Matsumoto Northern Alps Area 八方池
Happo-ike is a gem of a pond nestled high in the Northern Japanese Alps, surrounded by the Hakuba Range. On a clear day, the pond reflects the 3000-meter Shirouma peaks. Despite its lofty location, the pond is a brisk 90-minute 1.5 km hike from the highest chair lift. The trail follows a ridge line offering picture-perfect vistas of the Alps as well as the Hakuba Valley down below. Along the way is a treasure trove of wildflowers. The more adventurous (and properly prepared) climbers can proceed up to 2696-meter Mt. Karamatsu. On the other hand, more timid people can enjoy the panorama view from Happo-ike Sanso, the lodge at the top of the chair lift.
Hakuba is mecca for alpine trekking, and Happo Pond is by far the most popular hike.
Happo Information Center
Green season operation from late may thru end of October.
Happo-One “Adam” Gondola 08:00-16:30 (earlier during select periods)
Gondola + mid and upper quad lifts : 2,900 yen
Location / Access
Happo-One gondola station: 5713, Hokujuo, Hakuba Village
- By Train:
- 10 min bus from Hakuba Station (JR Oito Line)
- By Car:
- 52 km / 60 min from Azumino IC