Police and emergency rescue personnel said Thursday that the bodies of a man and woman were found on the slope of Mt Hotaka in the Northern Alps in Nagano Prefecture late Wednesday afternoon. Police believe the two slipped and fell down the mountain while hiking, Fuji TV reported.
Police said that shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday, they received a call from a friend of the two hikers, saying that they had not yet returned from the mountain.
Rescue teams specializing in mountain disaster prevention and response immediately began searching for the two and found them at around 7:30 p.m. on the south side of the mountain, approximately 200 meters below a steep ridge.
According to police, the two were already dead when search teams found them, and based on reports from the scene, officials believe that the two may have fallen from the ridge.
The two hikers were a man in his 70s and a woman in her 60s from Kanagawa Prefecture, police said.© Japan Today