The Central Alps are synonymous with the Kiso Mountains that stretch from the southwestern part of Nagano to the border of Gifu and Aichi.
You can climb up from Komagane Highlands at the eastern foot of Mt. Koma to the Senjojiki Cirque by ropeway from the Shirabi Plateau. The ropeway takes you up a distance of 950 metres to the top station in 7 minutes 30 seconds, and from there you can enjoy hiking on a looped course that takes about 50 minutes to complete.
Also found at the Komagane Highlands is the Komagane Highland Museum of Art that exhibits art with distinct characteristics by artists such as Masuo Ikeda. Nearby are old temples surrounded by giant 100-year-old cedar trees, and Kozen-ji Temple with a garden of miniature hills and lakes.
Access: From Tokyo -
By rail - 2hrs 20mins from Shinjuku (Tokyo) to Okaya Station by JR Chuo Line (limited express), and 1hr 10mins from Okaya to Komagane Station by JR Iida Line.
By bus - 3hrs 50mins from Shinjuku (Tokyo) to Komagane by highway bus.
From Osaka -
By rail - 1hr 50mins from Shin-Osaka to Toyohashi Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line, and 3hrs 40mins from Toyohashi to Komagane Station by JR Iida Line.
Central Alps Official Guide