Senjojiki Cirque: Snow in Summer
This is Senjojiki Cirque. The kind of place where you can have your cake and eat it too. Just imagine high burning temperatures completely chilled down by snow in the summer at the same time?!
Today’s episode is bit of a tongue twister. Say it with me … Sen-jo-ji-ki Surk. Got it? Good.
If you watch the episode close enough, you’ll catch me butcher the name a few times, shame! Haha!
Beach Please? Um…
If there’s one thing you should know about me : Summer is my least favorite season. I know, I know… While most the world can’t wait to get into their bikinis and frolic in the beach, I’ll pass, lol. As to why? Well, I’ll save that for another time.
But here’s one: as an island girl from the Philippines who loves a great adventure, a drastic change of scenery and climate are two things I adore. Hence, the snow.
Like that time I slept inside a glass Igloo or took you several snow festivals in Japan, Sapporo, Asahikawa, Sounkyo and my reality vs expectation post, Otaru. Better yet, while April is the peak of summer in the Philippines, I chose to meet Santa Claus in Lapland in sub-zero temps! My kind of summer, haha!
If there’s one unique destination I recommend if you want something other than your usual Japan summer hotspots like Top 5 Hokkaido Flower Farms, then Senjojiki Cirque is nature’s best bet where get the best of both worlds, melting spring in summer.
Apologies for the quality of the photos as these were taken with an iPhone 5 back then. Just sharing some photos to add to my album of bucketlists coming true.
High in the Sky
With Mt Fuji in the distance, you can enjoy a picnic on the lower grounds or take it up a notch by hiking up the cirque.
If you arrive in summer clothes, not to worry as you can rent their in-house winter jackets and/or boots. You don’t even need to worry about proper hiking gear. The hike has varying levels and take a look at me, I managed gloriously in rain boots!
‘The Senjojiki Cirque is a bowl-like glacial landform that is 2,612 meters above sea level right beneath Hokendake, the highest peak of the Central Alps.”
And tourists like you can go up via ropeway to catch the snow before it completely melts until the next summer again.
I won’t get into it much further as everything you need to know about Senjojiki Cirque is in today’s episode.
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Hope you enjoy today’s destination at Senjojiki Cirque!
Love, light & snow,
Location: Senjojiki Cirque, Nagano, Japan
NOTE: This written post is merely an introduction as the main content is in the video. I highly encourage you to watch it for the full experience on what the episode is truly all about.