An A-Z of sports in the Japanese Alps

12 Dec 2018 in On The Move

Every season brings new sporting experiences. Which one is for you?

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Planning a sporting break in the Japanese Alps?

After your efforts, speed up your recovery with a relaxing onsen at Hoshino Resorts KAI Alps or HOSHINOYA Karuizawa.

Hoshino Resorts KAI Alps

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HOSHINOYA Karuizawa

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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.

Nishina-lakes

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Take your pick!

Climbing
Mt. Ogawa is famed for its multi-pitch granite routes and boulder climbing.

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And, with several peaks over 3000m, the resort of Kamikochi makes a great base for mountaineering.

Cycling
Mountain bikers should head to Hakuba for world-class downhill runs and splendid scenic trails.

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Road cyclists can sign up for the Tour de Utsukushigahara, a race up a 21km incline!

Golf
Karuizawa is reputed for the quality and quantity of its golf courses, hosting a pro women’s tournament every year.

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And the mountain scenery is sensational.

Hiking
Looking for a challenge? At 3193m, Mt. Kita is Japan’s 2nd highest peak, a tough hike for the summer months.

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Or how about a multi-day trek along the 50-mile Shinetsu Trail? More leisurely options include forest walks around Karuizawa.

Paragliding
Take to the air from Hakuba for a bird’s eye view of the high peaks.

flying

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Even debutants can give it a go!

Skiing & snowboarding
Japan’s exceptional powder snow, known as “Japow”, attracts skiers from all over the world.

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The Olympic resort of Hakuba is one of the most popular, while Shiga Kogen is one of the highest (2307m).

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