trip duration TRIP DURATION
1 day
mountain range MOUNTAIN RANGE
Japan Alps
max people per fuide MAX PEOPLE PER GUIDE
3 people
trip level TRIP LEVEL
best period BEST PERIOD
May, Jun
type of trip TYPE OF TRIP


Let’s go for a hike in a mountain with a long history. Nestled in the North Japan Alps, Mount Ariake (2268 m) used to be the training mountain for the monks leading an ascetic life under the Shugendo doctrine.

Mt Ariake is one of the iconic peaks in Azumino, an enchanting town in Nagano Prefecture. Due to its beautiful cone shape, Ariake is also known as Shinano-Fuji or Azumi-Fuji.

The route to Mt Ariake is really quiet and surrounded by a calm atmosphere. However, it has some steep and hard sections. Because of that, it’s popular only among expert hikers and few people visit it.

We’ll meet at 4.30 AM and start our trip walking from Kurokawa-sawa trailhead. This route is called Omote-Sando Route.

From there, we will go to Myoken-no-taki (25 m waterfall) and Shirakawa-no-taki (20 m waterfall).

Then, we’ll walk through Ochiai and climb up to the north side of Mt. Ariake. I will take you to its centre peak where we can have the best view of this beautiful scenery.

Afterwards, we will take the same route back to the trailhead. We will arrive at Nakabusa-Onsen around 3 PM and enjoy a relaxing bath in a traditional Onsen.

Finally, we will go to Mt. Ariake Shrine by taxi, and finish our tour at around 5:00 PM at the station nearby (ex. Hodaka Station).

Please note that the day is quite long (10 hours hiking), and about 40% of the route involves steep slopes where we’ll be climbing by holding on to tree roots for safety. Given the terrain type, this itinerary will be cancelled in case of rainy weather.

It’s important that you’re able to walk for about 10 hours a day with a 7 kg weight backpack.

After this trip, you can stay in Nakabusa-Onsen area or Azumino.

On the following day, it is possible to go sightseeing around Azumino, Ohmachi or Hakba area.

I recommend to travel to this area in the end of May and early June, because days are longer and you can enjoy rhododendron blossoms.

Would you like to explore this interesting peak in the Azumino area? Please, contact me for a hiking trip there!

If you are seeking a more challenging adventure, you can join this 4-day traverse in Mt Tsurugi & Tateyama mountains.

Price per person

1 Person 37000JPY
Group of 2 20000JPY
Group of 3 14000JPY

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
The following items are not included in the price: Guide Expense (Transportation: approximately JPY 6,000 including taxi fee with clients). Accommodation on the previous night for client around Azumino (if you would like to stay at my place, JPY 2,500 per person for bed, JPY 500 for each meal). Onsen fee after tour.

Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required


Meeting point

Mt. Ariake Shrine in Azumino-shi at around 4:30 a.m.
*I can pick you up at your hotel if it is around Hodaka in Azumino-shi.)

More info

Those who have diseases that prevent from climbing mountains can not join this tour. (ex. a respiratory disease, circulatory disease or paroxysmal disease, etc.) Also, people who take medicine for high blood pressure or hyperglycemia can not participate on this tour.

Kit List:

- General items for standard summer traverse
- Rain Gear
- Middle Layer clothes
- Helmet (*It can be rented with JPY 1,500.)