OGISAWA CIRCUIT

A Thrilling 3-Day Ridge Hike in the Northern Alps
July - October

ACTIVITY DATA

TOUR DESCRIPTION

This is a tough, but exceptionally rewarding loop hike, loaded with epic views, spectacular summits and satisfying ridge walking. During the course of three full days on the trail we'll summit a whopping 6 peaks, each standing in excess of 2,600 meters. And if you are feeling good (or greedy), we can add two more to the list by tacking on short out-and-back side trips, one for sunset, and the other for sunrise. Incidentally, 6 of those 8 mountains rank on the list of Japan's 100 tallest, so you'll earn sufficient bragging rights for your efforts.

 

There's a nice variety of terrain here as we start in forest, climb up a deep snowfield* (*summer only), emerge onto a rocky ridge and scramble up and down craggy peak after craggy peak before once again descending into pleasant forest. Not only is the landscape we are traveling through worthy of your attention, but the views of parallel and distant mountain ridges, as well as the massive Kurobe Dam and tiny cities in the valleys below are truly awe inspiring. The ups and downs along the ridge on day two will test your legs, but the scenery should give you all the motivation you need to keep pushing. You'll almost certainly have the opportunity to see what the Japanese call "unkai", the sea of clouds stretched out below your feet from a lofty mountain perch, at least once - and this phenomenon in conjunction with the morning sunrise is a special experience.

 

This trail can be semi-technical and exposed in places, and with the healthy elevation gain we can expect to be on the trail around 8 hours each the first two days and 5 to 6 hours on day three. These times as well as the "Activity Data" in the graphic above include the side trips to the two additional peaks.

IMAGE GALLERY (October, 2018)

WHAT TO BRING

Click on the button below for a comprehensive, downloadable list (PDF) of required and recommended gear specific to this adventure. 

BOOKING & PAYMENT

For your convenience and ours, bookings are made through our online booking platform by clicking on the 'BOOK' button below and following the steps presented: (1) Choose a start time/date (2) Fill out the required information (3) Enter a coupon code (if applicable) (4) Complete your booking by clicking on the 'Book It' button.  

 

Upon confirmation of your booking, we will reach out to you through the contact information you provided to confirm or customize your itinerary and to follow up with any further questions or instructions. In general, payments are accepted in cash on the day of the tour.

OGISAWA CIRCUIT

A Thrilling 3-Day Ridge Hike in the Northern Alps
July - October

¥90,000 guiding fee

​CONTACT US

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GUIDE FEE

This is one of our locally organized and locally guided tours, where pricing is based on a flat guiding fee of ¥30,000 per day. All other expenses during the course of the tour are to be paid by the customers as they are incurred. Contact us for a detailed estimate of those expenses before booking.

PICK-UP & DROP-OFF

Complimentary pick-up and drop-off can be provided from/to your place of lodging or any train station along the JR Oito Line in Otari, Hakuba or Omachi.

GROUP SIZE

  • There is no minimum number of participants for this tour  

  • Group size will be limited to a maximum of 4 persons.

CRAMPONS

The climb up to the Harinoki mountain hut goes through a deep and steep valley that features a massive snowfield that lingers well throughout the summer months, but can disappear almost entirely by the fall. Depending on which season you book, snow travel up the steep valley with the aid of a pair of basic crampons is essential to ensure your comfort and safety. Use of crampons can be provided at no extra charg