Let’s Go Hiking in Nagano’s Northern Alps

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  • The Japanese Alps is a series of mountains dividing the island of Honshu. Popularly known as the Northern Alps (Nihon Arupusu), Hida mountain is a volcanic mountain range stretching through three prefectures namely, Nagano, Toyama and Gifu prefectures. Because of its amazing views and beautiful sceneries, this became a part of Japanese tourism attraction, especially for hiking lovers.

    Hiking Near Chubu Sangaku National Park

    One main attraction in the Northern Alps is the Chubu Sangaku National Park. The park provides an amazing alpine vistas for travelers. Here are a few of the places where you can go hiking in Chubu Sangako National Park.

    Mount Tateyama

    Mount Tateyama, also known as “Tate” is considered to be one of the sacred mountains in Japan. It is 3,015 meters high and will take about 1 day going up. The name Tateyama, in kanji characters, means “standing” or “outstanding.” If you’re interested to go for a hike, remember to visit Oyama Shrine along the way.

    Visiting Oyama shrine is said to give the tourists a blessing on their venture. The priest usually gives sake to those visiting the place. For those who are hungry and thirsty, there’s also an area around for you to freshen yourselves.

    The tallest waterfalls can also be found in the area. It is said to be 350 meters tall (1,148 feet).


    Happo-One is a popular ski resort in Japan during the winter season. Trailing this range is a worthwhile one. Happo-One Nature Study Trail gives you that much-needed adventure if you want to know more about the place. There’s always a long line at the ticketing office so you have to go there very early. The catch is, you can get a discount! From 2,900 yen to 2,610 yen for adults and from 1,750 yen to 1,580 yen for children.