HIGHLAND HIKE

Estimated Price: ¥120,000-¥140,000 yen per person double occupancy, +20% for single occupancy
 
​Suggested Activity Level: 8/10

Trip Includes

  • 2 nights accommodation

  • All breakfasts and dinners

  • All activities, guiding and transportation within tour

Trip Excludes

  • Lunches

  • Alcoholic Beverages

  • Travel insurance, medical coverage, etc.

  • Transportation to Matsumoto Station and from Kobuchizawa Station

activities

Hiking

Suggested dates

​May-October

location

Utsukushigahara, Kirigamine & Shirakabako

SUGGESTED ITINERARY

 

Itineraries listed are recommended by Active Travel Japan but can be customized based on desired length and fitness level. Price listed is subject to change. Group sizes are a minimum of 4 and maximum of 10.

DAY 1 Arrival 7.1 km
● Arrival at Matsumoto Station around lunchtime

● Bring or buy items for a picnic lunch
● Bus to Utsukushigahara Kogen (1 hr)
● Hike along a beautiful ridgeline to Ougatou Hotel (2 hrs 7.1 km) with optional 4 km extension

● Optional additional hike or stargazing in the evening
● Japanese style dinner and hot springs at accommodation

● Accommodation: Ougatou Hotel


DAY 2 Wada Toge to Shirakabako 17 km
● Breakfast at Ougatou Hotel
● Transfer to Wada Toge Chaya (40 min)
● Summit Washigamine (2 hrs 4 km) for beautiful views of the surrounding mountains on a clear day

● Descent to Hachishimagahara protected wetlands (1 hr 2 km)

● Continue through Kirigamine Highlands to summit Mt. Kurumayama (2 hrs 5 km)

● Descent to to Shirakabako 2 hrs (6 km)
● Pickup from Shirakabako and transfer to Sawaemon
● Japanese style dinner and hot springs at accommodation

● Accommodation: Sawaemon

DAY 3 Yokodake 6 km

● Breakfast at Sawaemon
● Transfer to Kita Yatsugatake Ropeway (20 min)
● Take the ropeway and summit Mt. Yokodake (1.5 hrs 3 km) in the Yatsugatake Range the highest elevation on the tour

● Descent and transfer to Chino Station (40 min) for departure

PACKING LIST

  • ​Enough clothing for the entire tour (laundry facilities are limited)

  • Toiletries

  • Waterproof jacket or windbreaker

  • Waterproof hiking pants

  • T-shirts (short and long sleeve) + fleece (depending on the season)

  • Water bottle

  • Worn-in waterproof hiking boots. Make sure you have worn them multiple times before the tour

  • Warm socks

  • Day pack/backpack and pack cover

  • ​Gloves (depending on the season)

  • ​Beanie/knit cap and/or ear warmers (depending on the season)

  • Hat

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses

  • Hiking poles

Additional Items

  • Passport – Make sure it is not expired and that you do not need a visa to enter Japan! Bring a photocopy of your passport in case the original is lost or stolen

  • Credit Card – Most businesses in Japan accept major credit cards (there may be an international transaction fee)

  • Cash – For the places that don’t, bring at least $300 ~ $500 per person

  • Debit Card – Along with your PIN number for cash withdrawals. Post offices and 7-11s accept all major debit card companies

  • Important Documents – Bring a copy of your travel and medical insurance policies

  • Camera – Don’t forget th charger or extra batteries

  • Medication – Please inform us beforehand of allergies if there is anything we should know regarding your medications

  • ​Reading material - Sometimes there is no wifi or English TV stations

  • ​Snacks - If there is anything specific you want while hiking or walking

CANCELLATION

20% Transferable but Non-Refundable Deposit

60 ~ 31 Days Prior to Arrival: 70% Refund

30 ~ 4 Days Prior to Arrival: 50% refund

72 Hours or Less Prior to Arrival: 0% refund
 

PAYMENT

20% Deposit to Reserve Your Place

90 Days Prior to Departure: 40% Due

​30 Days Prior to Departure: 40% Balance Due

CONDITIONS

5 hours for making reservations, research, changes to the itinerary etc. is included in the price of a custom tour. After 5 hours, ¥5,000 per hour will be added to the tour price.

​Group sizes are between 4 and 10. A 30% and 50% surcharge will be added to custom tours with 3 and 2 people respectively

LIABILITY & INSURANCE

Traveling with Active Travel Japan involves potentially dangerous activities and therefore Active Travel Japan assumes no liability for any loss, theft, damage, personal injury or death resulting from participation in its tours. Active Travel Japan requires all travelers to sign a waiver form prior to participation, in addition to being covered under a medical insurance and travel insurance policy to both minimize the financial and medical associated with high risk activities.