Mt. Shirouma

Mt. Shirouma is located at the northern part of the Ushiro Tateyama Peaks, and the beautiful scenery of Hakuba Sanzan(the three famous mountains of Hakuba)—Mt. Hakuba Yari, Mt. Shakushi, and Mt. Shirouma—is a view that represents the Northern Alps. Mt. Shirouma is known for having abundant alpine plants, and many beautiful flowers can be enjoyed in summer. The best season to see alpine plants is mid-July to mid-August, and the scenery of the flowers blooming all over the large slopes never ceases to attract the visitors. On the route from Sarukura to Mt. Shirouma, you will climb the Hakuba Valley which is 3.5km in total length with an altitude of 600m, the biggest scale in Japan. The Hakuba Valley route is popular for having large amount of snow even in midsummer, and the line of mountaineers climbing the valley in summer is always exciting to watch.

Mt. Karamatsu

Mt. Karamatsu is located at the halfway point connecting Mt. Shirouma of the Ushiro Tateyama Peaks and Mt. Kashima Yari. On the route from Happo-one, the Happoike Hut at an altitude of 1,831m can be climbed easily using the gondola and lift of the Happo Alpen Line. Since mountaineers can reach the summit without pushing themselves, it is popular as a mountain of the Northern Alps for beginners. In addition, you will be able to enjoy plenty of alpine plants and splendid views(a grand panorama of the Northern Alps including Hakuba Sanzan on the right and Mt. Goryu and Mt. Kashima Yari on the left) on this course. From the summit, you will be breath taken by the view of Mt. Tsurugi and the Tateyama mountain range over Kurobe Valley and Mt. Goryu which has a dynamic figure.

Mt. Goryu

Mt. Goryu, which is one of the “100 Famous Japanese Mountains”, is a rocky mountain that stretches out the Tomi-one on the east and has a bold and daring figure. To climb directly to Mt. Goryu from the foot of the mountain, you will need to take the Goryu Telecabin to the mountaintop station and head to Tomi-one from there. From the mountaintop station, you will first go to Goryu Alpine Botanical Garden where you can find various kinds of alpine plants, and then to Jizo no Kashira(which has a fantastic view), and finally to Mt. Kotomi by walking the ridge. From Mt. Kotomi, you will be able to enjoy a gigantic panorama of Ushiro Tateyama Peaks from Happo-one to Mt. Karamatsu, Mt. Goryu, and Mt. Yari. After you walk from Mt. Kotomi to Mt. Nakatomi, Mt. Otomi, Mt. Nishitomi, and Mt. Haku, you will find the Goryu mountain cabin, and you can reach the summit of Mt. Goryu after a one hour climb from there. Other courses will be from Mt. Karamatsu (the north side) and a longitudinal course from Mt. Kashima Yari(the south side). From Mt. Kotomi to Mt. Nishitomi, you will discover a dynamic sight of Mt. Kashima Yari and the rocky east side of Mt. Goryu. In autumn, you can also see the beautifully colored leaves.

Hakuba Yari Hot-spring

Mt. Shirouma is located in the northern part of Ushiro Tateyama Peaks, and the view of Hakuba Sanzan ( Mt. Yari, Mt. Shakushi, and Mt. Shirouma) is a sight that represents the Northern Alps. Mt. Shirouma is known for its beautiful alpine plants. The natural hot spring located at the halfway point (2,100m) of the mountain, “Sanba no Yu”, has been loved by mountaineers and hunters for many years. It is perfect to be called an unexplored hot spring since you must climb with hard-core equipment just to get there. It takes approximately 6 hours from the Sarakura-so at the entrance of Mt. Shirouma.

Happo-one Nature Study Course

The Happo-one stretches from the ridgeline of Mt. Karamatsu (2,696m) of the Northern Alps Hakuba mountain range. Happo Ikesanso, the terminal of the Happo Alpen Line(which includes the gondola and lift), to the Happo Pond is a popular trekking course. This is a course with a fantastic view of mountains of the Northern Alps such as Hakuba Sanzan and Mt. Goryu. On sunny days, you will find a mystic sight at the destination of the Happo-one Nature Study Course—the Hakuba mountain range reflecting in the water of the Happo Pond at 2,060m above sea level. It is also known as a treasure house of alpine plants in summer, and around July to August, you will find various flowers such as day lilies and hellebores in the Kurobishidaira area, and Aleutian avens and pincushion flowers in the Happo Pond area.

Hakuba Snow Valley

Hakuba Snow Valley, which is the biggest in Japan, is 3.5km in total length and at 600m above sea level. Even in summer, the valley is cold like a natural refrigerator and the cool breeze will blow away the summer heat. Starting from Sarakura, the Hakuba Snow Valley promenade will not cease to entertain you with its beautiful nature and is a recommended trekking course for summer: flowers and trees such as Japanese pieris, skeleton flowers, Japanese wood poppies, soft windflowers, Japanese beeches, and Japanese horse chestnuts; the transparent mountain stream which snowmelt flows; the astonishing view of the ridgeline continuing to Mt. Shirouma and Mt. Korenge. You can arrive at the valley in approximately 1 hour 30 minutes on foot from Sarukura.
*You will need professional mountain climbing equipment to climb upward from Hakuba Snow Valley cairn since it is a mountain climbing route.

Mt. Kotoomi

This is a course from Jizo no Kashira to Mt. Kotomi at 2,007m above sea level.
Climb the Hakuba Goryu Alpine Plants Botanical Garden to arrive at Jizo no Kashira. After climbing the Jizo Cairn(with a stunning 360 degree view) and stairs made of approximately 200 logs, you will find a very open view. After passing Alps Daira, Ichinosegami, and Ninosegami, you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the from the summit of Mt. Kotomi of the grand Alps including Mt. Goryu.

Nezuko Forest

A trekking course at the Iwatake summit. The Iwatake summit has a fabulous view of the mountain range of the Northern Alps, Hakuba Village, and the mountains of Higashiyama. After enjoying the gorgeous lilies, try taking a walk through the mystic and healing Nezuko Forest.

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