The Japan Alps and the North Chubu Coast Sights

View of Asama-yama from Usui Pass (Mt. Asama)

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  • Karuizawa
  • Volcano

Published 12/10/2015

Fodor's Review

This active volcano of more than 8,000 feet threatens to put an end to the whole "Highlands Ginza" below. For a view of the glorious Asama-san in its entirety, head to the observation platform at Usui-toge (Usui Pass). You can also see neighboring Myogi-san, as well as the whole Yatsugatake, a range of eight volcanic peaks. Walk northeast along shop-filled Karuizawa Ginza street to the end, past Nite-bashi, and follow the trail through an evergreen forest to the pass. A lovely view justifies the 1½-hour walk. Two to three buses leave per hour if you want a ride back.

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Mt. Asama, Karuizawa, Japan

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Published 12/10/2015


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