュー霧降キャンプ場), Tochigi-ken Nikko-shi Kirifuri Kougen 1545-6 (Take the bus for Kirifuri Kougen (霧降高原) from JR Nikko railway station and get off at Nakizawa Observatory (鳴沢展望台)), 0288-53-4728. This camp ground has a variety of lodging available including bungalows and log cabins. Price quoted is for a single night for an adult in a tent. Usage of facilities included. ¥1350.

Backcountry

Sleep

Lodging

Camping

  • New Kirifuri Camping Ground (ニュー霧降キャンプ場), Tochigi-ken Nikko-shi Kirifuri Kougen 1545-6 (Take the bus for Kirifuri Kougen (霧降高原) from JR Nikko railway station and get off at Nakizawa Observatory (鳴沢展望台)), 0288-53-4728. This camp ground has a variety of lodging available including bungalows and log cabins. Price quoted is for a single night for an adult in a tent. Usage of facilities included. ¥1350.

Backcountry

Curated Travel Blogs

Kirifuri Highlands Travel Guide | Travyde

  • Kirifuri Highland is a famous for its Tsutsuji flowers and Kisuge, Daylily
  • You can enjoy various kinds of flowers from April to October, and it finishes with beautiful Koyo, Autumn leaves
  • In April 1868, when Otori Keisuke and his 2,000 of Tokugawa armies escaped from Nikko to this valley, he found out beautiful Yashio Tsutsuji flower, and he wrote song
  • "We are at deep side of mountain without homes, and now it's sunset
  • Use stones for pillows, and our three companies sleep on the sand
  • Just before the sunrise, a voice of a bird echos over the valley
  • There are beautiful flowers over the white snow
Kirifuri Highlands Travel Guide | Travyde

  • The Kirifuri Waterfall (Kirifuri-no-taki [霧降の滝]; Kirifuri Falls) was another one of those off-the-beaten-path ones as far as Julie and I were concerned
  • However, in this instance, we discovered the main reason why this was the case was that the All Nikko Pass didn't work for the Kirifuri Highlands route, which was where this waterfall was located (even though it was closer to Nikko than say Kegon-no-taki )
  • The falls itself was actually quite tall, but during our visit, it was thin and mostly obscured by overgrowth that prevented it from being as impressive as its overall height would've led us to believe
  • However, I do reckon that since the falls was surrounded by so much foliage, it must be a gorgeous scene in the Autumn when the foliage would change into all sorts of Autumn colors thereby livening up the landscape
  • From the nearest bus stop, we hastily ran right into the tourist area, where we then went up some stairs and followed a short walking nature walk path right to the wooden overlook deck
Kirifuri Highlands Travel Guide | Travyde

  • ) and when the fog lifts, beautiful yellow flowers suddenly appear in front of you
  • Kirifuri-kogen is located in the north part of Nikko
  • Theses yellow flowers are called Nikko Kisuge here, but they grow naturally in mountain areas from Kyushu to Honshu (almost all of Japan except Hokkaido)
Kirifuri Highlands Travel Guide | Travyde

  • Ko-Maruyama (1601meters) is located within Nikko’s Kirifuri-kogen highlands
  • Maruyama hiking courses
  • The start is near Kirifuri-kogen bus stop and requires a 90-minute scramble up and down the mountain
Kirifuri Highlands Travel Guide | Travyde
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