Chubusangaku National Park

Breathtaking mountains, beautiful valleys and rock ptarmigans

The park contains some of Japan's most famous mountains, rising 3,000 m above sea level from north to south. These include the Ushiro-Tateyama Mountain Range with Mt. Shirouma as the highest peak; the Tateyama Mountain Range with Mt. Tsurugi and Mt. Tateyama; and the Hotaka Mountain Range with Mt. Yarigatake and Mt. Norikura located at south end of the park.

Visiting Japan's National Parks

Chubusangaku National Park, like all of Japan's national parks, has no entrance fees, no opening and closing hours, and a permit is not required to enter or stay in the park. The national parks of Japan differ from national parks worldwide in that the land within the national parks is not exclusively designated for national park use and is made up of private property as well as public and protected areas. Visitors are free to enter and leave at any time.

Park Highlights

Steep rock cliffs, deep and precipitous valleys, alpine belts and rock ptarmigans create a great variety of mountain landscapes to captivate climbers. A blanket of snow over the valleys lingers until the summer months in the glacier-eroded U-shaped valleys, lakes, and lava plateaus formed by volcanoes.


  • The Shin-Hotaka Ropeway for suberb views of the Northern Alps
  • Tsugaike Nature Park for large colonies of alpine plants
  • Spot the rare Rock Ptarmigan

The trailheads in Kamikochi, Murodo on Mt. Tateyama, and Tatamidaira on Mt. Norikura offer great accessibility on public transport. Visitors can take enjoyment in gazing upon the imposing mountain landscapes and alpine plants.


The rocky ridges of Mt. Hotaka and riparian forests, coupled with the picturesque streams of the Azusa River provide spectacular scenery, attracting multitudes of visitors. The Taisho Pond was formed by the volcanic activity of Mt. Yakedake which banked up the Azusa River.


This famous mountain sightseeing route connects Tateyama Station in Toyama Prefecture with Ogizawa, Omachi City, Nagano Prefecture. There are the options of cable car, bus, trolley bus, ropeway and walking trails. The route is packed with must-see sights in the northern part of this national park, such as Shomyo Waterfalls, Midagahara Plain, Murodo, Kurobe Dam and much more.


A waterfall in the Norikura Highland of Matsumoto City in Nagano Prefecture. Mt. Norikura is visible from the top of the waterfall. Roads to the waterfall viewing platform can be accessed from the nearest prefectural highway. Since it faces east, rainbows are often seen because of the morning sun.


The park is a habitat for mammals such as the Asian black bear, Japanese serow, Japanese macaque and the stoat. Birds such as the golden eagle, mountain hawk-eagle, rock ptarmigan and spotted nutcracker are abundant. The fish found in the mountain streams include Salvelinus leucomaenis pluvius and Japanese fluvial sculpin.

About the Park 

Established in 1934 as one of the first national parks, Chubusangaku National Park is a mountainous park that represents the nation with a string of mountains dominating the entire Northern Alps.


  • Date of Nationa Park Designation: December 4, 1934
  • Area: 174,323 ha (1,743.23 sq. kilometers)
  • Location: Niigata, Toyama, Nagano, Gifu prefectures


As with any national park or conservation area, visitors to Chubusangaku are required to observe the following rules for safety and to protect the area's natural biodiversity:

  • Carry in, carry out: Take all of your trash with you.
  • Do not pick wildflowers or damage plants.
  • Do not feed the wild animals.
  • Hunting is not permitted.
  • No fishing unless with a certified guide.
  • No smoking while walking.
  • Campfires are only permitted in designated areas.
  • Do not chase around the ptarmigans and walk on the vegetation.
  • Submit a mountain climbing plan and always use a map.
  • Turn back to the starting point if you lose your way.