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Climbing Mount Hakuba from Sarukura in 2 days, Japanese Alps


Kayo, an JMGA certified guide, takes you on this great 2-day hiking tour to Mount Hakuba, in the beautiful North Japan Alps, starting from Sarakura.


Japan Alps

2 Days

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct




  • Enjoy a spectacular panorama view from the top of Mt. Hakuba
  • Discover the stunning natural beauty of the North Japan Alps
  • Hike along a certified local guide and explore a great destination in Japan


The stunning Japanese Alps are the perfect setting for an unforgettable climb. I invite you to join me on this great 2-day programme and reach the summit of beautiful Mount Hakuba.

We will meet in the city of Hakuba, at the foot of the North Alps in the Nagano prefecture. Hakuba is a very popular destination for hikers and climbers in summer, and a skiing paradise in winter.

After meeting at the Hakuba station, I will drive you in my car to Sarukura, where we will start hiking through the amazing Hakuba-Daisekkei or Hakuba Grand Snowy Valley. You will discover stunning landscapes of unique natural beauty along the trek. Pure blue sky, rocky and green mountains, snow and alpine flowers will enchant you.

We will enjoy a great hike with an amazing reward: a spectacular panorama view from the top of Mount Hakuba. We will then head towards the Hakuba-Sanso where we will spend the night. This great alpine lodge offers breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains. The following day we will go back to Sarukura by the same route, and back to Hakuba.

We also have another option, hiking back through the Tsugaike Nature Park. If you choose this option, after meeting at the Hakuba station, we will take a taxi to Sarukura, where our adventure will begin. If you come during summer, a bus can take us from the station to Sarukura.

Then, from Sarukura we will hike towards the summit of Mount Hakuba. We will spend the night at Hakuba-Sanso, but instead of hiking back to Sarukura, we will descend hiking through the Tsugaike Nature Park.  A cable car will take us to the Tsugaike resort and from there, we will take a taxi back to the Hakuba station.

Find this proposal tempting? Then don’t hesitate to send me a request if you want to join me on this great trip. I would love to guide you to Mount Hakuba! 

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Mountain guide expenses

Price details

Taxis and cable car are not included in the price. Consider 9000 JPY approx. for taxis and 1920 JPY for the cable car. Accommodation fee is 10000 JPY per person.



Hakuba-Sanso alpine lodge

Meeting point

We will meet at a Hakuba Station at 7am.

About the guide

I'm a JMGA certified hiking and ski guide, as well as a telemark ski instructor. I also hold the Nagano Prefecture's Official Mountain Guide license, meaning that I'm particularly proficient with the mountains in Nagano i.e. most of the Japan Alps. I've also competed at World Cup for telemark skiing during 2002-2009 years.

I have been living in the village of Hakuba, in Nagano, right at the base of mountains in the North Japan Alps since 2012. However, I am originally from the island of Shikoku towards the south of Japan, so I used to love the sea more than mountains and used to enjoy scuba diving, surfing, and kayaking. But from the moment I met telemark skiing, I've been enchanted by the mountains. It was fun to hike up whether it be on foot or on telemark skis, and to discover the mountains this way, and eventually I chose to pursue the ambition of becoming a hiking guide. My motto is for my clients to enjoy mountains safely.

My favourite guiding field is the North Japan Alps. The infrastructure here, including the gondola and buses, make the mountain ridge lines so accessible!!

I prefer hiking long trails than peak hunting. I usually save one month every year for trekking for myself and mainly choose to trek abroad. I particularly love trekking in Europe!

The distinct four seasons in Japan is very unique, and you can enjoy the mountains in different ways during different seasons. I would like to show you the best way to enjoy Japanese mountains that suits the season, so please join me on the discovery trip!


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