The Mountains You've Never Seen Before. Top 10 Japanese Mountains with Spectacular View.

The Mountains You've Never Seen Before. Top 10 Japanese Mountains with Spectacular View.
The most famous mountain in Japan is Mt. Fuji - a symbol of Japan, number one in Japanese guidebooks.
But obviously, there are many other gorgeous mountains. According to the "Japanese Mountains Names Overview" (written by Tadashi Takeuchi), there are 16,667 mountains on the map of the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan alone.
Among them, there are mountains with stunning views you can enjoy without even climbing.
This time, we have carefully selected "Top 10 mountains" you can visit for spectacular scenery.

1. Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji 1

Perfect symmetry, sacred blue mountain

Altitude 3,776m. This is the highest mountain in Japan and one of the only 20 independent peaks in Japan. In 2013, it was registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site under the name of "Mt. Fuji-the object of worship and the source of art". There are two shrines on the summit of Mt. Fuji where you can have the "pot tour" that goes around the summit.
Mt. Fuji has been quiet since the eruption 300 years ago, but it is an active volcano. Volcanic activity is constantly observed by the Japan Meteorological Agency.
Around Mt. Fuji, there are many attractive spots created by the eruption, such as Lake Yamanaka, Lake Kawaguchi, Shiraito Waterfall, and Aokigahara Forest. You never know where you will see Fuji, it seems to take you by surprise.

  • Fuji 2
  • Fuji 3

2. Mount Aso

Mount Aso 1

An active volcano with a rare close view of the crater

Altitude 1,592m. This is an active volcano that is prone to frequent eruptions. If you take the "Asosan Ropeway", you can see the active crater up close. The water collected in the crater is heated by magma to a boil.
At the northern foot of Mt. Eboshi, one of the five mountains of Aso, there is a prairie "Kusasenri" that spreads out on the crater site. You will enjoy this idyllic scenery with cows and horses grazing at the background.
* Check the latest information on volcanic activity. In case of warning announcement of eruption level 2, entry within 1 km from the crater is restricted.

  • Mount Aso 2
  • Mount Aso 3

3. Mount Shirouma

Mount Shirouma and Happo Pond1

Three delightful mountains of Shirouma reflected in Happo Pond

Altitude 2,932m. Along with Mt. Yarigadake and Mt. Shakushidake, it is one of the three mountains of Shirouma. Here you can experience a famous course that runs vertically through the Shirouma mountain range - Mt. Goryu, Mt. Karamatsu, and Mt. Shirouma. The mountain is often introduced with the word "fascinated desire", being one of the most well-known mountain resort areas.
You can reach another sight - "Happo Pond" by gondola and lift. The snow-covered Shirouma mountain range and the reflected water surface are something you would love to capture in your mind.

  • Mount Shirouma and Happo Pond2
  • Mount Shirouma and ropeway3

4. Mount Tate (Tateyama)

Mount Tate 1

New mountaineering style with 6 transports

Altitude 3,015m. You can reach "Volcanic plateau Tateyama Murodo" at an altitude of 2,450m through the "Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route" that runs through the Northern Alps. Almost the entire area is located in Chubu Sangaku National Park. Tateyama Murodo is also famous for flaming yellow leaves during autumn.
The Tateyama Ropeway, one of the six transport systems on the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, is a one-span type with no pillars to support the rope and is the longest in Japan. There is nothing to block your view, so be prepared to take your best mountains photos.

  • Mount Tate 2
  • Mount Tate 3

5. Mount Hoken

Mount Hoken 1

Senjojiki Cirque, a treasure trove of alpine plants

Altitude 2,931m. One of the central Alps with Mt. Kisokoma main peak. You can go to "Senjojiki Cirque" just below Mt. Hoken by "Komagatake Ropeway". Cirque is a bowl-shaped terrain carved out by ice during ice age. You can almost touch the whole surface of a majestically standing mountain.
Senjojiki Cirque has a promenade that allows you to go around for about 50 minutes. Please note that there is a branch point to the mountain trail in the promenade, and if you want to go on the mountain trail, you will need full-scale equipment.

