Mar, Apr, May
The Sato hut for the classic route, or a hotel near Kawaguchiko station for the Gotenba route.
Participants should own or rent Goretex hardshell jacket/pants, winter mountaineering boots, ice axe, crampons and helmet.
In April, the Sato hut will not open unless there are more than 5 people staying inside. If that is the case, the Gotenba route will be taken, which does require a higher fitness level and is a different price.
If you do not have much winter mountaineering experience, I also offer a one-day winter mountaineering course that will properly prepare you for the classic route.
I was born in Hakuba village in Nagano, Japan, to a family of ski instructors and mountain guides. Through my childhood, I'd been active in skiing and all mountain activities, and competed in alpine skiing until graduation from high school. I then travelled to the French alps where I spent the next 5 years learning the skiing and mountain guiding techniques and skills. During my stay, I also worked as a ski instructor in Chamonix, France and upon my return to Hakuba, taught at Iwatake ski school as well as coached the Alpine ski racing team at a high school.
I am an IFMGA guide and my climbs abroad extends from notable peaks in Europe, Africa, South America, Nepal, South Korea, Thailand, and also a first ascent (named Mt Ashura) in China.
I am also a member of Nagano mountain rescue, as well as participate in development of new mountain guides and new mountain gears.
Currently based in Hakuba village, my guiding encompasses high altitude mountaineering abroad, and ski instructing, backcountry ski guiding, free climb guiding, and ice climbing guiding domestically.
Come visit and see the natural beauty of mountains in Hakuba area, where I grew up! You’re very welcome to stay and base your excursions at the lodge that my parents run too.
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