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

Junichiro, a JMGA-certified alpine guide, takes you to the top of Mt.Okuhodaka (3190m), at the end of spring, climbing on the last snow remains. Join him on this great 2-day tour.

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Japan Alps

2 Days

May, Jul




Located in the Northern Alps of Japan, Mount Okuhodaka (3190m) -or Okuhotaka- is the highest peak along the Hotaka Range, and the third highest mountain in Japan.

This route is a very popular hike in the summer time, but today I want to invite you to Mt. Okuhodaka on a 2-day guided climb with the last snow of the season, in late spring. At this time of the year there are still some snow patches in the mountain. We will enjoy a great hike and a climb that involves the use of crampons and ice-axe.

We will meet at the Kamikochi Bus Terminal, in the Nagano Prefecture. From there we will walk to Yokoo and will stay overnight at the Karasawa Mountain Hut.

Next day, from the Karasawa Mountain Hut, we will go forward to Azuki-sawa and climb up on Mt. Okuhodaka. From the summit, we will enjoy spectacular views on the surrounding mountains. We will go back to Azuki-sawa and head back to Kamikochi 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. However, it is a beginner technical level climb, aimed for those who can walk with a standard pace on mountain trails.

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

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip

- Rope

- Harness

- Helmet

- Crampons

- Ice axe

- Trekking poles

Price details

The price does not include: Accommodation fee

-Transportation fee


-Guide's expenses

*The cost will be split within tour participants.


More info

The following items can be rented with prior request: - Harness, Helmet, Crampons and Axe : JPN 2000 / item for 1 trip - Karabiner, Sling, Descender : JPN 500/ item for 1 trip *Please inquire for the other items.

Meeting point

We will meet at 8:00 am at Kamikochi Bus Terminal (Nagano Prefecture)

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.


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What people are saying about this trip

Olivia Sisson


June, 2019

My hike with Junichiro was a highlight of my entire trip to Japan and one of my favorite back country experiences I have ever had. As a solo female traveler I was unsure of how I could safely explore the back country in Japan, this trip was perfect for me. Jun is an excellent guide and shared so much knowledge about the Japanese alps, flora, fauna and Japanese culture in general with me. He spent four years working in the Hodaka range so knows these mountains very well and has many great stories and fond memories from many years spent exploring this range. It was great to experience this region of the world with someone who cherishes it so much! This was the most technical and challenging climb I have completed but I felt safe and confident the entire time. I learned new skills with Jun's guidance and had an awesome time. I hope I can return to Japan very soon and go on another adventure with Junichiro!


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