Welcome to

Japan’s

Chubusangaku National Park

Southern Region

 Chubusangaku National Park (中部山岳国立公園 chubusangaku kokuritsu koen), was established in 1934 as one of Japan’s first national parks. The Japanese word “chubu, meaning central, refers to the national park’s location in the central region of mainland Japan. And the Japanese word “sangaku” meaning “mountains” refers to the Hida Mountain Range, also famously known as the Northern Japanese Alps. The Hida Mountain Range is mostly made up of parts of Gifu, Nagano, and Toyama Prefectures as well as a small portion of Niigata Prefecture. 

The Hida Mountain Range forms a Y-shape stretching 105 kilometers long. The northern peaks make up two parallel bands separated by one of the steepest valleys in Japan, with the southern peaks forming the lower portion of the Y-shape. This website serves to introduce the unique aspects and history of the Chubusangaku National Park’s southern region. 

Welcome to

Japan’s

Chubusangaku National Park

Southern Region

 Chubusangaku National Park (中部山岳国立公園 chubusangaku kokuritsu koen), was established in 1934 as one of Japan’s first national parks. The Japanese word “chubu, meaning central, refers to the national park’s location in the central region of mainland Japan. And the Japanese word “sangaku” meaning “mountains” refers to the Hida Mountain Range, also famously known as the Northern Japanese Alps. The Hida Mountain Range is mostly made up of parts of Gifu, Nagano, and Toyama Prefectures as well as a small portion of Niigata Prefecture. 

 The Hida Mountain Range forms a Y-shape stretching 105 kilometers long. The northern peaks make up two parallel bands separated by one of the steepest valleys in Japan, with the southern peaks forming the lower portion of the Y-shape. This website serves to introduce the unique aspects and history of the Chubusangaku National Park’s southern region. 

Birthplace of the Japanese Alps

So how did this area become the “Birthplace of The Japanese Alps”?

 

The phrase “Japanese Alps” was first coined by archaeologist William Gowland (1842–1922) referring to the Hida Mountains in Gifu Prefecture, and later popularized by Reverend Walter Weston (1861–1940) when he published his journal about exploring this area titled “Mountaineering and exploration in the Japanese Alps“. 

 

 

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experience the wonder

There are some great experiences between Takayama and Matsumoto just waiting to be enjoyed.

Nature Guide & Trekking

Get out and enjoy the beauty first hand with a local nature guide.

Cycling

Enjoy a mountain biking & cycling here in the heart of the Japanese Alps.

Snow Activities

The Japanese Alps are a winter wonderland just waiting to be explored.

share your jounry through the alps

We encourage people to share their journey through the Japanese Alps. Check out some experiences below.

Access

Getting here is easy from Takayama or Matsumoto.

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