Norikura

Situated on the magnificent Skyline Road, the highest in Japan, this alpine village has some spectacular views, lots of hiking trails, summer skiing at Daisekkei, and a great collection of hot spring baths.

Norikura Map

“I love Norikura. This is a place of great beauty, calm, and warm hospitality. Enjoy some light walking or mountain hiking then soak in the hot spring baths before tucking into a delicious home cooked dinner at your ryokan. Heaven!”

Alastair Donnelly, Director

Hiking highlights include trails leading to Sanbon-dake, where three waterfalls converge in one pool, and the paths to Zengoro-no-taki waterfall the beauty of which is often enhanced by the appearance of a glittering rainbow. In the autumn, the maple leaves create some wonderfully colourful vistas and in the summer look out for skunk cabbages in the grassy plains.

For the active, there are a number of cycling routes around the area or, for the more inactive, indulge in a relaxing rotenburo (outside hot spring bath) such as the ones in the Yukemuri-kan in the centre of the village.

Come to Norikura as the Japanese do - to escape the rush of the big cities, to take in some cool, clear mountain air and to soak in the revitalising hot springs.

Weather in Norikura

The Climate Guide for Norikura, Japan is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Daytime Temperature (°C) 0 1 5 13 18 21 25 26 21 15 9 3
Min Night-time Temperature (°C) -9 -9 -5 1 6 12 16 17 13 5 -1 -6
Hours of Sunshine (Daily) 4 4 5 6 6 4 4 5 4 4 4 4
Hours of Daylight (Daily) 10 11 12 13 14 15 14 13 12 11 10 10
Heat and Humidity Discomfort None None None None None None Low Low None None None None
Days with some Rainfall 23 21 20 17 16 20 22 19 19 15 16 21
Monthly Rainfall (mm) 43 58 95 121 129 210 227 167 224 109 74 35
UV Index (Maximum) 2 4 6 8 9 10 11 10 8 6 3 2