Pass Spots in Nagano Area

  • Kenashi Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Takayama village in Kamikitai-gun, Nagano Prefecture
    "A pass situated along Prefectural Route 112 in Takayama Village, Kamitakai County. The pass is also the starting points of routes leading up Mt. Hafu and Mt. Omeshi. ""Kenashi"" literally means ""no hair,"" and as its name implies, no tall trees grow in the area; however, lingonberries, black crowberries, and other short evergreen shrubs do grow in abundance here, adding large splashes of green color to the scenery."
  • Mugikusa Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Prefecture Minamisaku-gun Sakuho-cho
    A pass situated along the Merchen Highway in a national forest in Yakori, Sakuho Town, Minamisaku County. Located between Mt. Maru and Mt. Chausu. Shirakoma Pond, Japan's largest natural lake above 2,100 meters above sea level, is located nearby. Note that the pass is closed to traffic in winter.
  • Bungui Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Shimoinagunoshikamura Kashio
    "A pass situated along the Akiha Kaido road in Haseichinose, Ina City. Located directly over the Median Tectonic Line, a large fault zone, the area is said to be a strong mystical ""power spot"" with a zero magnetic field. On weekends and holidays, the area sees many visitors, and accordingly traffic is restricted on nearby roads, requiring visitors to make use of a shuttlebus to reach it."
  • Ogawara Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Saku, Nagano Prefecture
    A pass located in Kasuga, Saku City. The pass can be accessed from the Tateshina Skyline and the Karasawa Forest Road. Situated 2,093 meters above sea level, the highest point in Saku City, the pass is also the starting point of one of the trails leading up Mt. Tateshina. Depending on the time of day, visitors can get a commanding view of the Saku Plain nightscape, star-filled sky, and beautiful sunrise scenery.
  • Nomugi Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Matsumoto-shi, Nagano Prefecture
    A pass located in a nature park established by Gifu Prefecture on the border between Gifu Prefecture and Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture. The pass has a walking course and is a popular destination for walking and hiking. Each year in May, the Nomugi Pass Festival is held during which there is a parade of women wearing the clothes of mountain villagers hired in factories during Japan's modernization period, a mochi rice cake pounding competition, and stalls selling local specialty products, and many locals and tourists turn out of the event.
  • Tsuetsuki Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Chino-shi Miyagawa 3372-27
    "20 minutes and 9.3 kilometers from the Suwa Interchange on the Chuo Expressway. This pass is located on the border between Chino City and Ina City and serves as a divide between the Suwa and Ina basins. Situated 1,247 meters above sea level, the incline on the Suwa Basin side of the pass is extremely steep, requiring climbers to make use of a cane, hence the pass' name, which means ""Cane-thrusting Pass."" The Toge-no-Chaya teahouse and rest stop near the top has a free observatory on the second floor with a spectacular view encompassing Yatsugatake, Mt. Kirigamine, Utsukushigahara, and the Northern Japan Alps, as well as Chino City and Lake Suwa sprawling directly below."
  • Hirasawa Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Minamisakugunminamimakimura Nobeyama
    This pass is located in Minami-maki Village in Minami-saku County, Nagano Prefecture. The dividing ridge between the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan, the pass forms the boundary where rainwater can flow in either direction. The starting point for climbing Mt. Iimori, besides a parking lot and bathrooms, there is also an observatory where you can get magnificent views of Mt. Yatsugatake, the Southern Alps and Mt. Fuji.
  • Shirasawa Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Kita-azumi-gun Hakubamura
    A pass situated along National Route 406 connecting Nagano City and Hakuba Village. The observatory along the pass offers a spectacular view. The observatory has parking for five vehicles and from it visitors can get a sweeping view of the Northern Japan Alps, including Mt. Kashimayari, Mt. Goryu, Mt. Karamatsu, and the Shirouma Three Mountains. The pass is narrow, so be sure to take sufficient care when driving it.
  • Magome Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Nakatsugawa-shi Magome Nagano Kiso-gun Nagisomachi
  • Tokugo Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Matsumoto-shi Azumi
  • Torii Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Kiso-gun Shiojiri-shi
  • Shirabiso Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Idashi Kamimura
    At an elevation of 1,833 meters, Shirabiso Pass is known as the mountain gateway to the Southern Alps (Akaishi Mountains). It’s a popular tourist spot with magnificent views overlooking the Southern Alps, Northern Alps and Central Alps. From spring to early summer the fresh leaves create a picture of green, and in the autumn the changing colors of the leaves of the maple and white birch trees are simply divine. Please note that the pass is closed during the winter (late November to early April).
  • Shiojiri Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Okayashi
    "A pass located on the border between Shiojiri City and Okaya City in Nagano Prefecture. The pass has a hiking course and observatories from which visitors can get sweeping views of the Hida Mountains (Northern Alps), Lake Suwa, and Mt. Fuji. The pass was famously depicted in renowned print artist Hiroshige's ""Shiojiri Pass in Shinano"" and many mountain climbers come here seeking the beautiful scenery."
  • Misaka Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Achi village in Nakanoina-gun, Nagano Prefecture
    "A pass 1,569 meters above sea level located in the southern half of the Kiso Mountains in Achi Village, Shimoina County, Nagano Prefecture. Also known as the ""Hill of the Gods,"" the pass is famous for being the most perilous one along the ancient Tosando highway. The pass' rigorous Hill Climb Course for bicycle riders is quite popular. The Misaka Pass Site at the top of the pass is a registered Historic Site."
  • Taguchi Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Saku-shi
  • Wada Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Chiisagata-gun Nagawamachi
  • Shirakaba Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Matsumoto-shi
  • Urugi Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Shimoina-gun Nebamura
  • Niino Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Aichi Kitashitara-gun Toyonemura
  • Hiraya Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Shimoina-gun Urugimura

Nagano Areas


Nagano prefecture is an exciting mix of mountains, hot spring monkeys, and preserved Edo history. At the heart of the Japanese Alps, Nagano is one of the country’s most popular destinations, whether in winter for its snow sports and the much-loved Jigokudani Monkey Park or in the warmer months for discovering the undulating hills on foot. For fantastic Edo architecture, head to the Kiso Valley for a 60-kilometer stretch of quaint wooden buildings that marked the Nakasendo route 200 years ago.

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