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Old Usui Pass
Old Usui Pass is in the north of the national route Usui Toge, a mountain path. This is also where the prefectural road coming from Karuizawa city center leads to. You can reach the Old Usui Pass all the way near the top by hiking, bus or car, and it is a spectacular observation spot offering scenic views on a sunny day with Mt. Asama, Mt. Myogi, the Southern Alps and the Yatsugatake volcanic group. Spend some relaxing time in this peaceful place with abundant nature.
- Togemachi, Karuizawa, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano
- Contact No.
- 15-min car ride from JR Karuizawa Station
- Time Required
- 2 hours
- Admission fee
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Brick Arch Bridge called "Megane Bashi (Glasses Bridge)": Japan's Biggest
Megane Bashi (glasses bridge) is a beautiful arch bridge made from red bricks combining art and technology and was completed in 1892. Five sections of the bridge, from the second to the sixth still remain, and are registered as an important cultural property. It is the first bridge in Japan to be built in this style and is also the biggest, 31 m in height and 91 m in length. Over 2 million bricks were used for its construction!
Old Usui Pass Observation Point
Old Usui Pass Observation Point is an observation park with a great view, located a few hundred meters south from Old Usui Pass. The border between Nagano and Gunma prefectures is here and on a sunny day, the view is remarkable. The spot is well known and always lively as a great viewing point. At times, you can even see a sea of clouds beneath. The night view is also a must-see!
Enjoy Nature at the Old Usui Pass Trail
The Old Usui Pass Trail is a hiking course where you can enjoy rich nature. Along the mountain trail with many wild flowers and birds, you can appreciate the charm of Karuizawa. There is also a suspension bridge on the way, which is a popular hidden spot. Make sure to bring something like a bell that produces sounds, as this is a habitat of wild animals.