Munehiro, a NPOMG mountain guide based in Nagano prefecture, takes you on a 3-day hiking trip from Renge Onsen to the summit of Shirouma-dake (2932 m).
Jul, Aug, Sep
At 2932 m, Shirouma-dake is one of the hundred most celebrated mountains in Japan. Why don't you come for a hiking trip through a beautifully blossomed alpine flora area?
Shirouma-dake is a peak of the Hida Mountains (also known as North Japan Alps), lying between Nagano and Toyama prefecture.
On this 3-day hiking trip, our starting point will be Renge Onsen. This is an isolated onsen (hot spring) located deep in the mountain.
In fact, I recommend you to arrive there the night before the tour, so you can enjoy the four different types of outdoor hot springs.
We'll follow a mountain trail at the back of the hotel. After walking through a woody corridor, we will reach Tengu-no-niwa (Garden of long‐nosed goblins: 2,093 m).
You will be amazed with the beautiful views of Mt. Yukikuratake and Mt. Asahitake. Besides, the colorful variation of alpine plants will create a relaxing atmosphere.
Then, we'll walk up a snowy gorge until we arrive to Shirouma-Ooike (Shirouma Big Pond: 2,379 m). This area is perfect to stay overnight and it's surrounded by alpine flora.
From there, we'll walk along a pine forest to Funakoshi-no-Atama Ridge (2,612 m), a ridge line of the north alps.
Finally, we'll arrive to the summit of Shirouma-dake. From the top, a magnificent 360 degree scenery will welcome us. Moreover, you should be aware that temperature at the summit might be around 0-15°C.
On our returning trip, we will use the same route.
For further details on the itinerary, you can find it below this description.
Please, contact me if you'd like to come on this 3-day hiking trip to Shirouma-dake. Let's go walking together and have a great experience!
You can also consider this similar hiking trip in Hakuba 3 mountains (that includes visiting the beautiful Yari Onsen).
- Guiding fee
The following items are not included in the price:
- Guide expense (approximately JPY 28,000), to be split among the participants.
- Accommodation w/ 2 meals: JPY 10,000 per person
- Lunch: JPY 1,000 per person
- Onsen fee: JPY 800 per person
From Renge Onsen Lodge, we will walk to Shirouma-Ooike Mountain Hut.
Total walking hours: 4 hours Difference in elevation: 910 m Walking distance: 4.5 km
From Shirouma-Ooike Mountain Hut, we will head to the summit of Shirouma-dake (2,932 m) and come back to the hut.
Total walking hours: 8 hours Difference in elevation: 550 m Walking distance: 13 km
From Shirouma-Ooike Mountain Hut, we will walk back to Renge Onsen Lodge. Estimated time of return is around 1:00 p.m. at the Lodge or we can go to Hiraiwa Station, too.
Total walking hours: 3 hours Difference in elevation: 910 m Walking distance: 4.5 km.
*During our hike, we can enjoy a lot of variation of colorful alpine plants. Shirouma-Ooike (Shirouma Big Pond; 2,379 m) is one of the highlights of our tour. All our route is well-conditioned and easy to walk.
*If you would like to do some other activities after this tour, you can stay at Renge Onsen Lodge or Tsuchino-ie (Oami Mountain Village Community Center) with extra accommodation fee.
Shirouma Ooike Mountain Hut
Deposit amount - 50% of Tour price (guide fee and guide expense) | Deposit payment due date - 1 week after tour reservation Full payment needs to be made at least 1 month in advance | After tour starts, no refund due to bad weather.
8:00 a.m. at Renge Onsen Lodge or 7:00 a.m. at Hiraiwa Station *If you would like to come early from the previous night, you can stay at Renge Onsen Lodge or Tsuchino-ie (Oami Mountain Village Community Center).
I am a NPOMG (Nagano Prefecture’s Official Mountain Guide) guide specialising in guiding treks and hikes on mountains in the North Japan Alps like Mt Shirouma. I live in the village of Otari, next to Hakuba, and from here I can access the mountains in the North Japan Alps very easily!
I started to climb when I was a university student. Immersing myself in the nature has always been my favorite way of spending time in the mountains, and particularly enjoyed multi-day long ridge traverses. I’ve been working as a hiking guide since 2014 but before that, I’ve worked with an International organization, Outward Bound based in Japan, which focuses on developing youths through outdoor experiences. I’ve also spent 2 years volunteering in Tanzania, teaching physical education at a local school there.
In my early high school years, I had a pivotal moment in my life during my first wild outdoor experience when my uncle took me on a 4 day sailing trip. That experience changed how I measure value in life - became more confident - and I became interested in contributing to other people’s development. Through both mountain guiding and developmental education, I want people to have life changing moments and experiences, just as I had!
In my free time in the summer, I like to go for a 5-6 day sawanobori trips up beautiful rivers like Kurobe (one of the top 100 beautiful canyons in Japan). We’d spend the time enjoying Sawanobori, do some fishing in the river and have dinner by the fire without anyone else around you. I also travel to popular places like Kumanokodo and Yakushima in search for beautiful Sawanobori canyons.
I feel that the best experiences in the mountains comes if you stay overnight on the mountain, whether it be at a hut or in a tent.
Please join me to see and feel the beauty of the Japanese mountains and the countryside, and have life changing experiences!
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Due to bad weather conditions, we could not hike the Shirouma-dake. Munehiro provided 2 beautiful aternatives instead (Mt. Karamatsu and Jiigatake), and that was very good. Thanks!
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