These photos are from my summer trip to "Shinshu",
the area of Japanese Alps, a month ago.
|Japanese Alps in the backdrop|
Kirigamine Plateau spreads at the height of 1500-1900 meters in Yatsugatake-Chushin Kogen Quasi-National Park in Nagano. It is a shield volcano with gentel slopes and the highest peak of Mt. Kuruma-yama (1925m).
The gentle rolling slopes are filled with alpine plants. It was a little early to see many flowering plants of summer. August would be the best time to go for flowers if you are okay with many tourists of high season.
シシウド, or Angelica, are outstanding with their height and big flowers.
Up close to the flowers, they look like burst-open flowers of fireworks.
ニッコウキスゲ, or Hemerocallis dumorteri, is a face of summer in Kirigamine. They were not yet to bloom extensively except the slopes of Mt. Kuruma-yama.
Kirigamine is the birthplace of glider in Japan. Beyond the grass is a runway for gliders built in 1933. I wonder how it would be to take off overlooking the city below.
|runway for glider|
The sightseeing road "Venus Line" (127km) which connects Tateshina highland over Mt. Kuruma-yama and Utsukushigahara highland runs through the area.