North Japan Alps

The Japan Alps have excellent mountain hiking routes. This short trip follows one of the best in the North Japan Alps. Starting from the Kamikochi Valley, the trail climbs steeply to follow ridges and peaks along what the Japanese call the Omote Ginza route.

Accommodation is in mountain huts on trek days.

Highlights

Great hiking in the North Japan Alps.
Onsen hot spring.
Day 1

Meet in Tokyo and take train to Matsumoto and then on to the Kamikochi Valley. After a light lunch at the trail head, we’ll hike along the valley to our first overnight hut, a relatively comfortable mountain lodge (with baths).

Day 2

Early start (normal in Japan) for a steep climb to the Chogatake and the ridge trail to Jonen, a pyramidal mountain with views across to Yarigatake Peak.

Overnight mountain hut.

Day 3

Continue trek along the Omote Ginza route via Daiten Peak to the Tsubakurodake Hut. On a clear day there are lovely views of the North Japan Alps. This route has a few short ladders which are in place to assist hikers.

Overnight mountain hut.

Day 4

After breakfast, a descent through forests to Nakabusa Onsen, then transfer by road to Matsumoto. Time to relax before dinner.

Overnight hotel.

Day 5

Today we’ll visit Matsumoto Castle and other interesting sites around town, and there will be time to wander and explore by yourself.

Celebration farewell dinner.
Overnight hotel.

Day 6

Return train to Tokyo after breakfast, arriving about lunchtime. Onward travel.

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