  • Mount Hoken 2
  • Mount Hoken 3

6. Mount Karasawa (Karasawadake)

Mount Karasawa (Karasawadake) 1

Karasawa Cirque, the best autumn leaves watching spot in Japan

Altitude 3,190m. It is one of the Hotaka mountain ranges and is the fourth highest mountain in Japan. It takes about 6 hours of full-scale mountain climbing. Karasawa Cirque is the starting point for climbing 3000m-class mountains. The most precious season is autumn when autumn leaves of Karasawa dyes in beautiful red and yellow colors.
There are two mountain trails, one on the Gifu side and the other on the Nagano side, and the entrance on the Nagano side is Kamikochi. Kamikochi is one of the best mountain resort areas in Japan. Kamikochi has everything you want from a walking course to a mountain course, do not deny yourself the joy of trekking with peace of mind while watching the beautiful Northern Alps.

  • Mount Karasawa (Karasawadake) 2
  • Mount Karasawa (Karasawadake) 3

7. Mount Tsukiyama

Mount Tsukiyama 1

A worship mountain that was once forbidden for women

Altitude 1,984m. It is counted as one of the Three Mountains of Dewa along with Mt. Haguro and Mt. Yudono, and was regarded as a place of mountain worship. At the top, there is a Gassan Shrine. It is a part of Bandai Asahi National Park, where beautiful nature such as the primeval beech forest remains.
The grassland that stretches as far as the eye can see is the wetland Midagahara near the 8th station. It is a marsh that has been accumulated for tens of thousands of years without rotting dead grass due to the high cold region. From June to July, it is also called "paradise in the sky" because it becomes a flower field with alpine plants in full bloom.

  • Mount Tsukiyama 2
  • Mount Tsukiyama 3

8. Mount Tanigawa

Mount Tanigawa 1

Dynamic mountain landscape

Altitude 1,978m. With ropeway and lift, you can reach the 1,502m point at once, so you can enjoy the wonderful scenery without climbing. The mountain trail is rocky, and beginners need to be accompanied by an experienced person or a guide and have solid mountaineering equipment.
By the way, "Doai Station" , which is the starting point of the ropeway way, is also famous as an interesting spot. When you get off at the platform you have to walk 486 steps of stairs with an altitude difference of about 70m to get to the ticket gate. This "mole" station is the deepest in Japan. For comparison: the stairs of Tokyo Tower (333m) are about 600 steps. You can try the station first to see if you are ready for real climbing.

  • Mount Tanigawa 2
  • Mount Tanigawa 3

9. Mount Norikura

Mount Norikura 1

Fly above the clouds

Altitude 3,026m. Consisting of 23 peaks, 7 lakes, and 8 plains, it offers a wide variety of mountain landscapes. From 1,684m to 2,702m above sea level, the "Norikura Skyline" offers you to enjoy an exhilarating bus trip with a total length of about 15km running over the clouds. Located in the Central Mountains National Park of the Northern Alps, you can experience the nature of the four seasons.
There is also a bus tour to enjoy the starry sky and sunrise. Among the 3,000m-class mountains, this one is easy for beginners to climb, and it takes about an hour and a half to reach the summit.

  • Mount Norikura 2
  • Mount Norikura 3

10. Stratovolcano Sakurajima

Sakurajima 1

A rare island that erupts on a daily basis

Altitude 1,117m. The volcanic Alert Level 3 was set up a few years ago, and locals say that eruptions continue every day. You may be surprised to see such scenery. Saddly, mount climbing is impossible here. As the name implies, it was an "island," but the strait was filled with lava from the 1914 eruption, making it part of the peninsula.
It is like a symbol of Kagoshima prefecture, and about 5,000 people live on Sakurajima. Despite the volcanic activity, the island has special products such as mandarin oranges and radishes.

  • Sakurajima 2
  • Sakurajima 3

What do you think?
Mountains are a special sort of superb views we strongly recommend to see at least once in your life.
Take your time to explore this part of the world which is definitely worth your attention.

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