Nature Spots in Hakuba / Omachi / Azumino Area

  • Lake Kizaki
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Omachishi Taira
    "The furthest downstream of the three ""Nishina"" lakes, which includes Lake Aoki and Lake Nakatsuna. The lakeshore area is maintained as a park with walking paths; a comprehensive hot spring bath facility and sports facilities are also located nearby, and the area is a popular destination for conducting sports training camps. Due to its cool climate, the lake area also sees many visitors in summer seeking to escape the heat. The Lake Kizaki Fireworks Show is held in August."
  • Happo Pond
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Kitadumigunhakubamura Hokujou
    Happo Pond reflects the Hakuba Mountain Range like a mirror. Located 2,060 meters above sea level in Hakuba Village, the seasonal beauty of area is reflected by the surface of the pond—in early summer, snow still lingers on the mountains, while in fall they are dyed crimson and gold.
  • Hakuba Happo-one
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    Nagano Pref. Kitadumigunhakubamura Hokujou Everywhere
    "A mountain located in Hakuba Village, Kitaazumi County, Nagano Prefecture. ""Happo-one"" means ""mountain ridges in all directions,"" a reference to the spurs which extend in all directions from Mt. Karamatsu in the Hakuba Mountain Range. Many people come here to enjoy trekking, and the course is dotted with scenic spots overlooking Happo Pond and 11 of Japan's 100 most well-known mountains. Rare alpine plans and Natural Monument-designated species such as Japanese serow and ptarmigans live in the area."
  • Tsugaike Nature Park
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    Nagano Pref. Kitadumigunotarimura Chikuniotsu
    A nature park situated inside Chubu Sangaku National Park which encloses one of Japan’s best high moors, which extends across a 2,000 meter tall mountain. The park is also renowned for its blooming flowers and fall colors. Alpine plants such as Asian skunk cabbage, Japanese wood poppy, and Dryas pentapetala can be found in the park, which flower beautifully from June to August. The park is outfitted with approximately 5.5 kilometers of wooden footpaths for visitors to take leisurely strolls on.
  • Lake Aoki
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    Nagano Pref. Omachishi Taira
    "The largest of the three ""Nishina"" lakes in Omachi City together with Lake Nakatsuna and Lake Kizaki. The lake is notable for its extremely clear waters and heart shape. Also called the ""mirror reflecting the Hida Mountains (Northern Alps),"" the lake is a popular scenic destination due to the beautiful view created by the mountains reflecting off the surface of the lake. The lake is also a popular kokanee fishing spot."
  • Shirasawa Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Kita-azumi-gun Hakubamura
    A pass situated along National Route 406 connecting Nagano City and Hakuba Village. The observatory along the pass offers a spectacular view. The observatory has parking for five vehicles and from it visitors can get a sweeping view of the Northern Japan Alps, including Mt. Kashimayari, Mt. Goryu, Mt. Karamatsu, and the Shirouma Three Mountains. The pass is narrow, so be sure to take sufficient care when driving it.
  • Mt. Tsubakuro
    Travel / Tourism
    Azumino City Nagano Prefecture
    A 2,763-meter-tall mountain located in the Hida Mountains (Northern Alps) in Azumino City, Nagano Prefecture. Visitors can see seasonal scenery; large swaths of dicentra, an alpine plant; and majestic Kaeruiwa Rock. A refuge on the top of the mountain can also be stayed in overnight. The Nakabusa Onsen hot spring district is also located near the mountain's trailhead and the mountain has become a popular destination for great numbers of climbers. The mountain has been selected as one of Japan's 200 most famous mountains as well as a list of Japan's new 100 most renowned mountains.
  • Mt. Amakazari
    Travel / Tourism
    Otari village in Kitaazumi-gun, Nagano Prefecture
    "A 1,963.2-meter-high mountain located on the border between Nagano Prefecture and Niigata Prefecture. The mountain has two climbing routes, one on the Nagano side which passes through the Otari Onsen hot spring district, and one on the Niigata side which passes through the Amakazari Onsen hot spring district. The mountain's twin peaks are also known as the ""cat's ears."" On clear days, visitors can see all the way to the Sea of Japan."
  • Nakayama Highland
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Omachishi Miasa
    "A highland located in Miasa, Omachi City. Situated 900 meters above sea level and overlooking the Hida Mountains (Northern Alps), here visitors can experience lush, natural, seasonal beauty. The highland is also famously known as a location used to film the NHK television serial ""Ohisama."" The adjoining Shingyo Highland is known for growing buckwheat."
