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.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    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): <br> JPY 19200 (transport plus guide accommodation) <br> -Accommodation is JPY 9,800 per person per night to be paid on the spot <br> -Price also doesn’t include any train fairs to Matsumoto station.


    • Day 1Nishiho 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 2Summit 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.

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    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.



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