Japan Alps – current conditions
Spring conditions are in effect for the Japan Alps now. Expect a lot of avalanches as the spring rains wreak havoc on the snow pack. Watch out for unstable cornices as well. Most of the trails should be snow-free by mid-June, so if you don’t have the equipment or experience to hike in the snow, it’s best to view the Alps from afar and hold off until the summer.
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)