Mount Norikuradake is one of Japan's top 100 mountains and the southernmost peak of the Northern Japan Alps. Located near Kamikochi along the border between Gifu and Nagano prefectures, the mountain and the Norikura Kogen highlands at its base provide ample scenic spots with beautiful mountain vistas, lush forests, cascading waterfalls and attractive hiking trails.
Due to its high elevation, Mount Norikuradake is one of the first places in Japan to see autumn colors. The alpine plants usually begin to change around mid to late September in the higher elevations, and the season lasts into October as the colors make their way down the mountain slopes. Several hot springs are also found in the area, especially in Norikura Kogen and nearby Shirahone Onsen.