Walk along the ridges of the Japanese Northern Alps
Hakuba Valley is a hidden gem nestled at the foot of the Japanese Northern Alps; a series of mountain ranges that include several peaks exceeding 3,000 meters in height, and is a spectacular vantage point for mountaineers and tourists alike. It was selected as the venue for the 18th Olympic Winter Games in 1998, and is known to attract international skiers wishing to experience ‘Japow’ (Japanese powder snow) in winter. More recently, it has become a popular place to indulge in activities utilizing summer ski resorts and natural features during the green season.
A mountain climbing route interspersed with scenic landscapes of hills and mountains. You may encounter alpine plants that stem only in limited areas of Japan, in addition to rare animals such as the Japanese Rock Ptarmigan.
Happo Alpine Line - Happo Pond Villa - Happo Pond Take gondola and lifts up the mountain and complete a light 1-hour trek to Happo Pond, where you will be rewarded with picture-perfect vistas of Hakuba's three most popular mountains reflected in its waters.
Approx. 30 minutes gondola, lifts ride and 1 hour trekking.
Happo Pond - Mt.Karamatsu (challenge)
A guided trek adorned with distinctively beautiful alpine plants, this program will take you to a summit where you can see the main ridgeline of the Japanese Alps.
Approx. 2.5 hours - one way (climbing equipment required)
Approximately 370 types of rare flowers bloom in this national park. Well maintained walkways and boardwalks lead you across precious wetlands and highland plains. Visiting during autumn for its beautiful red and gold leaves is highly recommended.
One lap around Tsugaike Nature Park Alpine plants such as Mizubasho are known to bloom as the snow is melting, and day lilies can be seen during summer.
Approx. 4 hours around Tsugaike Nature Park
Tsugaike Kogen - Tengu-bara - Hakuba Norikura-dake - Hakuba Ooike Pond (challenge)
After you clear the marsh and steep rocks, you will reach a pond that is as beautiful as the scenic gardens.
Approx. 3.5 hours - one way
The central attraction is the grandeur of its natural landscapes and cultivation of trees and alpine plants that grow deep in the Northern Alps, complete with breathtaking views of the Japanese mountain ranges with high altitude tracks. Drinking water while trekking and mountaineering is highly recommended. Hakuba Valley is a wonderful place to delight in landscaped mountains and cities, as well as seasonal activities and traditional Japanese life style.