A gorgeous fort that is unmistakably a product of the Warring States Period during which it was built, Matsumoto Castle shows off many features to ward off enemies and make defense easier. And firearms and armor of the time are exhibited, further lending the castle a sense of history. The castle keep is designated a National Treasure, and the ruins of other parts of the original castle are designated a National Historic Site.
Centered around the Kanto and Chubu regions of Japan, this course offers the opportunity to fully take-in and enjoy traditional Japanese culture and the magnificence of Mother Nature.
Matsumoto Castle transports you to Japan's Warring States Period
To the world above the clouds! Each season offers a splendid yet unique landscape
The double-deck gondola will take you to the world above the clouds, 2,156m above sea level. From the Observation Deck at the top of the mountain, you can take in a grand panoramic view of the Northern Japan Alps. During a designated period in autumn, ropeway operating hours are extended so that visitors can gaze upon the mesmerizing sunset scenery from above the clouds, a truly wonderful sight.
In the wintertime, the Sengokuenchi Nature Park at the top of the mountain becomes a "snow corridor," with paths surrounded on boths sides by 3 meter-high giant snow walls! The entire area is painted white and takes on an air of mystery that should not be missed!
Nearby the first station (of two), there is a beautiful walking trail where you can connect with nature. Each season offers something different, from alpine flora and flowers to vivid autumn foliage.
Name Shinhotaka Ropeway Address Shinhotaka, Okuhida Onsen-go, Takayama City, Gifu Telephone Number 0578-89-2522 (Shinhotaka Ropeway) Business Hours Vary by season. Refer to PDF file for detailed information Days Closed for Business Operates 7 days a week Price Roundtrip tickets for both the No. 1 and No. 2 ropeways -- Adults: 2,800 yen, Children: 1,400 yen
(one way tickets also available)
Access From JR Takayama Station, a 93-minute trip on a Nohi Bus bound for Shinhotaka Onsen.
Numerous and varied open-air hot spring baths that showcase the rustic beauty of the area!
Located deep in the Northern Japan Alps, the Okuhida Hot Spring Villages boast the most open-air hot spring baths of any one area in all of Japan. There are five hot spring villages in total: Hirayu, Fukuji, Shinhirayu, Tochio, and Shinhotaka.
Among them, Shinhotaka Hot Spring is particularly popular because of its outdoor hot spring baths located right beside a running river. Bathing suits are permitted in some mixed gender baths, and some baths are closed during the winter months.
In winter, spectacular events are held in each hot spring village. Kamakura snow hut festivals, folk performances, and ice illuminations make for a fantastical sight and experience that will make your trip unforgettable.
Name Okuhida Hot Spring Villages Address Okuhida Onsen-go, Takayama City, Gifu Telephone Number 0578-89-2614 (Okuhida Onsen-go Tourism Association) Business Hours 8:30am - 5:00pm Access From JR Takayama Station, a 60-minute trip on a Nohi Bus bound for Shinhotaka Onsen.