- Japanese Alps
The nihongo|Japanese Alps|日本アルプス|Nihon Arupusu is a series of
mountain ranges in Japanthat bisect the main island of Honshū. The name was coined by William Gowland, the "Father of Japanese Archaeology," and later popularized by Reverend Walter Weston(1861–1940), an English missionaryfor whom a memorial plaque is located at Kamikochi, a tourist destination known for its alpine climate. When Gowland coined the phrase, however, he was only referring to the Hida Mountains.
Today, the Japanese Alps encompass the Hida Mountains, the
Kiso Mountainsand the Akaishi Mountains. These towering ranges include several peaks exceeding Convert|3000|m|ft|0|abbr=on in height, the tallest after Mount Fuji. The highest are Mount Hotakaat Convert|3190|m|ft|0|abbr=on and Mount Kitaat Convert|3193|m|ft|0|abbr=on. Mount Ontakein Nagano Prefecture, at Convert|3067|m|ft|0|abbr=on, is a destination for pilgrimages as well as an active volcano, having erupted most recently in 1979and 1980.
The Northern Alps, also known as the Hida Mountains, are a mountain range which stretches through Nagano, Toyama and Gifu prefectures. A small portion of the mountains also reach into
The Central Alps, also known as the Kiso Mountains, are a mountain range in Nagano and Gifu prefectures.
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