Mount Ena 恵那山 (Gifu Prefecture)

Japan

Mount Ena is located in the southern most end of the Central Japanese Alps. It is one of the '100 famous mountains' of Japan and is a holy place as it is the supposed birth place of Emperor Tensho.

Lookouts
Bird Watching
Picnic Facilities
Toilets
Alpine
2191m
Maximum Elevation

Getting there

There are two different trails up Mount Ena, the one I'll describe here is the route that I took. You begin the hike at Misakatouge (神坂峠) located on the border between Gifu and Nagano. You can approach Misakatouge from either the Gifu or Nagano side. If coming from Gifu, drive along the Old Nakasendo Road in Nakatsugawa and there will be a turn off near a Family Mart. Note that this is the last convience store along the way, stock up here for food on the hike. Continue down the road to the right of the Family Mart. This will take you on a very windy mountainous road. Turn on the lights on your car so that other cars can see you. The road is very tight and is impressive that it is somehow a two-way road. Continue along this road until you reach the Misakatouge car park. There will be a map and sign there that marks the beginning of the hike. 

Maps

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Route/Trail notes

Begin the hike from the carpark. Look for signs that read 恵那山登山口. Make sure that you can read the kanji 恵那山 as it will be important to follow signs on the hike that have this written on it. Continue along the hiking until you read a 360 Panorama location that gives you sweeping views of the nearby mountains. Take a right at the fork in the road, the track should be heading downhill through the sasa bamboo grass. Continue along this path and you will summit 大判山 where there are chairs to rest on. There will be a sign here that marks the elevation as 1,691m, you still have a long ways to climb from here. Continue past 大判山, following signs for 恵那山. There will be a lot of uphil climbing, but no scrambling or anything technically difficult. Along the way you will pass a few shrines. Just before you reach the summit there is a mountain hut. Just behind the mountain hut is a view spot where you can get a sweeping view of the central alps. There is no view form the true summit so make sure that you check out the view from near the hut. After resting at the hut, continue along the path for another 10m or so and you will reach the true summit of Mt. Ena. the area is heavily wooded and not particularly exciting. There is a shrine there. After summiting, continue back on the route that you climbed. 

 

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