HIGHLAND HIKE

Activity Level: High

Price 325,000 yen per person double occupancy, +20% for single occupancy

Trip Includes

  • 8 nights accommodation

  • All breakfasts and dinners

  • All activities, guiding and transportation within tour

Trip Excludes

  • Airfare to/from Japan

  • Lunches

  • Alcoholic Beverages

  • Travel insurance, medical coverage, etc.

  • Transportation to Sakudaira Station and from Kobuchizawa Station back to Tokyo

trip type

Private Tour

dates

Oct. 3 - 11, 2020

activities

Hiking

Walking

location

Takamine Kogen, Utsukushigahara & Yatsugatake

ITINERARY

DAY 1
● Arrival at Sakudaira Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen
● Bus to Takamine Kogen Lamp Inn
● Short hike to Mt. Takamine (1 hr, 3.0 km) or rest at hotel in the beautiful
outdoor onsen
● Dinner at Takamine Onsen Lamp Inn


DAY 2 Hiking in Takamine Kogen
● Breakfast at Takamine Onsen Lamp Inn
● Summit Mt. Kurofu (1.5 hrs 2.5 km) with beautiful views of Mt. Asama on clear
days
● Hike to Jakotsudake (1 hr, 2 km)
● Hike to Asama Sansou (2 hrs, 5 km) for pickup
● Return to Takamine Onsen Lamp Inn for dinner


DAY 3 – Takamine Kogen - Yunomaru
● Breakfast at Takamine Onsen Lamp Inn
● Morning hike to Mt. Mizunoto (1 hr, 2.0 km)
● Descend to Yunomaru Onsen (2 hrs, 5.0 km)
● Drive to Matsumoto (2 hrs)
● Dinner at local Izakaya style restaurant
● Accommodation: TBD
 

Day 4 – Hakamakoshiyama - Ougatou 8.4 km
● Buffet breakfast at hotel in Matsumoto
● Drive to Hakamakoshiyama Trailhead (~0:40 hrs)
● Hakamakoshiyama Trailhead to Utsukushigahara Nature Center (3:00 hrs, 7.4 km)

● Lunch
● Utsukushigahara Nature Center to Ougatou Hotel (0:25 hrs, 1.0 km)
● Relax in the hot spring onsen
● Dinner in Ougatou Hotel
● Lecture on local wildflower species
● Accommodation: Ougatou Hotel
 

Day 5 – Ougatou - Mt. Chausu - Wada Toge 12.5 km
● Breakfast at Ougatou Hotel
● Ougatou Hotel to Mt. Chausu (0:50 hrs, 2.0 km)

● Mt. Chausu to Wada Toge (4:00 hrs, 10.5 km)
● Return to Ougatou Hotel by vehicle (0:30 hrs)

● Dinner at Ougatou Hotel
● Accommodation: Ougatou Hotel

 

Day 6 – Wada Toge - Shirakabako 11.0 km
● Optional sunrise hike from Ougahana to Ougatou Hotel (0:25 hrs, 1.0 km)

● Breakfast at Ougatou Hotel
● Drive to Wada Toge (0:30 hrs)
● Wada Toge - Yajima Shitsugen Visitor Center (2:00 hrs, 4.0 km)
● Lunch at Yajima Shitsugen Visitor Center
● Yajima Shitsugen Visitor Center to Lake Shirakabako (3:15 hrs, 6.0 km)

● Dinner at hotel
● Accommodation: TBD
 

Day 7 - Shirakabako - Motozawa Onsen 9.5 km
● Breakfast at Hotel
● Send luggage ahead to Kobuchizawa
● Drive to Mugikusa Toge (0:40 hrs)
● Mugikusa Toge to Nakayama (2:20, 4.0 km)
● Nakayama to Motozawa Onsen (3:00, 5.5 km)
● Enjoy the outdoor hot spring bath
● Dinner at Motozawa Onsen
● Accommodation: Motozawa Onsen Mountain Hut
 

Day 8 - Motozawa Onsen - Matsubarako 9.5 km
● Breakfast at Motozawa Onsen Mountain Hut
● Motozawa Onsen Mountain Hut to Matsubarako Station (2:50 hrs, 9.5 km)
● Lunch at Matsubarako Station
● Train to Kobuchizawa Station (1:10 hrs)

● Relax at Hotel
● Dinner in Kobuchizawa
● Accommodation: TBD


Day 9 - Kobuchizawa - Shinjuku
● Breakfast at Hotel Keyforest Hokuto

● Depart for Shinjuku (2:00 hrs)

PACKING LIST

Attire & Equipment

  • Clothing – Pack for 7 days of walking

  • Waterproof pants

  • T-shirts and long-sleeve T-shirts for layers

  • Water bottle

  • Day pack/backpack

  • Warm hat

  • Hiking pants and shorts for walking

  • Thick socks

  • A windbreaker or waterproof jacket in case of rain

  • Shoes – Good hiking shoes that have been worn in. Please wear your shoes before bringing them on a trip

  • Poles – You will want hiking poles as some sections of the train have uneven footing or steep ascent/descents

  • Protection from the Sun – Hat, Sunscreen, Sunglasses, etc.

Additional Items

  • Passport – Please make sure it does not expire within 6 months of our trip and that you have at least one blank page

  • We also recommend bringing a photocopy of your passport in case the original is lost or stolen

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

  • Cash – For the places that don’t, we recommend bringing at least $200 ~ $300 per person.

  • Debit Card – Along with your PIN number for cash withdrawals in case you run out

  • Important Documents – We recommend having a copy of your passport, travel insurance, and medical insurance policies

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

  • Toiletries – Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, nail clippers, and whatever else you need!

  • Medication – Please inform us beforehand if there is anything we should know in regards to your medications

CANCELLATION

20% non-refundable deposit (transferable to a future tour)


60 ~ 31 Days Prior to Arrival: 30% of the Total Costs


30 ~ 4 Days Prior to Arrival: 50% of the Total Costs


72 Hours or Less Prior to Arrival: 100% of the Total Costs

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