Known as the "rooftop of Japan," the Japan Alps area offers some of the best outdoor experiences in the country. Here, you can explore the wilderness of the rugged mountains, camping or staying in lodges along the way, or marvel at the beauty of Kamikochi in the Chubu Sangaku National Park, which is accessible to all ages. There are plenty of winter activities to enjoy, as well, from downhill skiing and snowboarding to snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
To get some rest and relaxation in nature, the Japan Alps area is scattered with natural hot springs, traditional Japanese inns, and casual family-run lodges. For amazing star-filled night skies and spectacular autumn leaves, you won't want to miss a visit to Norikura Highlands.