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.




Trip Duration

2 days

Mountain Range

Japan Alps

People per Guide

3 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

May, Jul

Type of Trip

Not specified


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 per person

1 Person
430 USD

Group of 2
430 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
 The price does not include: Accommodation fee -Transportation fee -Parking -Guide's expenses *The cost will be 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
We will meet at 8:00 am at Kamikochi Bus Terminal (Nagano Prefecture)
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.

* Cancellation Policy - This tour may be changed or cancelled due to bad weather condition or others by guide's decision. In this case, it will be announced two days before departure. - When we cancell the tour due to weather, we will refund the guiding 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 430 USD per person


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