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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.

Mountain RangeJapan Alps
Duration3 days
Offer periodJun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Type of tripNot specified


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.


Mountain huts: - Karamatsu Hut - Hakuba hut

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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




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)

About the guide

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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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Prices per person

Group of 1

JPY 185568 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

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

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