Running along the spine of the main island of Honshu, the Japanese Alps offer a welcome break from the heat of the cities. Although a popular winter getaway, the region’s scenic hiking routes and magnificent alpine vistas can be enjoyed year-round.
Rising to heights of 3,000 metres, the soaring snow-capped mountains that make up the Japanese Alps are a true adventurer’s playground. In the winter the region fills will visitors keen to enjoy the world-class skiing on offer. A handful of renowned ski resorts operate here, including Habuka and Niseko which are popular thanks to their first-class facilities and epic runs. Don’t worry if skiing is not your thing; the region has so much more to offer the willing traveller.
You can get a taste of ‘old’ Japan by exploring the picture-postcard towns and villages scattered throughout the mountains. Takayama, an UNESCO World Heritage Town, offers a glimpse into traditional Japanese life and a chance to enjoy an array of regional delicacies. Kanzanawa’s preserved temples and tearooms are a cultural delight, whilst Matsumoto’s ‘Black Crow’ castle is a must-see.
Venture to Yudanaka Onsen for a chance to see wild snow monkeys bathing in hot springs to escape the chilly mountain air.
An equally impressive summer destination, you can spend your days wandering along picturesque hiking trails. The 37 km Kurobe Alpine route features dynamic scenery such as the Kurobe Dam, waterfalls and colossal snow walls, whilst the ancient Nakasendo Trail will take you through quaint villages and the photogenic Kiso Valley.
Just a 2-hour bullet train from Tokyo, you could be enjoying some of Japan’s finest mountain scenery in no time. Speak to one of our specialists to start creating your luxury, tailor-made trip to the Japanese Alps.