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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Nature

Mt Gozaisho 御在所岳

Ski, trek, and take in the view at Mt. Gozaisho, and visit the onsen at its foot

Ride a ropeway up 1,212-meter Mt. Gozaisho to reach Nagoya's closest ski resort and a host of other fun mountaintop activities.

Quick Facts

Mt. Gozaisho is known for its unusual rock formations

The closest ski slopes to Nagoya are here

How to Get There

You can reach the mountain through a combination of train, bus, walking and a ropeway ride.

Mt. Gozaisho is located on the border between Komono in Mie Prefecture and Higashi-Omi in Shiga Prefecture, in the center of Suzuka Quasi-National Park.

From Nagoya, take the Kintetsu-Nagoya Limited Express to Kintetsu Yokkaichi Station. Transfer to the local train and get off at Kintetsu Yunoyama Onsen Station. Once here, take the Mie Kotsu Bus to Sanko Yunoyama Onsen. Walk 10 minutes to the ropeway. The journey takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Gozaisho Ropeway

To get to the summit of Mt. Gozaisho from the hot springs at Yunoyama Onsen below it, you must take the Gozaisho Ropeway. The gondolas offer amazing views of the cities of Yokkaichi and Ise Bay as well as the Suzuka Mountain Range.

Ski in winter, hike in summer

After your ropeway ascent, you'll be at the summit and a quaint ski resort. There are also numerous hiking trails in this area with fantastic views of the surrounding mountains.

Mountaintop activities

The area that stretches beneath the ropeway, known as Summit Park, has a lot to offer visitors. It includes paved walkways for easy hiking, Gozaisho Nature School with exhibits on the local flora and fauna, and three observatories from which to take in the view.

There is also a gift shop and a restaurant that serves the local specialty, Gozaisho curry.

See unusual rocks

Some interesting rock formations can be found on the side of Mt. Gozaisho and are viewable from the gondola. One of the most intriguing is a square stone precariously balanced on two supporting pillars. The Japanese believe this formation resembles Jizo, the Buddhist guardian deity of children.

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