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4-day summer hike through Nakabusa Onsen-Mt. Yarigatake-Kamikochi


Join Yasuyuki, an English-speaking mountain guide, for a 4-day hiking trip in the Japanese Alps! In the summertime, you will be thrilled to see one of Japan's more famous hiking grounds under warm skies.


Japan Alps

4 Days

Jul, Aug, Sep




Calling all hikers to the Northern Japanese Alps! This 4-day hiking trip from Nakabusa Onsen all the way to Kamikochi in the summertime might be just what the doctor ordered!

We begin our trip in the relaxing hot springs of Nakabusa Onsen, which overlooks 10 outdoor and indoor baths, as well as sandbathsAfter relaxing here, we will spend the night in a Japanese-style ryokan.

The second day we’ll hike from Nakabusa Onsen to Mt. Otensho, where you will see beautiful views of Yarigatake. That night, we will stay in an mountain hut located on the trail.

The following day, we’ll hike from Mt. Otensho (2,922 meters) to Mt. Yarigatake (3,192 meters), which will provide us with gorgeous views of Mt. Fuji (3,776 meters).

We again will stay in a mountain hut for our final night, before rising the next morning to hike back from Mt. Yarigatake  to Kamikochi (1,500 meters).

For this trip, it is requested that all participants be in good physical shape.

So, if you know you want to be enjoying hiking in Japan’s outdoors this summer, come join me on this hiking adventure!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

Not included:

- Transportation for a guide (to the meeting point).

- Accommodation for clients and a guide (with 2 meals, about 10000 ~ 12000 yen per day per person ).

- Food expenses for clients (ex. lunch).


Day 1: Day 1

Independently travel from Tokyo, Osaka or Nagoya to Nakabusa Onsen, where you can enjoy many types of hot springs, and stay at a Japanese style ryokan.

Day 2: Day 2

We will hike from Nakabusa Onsen to Mt. Otensho. You will see nice views of Yarigatake and the ridgeline that you will cross. Accommodation provided in a hut.

Day 3: Day 3

We will hike from Mt. Otensho to Mt. Yarigatake. Because of some  sections on the trail, we recommend wearing a helmet. Accommodation is provided in a hut.

Day 4: Day 4

We will hike from Yarigatake to Kamikochi. Then we will independently travel to Tokyo, Osaka or Nagoya.



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. Bring a backpack (45-50 liters).

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 you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What's included in the price of the tour? What will be the extra costs I'll need to cover?

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.


Japanese | English



What people are saying about this trip

Phillip Hill


August, 2023

Ayako was the replacement Guide. Ayako was diligent, very familiar with the route and ensured safety was our number one priority at all times. Thank you.


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