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3-day Trek in the southern Yatsugatake Mountains, near Tokyo

Yusuke, a JMGA-certified guide, will lead you on this 3-day trek in the beautiful and peaceful southern Yatsugatake Mountains, near Tokyo in Japan, a stunning mountain range known for its awe-inspiring panoramic views and richly diverse and pretty flowers.

Mountain RangeYatsugatake Mountain Range
Duration3 days
Offer periodMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate


  • Visit the highest onsen (hot spring) in the country!

  • See the truly spectacular alpine flowers in bloom

  • Encounter some truly epic panoramic views over the valleys

  • Hike across 5 peaks on the mountain range


This 3-day trek I will take you on leads us in to the heart of the southern Yatsugatake Mountains, near Tokyo, Japan, a region known throughout the country for its hiking and trekking, its sweeping panoramic views which rival that of Mt Fuji, and the diversity of its flora and fauna, with the blooming of alpine flowers in Summer providing an amazing spectacle.

The Yatsugatake Mountains are located just a 3 hour drive from Tokyo, and local legend has it that they were once higher than the world-famous Mt Fuji, before the goddess of Mt Fuji tore them down in a jealous rage to their current height.

We begin the trip on the first day in Shinjyuku, Tokyo, before heading to the town we will base ourselves in, Yatsugatake. The rest of the first day is spent hiking up to our hut where we will stay the night, Seinengoya, renowned for its high quality food and sake.

The second day is very long, as we arise at 5am to prepare for 8-9 hours of hiking across 5 peaks, providing epic views over the land, before staying at our second hut, Honzawakosen, containing the highest outdoor onsen (hot spring) in the country, ensuring a relaxing and refreshing night.

The final day is spent hiking to Shibuno-yu, also containing a spectacular onsen, before we head back to Tokyo in the afternoon.

Along the way we might be lucky enough to encounter some of the animals that inhabit the area such as flying squirrels, deer, Japanese serows, foxes and bears, and the aforementioned alpine flowers ensure you will be constantly reaching for your camera.

By the end of the trip you will hopefully have fallen in love with this very pleasant region and increased your desire to return.

Trekking through the southern Yatsugatake Mountains is stunning, and so close to Tokyo – book now to experience!

For those who prefer their climbing in Winter, try our trip of Winter Mountaineering on Yatsugatake, here!

Alternatively, for those who strive to reach the highest peak only, try our 2-day Winter climbing trip on Mt Akadake’s main ridge, here!



Hut accommodation every night.

More info

All huts are commercial, around 8,000JPY per night /person including dinner and breakfast.

Meeting point

Chino Train Station, Nagano




Day 1: Meet and trek

Meet at Shinjyuku, Tokyo. 3 hours drive to the base town of Yatsugatake. Then we take a taxi to the trailhead. It is a good 4 hrs hiking to Seinengoya-hut. The hut is very famous for its foods and variety of good Sake!

Day 2: Trek

Wake up at 5am, breakfast then start hiking. It is 8-9 hrs hiking connecting 5 peaks. We stay at Honzawakosen-hut. This is a highest onsen-hut in the country.

Day 3: Trek and finish


Wake up at 5am, breakfast then start hiking. It is 5 hrs hiking to Shibuno-yu which is the main goal of this trip. Shibuno-yu is another beautiful natural onsen. Shower off the sweat and soak in the natural onsen before going back to Tokyo.


About the guide

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I was born in Tokyo and grew up skiing in Hakuba, Japan. Throughout the years, I have visited Alaska, Peru, Patagonia, New Zealand, Nepal and Canada for winter climbing and backcountry snowboarding.

In 2012, I became the first Japanese person to pass the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides's ski guiding course on a Snowboard. I have been guiding in Japan (Hakuba Nagano and Mt. Fuji), New Zealand and Canada for over 15 years.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

JPY 154640 each

Group of 2

JPY 82475 each

Group of 3

JPY 61856 each

Group of 4

JPY 61856 each

Group of 5

JPY 51547 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

- Mountain guide's expenses (lifts, meals, accommodation, etc)

Price details

Price does not include accommodation, meals or gear rental.

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