Shinhotaka Ropeway - Gifu

Located in Okuhida Onsengo, Takayama City in Gifu Prefecture, Shinhotaka Ropeway or Shin-Hotaka Ropeway (新穂高ロープウェイ) is a dual-line aerial tramway that brings visitors to the recreational facilities on the Hotaka Mountain Range. 

Shin-Hotaka Ropeway (新穂高ロープウェイ)

Shinhotaka Ropeway history

Operated by the Okuhi Sightseeing Development, Shinhotaka Ropeway opened sometime in the 1970s. This aerial tramway consists of the following lines - No. 1 Ropeway and (you guessed it right) No. 2 Ropeway.

Shin-Hotaka Ropeway
Shinhotaka Ropeway - Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture

Map of Shinhotaka Ropeway from their official site.

Shin-Hotaka Onsen Station

Here's the gondola going up to Nabedairakogen Station

Nabadairakogen Station

Sangakukan Shinhotaka Visitor Center

A great place to rest is at Sengoku Park

An outdoor footbath near Shirakabadaira Station

No. 1 Ropeway starts from Shinhotakaonsen Station which is found at an altitude of 1,117 meters at the western side of Mt. Nishikihotakadake, The line ends at Nabedairakogen Station which is at an altitude of 1,305 meters. The ride takes around four minutes. 

Shirakabadaira Station

Double-decker gondola to Nishihotakaguchi Station

The view from Nishihotakaguchi Station

Good to know...

Gotta love the view

Send yourself a letter from one of the world's highest post office

No. 2 Ropeway starts from Shirakabadaira Station (1308m) and ends at Nishihotakaguchi Station (2156m). The ride takes around seven minutes. It's also good to know that you will be riding Japan's only double-decker gondola in the No. 2 Ropeway. 

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Shinhotaka Ropeway Fare:

Fare Table from the pamphlet and official website

Shinhotaka Ropeway Operating Hours:

Shinhotaka Ropeway is open year-round with shifting schedules or timetables based on the season and time of the year. For example, the ropeway opens the earliest (7AM) during the Obon holiday (August 13-16) while it opens the latest (9AM) during Winter (December 1- March 31). You can check out the schedule below.

Ropeway schedule is from the pamphlet and the official website 

Say hi to those riding the other gondola

Hmm... too many to choose from

Some souvenirs to bring home

Shinhotaka Ropeway is famous not only for its double-decker gondola but also because of the majestic view of the Japanese Northern Alps that can be seen from the gondola and also from the Nishihotakaguchi Station's Roof Observation Deck. Aside from viewing the beautiful scenery, visitors can also send a postcard home via mail as there is a mailbox installed at the roof observation deck of the station (Imagine mailing yourself from one of the highest points in Japan). Visitors can purchase the said postcards from the Nishihotakaguchi Station's souvenir shop. 

Can you spot the mountain hut on the right side of the picture?

For the more adventurous ones, Nishihotakaguchi Station is a perfect place to start the hike to the peaks of the Hotaka Mountains. The nearest peak being Mt. Nishihotakadake which is at the altitude of 2909m. However, one should keep in mind that the hiking route is open only from spring to autumn. 

With our Japanese family

I got to visit and ride the Shinhotaka Ropeway with my family during our 17th day in Japan. We were accompanied by our Japanese family during the said trip. It was our first destination after checking out of Nakaokogen Hotel Kazaguruma in the Onsen Village of Okuhida in Takayama City. It was a truly awesome and memorable experience as Shinhotaka Ropeway was far (actually VERY FAR) from the usual tourist traps of Japan making it probably a once-in-a-lifetime visit for me. 

Team Nicerio visits Shinhotaka Ropeway observation area

Why ride the Shinhotaka Ropeway?

Overall, if you're an adventurer looking for something new, then head to Shinhotaka Ropeway and soar above the clouds at the altitude of 2156 meters in Japan's only double-decker gondola. You'd surely love the view of the Japanese Alps and of course the experience.

