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Snowshoeing in Norikura and Kamikochi, Japan | Japan

Snowshoeing in Norikura and Kamikochi, Japan

Join a unique snowshoeing adventure in Japan and explore the remote and beautiful Norikura and Kamikochi areas with a certified local guide!




Hida Mountains


2 Days


Jan - Mar


Open To Everyone


First Time


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  • Panoramic view of the snow covered Japan Alps
  • Open to everyone: both beginner and experienced hikers can enjoy snowshoeing
  • Special experience in the nature away from the crowds


Kamikochi is one of the best places to enjoy the panoramic views of the Japan Alps such as Okuhotakadake, the third-highest mountain in the country! There is no transportation to Kamikochi except on foot, so we can enjoy the magnificent views of the snow-covered mountains in a calm atmosphere, away from the crowds.

On the first day, I will pick you up at Nagano station in the morning and take you for a short snowshoeing outing in the Norikura area. We can admire an ice fall during this trip. Afterward, we will drive to Nakanoyu onsen hot springs for an overnight stay. You can enjoy the beautiful mountain views and onsen in this hotel.

On the morning of the 2nd day, we will start walking from the entrance tunnel of Kamikochi. After the tunnel, we will put on our snowshoes and enjoy snow hiking on the flat snow field. After a 4-5 hour return trip, we will head back to the hotel and I will drive you to Nagano station. Or, If you prefer an overnight stay in Kamikochi, I can arrange a special program upon your request.

If you would like to join this exciting snowshoeing adventure in Japan, then send me a booking request and we can start fine-tuning the details of your trip together. I look forward to being your guide!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details


*The rental of snowshoe

*Transfer from/to Nagano station


*accommodation for clients and guide about 15,000yen per person per night

Secure your spot with just 25% payment

48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking


Day 1: Nagano-Norikura Kogen

Around 10 am I will pick you up at Nagano station or hotel around the Nagano area and drive to Norikura Kogen.

After lunch (not included), we will go snowshoeing to an icefall. It takes about 2 hours, round trip. Then we go to Naknoyu onsen (hot spring) inn for an overnight stay.

Day 2: Kamikochi

8:30 We drive down to the entrance tunnel to Kamikochi.
9:00 Start walking
*After the 2 tunnels, we enjoy the view of the Japan alps (when weather permitting)
12:00 Kappa Bashi bridge. Picnic time, back to the tunnel.
15:30 End of walking
16:00 Drive back to Nagano station or hotel in the Nagano area.

Equipment you will need to bring

* Goggles * Poles * Backpack * Sunglasses * Water bottle * Snowshoes * Warm clothes

About the guide: Yuichi

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Trekking Guide

I'm a JMGA certified hiking and ski guide and UIMLA mountain leader. I've traveled more than 50 countries as tour guide of trekking, skiing, cycling tour. I've visited overseas mountains such as Europe Alps, Canadian Rockies, New Zealand, Patagonia. I stayed in Zermatt, Switzerland for 4 years as trekking and skiing guide.

Even I traveled many countries, I also love to walk and ski the beautiful mountains in Japan. We have distinct four seasons, volcanos, hot springs in our mountain areas.
My favorite mountain area is the North Japan Alps, Mt. Fuji and Yatsugatake mountains. Of course sake and tasty Japanese food too!

I hope you to enjoy the nature, culture and communication with Japanese people during your stay in Japan. Looking forward to enjoying Japanese mountains with you!


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What people are saying about Yuichi



Yuichi-san was friendly, experienced, knew the Mt Fuji trails and the region very well, and spoke excellent English. It was a great experience.



As a way to celebrate a milestone birthday, I decided to explore the beautiful country of Japan. A major highlight of this trip was the Mt. Fuji summit hike with Yuichi. It was very evident that he has a wealth of knowledge and experience as a hiking leader. Yuichi communicated in advance to help me prepare for the hike--including suggestions for nearby lodging options--and his knowledge of the trails and environment was impressive. He was professional and personable. If I had more time during this trip I would definitely hire him to explore other areas of Japan.



It was a awesome experience and I can highly recommend climbing Mt Fuji with Yuichi!! He is a very experienced guide, speaks good englisch and tried to give me the best experience possible (due to bad weather we had to reschedule).



Yuichi was a wonderful guide! Due to potential bad weather Yuichi adjusted our hike schedule and it paid off with amazing weather. I fully recommend Yuichi as a guide!



My guide was not Yuichi. It was Arata.

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