12 Dec 2018 in On The Move
Every season brings new sporting experiences. Which one is for you?
Planning a sporting break in the Japanese Alps?
Sports in the Japanese Alps:
Canoeing, & kayaking
Connected by the Nougu river, the 3 lakes of Nishina are a hub for all water sports: canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing or water skiing.
Take your pick!
Mt. Ogawa is famed for its multi-pitch granite routes and boulder climbing.
And, with several peaks over 3000m, the resort of Kamikochi makes a great base for mountaineering.
Mountain bikers should head to Hakuba for world-class downhill runs and splendid scenic trails.
Road cyclists can sign up for the Tour de Utsukushigahara, a race up a 21km incline!
And the mountain scenery is sensational.
Looking for a challenge? At 3193m, Mt. Kita is Japan’s 2nd highest peak, a tough hike for the summer months.
Or how about a multi-day trek along the 50-mile Shinetsu Trail? More leisurely options include forest walks around Karuizawa.
Take to the air from Hakuba for a bird’s eye view of the high peaks.
Even debutants can give it a go!
Skiing & snowboarding
Japan’s exceptional powder snow, known as “Japow”, attracts skiers from all over the world.
The Olympic resort of Hakuba is one of the most popular, while Shiga Kogen is one of the highest (2307m).