Here's a 10-second clip of my Shinhotaka Ropeway experience:


Here's the view from Nishihotakaguchi Station's Roof Observation Deck: 


Getting to Shinhotaka Ropeway: 


From Tokyo, ride the JR Hokuriku Shinkansen to Toyama and transfer to the JR Hida limited express train to Takayama. The whole trip takes about 4 1/2 hours and costs around 14,000 yen. 


From Takayama, Ride the Nohi bus for Shinhotaka Ropeway and get off at the last stop which is Shinhotaka itself. The trip takes around 1 hour and 40 minutes. 

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Comments

  1. Looks beautiful, yet terrifying! Was it a pretty smooth ride?

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    1. Hahaha! That was what I have in mind as well. However, the ride was pretty awesome. You should try Shinhotaka ropeway when you are in Japan.

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  2. This look like a wonderful vacation and that view is breathtaking!!

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    1. Thank you. It truly is. Shinhotaka is one for the books.

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  3. What a beautiful park to visit, the snow covered mountain tops in the background are stunning.

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    1. The Japanese Alps is one of the most beautiful places that I have ever seen in my life so far. You should come visit.

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  4. It surely looks adventurous and lovely. U surely had a great time.

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    1. It is. My family and I really had a wonderful time here.

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  5. Wow! Look at those views! Look like you and your family had a lot of fun!

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    1. It was a wonderful adventure. We really had a great time.

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  6. I will surely add this to my bucket list. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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  7. I love Gondola ride above heights between the huge amazing nature.

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    1. Same here. I think this is my 4th time riding a ropeway in Japan. =) Each presented great views of nature.

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  8. What a beautiful area! I have never visited there but looks like it would be an incredible trip.

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    1. You should include Shinhotaka to your bucketlist Junell. =)

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  9. Thank you so much for this very helpful article. I will bookmark this for the future.

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  10. I have been on a ropeway in Kanagawa Prefecture before but not in Gifu. Have to take my sister to this when she comes to Japan for the summer.

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    1. You should. =) She will surely love Shinhotaka ropeway and the views of the Japanese Alps. =)

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  11. Woww! Beautiful. Loved the pictures.

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  12. Wonderful! The Scenery is breathtaking.

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    1. The view from the viewing area of Shinhotaka ropeway is really breathtaking.

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  13. What a view! I have been on trams in different cities and they always make me nervous.

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    1. That was what I felt as well when I rode a ropeway for the first time. =)

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  14. Wow such a wonderful place! I would love to visit this place someday :)

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  15. Your posts always have amazing images. Really helps me get a feel for how your experience was.

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  16. We are visiting Japan this July and in a process of listing some places we can visit for two weeks! What a great view you had here.

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    1. Thank you Blair. Enjoy your trip to Japan. I hope you could include Shinhotaka Ropeway to your itinerary.

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  17. Seems like an awesome trip you got! Enjoy!

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  18. That looks amazing and thrilling. What a beautiful view! I think I would be a little scared but it looks like it would be worth the while. 😊😊

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    1. I guarantee you! This place is going to be worth your visit. =)

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  19. what a wonderful place. You have captured amazing views.

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  20. Everything looks so scenic, fresh and pretty

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  21. I don't like anything that involves height. It scares the shit out of me. But I like to think of myself as someone who can do this, jump off an airplane and other activities that involves height.
    This place is so beautiful.

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    1. You should try riding this ropeway Grace. It's a perfect way to fight off that fear of heights. Aside from that you'd surely love the view.

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  22. Is there a chance to frolic in the snow somewhere? Apart from onsen, foot bath and going to the deck, what else is there to do during winter?

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    1. Winter huh? I don't know if the trail to Mt. Nishihotakadake's peak is open during that time. If it is then it's a must include in your itinerary.

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  23. OMG! Shinhotaka Ropeway is a must-try indeed!

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    1. Please do try the Shinhotaka Ropeway when you are in Gifu!

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