Head above the treeline for nature, skiing and hiking heaven in Japan’s snow-covered mountain ranges, the picturesque Japanese Alps. The Japanese Alps cut the island of Honshu in half, and are made up of three impressive mountain ranges – Kiso, Hida and Akaishi. Each has its own character, but they share thick alpine forests, towering mountain peaks and teal rivers in common.
This part of Japan is a mecca for snow sports enthusiasts, especially the famous resort of Hakub where you’ll find Olympic-standard slopes, powder and facilities. There are also plenty of other outdoor sports opportunities here to get your pulse racing, from trekking through the breathtaking Kamikochi highlands to ambitious mountain treks across the pristine plateau of Kumo-no-Daira.
The Japanese Northern Alps spans a vast area, so you can choose a different adventure each time you visit. You can take a scenic train journey over the Kurobe Gorge, climb the soaring Mt. Yarigatake, visit the historic Matsumoto Castle or head to the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Southern Alps – it’s up to you.
If you’re feeling particularly brave, why not tackle the famous Central Alps Komagatake Ropeway? A terrifying 2,600 metres up, it’s the perfect way to spot wildlife, rare plants and panoramic views of alpine scenery over the Senjojiki Cirque, carved by glaciers more than 20,000 years ago. If, of course, you can hold your nerve.
This part of Japan may be known for the romance of its snow-dusted, wintry scenery, but it’s a year-round playground for nature and outdoor sports lovers. There’s something magical to discover in the Japanese Alps every season.
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