For Beginners

When you want to enjoy the stars
in the Yatsugatake area.
Visit this page for the how, where, and when.

How Do I See Stars?

When you want to see the stars, all you have to do is to look up to the sky. You do not need any equipment either. But, when there is someone who could tell you more about the stars, has binoculars or a telescope, and knows a good place, it would surely increase your pleasure watching the stars. Our navigators will help you to enjoy the stargazing experience!

Q. What should I bring?

The Yatsugatake highlands are cool even during the summer. You should bring a jacket! In winter it is cold! Furthermore, bring a rug or a sleeping bag for laying down, a small light to navigating your way (Cover the light with red cellophane or something else, as not to bother others.), and a constellation chart board (Recently there are apps for your smartphone that name the constellations and stars, and that give provide extra information.).

Where Should I Go?

In the Yatsugatake area are many accommodations that organize stargazing gatherings and from where you can see the stars beautifully. Please, check this out! There are many accommodations with guides, or where you can rent a telescope. Because of different situations and circumstances, make sure to contact each facility for details.

Q. Are there stargazing spots other than hotels?

Find a dark place without streetlights or other light sources and you should be able to see the stars well. Make sure not to trespass on farmland or pasture land. There are not many bears at the foot of the Yatsugatake area, but be careful of deer and other animals on the roads! The photo gallery provides you with information about the places from where the photos were taken. When you need more information about finding a location to watch the stars, do not hesitate to contact us.

When Is The Best Time?

The stars return each year to the same place in the sky after the earth completes its orbit. Each season provides a different night sky. However, when the sky is overcast, it will be impossible to see the stars.

Winter has the highest probability of having a clear sky in the Yatsugatake area and is also the season when the stars are brightest.

At an altitude of 1900 meters, we organize stargazing events during the "Winter season" period from December to February. Make sure to check our website for more information.

Q. What is the best time to see the Milky Way?

First of all, choose a day when there is no, or almost no moon in the sky. (Or a day the moon is not too close to the Milky Way.)
You can check the position of the moon and the Milky Way by using a stars dial chart.
What is marked as the Summer Milky Way, (the light of the Milky Way in summer is relatively strong) is called the Summer Triangle. You will find the triangle between stars Vega, Deneb and Altair.
From about May to June, it will pass overhead in the middle of the night. This is also a perfect time to observe the Milky Way. From July to August, you will find it gradually moving from South to East, and from August to September, it tilts towards the western evening sky.
From October to December, while the days will gradually grow shorter, you will still be able to see the Summer constellation in the Western sky. On a very clear day, it is even possible to see it from the early evening.
Between December to March, you are also able to see the Winter Milky Way. Nevertheless, it is significantly thinner than in summer. Look for the Winter Triangle marker. (Sirius, Betelgeuse, Procyon).

Q. How can I take part in this event?

From time to time, we will update our Star Round Yatsugatake Facebook page, after the dates of new events have been decided.
There are also planetariums and workshops. By all means, check:
> Star Round Yatsugatake Facebook
> contact us for more information

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