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Japan’s Premier Alpine Resort

Hakuba Valley

The Hakuba Valley is a resort area at the very north of the Japanese Alps. While primarily known as one of Japan’s premier ski resort areas, Hakuba attracts visitors all year round with its beautiful nature and all-encompassing facilities that bring luxury and nature together for comfortable adventures in beautiful nature. Experience Hakuba’s wonder by hiking the Happo-one Trail or Tsugaike Nature Park, and enjoying views of the magnificent Hakuba-Sanzan Mountains: Shiroumadake, Shakushidake, and Yarigatake. The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route gateway is at the southern end of the valley, and its high snowy walls flank one of the most famous routes through the park.

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Alpine Routes and Famous Gorges

Tateyama Area

Tateyama is considered one of Japan’s most sacred mountains, and the focal point of this area of the park. The Oyama and Minehonsha shrines at the main peak are visited by many devotees in summer. The famous Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route passes through here, and leads you along such beautiful spots as Midagahara Marshland and the Kurobe Dam. Kurobe Gorge is also an incredibly famous spot—a must-visit!

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Symbol of the Japanese Alps

Kamikochi and Mt. Norikura

The southern region of the park is home to the Hotaka Mountain Range—symbol of the Japanese Alps. The Shin-Hotaka Ropeway here connects the Shin-Hotaka Hot Springs to Mt. Nishi-Hotakadake, and grants truly incredible views of the Northern Alps from the observation space on the roof of the ropeway terminal. Mt. Norikura and the Norikura Kogen Highland here also spark joy in every visitor. Kamikochi meanwhile, is also special… wondering why? Come along and find out for yourself!

RECOMMENDEDItineraries
2 DAY TRIP / 1st day
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7:20Tokyo to Shinshimashima StationLeave Tokyo Station on the 7:20 Shinkansen, change at Nagano then Matsumoto Station, arriving at Shinshimashima Station at 10:40.
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11:50Mt. Norikura Snow Wall BusFrom Norikura Kogen Tourist Information Center, ride the Haruyama Bus through a corridor of towering snow — only in spring.
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16:15Move to Shirahone OnsenHead to this small, historic onsen area known for its milky-white healing mineral waters.
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18:30Norikura Star & Moon Outdoor RestaurantIndulge in fine dining under the night sky at a glamping site. Enjoy some stargazing after dinner from inside or out of the tent.
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GoodnightStay the night at a hotel in the Ski-jo-mae area, rest up, and prepare for more adventures tomorrow.
2 DAY TRIP / 2nd day
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9:25Depart Ski-jo-mae for Matsumoto StationTake a bus and a short walk to Matsumoto Castle — find something good for lunch along the way!
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13:00Arrive and explore Matsumoto CastleLook around the five-tiered castle tower designated a National Treasure of Japan.
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18:20Matsumoto to Nagano StationMove on to Nagano Station, and find a delicious dinner before boarding the bullet train.
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20:25Shinkansen to Tokyo StationRide the Shinkansen to Tokyo Station, and take a rest at your base before your next adventure.
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