Japanese Alps, Nishiho-Maruyama
Majestic mountains as far as the eye can see
If you ride the Shin-Hotaka Ropeway, famous for being the only double decker ropeway in Japan, and get off at the last station Nishi-Hotakaguchi, grand mountains listed in the Michelin Green Guide Japan will leap into your view Follow the Nishi-Hotaka Trail up the mountain for another hour and you will arrive at Nishi-Ho Sanso, the only year round mountain lodge in the northern alps. It is located on the ridge of the mountain, and from here you can see the Shinshu (Nagano) side as well as the mountain highlands below. Climb another 15 minutes up the mountain and you will reach a plateau on the ridge known as Maruyama. The grand massif that continues on from Mt. Nishihotaka before you is a true sight to behold, along with the beautifully shaped Mt. Kasa on the left, Mt. Kasumizawa on the right, and many other mountains trailing off behind them. Turn around to see the active volcano Mt. Yakedake in the same line of sight, as well as the spectacular view of Mt. Norikura, Mt. Ontake, and many other individual mountains behind it.