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.




Trip Duration

2 days

Mountain Range

Japan Alps

People per Guide

2 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Type of Trip

Not specified



    Hike along one of Japan’s most famous mountains, and breath in the sacred alpine air, with me guiding you in the shadows of 3,000-meter high peaks.

    The beautiful rockfaces soar straight towards the sky, making it a stunning location to hike.

    We begin our tour from the Kamikochi Bus Terminal before heading to Yokoo. We will stay overnight in Karasawa, in the sacred Japanese highlands. As one of the colorful jewels in the mountain range, the place is perfect to appreciate the beautiful panoramas.

    On the second day we leave Karasawa and hike towards Kitahosawa and the Kitahodaka Mountain Hut. The tour then descends the route we just came from as we return to Kamikouchi. With the hike coming to an end at approximately 4pm.

    The technical level of the hike is easy, and is suitable for beginners. However, the fitness level for this trip is for those who can walk a standard pace on mountain trails. It is ideal for people who have climbing experience of 3,000 meters high in summer.

    Reserve your place now for an unforgettable hike in the Japanese mountains.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    93000 JPY

    Group of 2
    53000 JPY


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee

    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point

    Meet at 8am at Kamikochi Bus Terminal, Nagano Prefecture


    About the Guide


    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.



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    What People are Saying about Junichiro Aoyama


    My hike with Junichiro was a highlight of my entire trip to Japan and one of my favorite back country experiences I have ever had. As a solo female traveler I was unsure of how I could safely explore the back country in Japan, this trip was perfect for me. Jun is an excellent guide and shared so much knowledge about the Japanese alps, flora, fauna and Japanese culture in general with me. He spent four years working in the Hodaka range so knows these mountains very well and has many great stories and fond memories from many years spent exploring this range. It was great to experience this region of the world with someone who cherishes it so much! This was the most technical and challenging climb I have completed but I felt safe and confident the entire time. I learned new skills with Jun\'s guidance and had an awesome time. I hope I can return to Japan very soon and go on another adventure with Junichiro!
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    Olivia Sisson
    I had a wonderful trip to Mt Hoshianadake. Junichiro Aoyama is a very responsible, passionate and kind mountain guide who guides you with a lot of knowledge and joy! Junichiro is Japanese but speaks English fluently, this makes the communication very easy also for people that come from abroad! I enjoyed every moment of the trip and I am grateful for this beautiful experience in the stunning nature of Japan! I can fully recommand Junichiro Aoyama as guide for anyone and especially for foreigners!
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    Alina Jacobs

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