Duration: 2.5 hours
'Kiso Kodo' is a historical trail that was made through the Kiso valley before the Nakasendo trail. You can still walk part of the trail.
Get off the bus at the Oharare bus stop, use the restroom and prepare for the walk. Walk uphill towards the mountain side and you will find a guideboard along the street. Take right at the branching point to Karamatsu path which leads you to an unpaved forest road. There are a couple of branchings points but make sure to follow the sign "木曽古道 (Kiso Kodo)". Once you get to a paved street, turn right and walk along the street until you find a place with no guardrail, where you can go in the mountains. You will get to the Kibio mountain pass so enjoy the view from the viewpoint, use the restroom and rest at the shelter. From the Kibio mountain pass, walk along the street and take straight at the branching point towards Agematsu-machi. As you walk down the street, you will find a wooden sign that says "木曽福島戸立町民の森" at your right hand side. Go into the forest road (downhill). You will see a couple of branching points but take the biggest trail until you reach a camping site. Walk through the site and go down the mountain. There is a Japanese ryokan "Nukumorinoyado-Komanoyu" along the road. They have day use onsen (hot spring) for you to relax. From Komanoyu, walk down the paved street, cross route 19 at the light (iya intersection) and walk along the river.
You will then reach Kiso-Fukushima station.
Kibio Mountain Pass is choesn as one of the "Shinshu Best Sunset View Point 100"
There is a view of Mt. Ontake, Mt. Norikura, and Mt. Hodaka.
Bus stop of Kisokoma Kogen line and a start point of Kiso-kodo walking.
Kibio Mountain Pass is a viewing spot in Kisokoma Kogen highland.
You will see the beautiful mountians including Mt. Ontake from the new viewing platform.
The grand mountain Ontake flowing in the red sunset is also a great scenery to see.
There were 69 station towns in 540-kilometer route of Nakasendo. 11 of station towns and Fukushima Checkpoint, one of the four famous checkpoints built in the Edo period, were located in Kiso.
JR Kiso Fukushima Station is the center of Nakasendo trail, and here is the main station for Nakasendo travel.
Only one hotel located along the mountain road connecting Kiso-Fukushima Station and Mount Kisokoma. Remaining original scenery of Kiso shows different colorful beauties of each season. Under a stadium of stars, a hot spring relieves the fatigue and thaws the heart of travelers. It may be likened to a spiritual home for modern people. Please enjoy local specialties using food from Kiso Mountains and high quality sake of the local area and other regions.
Campingfield Kisokodo is at the bottom of Kisokoma Mountain. Although the site is enveloped by the great nature, it is easy to access. Campers can refresh their mind and body through learning the rule of nature. There are many ways to have fun - fishing at the pond, trekking the path connected to Kisokodo or staying as a base camp for sightseeing or mountain climbing. All staffs are Kiso experts and they look forward to your visit.
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