Visitor Center

Norogawa-Hirogawara Information Center

A base for exploring the Minami Alps

Norogawa-Hirogawara Information Center is located at a mountain hiking base in the northern part of the Minami Alps, also known as the Southern Alps. The center gives an overview of natural landmarks in Minami Alps National Park, ranging from Hakuho Valley to Mount Kitadake. The building was designed with environmental conservation in mind, utilizing solar power, pellet stoves, and ozone decomposition treatment toilets. Its warm wooden interior welcomes mountain hikers to take a break or check the status of blooming alpine flowers and the conditions of trails. From the center, you can access nearby peaks in the Akaishi mountain range such as Mount Kitadake, Mount Kaikomagatake, and Mount Senjogatake.

The information center also has nature exhibits where you can learn more about the local ecosystem, including a large map of the surrounding area, indicating the plants and animals that you can discover on the trails. An exhibit explains the environmental impact of overgrazing sika deer in the Minami Alps, and environmental measures to protect rare plants and flowers.

The center also serves as a transit hub with bus and taxi departure and arrival platforms. Amenities such as coin lockers, a water supply corner, a library, and a small concession stand are also available for your convenience.

visitor center  
Open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed Mid-November – Early June
Cost Free of charge
Address Norogawairi 1685, Ashiyasu-Ashikura, Minami Alps City, Yamanashi Prefecture
Phone (+81) 090-2673-2406
Website (Japanese)

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