  • Sanseiji
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Higashichikumagunikusakamura Higashihirotsu
    Sanseiro is a gorge located about a 20-minute drive from the Omi Interchange or 25 minutes from Akashina Station. A village bus runs to the gorge from Akashina Station on weekdays. It has long had a reputation for scenic beauty, and it has been designated one of the best 100 Scenic Site in the Shinshu region. Azaleas and wisteria flourish there in the spring, and in the fall, colored leaves adorn the rocks, and they can be enjoyed along with the Saigawa River. Within the park are one of the famous 100 statues of the goddess Kannon and the bodhisattva Jizo along with Sanseiro Bridge. The Ikusaka Village Museum is also there, and its grounds can be used as a parking lot for sightseers. Boat tours down the river are available from July 1st to late September.
  • Saigawa Hakucho Lake
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Azumino Toyoshina
    A lake in Toyoshina, Azumino City. A dammed portion of the Saigawa River, it has been known for its swans since 1984 when tundra swans first arrived. There are observation shelters and feeding houses on the lakeside where you can watch the swans, typically from between October and March.
  • Kamaike Pond
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Kita-azumi-gun Otarimura
    "A mysterious pond surrounded by beech trees at an elevation of 1,190 meters. Its name comes from its shape that resembles a ""kama,"" or sickle used to cut grass. The pond is popular with photographers for the young leaves of spring and the fall foliage. It has earned its reputation for amazing scenery. The beauty of the clear sky, grand mountains, and colorful leaves reflected in the pond is breathtaking. There is a two-kilometer trail around the pond. With its quiet atmosphere, it's also one of the main courses in the area for ""forest therapy."" Nestled beside the pond, Kamaike Bunarin-tei has pickled vegetables, specialty items, and more. If your timing's right, you can also try some of their cuisine made with mushrooms."
  • Mt. Hikarujo
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Azumino Toyoshina Hikari
  • Iyari Marsh
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Omachi-shi Taira
  • Himekawa Headwaters Nature Exploration Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Kitadumigunhakubamura Kamishiro
    In this stretch of land, you’ll find the Hime River, which runs from Itoigawa City to the Japan Sea. You’ll find colonies of Aohanagoke and water crowfoot plants, as well as dogtooth violet and anemone flaccida plants after the snow melts.
  • Takase Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Omachishi Taira
    This vast canyon runs alongside Kuzu Hot Spring and the Takase, Nanakura, and Omachi dams. It is known in Nagano Prefecture as a prominent fall foliage spot. The sight of the mountains covered in an array of vibrant hues is definitely worth it. There’s a walkway, so you can enjoy trekking as well.
  • Ichinosawa
    Travel / Tourism
    Azumino City Nagano Prefecture
    A woodland path located at the Mt. Jonen trailhead in Azumino City, Nagano Prefecture. Visitors can enjoy trekking and spectacular views of the Hida Mountains (Northern Alps). The view of the ravine during the fall foliage period is particularly popular. A motorhome campground as well as the Chogatake Onsen hot spring district are also located nearby, and the area is a frequent destination not only for tourists but also mountain climbers.
  • Lake Nakatsuna
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Omachishi Taira
    "The smallest of the three ""Nishina"" lakes, which includes Lake Aoki and Lake Kizaki. A renowned cherry blossom viewing destination as well, in spring the view of North Japanese hill cherries in full bloom reflecting off the lake's waters is beautiful. In addition, the lake is a popular fishing spot where you can catch Japanese crucian carp and Japanese pond smelt."
  • Ogisawa
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Omachi-shi
  • Tsugaike Takanbaru
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Kita-azumi-gun Otarimura

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Nagano prefecture is an exciting mix of mountains, hot spring monkeys, and preserved Edo history. At the heart of the Japanese Alps, Nagano is one of the country’s most popular destinations, whether in winter for its snow sports and the much-loved Jigokudani Monkey Park or in the warmer months for discovering the undulating hills on foot. For fantastic Edo architecture, head to the Kiso Valley for a 60-kilometer stretch of quaint wooden buildings that marked the Nakasendo route 200 years ago.

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