Alpine Walks and Hot Springs in Hachimantai
With lush virgin forests, snowy peaks, and onsen, the Hachimantai region offers the perfect escape for nature enthusiasts.
On the border between Iwate and Akita prefectures in the north of Honshu, the Hachimantai region is a little piece of paradise for those who enjoy hiking in the mountains, birdwatching, and practising winter sports.
Mount Hachimantai, which stands at 1613 metres, making it the third highest mountain in Japan, is situated in the heart of Towada-Hachimantai National Park. This carefully protected natural area is now known for its wild bird population. It is the ideal location for hikes through virgin forests populated by beech trees or marshy areas where many different varieties of flowers and plants grow, such as yellow lilies and cabbages. When winter comes, visitors can hurtle down the volcano’s snowy slopes with thirteen different ski pistes, or head out on a snowshoeing trail.
A hotspot for hot springs
Finally, for fans of hot springs, many onsen can be found around Mount Hachimantai. The resort Hachimantai Onsen has numerous establishments with water that has diverse and complementary benefits. Fukenoyu Onsen, just below the summit of Mount Hachimantai, has open-air baths that offer a panoramic view over the surrounding mountains. Goshogake Onsen houses indoor baths made from scented pine, with a Japanese sauna and a pool with volcanic mud. Lastly, Tamagawa onsen is one of the most acidic hot springs in Japan.
More information about the Hachimantai region can be found on the Japan National Tourism Office website.
The Taboo-Breaking Erotica of Toshio Saeki
The master of the 1970s Japanese avant-garde reimagined his most iconic artworks for a limited box set with silkscreen artist Fumie Taniyama.
The Surreal World of Icelandic Twins
The series ‘Eagle and Raven’ by photographer Ariko Inaoka allows its audience to spend seven summers in the daily lives of two sisters.
‘Forbidden Japan’, Through the Eyes of Irina Ionesco
In this book, the photographer gets up close to the naked, tattooed forms of the 'yakuza' and the eroticised body of an underground artist.
Pierre Soulages, a Passion for Japan
Since his first visit to Japan in 1958, the French painter has forged close links with the country and received its most prestigious awards.
Miho Kawakami's Home Surrounded by Greenery
In 2020, this food stylist and her family moved to a house in the heart of the forest in Karuizawa, north-west of Tokyo.