Discover this beautiful area between the Nagano and Toyama Prefectures during this 2-day hike to the summit of Mt. Shirouma with JMGA-certified Hirofumi.
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
* Reach the summit of Mt. Shirouma.
* Explore one of the largest snow valleys in Japan.
* Discover a beautiful garden with alpine flowers.
Join me on this beautiful ascent to the Mt. Shirouma summit (2932m), located at the heart of Chubu Mountain National Park and straddled between the Nagano and Toyama Prefectures in Japan.
We’ll climb to the summit via Hakuba Daisekkei, one of the largest snow valleys in the country. Our hike will start from the village, a well-known summer resort, which receives many climbers during the warmer months.
However, the area is also popular among skiers during the winter. The valley receives a lot of snow from the surrounding mountain ranges, including from avalanches.
As we climb up the valley, you’ll get to enjoy a beautiful flower garden that showcases many of Japan’s alpine flowers. After reaching the summit of Mt. Shirouma, we will descend via Tsugaike Natural Park, passing by Takayama Lake and also Hakuba Ooike. They are both above the clouds!
We could also visit Hakuba-Yari Onsen, one of Japan’s leading high altitude hot springs, or Renge Onsen.
I can take a maximum of 4 people on this 2-day Mt. Shirouma hike. We’ll be spending the night in a mountain hut before descending back to the village on the second day.
This ascent is a great way to get to know this beautiful region. I’m a local guide and it will be my pleasure to show you around. So contact me now to reserve your dates!
You can also take a look at this Mt. Karamatsu to Mt. Goryu traverse that I lead.
- Guiding fee
- Mountain guide expenses
Overnight hut is 10000 JPY per person.
7:00: pick you up at your accommodation in Hakuba village. 8:00: Sarukura hut (1250m) start trekking. 9:30: Hakubajiri hut (1560m). 10:00 Hakuba Daisekkei (Daisekkei Cologone). 14:30 Chojo hut (2730m). 15:00 Mt. Hakuba hut (2832m) overnight.
7:30 start trekking 7:45 Mt. Shirouma (2932m). 8:30 Mikunisakai (2751m). 9:15 Mt. Korenge (2766m). 11:00 Hakuba ooike hut (2380m). 12:30 Tenguhara (2200m). 14:00 Shizenen Ropeway station in Tsugaike Nature Park (1829m) end of trekking, approx. 7 hours walking. Take you back to your accommodation or train station in Hakuba village. We can stop by at hot spring if you want.
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I'm a JMGA certified hiking guide as well as one of Nagano Prefecture's Official Mountain Guides for North Japan Alps.
My love for mountains and skiing brought me to live in countries like New Zealand, Canada and Europe (including Chamonix) as a ski instructor and as a tour coordinator for over 10 years.
In Chamonix I was inspired by the IFMGA mountain guides, who were my mentors and who had a lot of compassions, and I started to aspire to become a guide myself.
Currently, I live in the village of Hakuba and guiding mainly in the mountains of North Japan Alps.
My motto is to "have fun safely" and I value the communications I have with clients whilst guiding.
If you want to feel glad you came at the end of the day, then join me to enjoy the Japanese mountains together!
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Hirofumi was a fantastic guide! Initially, I booked the Mount Shirouma hike for two in September 2023. Hirofumi made sure we were prepared by providing additional gear like helmets and crampons. He has excellent knowledge of the area and helped us better understand our hiking conditions. One week prior to the hike, Hirofumi notified me about the Hakuba Daisekkei not having enough snow for the hike. He was quick to provide an alternative and it did not disappoint. We hiked the Mt Karamatsu to Mount Goryu traverse instead. We were able to hike this course in two days, the same amount of time we scheduled for the Mt Shirouma hike. The hike was an experience I will never forget. The terrain varied from hiking on top of beautiful mountain ridges to trekking thought lush forests. Between the first and second day, we stayed at the Goryu-sanso hut, sitting right beneath Mt Goryu at an elevation of 2,490 meters. It was all a memorable experience. Hirofumi was always there to answer our questions and provided a great first time experience hiking in Hakuba. We will be back to enjoy the additional hikes he has to offer.
Hirofumi was excellent. We were a group of two from the UK. Our trip was in August 2023. He organised everything, including supplying poles/crampons/helmets so we didn't have to carry them all round Japan. He gave good insights into the mountains and environment. He very responsive on WhatsApp before the trip. Everything was smooth and easy. We would highly recommend hiking with him. The hike itself was also excellent with two days along ridges at 2700-3000m and incredible views!
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