2-day guided winter mountaineering trip to Mt. Kitayokodake

Join Yasuyuki, an English-speaking mountain guide, for a 2-day mountaineering trip in the Northern Japanese Alps! In winter you will get to brave the serene, powdered mountains of one of Japan's most treasured nature destinations.




Trip Duration

2 days

Mountain Range

Yatsugatake Mountain Range

People per Guide

10 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar

Type of Trip




    Calling all mountaineers interested in climbing through the Northern Japanese Alps’ powdered mountains in winter! Join me on this 2-day trip to Mt. Kitayokodake (2,480 meters)!

    Located in the Nagano Prefecture  —a Japanese region famous for its remarkable nature and mountains—, Mt. Kitayokodake completely transforms in the wintertime.

    We will begin our 2-day mountaineering trip at the Pilatus Tateshina Snow Resort and take a ropeway to the trailhead to Mt. Kitayokodake

    Due to the winter weather conditions, we will hike with traditional Japanese snowshoes. We will spend the night in a mountain hut near the base of the mountain.

    The next morning we will hike to either Mt. Shimagare (2,403 meters) or Amaike pond, where we will be able to take in the scenic, snowy views of the Yatsugatake Mountains and Northern Alps. From there, we will finally return to the Pilatus Tateshina Snow Resort.

    It is requested that all participants be in good physical shape.

    So, if you enjoy mountaineering through snowy mountainside, and have always wanted to see the Northern Japanese Alps, please join me on this mountaineering adventure!

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    70000 JPY

    Group of 2
    50000 JPY

    Group of 3
    37000 JPY

    Group of 4
    28000 JPY

    Group of 5
    22000 JPY

    Group of 6
    19000 JPY

    Group of 7
    17000 JPY

    Group of 8
    15000 JPY


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
     Not included: - Transportation for a guide (to the meeting point). - Accommodation for clients and a guide is about 10000 yen per night per person. - Food expenses for clients (ex. lunch).


    • Day 1Day 1

      Independently travel from Tokyo, Osaka or Nagoya to Pilatus Tateshina Snow Resort. We will then ride the ropeway to the upper station. Hike to Mt. Kitayoko with traditional Japanese snowshoes. Accommodation in a hut.

    • Day 2Day 2

      Hike from the hut to Mt. Shimagare or Amaike pond. We will enjoy great views of the Yatsugatake Mountains and Northern Alps. Then we will return by ropeway and disperse, as the trip has concluded.


    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point

    Please arrange your transit to the Nagano region independently, as this is quite easy to do by car or train from major cities. Your guide can help.


    Your guide will arrange for accommodation but please note that it is not included in the cost.

    More info

    Wear a warm jacket appropriate for the altitude of the mountain or the season, choose quick-dry materials to retain body heat. Avoid cotton underwear and undershirts. Wear nonrestrictive, stretchy pants; Pack extra clothes, for you get may wet in bad weather; Pack your warm or extra clothes in a waterproof bag or a plastic bag to keep them dry.


    About the Guide


    I love nature. I love cycling, hiking and climbing.

    I have worked in Canada, joined the MTB race in Africa, and traveled to Central America, Southeast Asia, Europe, and Oceania. Everywhere, I've tried to see as much nature as possible. Nature is so different in every country and I find that immensely moving.

    I believe that Japanese mountains are one of those places that you must visit at least once. Since Japan consists of small mountainous islands, you can experience many different landscapes almost at once - cities, small villages, flat lands with beautiful rice fields (rice is the foundation of Japanese culture), lush forests, green mountains and rocky mountains.

    Nagano is the most mountainous prefecture in Japan and best place to see nature and go hiking and biking. That is why I now live in Nagano, helping world travelers enjoy the nature and culture of Japan.

    Come visit Japan and have special experience in Nagano with us.



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