Activities

Kawaba Village is located at the southern foot of Mt. Hotaka, which is one of the top 100 mountains in Japan, and offers plenty of outdoor sports that take advantage of its rich natural environment. Enjoy the steam locomotive ride and other activities that even Japanese people rarely experience.

Outdoor sports

  • Climbing Mt. Hotaka

    Climbing Mt. Hotaka

    This mountain is referred to as the symbol of Kawaba Village and is one of the top 100 mountains in Japan. A wide variety of plants and animals live here, and the mountain is popular with many climbers and hikers. Three mountain climbing courses are available to suit different endurance levels, experience levels, and ages so that everyone can readily have a pleasant climb.

  • Kawaba ski area

    Kawaba ski area

    This popular ski area has the best snow quality and is easily accessible, and the parking garage allows direct access to the ski slopes. The ski area has East Japan's leading man-made mogul course and snow park, so you’ll never get bored.

  • Target bird golf

    Target bird golf

    This officially recognized course offers "target bird golf", which is a golf game uses a golf ball with a badminton shuttlecock attached. Try this increasingly popular new sport that everyone can enjoy.

  • Lake Forest

    Lake Forest

    This managed fishing place offers fishing in the best location. Fresh water from the Tone River is regularly introduced to this lake of about 7000 m². The stocked trout are very lively, so you can enjoy the real pleasure of fishing to your heart’s content.

  • Fishing plaza

    Fishing plaza

    A fishing pond is filled with water from the clear Usune River. In addition to bait fishing, you can try lure fishing and fly-fishing. You can catch various types of fish, including char, rainbow trout, brown trout, and land locked masu salmon.

  • Kirinoki Daira Rinkan Camp Grounds

    Kirinoki Daira Rinkan Camp Grounds

    These camp grounds are located in Kawaba Valley, which is the source of the Usune River that flows at the foot of Mt. Hotaka. There are 12 vehicle sites, and vehicle camping is possible. Enjoy fishing, playing in the river, and hiking in the lushly green natural environment.

Experiences

  • Steam locomotive ride

    Steam locomotive ride

    Kawaba’s SL D51 is known as the steam locomotive that travels the shortest distance in Japan. You can view it up close or ride it. You can also view the operation room while the train is stopped. Experience this impressive steam locomotive as it pushes out black smoke while it runs.

  • Fruit picking

    Fruit picking

    There are various orchards in Kawaba Village, including apple, grape, and blueberry orchards. You can picking these fruits from the blueberry season at the beginning of July to apple season in November. Pick and eat plenty of fruits, which are the pride of Kawaba.

  • Ceramics experience

    Ceramics experience

    Try pottery making using an electric potter’s wheel to make items such as tea cups, cups, and rice bowls. Professional potters teach pottery simply and kindly on a person-to-person basis, so visitors from five years old to seniors can make their own usable pottery.