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Shinhotaka Ropeway, Takayama

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On the hillside of Japan's third-tallest mountain, Shinhotaka Ropeway lets you observe remarkable natural scenery from a double-decker gondola. Opened in 1970, the ropeway heads up mighty Mount Hotaka to an altitude of 2,156 m (7,073 ft) above sea level. As you reach the chilly observation deck at the top, you can take in a spectacular panoramic view of the Northern Japan Alps. Admire the natural scenery of the season, whether lush green, golden yellow, or blindingly white. Because of the altitude, always bring something warm to wear. Work out when and for how long to visit Shinhotaka Ropeway and other Takayama attractions using our handy Takayama itinerary builder.
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  • Stop when the Shin-Hotaka go camping every year. Top is cool even in the summer, pleasant. The letter interesting post is the highest in Japan and made in wood for Grandma and Grandpa to Shin-Hotaka sons bought.
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  • I will say it is a MUST visit in that region. The view are so beautiful, and it is suitable for family and kids as well. Although the location is a bit difficult to reach. We drive to the ropeway stat...  more »
  • Wonderful winter this December 2016. Fantastic cable car ride to the top of Shinhotaka ropeway where the temperature is -9 degree C this time. There is a cafe at the mid-station serves curry rice with...  more »
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  • There a lot of nice views at the top of the rope way. Can get crowded on the ropeway making it a bit difficult to look outside.
  • Mostly my fault, but if you go on a rainy day be prepared for no view and a pricey bus ride. There's some great hiking though, and the fall colours are nice!
  • Cool old ropeway with nice views and a different world at the top. Go if in tge area and want to get some altitude awareness.
  • Cable cars are great!!! Do plan ahead, since there may be a lot of tourist group queueing!! During February, the top level are around -10s degrees celcius...
  • Nice views of the surrounding mountains. Not very touristy during my visit. Easily accessible by car from the takayama and okuhida