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Challenges for Experts with Beauty for Novices

Mt. Naeba and The Tanigawa Mountain Range

The Mt. Naeba area has great ski resorts, such as Naeba, Kaguramitsumata. While popular as a heavy snow area in the winter, the Mt. Naeba area features expansive Japanese beech forests, broad marshes, and many ponds surrounded by blooming flowers in the spring and summer. The Tanigawa Mountain Range includes Mt. Tanigawa—the range’s highest peak. The Tanigawadake Tenjindaira Ski Resort is usually open December to May as heavy snows and rocky mountain terrain produce a superb powder. Ichinokurasawa Gorge, one of Japan's three great rock faces, is a rock-climbing Mecca. While complex slopes attract experienced and well-equipped hikers and climbers, there are easier hikes for novices, and the Tanigawadake Ropeway allows anyone to enjoy the mountain views without any hiking.

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A Volcanic Wonderland Blessed with Hot Springs

Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane and Shiga Kogen Areas

In the center of the park, Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane is an active volcano characterized by impressive crater lakes. Volcanic activity has produced notable onsen resorts. The most popular onsen include Manza Onsen to the west, and Kusatsu Onsen, famous for its old-world flavor, to the east. Slightly north, Shima Onsen in Nakanojo Town, Gunma Prefecture offers abundant nature, the colors of each season, and even wild animals. Shiga Kogen (Shiga Highland) is home to one of Japan's top ski resorts. You’ll find 70 marshes and lakes, large and small, represented most famously by Onuma Pond. To the west, Jigokudani Yaen-Koen in Yamanouchi Town, Nagano Prefecture is known around the world for the snow monkeys—wild Macaques active throughout the year but better known for enjoying in the hot springs in winter.

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A Natural Wonderland for Relaxation and Recreation

Mt. Azumaya Area, Mt. Asama Area, and Karuizawa

An eruption split Azumaya volcano, creating Mt. Azumaya and Mt. Nekodake in the south of the park. Hikers from around the world enjoy these mountains blessed with exotic landscapes and brilliant flowers. Further south, the area around Mt. Asama—an iconic volcano and the park’s highest peak—features popular recreational areas: Takamine Highland is a base for skiing and mountain climbing, and popular hot springs; Onioshidashi Park is a picturesque park shaped by volcanic sediment in Gunma Prefecture. Just across the border, lies the resort town of Karuizawa in Kitasaku, Nagano Prefecture. Initially, a popular place for non-Japanese to escape the summer heat during the Meiji period, Karuizawa has become Japan’s representative summer retreat and is home to the National Karuizawa Wild Bird Forest.

RECOMMENDEDItineraries
2 DAY TRIP / 1st day
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8:10Shinkansen to Nagano StationLeave Tokyo Station on the 8:12 Shinkansen, arrive at Nagano Station at 9:39, then move to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.
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11:00Lunch around Snow Monkey ParkEnjoy lunch around the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.
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13:00Meet the snow monkeysSee the monkeys bathing in hot springs, especially in winter with the striking contrast of snow all around.
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18:10Move to Shiga Kogen Yama no EkiHead to Yama no Eki, Japanese for 'Mountain Station', for souvenirs and dining with great views of the mountains.
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19:00Overnight in the Shiga Kogen areaStay overnight near Yama no Eki in Shigakogen, ready for the next day's exploration.
2 DAY TRIP / 2nd day
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9:45Take a Guided Trekking Tour of Shiga Kogen’s LakesMeet a guide near Yama no Eki, and set out for Shiga Kogen's famous Shibuike Pond, Shijuhachiike marshland, and Onuma Pond.
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Get ready for your next adventureAfter a full day of hiking, stopping another night in Shiga Kogen lets you rest up ready for more adventure the next day.
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