|Day 1||Mitsumata ~ Mt. Chogatake||5hr 05min|
|Day 2||Mt. Chogatake ~ Mt. Jonen ~ Daitenso Mountain Hutte||9hr 15min|
|Day 3||Daitenso Mountain Hutte ~ Mt. Tsubakuro (roundtrip to summit) ~ Nakabusa Mt. Tsubakuro Trail Head||6hr 00min|
Start your hike from the Mitsumata trailhead and climb north towards Mt. Chogatake. It’s a long climb up that will take you about 5 hours but your efforts will be well rewarded upon reaching the Chogatake mountain hut and the peak of Mt. Chogatake which is just another short 5 minutes climb from the hut. From Chogatake, the route follows an undulating ridgeline with incredible views of Mt. Yarigatake and Mt. Hotaka to the west and the cities of Azumino and Matsumotodaira to the east below. When doing the hike over 3 days, you’ll pass by Mt. Jonen and continue along to Mt. Otensho and the Daitenjo Mountain Hut (the mountain is referred to by both names). If doing the hike over 4 days, you may want to plan an additional stay at the Mt. Jonen mountain hut. From Daitenso, head towards Mt. Tsubakuro. This mountain is famous for its unusual rock formations such as the “Dolphin Rock” as well as the lovely pink Komakusa flowers which bloom during the summer. The Enzansou mountain hut is one of the largest in the Northern Alps and is your last stop before descending the long Kassen Ridge towards the Nakabusa trailhead. If time allows, treat yourself to a well-earned dip in the Nakabusa Hot Springs after your hike.