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3-day Autumn trek from Kamikochi to Karasawa Cirque

Karasawa Cirque
Karasawa Cirque
Karasawa Cirque
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.

Private

Japan Alps

3 Days

Sep, Oct

High

Beginner


Description

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!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

Not included:

* Transportation fee for guide; from home to the meeting point, about 6000 yen/guide/tour if up to 100km of one-way distance).

* Transportation fee for the itinerary; actual expenses (ex. taxi, ropeway, etc.), for both the clients and a guide.

* Lunch fee; about 2000 yen/lunch. We will choose where and what according to the itinerary and your preferences.

* Mountain hut fee; actual expenses, about 15000 yen/guide/night including bed and 2 meals, for both the clients and a guide.

* Handling/Consultation fee (only if reservations are required); about 20% of the price of huts and transportation.

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Note) about the deposit; an initial deposit is required as a booking confirmation fee to secure your itinerary. If the trip includes any booking formalities such as accommodations or transportation, the deposit is non-refundable as a Handling fee and Consultation fee.


Itinerary

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.

 

Details

More info

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.

FAQs

What is the average distance and altitude gain that we will hike each day?

we will hike 31km for 3 days. The height difference is +780m, -780m.

What experience do I need to have? How fit do I need to be? Is this program suitable for children or older people?

High elevation (over 2000m) area will be in winter. Kamikochi (1500m) may be good for autumn leaves, but the larch tree (yellow color) is the main tree.

How can I get to the trailhead/meeting point?

Staying in Nagano or Toyama is fine.

What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Hotel Tateyama Toyama Japan
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Tateyama Kurobe Kanko Hotel Toyama Japan
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Tsurugi Kanko Hotel Toyama Japan
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About the guide

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Yasuyuki

4.60

(4)

Hiking Guide

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.

Languages

Japanese | English

Certificates

NPOMG

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What people are saying about Yasuyuki

Bart

5.00

It was a fantastic experience : good weather, sakura, the mountains and a great guide. Not a tour for sports fanatics but for people interested in nature, culture and ...wasabi. The guide took us by amazing smal paths, temples, springtime flowers and trees and as highlight : the wasabi farm where he invited us at marvelous green tea. Enjoy!

Phillip

5.00

Ayako was the replacement Guide. Ayako was diligent, very familiar with the route and ensured safety was our number one priority at all times. Thank you.

Bart

5.00

It was a fantastic experience : good weather, sakura, the mountains and a great guide. Not a tour for sports fanatics but for people interested in nature, culture and ...wasabi. The guide took us by amazing smal paths, temples, springtime flowers and trees and as highlight : the wasabi farm where he invited us at marvelous green tea. Enjoy!


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