Mt. Norikura

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Relaxing Onsens & Skiing on Japan's third highest volcano

Relaxing Onsens & Skiing on Japan's third highest volcano

Mount Norikura is a potentially active volcano in the Hida Mountain range on the border of Gifu and Nagano. The mountain is a popular spots for onsens and winter activities, and is listed in as one of the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains and the New 100 Famous Japanese Mountains. While this mountain stands at a towering 3,026 meter (9,928 feet), Norikura is considered one of the easiest mountains to climb in Japan over 3,000 meters. Unlike other mountains in Japan, Norikura always has snow in the Big Snowy Valley. Tourists from Japan come to enjoy skiing year round, in addition to other popular past-times like hiking and cycling. The mountain is also a great spot to go for onsens and hot-springs. The Shirahone Onsen is one of Nagano's most famous hot-springs and features mineral rich, bone-white water. The water is well known for its therapeutic properties and is a great way to unwind after an adventurous day.

Mount Norikura is also a popular destination for fall foliage viewing. The alpine plants begin changing colors from September until early November, blanketing the mountain in wonderful colors of red, yellow, and orange. While the plant life is enjoyed year-round, the crisp fall colors make for an excellent backdrop while soaking in the relaxing, thermal waters of the local hot-springs. Winter-sports fans and nature lovers are recommended to add a stop to Mount Norikura to a custom Japan tour itinerary, or visit after your Japan Tour ends in Tokyo for a few days of skiing and hot-springs. Adventure awaits at the top of this mountain.

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