Hakuba Valley Summer Trekking – Self-Guided


  • Trek the magnificent Japan Alps through the alpine mountain wildflower paths

  • Bathe in the thermal waters at a local hot-spring

  • Enjoy Gondola rides to the peaks where scenic valleys below can be best viewed

  • Enjoy time in Hakuba village  – known for its healthy, green living environment.

  • Walking 2-3 days over completely different scenery with moderate gradients

Hakuba Village-to- Japan Alps exploring 2 differing treks over 2 days/3 nights

Trip level:    Active
Availability:  Recommended from June to October
Price per person: Starting from $885pp

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Although the Hakuba Valley is most famous for its winter beauty, it has long been a beloved summer destination for both Japanese and overseas lovers of nature and traditional Japanese scenery.

Hakuba is a mecca for hiking in Japan and every day in the green season hikers board gondolas to reach the upper areas of the ski fields and then carry on to hike the Northern Japanese Alps.

If you have ever wished to trek Japan, Hakuba is a fantastic place to do so with a variety of options – half-day, full-day and multi-day hikes for beginners to more advanced hikers.

With an elevation of 3,000 m, the peaks of the Northern Alps mountain range draw hikers and climbers from all over the world. The Hakuba Valley is one of the 3 famous snow valleys of Japan and contains Japan’s largest alpine flower garden. After a day of hiking, soak in the natural splendour of the mountains in alpine hot springs, accessible only on foot. For beginner hikers, easy trails can be safely reached by ski lift, which run all summer long at some resorts.

This tour offers more advanced hiking.

Suggested Itinerary:

Day 1: Check in at hotel in Hakuba

Day 2: Take a short walk to the Happo One Gondola Station for the lifts up to hike Happo Ike at 2,060m elevation and then onto Mt Karamatsudake, and return. Total 5-6 hours

Day 3: Start your walk at the Happo Information Center and take a 20min bus ride to the Tsugaike Gondola Station. for the Gondola and Ropeway to Tsugaike Nature Park at 1,860m, and return. Total 4-5 hours.

Day 4: Check out of your Hakuba hotel and continue on to your next destination- ask your Japan Holidays consultant for great additions to your trip!

What’s Included

  • 3 nights at a 3 star class hotel with breakfast

  • Lift Pass: Happo One (Day 2), Tsugaike(Day 3)

  • Lunch Box for Day 2 & 3

  • Detailed day-by-day itinerary and walking directions

  • Mountain insurance

  • Local support by telephone

What’s Not Included

  • Flights

  • Airport transfers

  • Pay locally for dinners & drinks with meals

  • Public bus fare is NOT included. You can buy the bus tickets in cash from the driver directly.

  • Single room supplement on application

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