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North Japan Alps scenic ‘Omote Ginza’ traverse

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3-day hiking traverse along the famous climbing route 'Omote Ginza', with impressive views of the North Japan Alps, together with a JMGA mountain guide.


Japan Alps

3 Days

Jul - Sep




* Explore the wonderful natural sceneries of the North Japan Alps.

* Spend the night in one of the best mountain huts in Japan.

* Reach the summit of beautiful mountains and get to see great views.


'Omote Ginza' (which means 'Main street') is an extremely popular hiking route in Japan. Come with me and discover incredible panoramic views!

The North Japan Alps (also known as Hida mountains) boasts some of the most spectacular sceneries in Japan. On this 3-day hiking trip, we will traverse around some popular peaks in Nagano Prefecture.

Our starting point will be Nakabusa Onsen (hot spring). From there, we'll hike for almost 6 hours to Enzanso Hut, where we'll stay for the night. This is one of the oldest mountain huts in the country (built in 1921) and it's on a number 1 position in the ranking for a ‘mountain hut you want to stay in Japan’.

At a short distance from this mountain hut, we will find Mount Tsubakuro (2763 m).

The following day we'll traverse to Hutte Oyari, along the way, we'll go through some rocky sections and enjoy 360-degree views of the Hodaka mountain range. Finally, on the last day, we will climb Mount Yari (3180 m, which is called the Japanese Matterhorn, due to its similar shape), and descend to Kamikochi.

I also offer other routes in this mountain range, in case you are looking for a more relaxed hiking itinerary or want to see different places.

Do you want to join me for a wonderful mountain trail in the Northern Alps in Japan? Please contact me so we can organize your trip together!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Mountain guide expenses

Price details

Please keep in mind that the price does NOT include:

You'll have to add your expenses to the price: JPY 33,000 per person

- 2 nights mountain hut stay (half board)

- lunch boxes

These expenses need to be paid on the spot.


Day 1: Arrival

We will meet at Hotaka train station around 8:00 a.m. and take a taxi to the trailhead.

Start at Nakabusa Onsen – Enzanso Hut – Mt Tsubakuro – stay overnight at Enzanso hut.

(Course time: ca. 5.5hrs)

Day 2: Hutte Oyari

Leave Enzanso Hut – stay overnight at Hutte Oyari. (Course time: ca. 8.5hrs/ 11.5km)

Day 3: Descend via Kamikochi

Leave Jonen hut – Mt Jonen – descend to Kamikochi around 16:00 PM. (Course time: ca. 9hrs / 21km). You can stay at Kamikochi after this tour or get on the bus / take a taxi from Kamikochi to Matsumoto city or other places.



What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Dormy Inn Nagano Nagano Japan
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Hotel Sunroute Nagano Higashiguchi Nagano Japan
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Hotel JAL City Nagano Nagano Japan
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About the guide

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Mountain Guide

I am a Mt Fuji guide and a backcountry ski guide, certified by the JMGA. I was born in Tokyo but currently live in Fuji-Yoshida city, located at the foot of Mt Fuji. Teaching was something that interested me since my school years, and thus chose to join a specialized college for coaching, instructorship, and sports biology, where I also started climbing and skiing in the mountains. After my graduation, I worked as a ski patrol for 10 years, 5 of which I worked through the year - Hakuba in the winter (of northern hemisphere) and in Methven, New Zealand in the summer (of northern hemisphere), and a backcountry ski guide for 10 years.

My main and favourite field of guiding is on and around Mt Fuji, but backcountry skiing is my favourite mountain sports! I guide backcountry skiing mainly around Hakuba areas but also have been a guide in Hokkaido for 2 years, and know Furano and Niseko areas very well. I also currently teach Japan Avalanche Network level 1 courses on avalanche risks and safety. I also enjoy rock climbing in my free time and love to share with you the beauty of the Japanese mountains through my favourite guiding routes, let it to be in trekking the mountains, snowshoeing with an onsen stay or backcountry skiing in Hakuba areas!

For me, mountains are a part of my life. It teaches me upsides and downsides of life, and I want guests to join me in this environment to realize the conveniences that surround us in our ordinary life and to be grateful of everything that lets us live.

I guide visitors from abroad quite frequently. Contact me if you’re also up for fun mountain adventures!!


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What people are saying about Chikako



Amazing adventure! Chika and her team managed to sort me out rental gear last minute and they gave me an amazing and safe experience to climb mt Fuji



Chikako is great, very knowledgeable, and thoughtful She definitely knew how to guide. I am very satisfy with her. Thank you



This was our first time climbing in snow and we had a wonderful experince. Chika our guide was very attentive and experinced. She made sure that all of us are safe all the way by giving us proper guidance and advice. Highly recommended .



What an EPIC day ! A beautiful, tough, challenging, giving and unforgettable experience. Offseason climbing in snow/ice is not for the unfit :) Chica helped us, was aware and even brought hot coco to celebrate at the top :) she also carried one of our bags when things Got hard Thanks Chica ! For making This an unforgettable day for a lifetime ! :) All the best Claudia & Martin



Chika was an amazing guide and extremely knowledgeable. Highly recommend the 2-day tour!

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