trip duration TRIP DURATION
5 days
mountain range MOUNTAIN RANGE
Japan Alps
max people per fuide MAX PEOPLE PER GUIDE
2 people
trip level TRIP LEVEL
best period BEST PERIOD
Aug, Sep
type of trip TYPE OF TRIP


This is a very famous hiking route that will allow you to enjoy the classic mountain ridges of the North Japan Alps. Are you ready for this adventure?

The Hotaka mountains are a group of peaks in the south side of the North Japan Alps (also known as Hida Mountains). It’s a very popular and attractive area for mountaineers, with comfortable mountain huts and beautiful natural landscapes.

Our itinerary begins at Kami-Kochi, a small town that is often the starting point for hiking trips during the summer season.

The first day we’ll walk about 3 hours. The rest of the days, our walking hours will be between 6 to 10.

One of the highlights of this trip will be climbing Mt Yari (3180 m). Known as the ‘Japanese Matterhorn’, it’s one of the most iconic and climbed peaks in Japan.

On both Day 4 and Day 5, we will walk on steep and rocky mountain ridges. However, I will choose the best hiking route depending on the group’s pace and physical strength. Besides, I can also arrange a shorter version of this itinerary if you want to.

Good weather conditions are key for this trip. In fact, I recommend to save 2 more extra days in case we might have to stay at a mountain hut due to bad weather. If optional days are not available for you, we might shorten the itinerary.

For everyday lunch during tour, we can get food at the mountain huts.

At the end of the trip, you can enjoy Onsen in Kami-Kochi or Sawando and spend another night. If you’d like to have some more fun, I recommend you to go to Norikura-Kogen area. And for those who want to have a relaxing time, another choice may be sightseeing around Matsumoto and Azumino.

I believe that climbers should walk on this mountains at least once in their lifetime. Even though it’s a long itinerary, you’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment in the end. As for your physical condition, you should be able to walk for about 10 hours a day at a ridge on a cliff, with a 10 kg weight backpack.

Would you like to join me for this 5-day hiking traverse in Mt Yari and the Hotaka Mountains? Please contact me! It will be a pleasure to be your guide.

If you want to explore a different part of the North Japan Alps, you should consider this 4-day traverse in Mt Surugi and Tateyama Mountains.


Day 1

Kami-Kochi / Yokoo mountain hut.

We will start our tour from Kami-Kochi, and will walk to Yokoo. We will stay overnight at Yokoo Mountain Hut (1620 m).

Day 2

Hyutte Ooyari mountain hut

From Yari-sawa to Raicho-daira. We will stay overnight at Hyutte Ooyari Mountain Hut (2884 m).

Day 3

Mt Yari summit / Mt Minami mountain hut

We will climb up through Higashi-Kama Ridge to Mt. Yari (3180 m) and Mt. Minami (3133 m). We will stay at Mt. Minami mountain hut at night.

Day 4

Hotaka-dake mountain hut.

From Dai-Kireto (Large Gap in a mountain ridge) to Mr. Kita-Hotaka (3190 m) and Shiradashi-no-Col (Saddle: 2996 m). We will stay at Hotaka-dake Mountain Hut.

Day 5

Mt Oku-Hotaka / Kami-Kochi

From Mt. Oku-Hotaka (3190 m) through ‘Gendarme’ (3163 m) and Mr. Nishi-Hotaka (2909 m). We will back to Kami-Kochi at around 3:00 p.m. Our tour will finish at Kami-Kochi Bus Terminal.

Price per person

1 Person 170000JPY
Group of 2 85000JPY

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
These items are not included in the price: Guide Expense (Transportation: approximately JPY 6,000, Accommodation: approximately JPY 11,000 per night including 3 meals for 4 nights) Accommodation for client (approximately JPY 11,000 per night including 3 meals for 4 nights)

Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required


Meeting point

At Kami-Kochi Bus Terminal at 11:00 a.m.


Mountain huts.

More info

- If we are stranded at mountain huts due to bad weather or any other foreseeable reasons, the extension of guiding day would cost JPY 22000 per additional day.
- 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

The following items can be rented if there are the right size (3 items: JPY 7000, if more than 4 days)
- Helmet
- Harness
- Winding lanyards for self-belay