Visit the Japanese Alps, Japan
The Japanese Alps are a series of mountain ranges, the Hida, Kiso and Akaishi, which run along the spine of central Honshu. Thick pine forests, snow-tipped peaks and teal rivers are what you’ll find here — on an initial glance this might look like Switzerland. On closer inspection you’ll find tiered-roof castles and gassho-zukuri-style farmhouses with their traditional steeply slanted roofs. Our specialists can suggest the best way to explore the region, drawing on their experiences exploring first-hand.
Only two hours from Tokyo, this is a retreat to escape the heat of the city in summer, when you can tackle some of the hiking trails that lace the mountains around Kamikochi, or simply glide up on a cable car from Tateyama. In winter, you can take to the slopes and try some of the 2018 Winter Olympic ski routes or relax in a steaming onsen surrounded by snow. The hub for the region is the town of Matsumoto, with an old merchants’ district that’s now full of teahouses, craft shops and museums.
Places to visit in the Japanese Alps
Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting the Japanese Alps, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.
Suggested itineraries featuring the Japanese Alps
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Japanese Alps, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of the Japanese Alps
Places & hotels on the map
Places in and around the Japanese Alps
- Hakuba The Japanese Alps
- Kamikochi The Japanese Alps
- Matsumoto The Japanese Alps
- Tateyama The Japanese Alps
- Yudanaka The Japanese Alps
- Takayama 78 kilometers away
- Shirakawago 101 kilometers away
- Tsumago 109 kilometers away
- Kanazawa 120 kilometers away
- Noto Peninsula 128 kilometers away
- Nikko 156 kilometers away
- Hakone & Mt Fuji 170 kilometers away
- Tokyo 184 kilometers away
- Kamakura 193 kilometers away
- Izu Peninsula 200 kilometers away
- Kyoto 261 kilometers away
- Nara 285 kilometers away
- Dewa-sanzan 288 kilometers away
- Osaka 302 kilometers away
- Kinosaki Onsen 303 kilometers away
- Mount Koya 336 kilometers away
- Matsushima 343 kilometers away
- Tottori 357 kilometers away
- Tohoku 372 kilometers away
- Kakunodate 412 kilometers away
- Tokushima 413 kilometers away
- Tazawako 427 kilometers away
- Naoshima 428 kilometers away
- Takamatsu 431 kilometers away
- Nyuto Onsen 437 kilometers away
- Kurashiki 450 kilometers away
- Matsue 458 kilometers away
- Iya Valley 460 kilometers away
Photos of the Japanese Alps
Accommodation choices for the Japanese Alps
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Japanese Alps. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
The Buena Vista is a large hotel in central Matsumoto, and is just a short walk from the station and the city's main sites.
Located in Murodo and close to the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine route, Hotel Tateyama gives you a great access point for short walks around Murodo or further a-field into the Alps.
The Shimaya is a simple ryokan with just 12 Japanese-style rooms, nine of which have their own private bath and toilet.
One of the more luxurious ryokans in Yudanaka, the Aburaya Tousen Ryokan is a great place to unwind after a day of walking and exploring.