As if there weren't already enough to do in the alpine region of Hakuba, the brand new Hitotoki no Mori observation area opens next month.
Set amid spectacular scenery at 1,100m above sea level, the brand-new observation area features not only the most unbelievable views of the Japanese Alps and Karamatsuzawa Glacier, but a teahouse/café and mountain-bike adventure centre too.
The new facility is at Hakuba's Iwatake Resort, one of the 10 resorts of the Hakuba region, and aims to allow visitors to experience the beauty of Hakuba nature 'with all five senses'.
A specialty teahouse, Chavaty Hakuba, will be serving scones and tea latte in a cozy space with amazing views.
And mountain biking and mountain 'carting' will be available for those thrill-seekers looking to add a little white-knuckle exhilaration to their day in the mountains.
The resort will run a special chairlift during the summer months for visitors to access this incredible new sightseeing destination.
While a specific date is yet to be set, scheduled opening is late October, just in time to catch the last of the autumn colours before winter arrives.
Keep an eye on the Hitotoki-no Mori website for more details.
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