Japan Alps – current conditions
Summer is here in the Japan Alps, which means the official hiking season is here. While there are still a few lingering snowfields about, crampons and ice axes are not necessary, so you should be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery without too much trouble. Summer also brings thunderstorms and thick cloud cover, so it’s important to keep an eye on the weather to make sure you’re not caught in an alpine storm. Enjoy the wonderful scenery that Japan’s higher mountains have to offer.
Damian from Steep Deep Japan has agreed to provide us with periodic updates from Hakuba about the current snow conditions in the alpine back country. Damian is a full-time resident of Hakuba village and runs guided ski/snowboard tours during the winter season, as well as summer trekking tours in the Japan Alps. He spends nearly every day in the mountains and knows the Hakuba section of the Japan Alps better than anyone. Thanks Damian for your valuable assistance!
Web cams are also a good thing to check during pre-trip planning, so I’ve compiled all of the Japan Alps cameras below for ease of access.
Mt. Shirouma (from Hakuba village)
Mt. Goryu (from Goryu ski resort)
Mt. Yari (from the hut just below the summit)
Tateyama (from Murodo)
Chuo Alps (from the hotel below Mt. Hoken)
Mt. Senjo (Minami Alps)
Mt. Kai-komagatake (Minami Alps)