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3-day hiking traverse in Hakuba mountains

Hike up the famous three Hakuba mountains (Mt Shirouma, Mt Shakushi and Mt Hakuba-yari) in this 3-day hiking traverse with Kayo, a JMGA mountain guide.

Mountain RangeJapan Alps
Duration3 days
Offer periodSep
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripNot specified


At the heart of the North Japan Alps and only 3 hours away from Tokyo, Hakuba offers exciting opportunities for outdoor lovers.  I invite you to join me and enjoy a wonderful private hiking traverse.

We’ll hike up three mountains: Mt Shirouma, Mt Shakushi and Mt Hakuba-yari. These peaks also receive the name of ‘Hakuba-Sanzan’ and are among the 100 famous Japanese mountains. 

On our way to Mt Shirouma, we’ll pass through Hakuba Daisekkei, which is one of the top 3 Japanese snow fields.

Besides, we’ll enjoy a relaxing bath at Hakuba Yari Onsen, a very famous high-altitude hot spring. Sitting at 2100 m above sea level, this natural open air onsen can only be reached by foot. In return, you’ll get a superb (and quite unique) view of the mountains and clouds!

This 3-day hiking traverse includes walking between 4 and 7 hours a day. Therefore, you should be in a good physical condition. It’s also important to have some previous technical knowledge.. If you are a group of 5 or more people, contact me and we will plan a tour for your group.

Would you like to join me on this great adventure in the Japan Alps? Send me a request and book your trip! We will enjoy a wonderful hiking adventure in the Hakuba mountains.

If you are seeking other adventures in this area, you should check this 3-day hiking traverse in the North Japan Alps.



Hakuba Sanso hut. Yari Onsen.

More info

-Hiking gear (boots, appropriate clothing, rain jacket, insulating layers etc.), crampons, poles. -All non-Japan residents participating in this tour need to be covered by an appropriate mountain rescue insurance (covering heli-skiing, etc.)

Meeting point

7:30am Sarukura hut or 7am Hakuba station.




Day 1: 7hrs hiking, stay at Hakuba Sanso hut.

Meeting point: 7:30am Sarukura hut or 7am Hakuba station.

Day 2: 6.5hrs hiking, stay at Yari Onsen.

Day 3: 4.5hrs hiking.

End point: 11am Sarukura hut or 11:30am Hakuba station

About the guide

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I'm a JMGA certified hiking and ski guide, as well as a telemark ski instructor. I also hold the Nagano Prefecture's Official Mountain Guide license, meaning that I'm particularly proficient with the mountains in Nagano i.e. most of the Japan Alps. I've also competed at World Cup for telemark skiing during 2002-2009 years.

I have been living in the village of Hakuba, in Nagano, right at the base of mountains in the North Japan Alps since 2012. However, I am originally from the island of Shikoku towards the south of Japan, so I used to love the sea more than mountains and used to enjoy scuba diving, surfing, and kayaking. But from the moment I met telemark skiing, I've been enchanted by the mountains. It was fun to hike up whether it be on foot or on telemark skis, and to discover the mountains this way, and eventually I chose to pursue the ambition of becoming a hiking guide. My motto is for my clients to enjoy mountains safely.

My favourite guiding field is the North Japan Alps. The infrastructure here, including the gondola and buses, make the mountain ridge lines so accessible!!

I prefer hiking long trails than peak hunting. I usually save one month every year for trekking for myself and mainly choose to trek abroad. I particularly love trekking in Europe!

The distinct four seasons in Japan is very unique, and you can enjoy the mountains in different ways during different seasons. I would like to show you the best way to enjoy Japanese mountains that suits the season, so please join me on the discovery trip!

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Prices per person

Group of 1

JPY 148454 each

Group of 2

JPY 74227 each

Group of 3

JPY 49485 each

Group of 4

JPY 37114 each

Group of 5

JPY 29691 each

Group of 6

JPY 24743 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

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

Price details

-Accommodation: huts are around JPY 10000 per night.

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