I am going to travel to Japan in August (staying there for 10 days). I will land in Tokyo, which I have already visited in the past. This time I would like to visit the Japanese Alps, among other places. I am planning to spend 3 to 6 days there (not sure yet). What I am looking for is some small town / location in the mountains that:
- Can be used as a good base for hiking. I am looking for easy hikes in a beautiful natural environment (with nice views, possibly). 5 hours long hikes maximum.
- Is (possibly) a good example of rural, bucolic Japan.
- It is located in the Japanese Alps (or, in general, in the Nagano/Gifu region)
Do you know what could be the place I am looking for?
I am having some difficulties in finding comprehensive information about similar locations. For now, I have found something about Chūbu-Sangaku National Park (Kamikōchi), Jōshinetsu Kogen National Park (Karuizawa, which seems to be a little more to the East with respect to the core of the Japanse Alps) and Takayama (which seems to be a little too far from the actual mountain hikes). Also Tsumago-juku seems to be attractive but not really close to the mountains. Can you suggest some of these? Do you have other suggestions?
Thanks a lot!
Andrea from Italy
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