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.
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.
TATEYAMA KUROBE ALPINE ROUTE
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.