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Trail Running Plan 01 – (Yamanashi – Nishizawa Keikoku Hiking Course)

November 14, 2009

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This trail run course is not easy to access but certainly worth the trip as it is by far one of the most beautiful hiking trail there is in Japan. If you love waterfalls and hiking trails with lots of ups and downs, and great scenery, you will be well served. Surrounded by countless waterfalls and sakura flowers during the spring cherry blossom season, you will be breath taken all along until your reach Nanatsugama-Godan-no-Taki (the last and biggest water fall of the trail). This last one ranks among the top 100 waterfalls of Japan.

TRAIL RUN COURSE DETAILS – 10KM COURSE

PART I
:
From: The car park near Point 1
(see map below)
To: The Nanatsugama-Godan-no-Taki waterfall near Point 18
Distance: 4km (Uphill)

PART II:
From:
The Nanatsugama-Godan-no-Taki waterfall near Point 18
To: The car park near point 1 (see map below)
Distance: 6Km (downhill)

The entire course will take you about 4 hours hiking / walking

P1180315The Nanatsugama-Godan-no-Taki waterfall

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On the way up to point 18

nishizawa-mapcourseCourse details (In Japanese)

Access:
The valley of Nishizawa  (Nishizawakeikoku / 西沢渓谷) is located by the Fuefuki River (笛吹川) in the north side of Yamanashi. It is a part of Chichibu-Tama-Kai National park (秩父多摩甲斐国立公園) where you can find a lot of other very beautiful similar trails and hiking courses.

nishizawa hiking course location
Get there by Car:
From Shinjuku station (Tokyo), follow the Chuo Expressway until Enzan station.  You will then need to head north on the road 38 until you reach the road 140 which will lead you directly to the trail starting point upper north.

Get there by Train:
From Shinjuku station (Tokyo), take the JR Chuo line until Enzan station. If you take an express train, you can get there in about 90 minutes (3190 Yen) . A local train will take you up to 150 minutes and you will need to do at least one transfer along the way (1460 Yen).

From Enzan station, you can ride the bus directly to Nishizawa Keikoku trail. The ride last about 1 hour and will cost you 1020 Yen each way. !!Attention!! There are only 6 bus rides available per day from December until April.
If you choose to take a cab, it will cost around 5,000 to 6,000 yen one way. It is worth considering if you are travelling in a group.

For more information on the trail and the location, please check the following link (in Japanese only):
http://www.city.yamanashi.yamanashi.jp/kanko/seeing/29.html

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