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3-day Autumn trek from Kamikochi to Karasawa Cirque

Join Yasuyuki, an English-speaking mountain guide, for a 3-day hiking trip in the Northern Japanese Alps! In autumn, you will get to enjoy the changing colors of tree leaves in the depths of the mountains.

Mountain RangeJapan Alps
Duration3 days
Offer periodSep, Oct
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate


Have you always wanted to hike through the forested Northern Japanese Alps in autumn? If so, this 3-day trip from Kamikochi to Karasawa Cirque might be just what you are looking for!

Situated in the Nagano PrefectureKamikochi is considered a National Cultural Asset, making it onto a public list of Special Natural Monuments and Special Places of Scenic Beauty in Japan.

We will begin this 3-day hiking excursion in the valley of Kamikochi (1,500 meters). We will get to make our way through forests of changing autumnal leaves, until we reach Tokusawa. We will then stay in a mountain hut for the evening and wake up the next morning to hike to Karasawa Cirque (2,300 meters). That night, we will again settle into a mountain hut on the trail and finally hike back to Kamikochi.

Join me on this hike if you love the changing landscapes of autumn that accompany Japan’s natural beauty. Send a request to book this trip!



Your guide will arrange accommodation but please note that the cost is not included.

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Wear a warm jacket appropriate for the altitude of the mountain or the season, choose quick-dry materials to retain body heat. Avoid cotton underwear and undershirts. Wear nonrestrictive, stretchy pants; Pack extra clothes, for you get may wet in bad weather; Pack your warm or extra clothes in a waterproof bag or a plastic bag to keep them dry.

Meeting point

Please arrange your transit to the Nagano region independently, as this is quite easy to do by car or train from major cities. Your guide can help.




Day 1: Day 1

Independently travel from Tokyo, Osaka or Nagoya to Kamikochi. Together, we will walk to Tokusawa. That night we will stay in an accommodation.

Day 2: Day 2

We will hike from Tokusawa to Karasawa to enjoy the spectacular views of autumn leaves, mountains, and the starry sky. We will be accommodated in a hut on the trail.

Day 3: Day 3

We will hike from Karasawa back to Kamikochi. Then, group will disperse and independently return to their various destinations.

About the guide

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I love nature. I love cycling, hiking and climbing.

I have worked in Canada, joined the MTB race in Africa, and traveled to Central America, Southeast Asia, Europe, and Oceania. Everywhere, I've tried to see as much nature as possible. Nature is so different in every country and I find that immensely moving.

I believe that Japanese mountains are one of those places that you must visit at least once. Since Japan consists of small mountainous islands, you can experience many different landscapes almost at once - cities, small villages, flat lands with beautiful rice fields (rice is the foundation of Japanese culture), lush forests, green mountains and rocky mountains.

Nagano is the most mountainous prefecture in Japan and best place to see nature and go hiking and biking. That is why I now live in Nagano, helping world travelers enjoy the nature and culture of Japan.

Come visit Japan and have special experience in Nagano with us.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

JPY 103093 each

Group of 2

JPY 74227 each

Group of 3

JPY 54640 each

Group of 4

JPY 41238 each

Group of 5

JPY 32990 each

Group of 6

JPY 27836 each

Group of 7

JPY 24743 each

Group of 8

JPY 22681 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

Not included:

- Transportation for a guide (to the meeting point).

- Accommodation for clients and a guide is about 10000 yen per night per person.

- Food expenses for clients (ex. lunch).

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