The Japan Alps, consisting of a series of 3,000-meter mountains located roughly in the center of Japan, is a popular mountain tourism area attracting large numbers of climbers.
The 7 cities of Toyama (Toyama Pref.), Hida & Takayama (Gifu Pref.), Omachi, Azumino, Matsumoto and Shiojiri (Nagano Pref.) surround the Japan Alps, blessed with diverse world-leading sightseeing attractions spread out around the Japan Alps, including the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, the historical townscapes of Hida Takayama and Narai Post Town, Matsumoto Castle, the beautiful natural scenery of Kamikochi and Azumino’s rural landscapes, and numerous hot springs.
The Japan Alps were so named by William Gowland, a Briton who was the first foreigner to climb Mt. Yarigatake in 1877. Subsequently, the book “MOUNTAINEERING AND EXPLORATION IN THE JAPAN ALPS,” was written by Walter Weston, a British missionary known as the “Father of Modern Climbing in Japan.” The two shared their fascination with the Japan Alps with mountain-lovers worldwide, who are still attracted to their majestic peaks.
In August, 2008, the seven cities of Toyama, Hida, Takayama, Omachi, Azumino, Matsumoto, and Shiojiri organized the Partnership Council of Japan Alps 7 Cities to promote awareness of the sightseeing resources of the Japan Alps to the world. Working in close cooperation, the members focus on how to attract visitors and entertain them.
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