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Climbing Mt. Kitadake in the South Alps of Japan

Climbing Mt. Kitadake in the South Alps of Japan | Japan

Join us on an extraordinary mountaineering expedition to conquer the remarkable Mount Kitadake, the second-highest peak in Japan. Accompanied by a certified guide, you'll embark on an unforgettable adventure in the towering presence of Mount Kita, also known as Kitadake. Surpassed in height only by the iconic Mount Fuji, Mount Kitadake stands as one of the most impressive summits in Asia.

Japan Alps

3 Days

May - Oct




* Conquer Mount Kitadake,the second-highest peak in Japan

* Explore the rugged and less-explored trails of the South Alps

* Marvel at the iconic Shiranesanzan group


Come along on an incredible mountaineering adventure to conquer Mount Kitadake, the second-highest mountain in Japan.

Rising to an impressive altitude of 3,193 meters (10,475 feet), Mount Kita, or Kitadake, stands as a majestic peak second only to the towering Mount Fuji in height. Together with its neighboring peaks, Mount Ainodake and Mount Notoridake, Mount Kita forms an impressive trio known as the Shiranesanzan group.

With its perpetual snow-capped summit, Kitadake holds the distinction of being the northernmost among the three peaks, showcasing its spectacular beauty throughout the year.

While the Northern Alps may enjoy more popularity, the South Alps, where Kitadake resides, offer a rugged and less-explored terrain. Prepare to be captivated by the untamed beauty and off-the-beaten-path allure on this unforgettable mountain adventure.

Prepare yourself for a challenging yet rewarding six-hour climb, ascending up to an elevation gain of 1,500 meters (4,921 feet). This mountaineering experience will test your endurance and offer stunning panoramic views of the South Alps**. Enjoy a one-night stay at the Kitadake Katano Koya**, where you will be treated to a comfortable accommodation and half board meals. For those looking to extend their adventure, there is an option to add additional days and enjoy a two-night stay at a charming mountain hut.

Book your trip with us and push your limits on this majestic peak and discover the amazing sights that only the Japanese Alps can offer.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Mountain guide expenses

- Accommodation included

- Breakfast

- Dinner

Price details

Mountain hut (Kitadake hut) is USD 120 per night with Half board


Day 1: Trip to Kitadake

4-6 h Kofu to Hirogawara by bus for 2 h. Hirogawara to Kitadake katano hut. up to1400m

Day 2: Return to Hirogawara

On our second day on this trip, we'll embark on a journey to Mount Notori, where we will traverse the trails and reach the summit. After the climb, we will stay at either the Notori Hut or Omonsawa Hut, both providing comfortable accommodations amidst the stunning mountain scenery.

Day 3: End of trip

Back to Hirogawara bus station for 4 h. back to Kofu station by bus.


Equipment you will need to bring

You will need to bring: * Poles * Helmet * Sunglasses * Backpack * Water bottle


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
Karuizawa Prince Hotel East Karuizawa Japan
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Hotel Karuizawa Elegance Karuizawa Japan
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Hoshinoya Karuizawa Karuizawa Japan
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About the guide

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Alpine Guide


Japanese | English

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