Winter Ascent of Mt Nishihodaka, Japan Alps

Mount Nishihodaka, in the North Japan Alps, is perfect for a technical winter ascent through snow and rocks. Join Tsutomu in this 2-day climbing trip!




Trip Duration

2 days

Mountain Range

Japan Alps

People per Guide

2 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec

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.


Price per person

1 Person
75000 JPY

Group of 2
53000 JPY


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.


What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund.Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.



  • 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.


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.


About the Guide


To become a mountain guide had been my dream since I first started climbing mountains, and I have been a mountain guide since 2001 as well as an IFMGA guide since July 2014. I am very happy with the opportunity I have as a guide to share my experience, knowledge and skills with everyone that I go guiding with. I still remember the mix of fear, excitement and nervousness the first time I traversed the Daikiretto (a long knife edge ridge in the Northern Japanese Alps) during my first big climbing trip in the Northern Japanese Alps. I felt as if my heart was going to jump out of my mouth! But at the same time I felt so vividly alive and felt the kind of happiness that I had never felt before. It was a life changing experience and want to share this kind of feeling with my clients. My favourite mountain areas are vicinities of Mt Hotaka and Mt Tsurugi in the summer and Yatsugatake in the winter. I have guided backcountry skiing in Nagano areas (Hakuba, Nozawa Onsen) as well. I have also climbed extensively around the world, from Ultar Star in Pakistan to routes in Yosemite in the USA and several peaks in Chamonix in France.

FROM 53000 JPY per person


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