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

Reach the stunning summit of Mount Maehodaka with Junichiro, JMGA-certified guide, who will take you on an unforgettable adventure in the Hotaka mountains in the Japan Alps!

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


  • Enjoy an unforgettable hiking trip in the Hotaka region in the Japan Alps.

  • Learn and practice some basic rock climbing and abseiling skills.

  • Go on an exciting adventure to the top of the beautiful Mount Maehodaka.


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

The Kamikochi Valley is located in the Chūbu-Sangaku National Park in the Hida Mountains, one of the most important hiking regions in Japan. On this 2-day adventure, we will enjoy hiking on the north face of the beautiful Mount Maehodaka, which is one of the seven peaks of Mount Hotaka. This stunning peak boasts an altitude of 3,090 m (10,138 ft), and is surrounded by ridges, some that will bring a little bit of rock to our hiking!

To begin our adventure, if necessary, I will give you some basic rock climbing and abseiling instructions that we will need on some stretches of our trip. Then, from the starting point at Kamikochi, we will begin a smooth hike to Yokoo, a stretch that connects the mountains of Yari, Hotaka, and Cho. We will then continue towards Hondani, and the trail will become steeper and more jagged before reaching the Karasawa Mountain Hut where we will witness the beautiful dusk and spend the night.

On day two, we will continue towards 5-6 Col and through to the North Ridge. From there, we will ascend to the summit of Mount Maehodaka. After taking in the stunning scenery from the top of the peak, we will descend to Jyutarou-Shindo and return to Kamikochi. Our tour finishes at approximately 4 pm.

Although this is not a difficult hiking adventure, it does require a good fitness level. We will face a total elevation gain of around 1500 meters, and spend around 10 hours hiking on the second day. Of course, I will be there to help and guide you every step of the way. Furthermore, if you feel the itinerary is too intense for you to complete in two days, I can also design a  slower-paced program to be completed in 3 days. Just let me know your preferences and needs in advance and I will do my best to ensure you have a great time and a safe climb!

So, are you ready for a unique hike in the Japan Alps? Then contact me now and join me on this unforgettable adventure! 

Or, check out some of the other hikes in the Hotaka region that I offer!

Meeting point

Meet at 8am at Kamikochi Bus Terminal,



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.

For booking assistance

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Prices per person

Group of 1

JPY 56702 each

Group of 2

JPY 56702 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

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