The source of the Kurobe River - deep in the Northern Alps in Toyama Prefecture - is a rarely explored place. No matter which trailhead hikers choose, they must all pass over ridges of more than 2,000 meters above sea level to reach the source. This is one of the reasons that was the last area in Japan to be developed for hiking. It remains unspoiled today.
On Journeys in Japan, photographer Peter Skov explores the mountains around Kurobe River's headwaters. He starts out from the Oritate trailhead, passes over a ridge, descends to the Kurobe River, and heads to a highland paradise called Kumonodaira. He also experiences "sawanobori" or stream climbing up the Akagisawa. Peter revels in the spectacular nature around the source of the Kurobe River.