Our Trek at Miyada Mountain, Komagatake Ropeway Cable Car Nagano Prefecture
Our family got into a little adventure last Sunday by trekking the Miyada mountain via Komagatake Ropeway cable car for the whole day. This is our second attempt to climb the Miyada mountain. Not operating when the first time we came here due to heavy rain.
Last Sunday the weather was good, so the cable car station opened its door again. In my observation, the month of June and mid of July is most likely the rainy season here in Japan. There are previously recorded a lot of landslides lately near the mountains due to heavy rains.
It was 10 Am when we arrived at the car park from where the shuttle bus will pick up the passengers. We parked our car and bought a ticket for the shuttle bus and ropeway. Although it’s raining, the temperature in the city is hot as the end of July is the month where summer starts to kick in. But since the Miyada mountain is around 2600 above sea level, we anticipated a cold temperature.
Every 30 minutes, the cable car is picking and delivering passengers to Senjojiki hotel or vice versa. They do have a hotel on the top of the mountain for those who want to stay overnight, and it’s called Hotel Senjojiki. It has two restaurants, a clean toilet, and everything that a tourist may need. The Senjojiki hotel is where passengers of the cable car are getting off. At the same time, this is the start of the hike. While we are inside the cable car, the view is so beautiful and relaxing. The ride lasts for around 15-20 minutes. There is a staff inside the cable car assigned to open the door once it stops. Our children were just so chill throughout the cable ride.
Upon getting off the cable car, we directly went outside and checked the view of the mountain. There is a trail going to the summit of Miyada mountain that we start to trek right after we arrived. The weather was just fine from the moment we start to walk. The trail is a little bit difficult because of the sharp rock whenever we step on the ground. At first, our child stumbles because of the slippery rock he is stepping into, but he managed to handle the hindrances that came his way.
There were a lot of hikers last Sunday, and everyone has been cautious. Like the old saying goes, slowly but surely. So everyone does that. Going up the summit takes around 1 hour for us with children, but maybe less than an hour for an adult only. The trail is somehow dangerous because of the rocky stairs that consistently present up to the summit—a total of 2 hours for descending.
Thick clouds welcome us at the summit, and we can’t see anything from the downtown. The air is cold, around 13 degrees celsius, so we hurry inside the mountain lodge, which is also a restaurant. It was about 1 PM when we arrived at the summit restaurant. A 200 yen payment is required if you want to use a comfort room at the summit.
There was a moment that the thunder keeps on striking loud while we are heading down, which made me feel scared for our lives. The thunder lasted for a few minutes while the light rain is pouring, then we managed to wear our raincoats. After a few minutes, the sky clears up again, but we were still cautious on the way down as it was steep and slippery.
No private cars can enter the road leading to ropeway station as the road is just so narrow. One bus is allowed to fit on some of the roads. By the time we went there, we had sawed minor landslides along the road. Thinking of everything we went through, this journey is unforgettable. We enjoyed trekking the Miyaga Mountain, another beautiful getaway we might visit all over again.