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The base of Mt. Haku-san白山麓

A stunning view of volcanic landscape can be seen from the peak of Mt. Haku-san. Woodland paths through virgin forest.

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A stunning view of volcanic landscape can be seen from the peak of Mt. Haku-san. Woodland paths through virgin forest.

Mt. Haku-san stands on the boundary between Ishikawa and Gifu in Haku-san National Park. The main peak of Mt. Haku-san was formed by volcanic activity and has seven alpine lakes, including Midoriga-ike and Senjaga-ike, as well as numerous snowy valleys along with famous waterfalls such as the Uba-ga-taki Falls, alpine plants, and beech forests. The mountain commands stunning views of the extensive volcanic landscape.
Mt. Haku-san, also renowned as a mountain climbed as a form of Shinto worship, is one of the three most famous peaks in Japan along with Mt. Fuji and Mt. Tate-yama, and is a popular destination for trekking. At the base is a hot spring village, consisting of five hot springs, including Nakamiya and Iwama, and other springs dotted around the area.

A woodland path, "Haku-san Super Rindo," on Mt. Haku-san connects Ishikawa to Gifu and is 33.3 kilometers long. Along this path is the magnificent Fukube-no-otaki Falls, estimated to be 86 meters in height. Spray from the falls often covers the path. The path also takes in a vast virgin beech forest and lookout platform 1,300 meters above sea level, commanding a wonderful view of the top of Mt. Haku-san in the distance. All of these features combine to draw visitors to the area.

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1h 35 min from Tokyo to Echigo-Yuzawa Station by JR Jo'etsu Shinkansen Line, and 2h 25 min from the station to Kanazawa Station by JR Jo'etsu Line (limited express). To climb Mt. Haku-san, take Hokuriku Railway Bus (Hakusan Tozan Bus) from JR Kanazawa Station to Betto Deai for 2h 10 min. 1h 30 min from Kanazawa City to Hakusan Super Rindo via Route 157.


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