North Japan Alps scenic ‘Omote Ginza’ traverse

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.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

3 days

Mountain Range

Japan Alps

People per Guide

5 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jul, Aug, Sep

Type of Trip

Private

Highlights

 
  • 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 reach Mount Otensho (2922 m) and stay at Jonen Hut. Finally, the last day the trail will lead us to Mount Jonen (2857 m), which is one of the 100 famous mountains in Japan.

Along the way, we’ll enjoy 360 degree views of the Hodaka mountain range, including the beautiful Mount Yari (which is called the Japanese Matterhorn, due to its similar shape).

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!

You can also check other options for hiking in this area, like a trip to the 3 Mountains of Hakuba or a hiking traverse in the Yatsugatake mountains.

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Price per person

 
Group of 1
180000 JPY

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Mountain guide's expenses (lifts, meals, accommodation, etc)
 You'll have to add your expenses to the price: JPY 35,000 - 2 nights mountain hut stay (half board) - lunch boxes - transport taxi from tail end to beginning This expenses need to be paid on the spot.
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1Enzanso hut

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

    (Course time: ca. 5.5hrs)

  • Day 2Jonen hut

    Leave Enzanso Hut – Mt Otensho – stay overnight at Jonen hut.

    (Course time: ca. 5.5hrs)

  • Day 3Descend via Ichinosawa

    Leave Jonen hut – Mt Jonen – descend via Ichinosawa.

    (Course time: ca. 5hrs 40min)

     

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Fit

Meeting point

Nakabusa Onsen

Accommodation

Mountain huts:

-Enzanso hut

-Jonen hut

 

About the 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 Hayashi

 

Cheka, made Mt Fuji for me. Cheka, ensured I had all the right gear, checked weather forecaste to select the best climbing day and provided a cultural experience. All the time ensuring I was ok. Definitely the best day of my Japan experience. Thanks Hamish
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Hamish
The whole trip was well planned in advanced, about 2 months that I started communicating with Chika. There were rapid responses to questions, even before a confirmation/payment was made. As the dates grew closer, good advice on gear and other practical issues were passed. Typhoon Hagibis had just left significant damage, and the weather was quite unpredictable. It was clear that is was safest to delay the climb, and I was lucky the extra day that I had came with excellent weather. Chika was excellent in communicating the reasons for the delay, as safety was paramount. I had done an earlier trip during the usual summer season a few years back, but with light snow up top, this was one of my best treks/climbs so far.
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