Mount Kusatsu-Shirane Guided Snowshoe Tour

On this full day snowshoe tour, JMGA certified guide Satoshi wants to lead you up Mount Kusatsu-Shirane in the Gunma Prefecture of Japan.




Trip Duration

1 day

Mountain Range


People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level


Offer Period


Type of Trip

Not specified


The Gunma prefecture in Japan is a wonderful area full of beautiful hot springs, ski resorts and the Kusatsu-Shirane volcano (2,171m). And over the course of a fun and exciting day, we will enjoy a snowshoe tour through this amazing place.

Starting at Karuizawa station in the morning, we will meet and then drive for approximately one hour to the starting point of our adventure. When we arrive, we will take a ropeway to the snow fields. On the fields, with snowshoes clasped to our feet, we will tour through the area.

After touring through the fields of white powder, we will reach Mount Kusatsu-Shirane. This amazing, active volcano is a sight to behold. There are a number of routes we can take to the summit, all of which are not too difficult. From the summit of this magnificent volcano, you will be able to see its multiple cones, and multiple crater lakes. The largest of those lakes is Yugama. This acidic, turquoise coloured lake has patches of yellow sulfer floating on top. The lake’s combination of colours is beautiful and unforgettable.

After the Kusatsu-Shirane volcano, we will go to the Kusatsu Onsen. This famous hot spring acts as the perfect conclusion to this amazing tour. The warm water will relax your body and comfort you while you recall all you’ve seen and done throughout the day.

I know you will greatly enjoy exploring the Gunma area, while admiring the beautiful Kusatsu-Shirane volcano, and relaxing in the Kusatsu Onsen. If you would like to join me, please send me a request.

I can also lead you on another 1-day snowshoe tour in the famed Shigakogen highlands in Nagano as well.

Price per person

Group of 2
141 USD

Group of 3
141 USD

Group of 4
141 USD

Group of 5
141 USD

Group of 6
141 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
 The price does not include the transportation fee to starting point. Optional gear rental fee for snowshoes is JPN 1000. Ropeway fee is JPN 900 for one way. Onsen fee is approximately JPN 600/per person.


What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.


Other details

Skill level required
Fitness level required
Meeting point
Karuizawa station.
More info

If you have a large suitcase, you should leave it at your hotel, or in a coin locker in the hotel, as you cannot bring it in the car with you.
Participants should bring with them the following items: compass, headlight with spare batteries, emergency blanket or zeltsack, rain gear with waterproof-breathable fabric, personal medicine and warm clothes.

In case of bad weather, the tour will either be changed to another date, or cancelled.

About the Guide


I was born in 1971 in Tokyo. My parents used to bring me to the mountains in my childhood, and when I was big enough for a high school, I started to go to the mountains myself and continued since then.

I have been guiding in the Japanese mountains full time since 2005, and I guide all year around. I love to share my time and take my clients up to summits of classic mountains to less known beautiful mountains, as long as it is in Japan!

Personally, I'm a keen rock climber, sawanobori practitioner (climbing up streams and waterfalls), and particularly passionate about mountains on islands. I actually love the nature in general, and love the sea as much as I love the mountains.

I am a fully certified guide with JMGA (Japan Mountain Guide Association) Hiking Level 2 qualification, as well as am a Nagano Prefecture's Official Mountain Guide - meaning that I know my the history, fauna and flora of local mountains very well.
I am not fluent in English but I communicate with some English mixed with body language!

Contact me and join me on the trips I recommend in Japan!!

FROM 141 USD per person

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