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.




Trip Duration

3 days

Mountain Range

Japan Alps

People per Guide

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Type of Trip

Not 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.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    180000 JPY


    Price includes

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


    • Day 1Karamatsu Hut

      Leave Hakuba Happo and stay overnight at Karamatsu Hut.

      (Course time: ca. 3.5hrs)


    • Day 2Hakuba hut

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

      (Course time: ca. 8hrs)

    • Day 3Descend mountain

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

      (Course time: ca. 6-7hrs)


    Other details

    Meeting point

    Hakuba Happo


    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.


    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


    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
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    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.
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