Kiso Mountains (木曽山脈, Kiso Sanmyaku) are a mountain range in Nagano and Gifu prefectures in Japan. They are also called the Central Alps (中央アルプス, Chūō Arupusu) and they combine with the Hida Mountains ("Northern Alps") and the Akaishi Mountains ("Southern Alps") to form a group collectively known as the Japanese Alps.

Kiso Mountains
Central Alps
Kiso Mountains from Mount Senjo 2004-1-4.jpg
Kiso Mountains from Mount Senjō in the Akaishi Mountains
Highest point
PeakMount Kisokoma (Kiso District, Nagano Prefecture)
Elevation2,956 m (9,698 ft)
Coordinates35°47′22″N 137°48′16″E / 35.78944°N 137.80444°E / 35.78944; 137.80444Coordinates: 35°47′22″N 137°48′16″E / 35.78944°N 137.80444°E / 35.78944; 137.80444
Dimensions
Length65 km (40 mi)
Width15 km (9.3 mi)
Naming
Native name木曽山脈, 中央アルプス  (Japanese)
Geography
CountryJapan
PrefecturesGifu and Nagano

OutlineEdit

The mountain range consists of granite. The Komagatake Ropeway is on the east side of Mount Kisokoma.[1] A lot of tourists visit the station on the top. The upper part of the mountain range is the tree line, and a lot of alpine plants grow naturally. Leontopodium shinanense of Leontopodium is endemic around Mount Kisokoma.

GeographyEdit

Major peaksEdit

No.
Image

Mountain
Height
Note
Japanese

1   Mount Kyō 2,296.25 m (7,534 ft) 200 famous 経ヶ岳
2   Mount Shōgikashira 2,730 m (8,957 ft) 将棊頭山
3   Mount Kisokoma 2,955.95 m (9,698 ft) highest in Kiso Mountains
100 famous
木曽駒ヶ岳
4   Mount Hōken 2,931 m (9,616 ft) Senjōjiki Cirque 宝剣岳
5   Mount Sannosawa 2,848.48 m (9,345 ft) 三ノ沢岳
6   Mount Hinokio 2,827.74 m (9,277 ft) 檜尾岳
7   Mount Kumasawa 2,778 m (9,114 ft) 熊沢岳
8   Mount Utsugi 2,863.71 m (9,395 ft) 100 famous 空木岳
9   Mount Minamikoma 2,841 m (9,321 ft) 200 famous 南駒ヶ岳
10   Mount Kosumo 2,613.24 m (8,574 ft) 300 famous 越百山
11   Mount Okunenjō 2,303 m (7,556 ft) 奥念丈岳
12   Mount Ampeiji 2,363.14 m (7,753 ft) 200 famous 安平路山
13   Mount Surikogi 2,168.52 m (7,115 ft) 摺古木山
14   Mount Ena 2,191 m (7,188 ft) 100 famous[2] 恵那山
15   Mount Ōkawairi 1,907.74 m (6,259 ft) 大川入山
Foothills
  • Mount Nenjō (念丈岳), 2,291 m (7,516 ft)
  • Mount Nagiso (南木曽岳), 1,677 m (5,502 ft)
  • Mount Kazakoshi (Kiso) (風越山), 1,699 m (5,574 ft)
  • Mount Kazakoshi (Ena) (風越山), 1,535 m (5,036 ft)

RiversEdit

Rivers with headwaters in the Kiso Mountains drain to Ise Bay of the Pacific Ocean. They include:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Central Alps Komagatake Ropeway & Bus Services". Chuo Alps Kanko. Archived from the original on 2010-10-16. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  2. ^ Mount Ena Outdoor Information. (in Japanese) Take-net. Accessed June 27, 2008.

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

  Media related to Kiso Mountains at Wikimedia Commons