trip duration TRIP DURATION
2 days
mountain range MOUNTAIN RANGE
Japan Alps
max people per fuide MAX PEOPLE PER GUIDE
2 people
trip level TRIP LEVEL
best period OFFER PERIOD
Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
type of trip TYPE OF TRIP
Not specified


Mt Nishihodaka (2,909 m) is in the Hodaka mountain range in the North Japan Alps. Join this 2-day winter ascent by the normal route and enjoy the breathtaking views!

The ropeway from Shinhodaka and the conveniently located Nishiho Hut make Mt Nishihodaka an accessible mountain.

It’s a very popular destination through the seasons for climbers wanting to challenge the Hodaka mountain range. However, during winter, the mountain shows a different facet. It is covered in snow and rocks, and becomes a more technical route.

I recommend this climb as the best way to get into winter mountaineering in the North Japan Alps. I can coach you through the climb. However, it’s important to have some previous mountaineering experience and be in a good physical condition, as we’ll be walking for 8 hours a day.

Are you looking to gain a new experience and get a good feel of the Japan Alps? Then send me a request to join this climb!

In case you’re looking for a less-demanding winter trip, you should consider this 2-day alpine climb on Mt Akadake’s normal route.


Day 1

Nishiho Hut

I will pick you up from your hotel. Take a ropeway from Shinhodaka Onsen and then a 2 hour walk to Nishiho Hut at 2,385 m.

Day 2

Summit day!

Climb up to the summit of Mt Nishihodaka at 2,909 m. Then descend all the way to Shinhodaka Onsen via the ropeway. I will drop you off at your hotel.

Price per person

1 Person75000JPY
Group of 253000JPY

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
-Guide expenses (not included in the above price, to be divided among the participants):
JPY 19200 (transport plus guide accommodation)
-Accommodation is JPY 9,800 per person per night to be paid on the spot
-Price also doesn’t include any train fairs to Matsumoto station.

Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required


Meeting point

We'll meet at JR Chuo line, Matsumoto station. Then, I'll drive you to the trailhead to start the approach.


Mountain hut.

More info

Gear List:
- Goretex hardshell jacket / pants
- Winter mountaineering boots
- Ice axe
- Crampons
- Helmet
- Harness
- Backpack 30L
- Screwgate carabiner
- Carabiners x 2
- Sling 120cm x1
- Winter mountaineering clothing
- Thermos
- Head torch
- Sunglasses

-I can rent ice axes and crampons but I don’t have appropriate clothing and boots to rent, so you need to bring your own.

-You need to purchase your own mountain rescue insurance prior to joining the tour.