Japan Alps – current conditions
January 2017: The Japan Alps are now in full-on winter mode, so you’ll need to be prepared for both avalanche and white-out conditions if venturing into the alpine this season. So far the snowfall has been a little below average, with warmer than usual temperatures, but that is sure to change in the weeks to come.
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)