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Minami (Southern) Alps National Park, Nagano

2015.04.20

The Minami Alps National Park extends into Yamanashi, Nagano, and Shizuoka prefectures and is the site of many mountains rising 3,000 meters or more above sea level, including Mt. Kita-dake (at 3,192 meters, the second highest peak in Japan). Alpine plants grow on Mt. Kita-dake and Mt. Senjogatake and precious, indigenous plants found nowhere else can also be seen in this area.

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◆Mountaineering information: a region of steep mountains
Compared to other peaks belonging to the Minami Alps, Mt. Kita-dake, Mt. Kaikomagatake, and Mt. Senjogatake in the northern part of the Minami Alps are marked by relatively short approaches, equipped with better mountain lodge facilities, and visited by more climbers. Mt. Hijiri-dake, Mt. Akaishi-dake, Mt. Arakawa-dake, and other peaks in the southern part of the Minami Alps are marked by longer approaches and lack mountain lodge facilities that provide bedding and meals. Accordingly, climbers require greater physical strength and mountaineering gear to tackle these mountains.

◆Alpine plant: the endemic Callianthemum hondoense
Callianthemum hondoense is a species of perennial native to the alpine region of Mt. Kita-dake (3,193 meters above sea level) of the Minami Alps. These plants grow to 10-20 centimeters in height, bloom in June and July, and are characterized by a single white flower measuring about 2 centimeters in diameter at the end of each stem. As its flowering season is early in the year, it is the first species of which fields of flowers come into bloom after the spring thaw.

◆Wildlife: ptarmigan habitat zone
The alpine region of the Minami Alps is a ptarmigan habitat zone that has been designated a special national monuments by the national government. It is estimated that there are only about 3,000 ptarmigans left in the entire country and the species is believed to be especially endangered in the Minami Alps. Do not disturb any ptarmigans you may come across as you explore the mountains.

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Includes one of one hundred mountains in Japan : Mt. Kaikomaga-take(2,967m), Mt. Senjo-take(3,033), Mt. Houou-zan(2,840), Mt. Kita-dake(3,193), Mt. Aino-dake(3,189), Mt. Siomi-dake(3,052), Mt. Warusawa-dake(3,141), Mt. Akaishi-dake(3,120), Mt. Hijiri-dake(3,013), Mt. Tekari-dake(2,591)

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Yamanashi (Nirazaki, Minami-alps, Hokuto, Hayakawa), Shizuoka (Shizuoka, Kawanemoto), Nagano (Ina, Iida, Ojika, Fujimi)