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Hakuba 3 Mountain Hiking Traverse and Ridge climbing


Chikako, a local JMGA mountain guide, takes you on a wonderful hiking traverse in the 3 mountains of Hakuba, in Nagano Prefecture.

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Japan Alps

3 Days

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep


Enjoy beautiful sceneries of the North Japan Alps in this 3-day hiking trip to the mountains around Hakuba.

The village of Hakuba stands in northwestern Nagano, at the foot of a group of three mountains known as 'Hakuba-Sanzan'. 

The area is popular for its ski resorts (in fact, it's one of Japan's most popular winter destinations) and also for its trekking trails with great views of the Japan Alps.

I propose a 3-day hiking traverse starting from Hakuba Happo, one of the major ski resorts in the region. We'll stay in different mountain huts for the night: Karamatsu Hut and Hakuba hut. Besides, we'll hike in 2 of the 3 Hakuba mountains: Mt Shiroumayari and Mt Shakushi.

But the highlight of this trip will be passing a spot called 'Kaerazu no Ken', which means 'Sword of no return’. This is a very steep section of great technical difficulty and danger between Karamatsu hut and Mt Tengu.

This hiking trip requires you to be in a very good fitness level. You should be able to hike between 3 and 8 hours every day.

Please contact me if you want to join me on this hiking traverse in Hakuba. I assure you it will be a wonderful experience!

Looking for other hiking trips in Japan? Explore the 'Omote Gimza' climbing route for some amazing views of the North Japan Alps, or enjoy a 3-day hiking traverse in the Yatsugatake mountains.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Mountain guide expenses


Day 1: Karamatsu Hut

Leave Hakuba Happo and stay overnight at Karamatsu Hut.

(Course time: ca. 3.5hrs)


Day 2: Hakuba hut

Leave Karamatsu Hut – Mt Shiroumayari – Mt Shakushi – stay overnight at Hakuba hut.

(Course time: ca. 8hrs)

Day 3: Descend mountain

Leave Hakuba hut – Hakuba Oike – Tsugaike Ropeway and descend mountain.

(Course time: ca. 6-7hrs)




Mountain huts: - Karamatsu Hut - Hakuba hut

More info

You'll have to add your expenses to the price: JPY 30,000 - 2 nights mountain hut stay (half board) - lunch boxes - transport taxi from tail end to beginning

This expenses need to be paid on the spot.

Meeting point

Hakuba Happo

About the guide

I am a Mt Fuji guide and a backcountry ski guide, certified by the JMGA. I was born in Tokyo but currently live in Fuji-Yoshida city, located at the foot of Mt Fuji. Teaching was something that interested me since my school years, and thus chose to join a specialized college for coaching, instructorship, and sports biology, where I also started climbing and skiing in the mountains. After my graduation, I worked as a ski patrol for 10 years, 5 of which I worked through the year - Hakuba in the winter (of northern hemisphere) and in Methven, New Zealand in the summer (of northern hemisphere), and a backcountry ski guide for 10 years.

My main and favourite field of guiding is on and around Mt Fuji, but backcountry skiing is my favourite mountain sports! I guide backcountry skiing mainly around Hakuba areas but also have been a guide in Hokkaido for 2 years, and know Furano and Niseko areas very well. I also currently teach Japan Avalanche Network level 1 courses on avalanche risks and safety. I also enjoy rock climbing in my free time and love to share with you the beauty of the Japanese mountains through my favourite guiding routes, let it to be in trekking the mountains, snowshoeing with an onsen stay or backcountry skiing in Hakuba areas!

For me, mountains are a part of my life. It teaches me upsides and downsides of life, and I want guests to join me in this environment to realize the conveniences that surround us in our ordinary life and to be grateful of everything that lets us live.

I guide visitors from abroad quite frequently. Contact me if you’re also up for fun mountain adventures!!


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What people are saying about Chikako Hayashi

Mattias Gunnarsson


May, 2023

Very enjoyable one day climb of Mount Fuji in mid May together with guide Chikako. She was very organized and provided information about the program, packing list, hotel options, equipment rental availability, etc. well in advance of the climb which made it very straightforward. Also super nice and pleasant to deal with and speaks excellent English. Altogether a fantastic experience.

Corbin Reinhart


May, 2023

Chikako was an amazing guide I would highly recommend her! She is extremely knowledgeable. She went above and beyond for me after the climb driving me an hour out of her way to make my life easier which I truly appreciate… Again I highly recommend her! Thank you for the awesome experience & everything you did for me Chikako !

Javier felip leon


November, 2022

Short story: Chika is awesome, hire her. Long version: We are very satisfied with the experience. Chika made sure we had the proper gear and kept us informed on what to expect and what to bring weeks in advance. One or two days before our reservation, the weather was uncertain and she offered us the flexibility to wait until the last second to decide whether to cancel, change the date (we could not change for another date) or go ahead with the activity. On the morning of the activity, the forecast was dangerously windy (70-80 Km/h) but she is very knowledgeable of the mountain and its weather and made the call to change the climbing route. Since the wind was expected to be mostly NE, she hoped the Yoshida route would be less windy since the mountain offered some cover. She was right, we enjoyed a fantastic climb. Moreover she picked us up in our hotel in the fuji area and dropped us off at the train station, and even helped us with the train tickets! couldn't ask for more! Thanks Chika!

Mauricio Matsumoto


October, 2022

Awesome climbing with Chikako-san, weather was perfect and she was really good, being able to provide us an excellent experience!

Graeme Raphael


August, 2022

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Sekai Colling


August, 2022

What an amazing climb we had with Chikako Hayashi. She is the best guide and very knowledgeable. We are thankful that she was our guide and she maintained communication all throughout the whole process and will 100 percent refer her to my friends and family for future climbs. Thank you 🙏

Mami El-asmar


July, 2022

Our family (age 9y to 48y, 7 people) had great 2 days with Chika. Without her we could not manage to get top of the Mt. Fuji. She quickly catch analyzed each one of the level calculate walk speed. We enjoyed to learn Her knowledge of climbing skill and nature, her experience. Thank you very much Chika !!

Simon GarciaVega


July, 2022

Great tips and pace

Tanner Woods


June, 2022

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Christian KrĂĽckemeier


May, 2022

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Jake Everitt


June, 2021

Chika was the best!



November, 2019

Cheka, made Mt Fuji for me. Cheka, ensured I had all the right gear, checked weather forecaste to select the best climbing day and provided a cultural experience. All the time ensuring I was ok. Definitely the best day of my Japan experience. Thanks Hamish

James Huang


October, 2019

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Zubin Ibrahim


October, 2019

The whole trip was well planned in advanced, about 2 months that I started communicating with Chika. There were rapid responses to questions, even before a confirmation/payment was made. As the dates grew closer, good advice on gear and other practical issues were passed. Typhoon Hagibis had just left significant damage, and the weather was quite unpredictable. It was clear that is was safest to delay the climb, and I was lucky the extra day that I had came with excellent weather. Chika was excellent in communicating the reasons for the delay, as safety was paramount. I had done an earlier trip during the usual summer season a few years back, but with light snow up top, this was one of my best treks/climbs so far.



October, 2019

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