2-day hike on Mt. Maehodaka North Ridge, Nagano

Reach the sacred summit of Mount Maehodaka with Junichiro, JMGA-certified, guiding you along the Japanese alpine peaks. Experience the picturesque panoramas on this 2-day hike 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




    Join me on the north ridge of Mount Maehodaka, which stretches 3,090 meters (10,138ft) high.

    Experience what the Japanese Alps has to offer, with its giant mountain tops ascending in all directions.

    From the starting point at Kamikochi, we take a smooth walk to Yokoo, a stretch that connects the mountains of Yari, Hotaka and Cho. We continue towards Hondani, with the trail becoming steeper and zigzagged, before reaching the Karasawa Mountain Hut. We will be staying here overnight.

    Resting with the sun slipping behind the mountains, this is a great place to witness the beautiful alpine scenery.

    On day two, we move forward towards 5-6 Col and through to North Ridge. From here we will ascend to the summit of Mount Maehodaka (sometimes also spelled Maehotaka). After taking in the stunning scenery from the peak, we descend to Jyutarou-Shindo and return to Kamikochi. Our tour finishes at approximately 4pm.

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

    To experience a remarkable hike in the Japanese Alps, reserve your place now. Ascend to the summit and witness the wondrous vistas that open up.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    95000 JPY

    Group of 2
    55000 JPY


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee

    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point

    Meet at 8am at Kamikochi Bus Terminal,


    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


    Jun gave us a wonderful trip! He is very experienced and speaks perfect English. All the instructions are easy to understand. Although both of us are beginners, we still can enjoy the joy of ice climbing in Japan. I would definitely recommend Jun as a ice climbing and hiking tour guide :)!
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    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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