The base of Mt. Haku-san (Gifu)

Gifu, Chubu

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

Mt. Haku-san is situated on the border between Ishikawa and Gifu Prefectures 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. The area boasts snowy valleys, famous waterfalls such as Uba-ga Falls, alpine vegetation, and beech forests. The mountain commands stunning views of the extensive landscape.

Mt. Haku-san is a popular destination for trekking; it is renowned as a Shinto place of worship and is one of the three most famous peaks in Japan along with Mt. Fuji and Mt. Tateyama. At the base is a hot spring resort, consisting of five hot springs, including Nakamiya and Iwama, and other springs dotted around the area.

The "Haku-san Super Rindo" is a 33 kilometer scenic route that connects Ishikawa and Gifu Prefectures. Along this route are the magnificent Fukube-no-otaki Falls, which are estimated to be 86 meters in height. Spray from the falls often covers the road, which winds through vast beech forests. Travelers are able to enjoy the mountain scenery from roadside lookout decks at 1,300 meters above sea level.


From Tokyo:
[Rail] 1h 35 min from Tokyo to Echigo-Yuzawa Station by JR Joetsu Shinkansen Line, and 2h 25 min from the station to Kanazawa Station by JR Joetsu 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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