Hakuba’s Daisekkei, the largest scale snow valley in Japan, was closed on September 1st, 2016, and will remain closed until further notice.
Due to last winter’s low snowfall, crevices have began appearing along the trail, which poses a major hazard for hikers.
The trail begins from the Sarukura-Sou Lodge and is a popular way to reach the summit of Mt. Shirouma. Hikers seeking to climb Mt. Shirouma can use one of the following detour routes:
- From Tsugaike
Take the Tsugaike Ropeway up to Tsugaike Hutte. From here, the hike to the summit of Mt. Shirouma takes 12 hours (7 hours up, 5 hours down).
- From Sarukura
Take the trail towards Hakuba Yari Onsen. The hike from Sarukura to the summit of Mt. Shirouma is approx. 18 hours and 45 minutes (10hrs 15mins up, 8hrs 30mins down).
Japanese speakers can read this article from the Shinshu Mainichi Newspaper Website: