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4-day Hut-to-hut mountaineering tour of Mount Yari and Mount Hotakadake in Japan

Mt.Naka Mt.Oobami Mt.Yari
5-day Hut-to-hut mountaineering tour of Mount Yari and Mount Hotakadake in Japan
autumn leaves at Karasawa circl
Daikiretto from Mt.Minami
During Daikiretto

Reach the summit of Mount Yari and Mount Hotakadake on this 5-day hut to hut mountaineering tour in Japan led by JMGA certified mountain guide Hirofumi.


Hida Mountains

4 Days

Oct, Nov, Dec




  • Discover the beauty of the Hida Mountains of Japan.
  • Reach the summit of Mount Yari and Mount Hotakadake.
  • Spend every night in a different cozy mountain hut.


Located in the Hida Mountains, in the Nagano Prefecture, Mount Yari and Mount Hotakadake are two of the most popular mountains in Japan. On this 4-day program, I invite you to discover these beautiful peaks, among many other spots, and spend the nights in cozy mountain huts.

During this hut-to-hut tour, we will have the chance to explore the wonderful Japanese mountains and sleep at a different refuge every night. At the bottom of the page, you can check out a detailed description of each day. However, take into account that we can make this program shorter and adapt it to your preferences.

Does this experience sound like something for you? If that is so, do not hesitate to send the request and book your place. I will be glad to guide you across Mount Yari and Mount Hotakadake.

Also, you can take a look at this program that I lead to the mounts of Hakuba.

Price details

Transportation has a cost of around JPY 6,000 and accommodation, JPY 11,000 per night (including 3 meals for 4 nights). Rental equipment is JPY 500 each item per day.


Day 1: Kami-Kochi - Yokoo mountain hut

Our tour will start in Kami-Kochi and we will walk to Yokoo. We will spend the night at Yokoo Mountain Hut (1,620 meters).

Day 2: Hyutte Ooyari Mountain Hut

On this day we will go from Yari-sawa to Raicho-daira. We will sleep at Hyutte Ooyari Mountain Hut (2,884 meters).

Day 3: Mt. Yari summit - Mt. Minami Mountain Hut

On day 3, we will climb up through Higashi-Kama Ridge to Mt. Yari (3,180 meters) and Mt. Minami (3,133 meters). We will spend the night at Mt. Minami mountain hut.

Day 4: Hotaka-dake mountain hut

From Dai-Kireto (Large Gap in a mountain ridge) to Mt. Hotakadake (3,190 meters) and Shiradashi-no-Col (Saddle: 2,996 meters). Overnight at Hotaka-dake Mountain Hut.



More info

We can also arrange a shorter program if you prefer.

Meeting point

Kamikochi Bus Stop, Nagano.

Equipment you will need to bring



About the guide

I'm a JMGA certified hiking guide as well as one of Nagano Prefecture's Official Mountain Guides for North Japan Alps.

My love for mountains and skiing brought me to live in countries like New Zealand, Canada and Europe (including Chamonix) as a ski instructor and as a tour coordinator for over 10 years.
In Chamonix I was inspired by the IFMGA mountain guides, who were my mentors and who had a lot of compassions, and I started to aspire to become a guide myself.
Currently, I live in the village of Hakuba and guiding mainly in the mountains of North Japan Alps.

My motto is to "have fun safely" and I value the communications I have with clients whilst guiding.

If you want to feel glad you came at the end of the day, then join me to enjoy the Japanese mountains together!


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