Midagahara 弥陀ヶ原

Ethereal wetlands in the towering Tateyama mountains

Wetlands cover a vast alpine plateau at Midagahara, in the Chubusangaku National Park. The expansive plateau is the result of volcanic activity, and the wetlands are comprised of roughly 3,000 small ponds. The lush landscape is registered under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Snow blankets the wetlands for much of the year, and snowshoes are often required to visit in June. Just a month later, in July, alpine plants such as Geum pentapetalum and zenteika daylilies begin to bloom.

The chitou ponds that dot the wetlands hold special importance in the Tateyama faith, an ancient, regional syncretic system that combines Buddhist and Shinto beliefs. The faith holds that they were created by the dead who fell into the realm of hungry ghosts. With amazing views of Mt. Dainichi and an ever-shifting palette, Midagahara is a site of ethereal and impactful beauty.

Nature & Scenic Sights


Address 930-1412 富山県中新川郡立山町芦峅寺弥陀ヶ原
Getting There Take the Tateyama Highland Bus that runs between Murodo and Bijodaira and get off at Midagahara
Website https://www.alpen-route.com/index.php

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