an all-season destination for outdoor adventure
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- Minakami is one of the few places in Japan that can keep adventure-seeking travelers happy all year long.
- In addition to the area's traditional onsens and cultural sights, ask us about rafting, canyoneering, hiking, and climbing in Minakami during the warmer months.
The Minakami Area and Higaki hotel at a glance:
- Minakami is on the Island of Honshu, Japan's main island.
- Minakami is set well within the steep Japanese Alps but only a two hour ($50) train ride from Tokyo Station.
- Minakami is a place that the mainstream tourists have not yet discovered. It is serene and still in a very real part of Japan.
- The Higaki Hotel is where to stay when in Minakami.
- This hotel is in the center of the small Minakami town and a few minutes walk to the Minakami train/bus station.
- The Higaki Hotel is clean and comfortable, with Japanese style rooms and traditional meals. Their open air onsen is one of the best you will find in Japan.
- A free shuttle will take you to the train/bus station from the Higaki Hotel, where you can then get to the Tanigawa Ropeway in 20 minutes. The same free shuttle will also pick you up from the train/bus station when you return.
- The Tanigawa Ropeway carries skiers, mountaineers, and sightseers to the Tenjindaira Ski Area. This ski area only has 3 lifts, but allows access to unprecedented backcountry and side-country terrain in Japan.
- Mount Tanigawa looms a short hike away, and at 1,977 meters (6,486 ft), this peak is rugged and commands respect.
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Minakami is the traditional japanese paradise, ripe with cuture, hot springs, and breath taking scenery. Not to mention some of the steepest terrain to ski and ride.
“The nearby Tanigawa Ropeway delivers you to a ski area stiuated on a high mountian saddle. The connecting ridge leads to the summit of the impressive TAnigawadake (Mount Tanigawa).”
The Gunma prefecture is not well known by many foreigners. This is a part of Japan where you can go days in row without hearing English. If you enjoy the experience of traveling and exploring new cultures as much as you enjoy skiing the famously deep powder of Japan, then the town of Minakami is for you.
The Higaki Hotel in Minakami stands out as a traditional Japanese experience in a picturesque Japanese town, but they have the staff and the capabilities to cater to a western traveler. Japanese hospitality is well-known so you do not need reassurance that the beds are comfortable or that the rooms are clean. Instead, dwell on the fact that this hotel, this town, and the surrounding ski areas are all some of the best kept secrets in Japan. Everything here is laid back, everything is intriguing and very Japanese, the logistics of traveling to Minakami are simple, and above all, the skiing is steep, uncrowded, and the terrain accessed can be incredibly vast.
The Higaki Hotel in Minakami is my new favorite place in Japan. Try something different and see for yourself... You will like what you find.