Mt. Kitahodaka 2-day climb on remaining snow, Nagano

Junichiro, a JMGA-certified alpine guide, takes on this 2-climb to the top of Mt.Okuhodaka (3190m), at the end of spring, over the the last snow remains.




Trip Duration

2 days

Mountain Range

Japan Alps

People per Guide

2 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

May, Jun

Type of Trip

Not specified


I invite you to join me on a 2-day climbing tour and reach the summit of Mount Kitahodaka (3106m), a peak in the Hotaka Dake range, in the Northern Alps of Japan

The Japan Alps are truly beautiful and they offer an easy access to the mountains. This is a beginner level tour and takes place during May and early June, in spring, when there is still some snow in the mountain. The route is a very popular hiking trip in summer.

We will meet at the Kamikochi Bus Terminal, in the Nagano Prefecture. Kamikochi is a tourist town in the Azusa River valley. From there, we will walk to Yokoo and stay overnight at the Karasawa Mountain Hut.

From the refuge, we will go forward to Kitahosawa the next day, and climb up to Mt. Kitahodaka. After enjoying a great view from the summit, we will go back to Kitahosawa and come back to Kamikouchi through Karasawa. Our tour will end at around 4:00 pm at the Kamikochi Bus Terminal.

Please note in order to join this climb you need previous climbing experience on 3000-meter high peaks in summer, and on 2000m in winter.

So if you want to join me and climb Mt. Kitahodaka, send me a request.  Book your trip and I will take you on a great tour in the Japan Alps! If you are looking for other hiking options, you could check out my profile page.

Price per person

1 Person
627 USD

Group of 2
403 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
 The price does not include: Accommodation fee - Transportation fee - Guide's expenses -The cost of Gas, Transportation, Parking and Accommodation fee, etc, will be split within tour participants. *Please split within tour participants.


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
Meet at 8:00 am at Kamikouchi Bus Terminal
Meeting Point Location
More info

The following items can be rented for prior request:
- Harness, Helmet, Crampons and Axe : JPN 1,000 / item for 1 trip
- Karabiner, Sling, Descender : JPN 500 / item for 1 trip
*Please inquire for the other items.

* Cancellation Policy - This tour will be changed or cancelled due to the bad weather condition or others by guide's decision. We will announce by two days before of tour date. - When we cancelled the tour due to weather at meeting place, we will refund guide fee except guide's expense. - When we need to cancel the accommodation, please pay cancellation fee individually. Please see Cancellation Fee as below in case of last minute cancellations for personal reasons: - For cancellation 15 days before the trip - no charge - For cancellation 8-14 days before the trip - 30% of Trip Price - For cancellation 2-7 days before the trip - 50% of Trip Price - For cancellation 1 day before the trip - 80% of Trip Price - For cancellation the day of the trip or without prior announcement - 100% of Trip Price - When we change trip route or cancel the tour after tour started due to weather condition or the others, we will consult with the participants and reset up the trip price.

About the Guide


I had a crush on Mt. Hodaka when I first came to Karasawa Cirque by helicopter to work for Karasawagoya Mountain Hut.
I was struck by its amazing landscape from above.
Since then I have been working in the mountain range in a lot of different ways.
First, as a hut worker for 4 years, then as a member of the prefectural mountain rescue team for 6 years.
And last year I started my career as a professional mountain guide.

I'm deeply in love with not only the nature but also the people attracted to the mountains.

Why don't you join me to enjoy the unique beauty of the Japanese mountains which are not easily accessible to all!

I am a JMGA alpine guide, but I also hold the Nagano prefectural special interpreter licence for English, as well as am a qualified First Aid Basic Provider certified by the Japanese Society of Mountain Medicine.

FROM 403 USD per person


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