Shinhotaka Ropeway

A breathtaking view from the Shinhotaka Ropeway, showcasing the lush greenery and majestic peaks of the mountain range. (Photo Credit: Shinhotaka Ropeway, Okuni Kanko Kaihatsu)

Nestled amidst the majestic peaks of the Japanese Alps, the Shinhotaka Ropeway is an engineering marvel that whisks visitors to a world of breathtaking beauty in just 25 minutes. This double-decker gondola system, the only one of its kind in Japan, ascends from Shinhotaka Onsen Station to Nishihotakaguchi Station at 2,156 meters, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys along the way.

Ropeway No. 1: embarking on the ascent

The journey commences at the Shinhotaka Onsen Station, situated at the base of the mountain. Ropeway number one awaits, ready to transport visitors on the first leg of their skyward journey. As the gondola glides smoothly, passengers are treated to captivating views of the lush mountain slopes and valleys below. The first leg concludes at Nabedaira Kogen Station, a picturesque alpine plateau.

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Touching the heavens: The Shinhotaka Ropeway, a gateway to the clouds, offers an unforgettable journey through the heart of the Japanese Alps. (Photo Credit: Shinhotaka Ropeway, Okuni Kanko Kaihatsu)

Nabedaira Kogen Station: A highland oasis 

Upon arrival at Nabedaira Kogen Station, passengers are greeted by a charming highland oasis. Near this station, a 2.3km nature trail winds through the picturesque landscape, offering you a chance to immerse yourselves in its natural beauty.

While there is no cafe or souvenir shop at Nabedaira Kogen Station, a short 3-minute walk along a gentle slope leads to Shirakabadaira Station. There, you can indulge in the unique creations of a bakery cafe, including the famous Hotaka ropeway bread. Additionally, a snack stand offers local delicacies, and weary travellers can soothe their feet in the ashiyu foot bath before continuing their journey on Ropeway number two.

Observation deck

Visitors marvel at the panoramic views of the Japanese Alps from the observation deck. (Photo Credit: Shinhotaka Ropeway, Okuni Kanko Kaihatsu)

Ropeway No. 2: Reaching new heights

Continue the adventure at Shirakabadaira Station. Board the double-decker gondola of Ropeway number two and prepare to be captivated as you ascend further into the heart of the Japanese Alps. The landscape dramatically transforms, revealing breathtaking vistas of rugged rock formations and the vast expanse of the alpine wilderness.

Nishihotakaguchi Station: A peak experience

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Above the clouds, among the stars: A cosmic journey on the Shinhotaka Ropeway. (Photo Credit: Shinhotaka Ropeway, Okuni Kanko Kaihatsu)

The final destination, Nishihotakaguchi Station, marks the pinnacle of the Shinhotaka Ropeway experience. Perched at the summit, this station provides access to the Nishihotaka mountain range, a paradise for hikers and nature enthusiasts. The observation decks offer unparalleled 360-degree views of the Japanese Alps, showcasing the raw beauty of this rugged landscape. On clear days, you may even enjoy the unique experience of a star-gazing flight offered during spring and autumn.

Getting there and more

The lower station of the Shinhotaka Ropeway is easily accessible by direct hourly buses from Hirayu Onsen (35-45 minutes, 910JPY one way) and Takayama Station (90 minutes, 2200JPY one way). Ensure you disembark at the final stop, Shinhotaka Ropeway. Paid parking is available at both the ropeway's lower station and Nabedaira Kogen Station, although buses only serve the lower station. Please note that the car park at Nabedaira Kogen Station is closed during the winter season.

Admission fees

For those starting their journey from the bottom, the roundtrip fare is 3300JPY, while a one-way ticket costs 1900JPY. Visitors who begin at Nabedaira Kogen can purchase a roundtrip ticket for 3200JPY or a one-way ticket for 1800JPY. Click here to purchase your tickets!

Whether you are an avid hiker, a passionate photographer, or simply seeking an escape into nature's embrace, the Shinhotaka Ropeway offers an unforgettable journey. With its two-stage ascent, stunning vistas, and access to the alpine wonderland, this aerial adventure is sure to leave a lasting impression.