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2-day hike on Mt. Kitahodaka East Ridge, Nagano

Spend 2 days hiking in the sacred mountainside with Junichiro, JMGA-certified, leading the way to Mount Kitahodaka’s east ridge. Experience the Japanese alpine panoramas on this trip in the Nagano Prefecture.

Mountain RangeJapan Alps
Duration2 days
Offer periodMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup


  • Discover the beautiful landscapes of the Kamicochi Valley.

  • Enjoy an unforgettable 2-day hike in the Hida Mountains.

  • Join a local guide on an exciting Japanese outdoor adventure.


Hike along one of Japan’s most famous mountains, and breathe in the fresh alpine air surrounded by stunning 3,000-meter high peaks.

Mt. Kitahidaka is located in the Kamicochi valley in the Chūbu-Sangaku National Park of the Japan Alps. The beautiful rock faces of this stunning peak soar straight towards the sky, making it a stunning location to hike.

We will begin our tour from the Kamikochi Bus Terminal before heading to Yokoo. On the first day of our adventure, I will give you a short rock climbing and abseiling instruction, if you need it and then we will set off. In the evening, we will stay overnight in Karasawa, in the sacred Japanese highlands. Then, on the second day, we will leave Karasawa and hike towards Kitahosawa and the Kitahodaka Mountain Hut. From there, we will descend back to Kamikouchi and end our hike at approximately 4 pm. It will be a long hiking day of around ten hours, and in total, the elevation gain is 1500 meters.

Although this trek is open to everyone, it is important that you have a good fitness level. Furthermore, we will traverse through some rocky terrain as well on our trip, so you should be prepared for some fun rock climbing too! Of course, I will be there every step of the way to help and guide you. Also, keep in mind that if you feel the itinerary is too challenging, we can design a slower-paced 3-day itinerary, just ask me in advance so that we can plan accordingly.

So, are you ready for an exciting adventure in the Japan Alps? Then contact me now and let’s start planning an unforgettable trip together!


Mountain Hut

Meeting point

Meet at 8am at Kamikochi Bus Terminal, Nagano Prefecture



About the guide

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I had a crush on Mt. Hodaka when I first came to Karasawa Cirque by helicopter to work for Karasawagoya Mountain Hut.
I was struck by its amazing landscape from above.
Since then I have been working in the mountain range in a lot of different ways.
First, as a hut worker for 4 years, then as a member of the prefectural mountain rescue team for 6 years.
And last year I started my career as a professional mountain guide.

I'm deeply in love with not only the nature but also the people attracted to the mountains.

Why don't you join me to enjoy the unique beauty of the Japanese mountains which are not easily accessible to all!

I am a JMGA alpine guide, but I also hold the Nagano prefectural special interpreter licence for English, as well as am a qualified First Aid Basic Provider certified by the Japanese Society of Mountain Medicine.

Deal opportunities

Join an existing group and pay much less

Jul 20, 2020 - Jul 21, 2020

JPY 51547 per traveller

Aug 04, 2020 - Aug 05, 2020

JPY 51547 per traveller

Aug 20, 2020 - Aug 21, 2020

JPY 51547 per traveller

Sep 14, 2020 - Sep 15, 2020

JPY 51547 per traveller

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Prices per person

Group of 1

JPY 51547 each

Group of 2

JPY 51547 each

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