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North Japan Alps panoramic hiking route

North Japan Alps
North Japan Alps
North Japan Alps
North Japan Alps

Kayo, a JMGA mountain guide, takes you on a 3-day itinerary traversing 'Omote Ginza', a popular hiking trail in the North Japan Alps.


Japan Alps

3 Days





  • Contemplate the fantastic views in the North Japan Alps.
  • Walk surrounded by the colorful autumn leaves of Japanese trees.
  • Enjoy hiking in one of the most scenic Japanese mountain trails.


'Omote Ginza' is a popular hiking trail in the North Japan Alps. Join me on this great 3-day private hiking traverse!

This is a very scenic hiking route in Nagano Prefecture, that follows a ridge line from Mount Tsubakuro (2763 m) to Mount Yari (3180 m).

We'll meet early in the morning either at Hotaka or Hakuba station. After 5 hours of hiking, we'll arrive to Enzansō hut, where we'll spend the night. This mountain hut is one of the oldest in Japan. The following night we'll stay at another historic mountain hut: Jonen Hut.

One of the highlights of this trip are the stunning views of the peaks of the North Japan Alps. Throughout the route, you'll enjoy beautiful sights of Mt Yari (known as Japan's Matterhorn) and Hodaka mountain range. 

Furthermore, as we'll travel during September, you'll get to see the amazing autumn foliage! The colorful autumn leaves in Japanese trees (known as 'koyo') lure local and foreigner travelers. Autumn leaf viewing can be specially enjoyed in mountain regions, as they love high altitude and cold temperatures.

This is a high mountain hike. You should be in good physical conditions, as we'll be hiking between 5-7 hours per day. It's also good to have some previous experience. If you are a group of 5 or more people, contact me and we will plan a tour for your group.

Are you ready for a 3-day adventure in one of the most scenic Japanese mountain trails? Check our next departure date and send a request to join the group!

In case you are interested in other trips in this area, you can also consider this 3-day hiking trip in Hakuba Three Mountains.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Mountain guide expenses

Price details

You need to pay for your own accommodation.

Accommodation: huts are around JPY 10000 per night.


Day 1: 5hr 10min hiking, Tsubakuro hut stay.

Day 2: 6hrs 40min hiking, Jonen hut stay.

Day 3: 5.5hr hiking.

End point: 1pm Hotaka station or 2:30pm Hakuba station.




Tsubakuro hut. Jonen hut.

More info

-Hiking gears (boots, appropriate clothing, rain jacket, insulating layers etc.). --All non-Japan residents participating in this tour need to be covered by an appropriate mountain rescue insurance (including heli-skiing, etc.)

Meeting point

7:30am Hotaka station or 6am Hakuba station.

About the guide

I'm a JMGA certified hiking and ski guide, as well as a telemark ski instructor. I also hold the Nagano Prefecture's Official Mountain Guide license, meaning that I'm particularly proficient with the mountains in Nagano i.e. most of the Japan Alps. I've also competed at World Cup for telemark skiing during 2002-2009 years.

I have been living in the village of Hakuba, in Nagano, right at the base of mountains in the North Japan Alps since 2012. However, I am originally from the island of Shikoku towards the south of Japan, so I used to love the sea more than mountains and used to enjoy scuba diving, surfing, and kayaking. But from the moment I met telemark skiing, I've been enchanted by the mountains. It was fun to hike up whether it be on foot or on telemark skis, and to discover the mountains this way, and eventually I chose to pursue the ambition of becoming a hiking guide. My motto is for my clients to enjoy mountains safely.

My favourite guiding field is the North Japan Alps. The infrastructure here, including the gondola and buses, make the mountain ridge lines so accessible!!

I prefer hiking long trails than peak hunting. I usually save one month every year for trekking for myself and mainly choose to trek abroad. I particularly love trekking in Europe!

The distinct four seasons in Japan is very unique, and you can enjoy the mountains in different ways during different seasons. I would like to show you the best way to enjoy Japanese mountains that suits the season, so please join me on the discovery trip!


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