The Kiryu Alps 桐生アルプス

Soaking in the views from atop the Kiryu Alps.
Soaking in the views from atop the Kiryu Alps.

Kiryu, is a small city in Gunma Prefecture. It is the northeastern most city in the Kita-Kanto Region of the main island of Japan called Honshu.

Located at the foothills of the massive stratovolcano Mount Akagi and along the headwaters of the Watarase River Kiryu is surrounded by growing jagged peaks that stretch north all the way to the historical city of Nikko, Tochigi.

It is in these mountains north of Kiryu that we find some of our favorite roads, hikes, and nature to explore in Japan. Welcome to the Kiryu Alps!

Notable Peaks

Narukamiyama 鳴神山 (elev. 991m)

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The top of Narukamiyama offer sweeping 360 degree views!

The most well known peak in the Kiryu Alps is Narukamiyama 鳴神山. Naru-kami-yama roughly translates to “ringing or echoing gods mountain.” And this mountain is know as THE hiking trail to hike in the area.

Hiking Map

Nemotosan 根本さん (elev. 1199m)

The highest peak in the Kiryu alps is Nemotosan 根本さん. On the boarder of Gunma and Tochigi Prefectures this peak is 18km from central Kiryu and can be hiked to from the Lake Umeda Recreation Area.

Hiking Map

Azumayama 吾妻山 (elev. 481m)

The closest peak to town Azumayama is the go to short hike for locals. From Kiryu city center it’s just 2km to the summit. Azumayama is also home to a great set of trails along the ridge line out to the high peaks of Narukamiyama and Nemotosan.

Each morning you can find dedicated hikers and trail runners out catching the sunrise from atop Azumayama.

Hiking Map

Beyond the Kiryu Alps

Views of Mount Akagi from the Kiryu Bridge.
Views of the local volcano Mount Akagi from the Kiryu Bridge.

Beyond the Kiryu Alps there are mountains to the west, north, and east. These are Mount Akagi, The Mae Nikko Highlands, the Ashikaga Foothills respectively.

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