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Hakuba 3 Mountain Hiking Traverse and Ridge climbing

Hakuba 3 Mountain Hiking Traverse and Ridge climbing | Japan

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 - 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)



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

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Mountain 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



Chika was an amazing guide and extremely knowledgeable. Highly recommend the 2-day tour!



Thank you for a wonderful day! Chika is an incredible guide. Very smart, very friendly, and very helpful. She arrived on time and explained everything very well. I was nervous because I have not hiked much at high altitude, but she helped keep a slow and steady pace so I never felt too tired. At the summit she surprised me with hot tea and mochi!! Thank you Chikako! You made my 40th birthday hike a very memorable and wonderful experience for the rest of my life!



Chikako was an amazing guide. I am not your typical client as I guide here in United States, so my lens that I see guides through can be somewhat critical and I watch for things that I would do differently. That being said, I wouldn't change a thing. Chika is incredibly smart, considerate and safe. She was constantly in tune with my needs and we carried conversation for most of the day. She was full of stories and her knowledge of Japanese culture and nuance was so appreciated. I learned so much from her that day. She has great judgement and was able to make sounds decisions every step of the way. She even surprised me with a glorious cup of hojicha (happens to be my favorite tea) at the top, which is a core memory that I will carry with me forever. She went the extra mile and even showed my a wonderful place to grab dinner which served hoto, Kawaguchiko's famous food, and it was exactly what I needed after a long pilgrimage up Fuji. Thank you for an amazing experience and memory that I will take with me forever! Explore-Share is a great company and I am glad that I was able to book this trip through them. At some point, a glitch happened and I was charged twice for my trip and before I'd even noticed, I was contacted through email explaining that I would be getting a refund to set everything straight. I was impressed by their urgency and honesty.



Chika did a great job of communicating with me prior to the climb and giving me many options to rework the scheduling due to weather issues. She also did a great job st pacing when we climbed as well as gave me so nice hot cocoa at the summit. Thanks Chika!



Had an amazing day out with guide Chikako. Highly recommend

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