Feel how the nature of Shinshu enwraps you… “Sanbondaki Falls, in Mt. Norikuradake“, are something you will not find anywhere else.

2018-11-06 miho mayeda   Visit: Parks & Nature, Nagano,

Full of highlights all throughout the year! Enjoy the blessings of nature at the Norikura Highlands, in Shinshu

Mt. Norikuradake, in Nagano Prefecture, is a mountain with an altitude of 3026 meters, located in the Northern Alps Chubu-Sangaku National Park. Along with the mountainous sightseeing spot of Kamikochi (Japan Alps,) located in Shinshu as well, Mt. Norikuradare is famous as a place full of the charms of nature in all four seasons. Nature can be enjoyed at any time of the year at the whole Norikura Highlands area. In the fall, one can enjoy the views of beautiful autumnal tints, with the contrast between the green of the creeping pines and the red of Japanese rowan trees near the mountaintop, at an altitude of 3000 meters, making the delights of the eyes of visitors.


The unparalleled scenery of Sanbondaki Falls, chosen as one of Japan’s Top 100 Waterfalls

There are three big waterfalls at the skirts of the Eastern side of Mt. Norikuradake. These are the “Bandokoro Great Falls,” the “Yoshigoro Falls,” and the “Sanbondaki Falls,” which were elected as one of Japan’s Top 100 Waterfalls. All of them display a refreshing beauty, but the especially rare thing about the “Sanbondaki Falls” is that three waterfalls with different water sources merge together at a single spot. The way in which the falls, some skirting along the surface of the rock, some dynamically spraying water as they flow, merge in the basin of the waterfall from a height of 50 to 60 meters is overwhelming!


Cannot wait for the green shoots of the spring! Let’s stroll the highlands full of plants

Visitors can fully enjoy the rich nature of the Norikura Highlands area throughout the year, be it mountain climbing, ski and snowboarding, or hot spring resorts. Here, they can find many flowers, plants, wild birds and animals that can rarely be seen anywhere else. After the season of the autumnal tints, and once the snowy winter has passed, this is a recommended place to stroll about. Be sure to enjoy the virgin forest of Norikura and the beauty of the falls whenever you visit Nagano.




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