With everything from breathtaking alpine vistas to relaxing hot springs, the Japan Alps have numerous hiking options for people of all levels.
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Four years after its unexpected eruption, Mount Ontake's scenic hiking trails and summit are once again open for hikers. But will that be enough to bring back visitors?
Emerging from the gloom of the tunnel, it takes a few moments to adjust to the piercing sunlight as the bus chugs along the narrow road that snakes up the valley alongside the Azusa River. All eyes inside are glued to the views unveiling themselves ...