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Hike Japan's North Alps Mountain Trails
  • Hike Japan's North Alps Mountain Trails
  • Hike Japan's North Alps Mountain Trails
  • Hike Japan's North Alps Mountain Trails
  • Hike Japan's North Alps Mountain Trails
  • Hike Japan's North Alps Mountain Trails
  • Hike Japan's North Alps Mountain Trails
  • Hike Japan's North Alps Mountain Trails
  • Hike Japan's North Alps Mountain Trails
  • Hike Japan's North Alps Mountain Trails
  • Hike Japan's North Alps Mountain Trails
  • Hike Japan's North Alps Mountain Trails
  • Hike Japan's North Alps Mountain Trails
  • Hike Japan's North Alps Mountain Trails
  • Hike Japan's North Alps Mountain Trails
  • Hike Japan's North Alps Mountain Trails
  • Hike Japan's North Alps Mountain Trails
  • Hike Japan's North Alps Mountain Trails
  • Hike Japan's North Alps Mountain Trails
  • Hike Japan's North Alps Mountain Trails
  • Hike Japan's North Alps Mountain Trails

Hike Japan's North Alps Mountain Trails

Traverse Japan's Highest Mountain Range

Key features

  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Mountain trails
  • Japan Alps
  • North Alps
  • Spectacular scenery
  • Alpine views
  • Overnight hikes
  • Mountain huts
  • June to October

Trailheads (from Hotaka Station)

Nakabusa55-min drive
Ichinosawa25-min drive
Mitsumata35-min drive

Nearby Attractions (from Hotaka Station)

Matsumoto Castle30-min drive
Hakuba Village60-min drive
Kamikochi90-min drive

Hike Japan's North Alps Mountain Trails

Traverse Japan's Highest Mountain Range

Key features

  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Mountain trails
  • Japan Alps
  • North Alps
  • Spectacular scenery
  • Alpine views
  • Overnight hikes
  • Mountain huts
  • June to October
One of three mountain ranges making-up the ‘Japanese Alps’, the ‘North Alps’ boast some of the country’s highest peaks and spectacular alpine scenery. Visitors wanting to ascend high into the mountains along hiking trails can do some from the rural enclave of Azumino. Located around 30-minutes by train from Matsumoto, Azumino has three trailheads located at Nakabusa Onsen, Ichinosawa and Mitsumata from where trails lead into the mountains. Walks range from one-day hikes to multi-day courses requiring hikers to camp or stay in mountain huts overnight. Subject to heavy snow through winter, the hiking season runs from June until October.
At its heart, Japan is a country of mountains with over seventy percent of the land mass deemed ‘mountainous’, and many peaks considered sacred. Mountain worship plays a key role in Japan’s native religion of Shintoism, imbuing even the most casual of alpine walks with significance. Long considered the realm of the gods, mountains offer and escape from the crowds and stress of the world below and a path into the heart of Japan.

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  • Hike Japan's North Alps Mountain Trails
  • Hike Japan's North Alps Mountain Trails
  • Hike Japan's North Alps Mountain Trails
  • Hike Japan's North Alps Mountain Trails
  • Hike Japan's North Alps Mountain Trails
  • Hike Japan's North Alps Mountain Trails

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How to Access the Trailheads

Azumino's three trailheads - Nakabusa, Ichinosawa and Mitsumata - are all easily accessed by bus or taxi from Hotaka Station.

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When to Go & What to Take

When to Go & What to Take

To get the most out of your hiking experience, it’s important to plan ahead and make sure you know what to expect.

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What To Expect

Single to multi-day routes
Beginner to expert routes
Well-maintained trails
Signposted trails
Rest stations
Food/drink stations
Mountain huts (must be booked in advance)

What To Take

See our 'When to Go & What to Take' page for details

Access

Trailheads (from Hotaka Station)

Nakabusa55-min drive
Ichinosawa25-min drive
Mitsumata35-min drive

Nearby Attractions (from Hotaka Station)

Matsumoto Castle30-min drive
Hakuba Village60-min drive
Kamikochi90-min drive