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Shirouma-dake 2932m

31 July 2016

Escape from boiling hot Japanese summer.
Japan is an island country surrounded by the sea. So most of foreign people think no high mountains here in Japan except Mt.Fuji. Today I want to introduce “Shirouma-dake” 2932m located in northern Japan Alps. Shiro means “white”, uma means “horse”, dake means mountain in Japanese, so Shirouma-dake is “White hourse mountain”.  It is lovely name isn’t it ?

Shirouma-dake is less than 3hours by car from Nagoya and know for daissekei (great snowy valley). This is one of the largest snowy valley in Japan.  The length of the daisekkei is 3.5km and takes 2.5hrs of  climbing on snow. At this time of the year, temperature goes more than 35degrees everyday in Tokyo or Osaka, whereas there is still a massive amount of snow here at Shiroume-dake.

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Cranpons are essential to climb and down for great snowy valley, 4 nails is ok but, 6 nails is better for decending.

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Spectacular view of the Daissekei.

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There are some deadly accidents by falling rocks on the daisekkei every year. Rocks approach you without making sounds on the snow, so do not look down, always look ahead while climbing, not to take break time on the snow untill you past the daissekei.

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The blue sky and the contrast of white snow surface are very beautiful.

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Mountain lodge “Hakuba-sanso” came into my eyesight.

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Hakuba-sanso lodge is devided into two prefectures,  left side is Toyama-pre and right side is Nagano-pre.

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Sunrise at Hakuba-sanso lodge, so many people were taking photo.

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I found funny sharped clouds as if “Songoku” was riding on it. Do you know what is Songoku ?

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Beautifull surise colors.

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The blue sky and the contrast of green mountain surface are also beautiful.

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Shirouma-dake 2932m, just short distance way from the lodge.

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Thank you my friends for wondeful days.

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