Hachimantai – The Dragon Eye and Other Amazing Natural Wonders


Hachimantai (八幡平) in Towada-Hachimantai National Park (十和田八幡平国立公園) is a magnificent patch of nature on the prefectural border between Iwate (岩手) and Akita (秋田). Whilst it is said that the autumn foliage scenery is better at the Akita side of Hachimantai, the summit of Mt. Hachimantai and a lot of the natural wonders are located in Iwate prefecture.

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Hiking Mt. Hakusan, One of Japan’s Top Three Sacred Mountain


With an altitude of 2702 metres, Mt. Hakusan (or Mt. Haku (白山)) is one of the top three mountains in Japan along with Mt. Fuji (富士山) and Mt. Tate (立山) of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. With picturesque and magnificent scenery along the hiking trails, Mt. Hakusan is a popular hiking destination for any age group.

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Mt Moriyoshi – The Stunning Scenery and the Snow Monsters


Situated in northeastern Japan, the famous Mt. Zao (蔵王山) in Yamagata prefecture (山形県) and Mt. Hakkoda (八甲田) in Aomori prefecture (青森県) are well known for the “Snow Monsters” that take shape over trees and branches. However, one of the drawbacks of being so well known is its tendency to be crowded…

Mt. Moriyoshi (森吉山) in the Akita prefecture (秋田県) is the next among the top three locations for finding the snow monsters that form as a result of the unique weather phenomenon. With it being less famous, it stands to reason that it is less packed! If we only get to go to one of them, we would definitely go to Mt. Moriyoshi. As a bonus, you get to play with the super cute mascot dog Hokuto! (≧▽≦).

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Mt Iwaki – Tsugaru’s Fine Imitation of The Mighty Mt Fuji


We have all seen them – the fantastic views photographed from mountaintops. Surely they must have been edited? Well, now you can find out in the laziest way possible with an easy mountain peak climb!

Mt. Iwaki (岩木山), the highest mountain in Aomori Prefecture is a great mountain to cross off your bucket list! With an altitude of 1,625 meters, this mountain (also known as Tsugaru’s Mt. Fuji) is popular with both trekkers and hikers. If you love climbing, then 5 mountain trails will lead you to the top in 4 – 5 hours. But, if you want to take an easier route, then a bus trip from JR Hirosaki Station and a 10 minute gondola ride will bring you close to the summit (^_-)-☆.

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Hakkoda Ropeway to Yakeyama, the Prelude to Oirase Gorge


While you might know of or have been to the beautiful Oirase Gorge, but did you know that there are other scenic spots in the area such as Hakkoda Ropeway (八甲田ロープウェー) or Tsuta-Numa Pond (蔦沼)? Read on to find out more!

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