Nagiso 1679m (南木曽岳) is an intermediate loop hike in Gifu/Nagano. This hike is great as a dayhike from Nagoya and has a little more challenge than other hikes in the area.
Elevation Gain: 812m
Park just before the trailhead. It was 200¥ donation and it's quite small. Come early if you go on the weekend and in summer. There are also toilets (no toilet paper, a little dirty).
If you're coming by public transport you'll have to take the train to Nagiso station and there change to the bus to Okoshi. It takes 17min. Depending on the season there are 4-6 departures a day. For most of the year the first departure is at 8:40. From here its about an hour walk to the trailhead.
The first bit until the trailhead is on a forest road. After that it's pretty steep until you get up to the little plateau.
The way up is a combination of planks, ladders and stairs and really fun. It's a nice little challenge and relatively short.
You'll also pass a stream and small waterfall. There are no views from the actual peak, but if you go a little further the area will open up and you'll have some nice views of the central alps.
Minami Kisodake Shelter: I can't remember if it's free, but the toilet was 100¥ donation. It looked nice and clean. Maybe space for 10-15 people.
Elevation Profile & Map
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