Panorama Ginza

A Stunning Trek Across the Roof of Japan
July - October
  • TYPE

    4 days / 3 nights

  • LEVEL

    5-B

  • LOCATION

    Azumino

  • PRICE

    ¥85,000

ACTIVITY DATA

  • DISTANCE

    Approximately

    30 kilometers​

  • DURATION

    Approximately

    27 hours

  • ​HIGH POINT

    Mt. Otensho

    2,922 meters

  • ELEVATION

    Approximately

    3,100 meters

TOUR DESCRIPTION

Of the major mountain ranges in Japan, the Northern Alps are perhaps the most visually spectacular, with endless, ragged rocky ridges high above the tree line extending uninterrupted as far as the eye can see. Massive 3,000m peaks fall into view in every direction, awing you with both their beauty and dominance over the surrounding landscape. For trekkers, they provide a unique opportunity to traverse long, continuous alpine trails with near-constant 360-degree panoramic views, and Japan's excellent mountain huts provide the perfect refuge and resupply points for multi-day outings.

There are countless route options spread across the area, but one of the most varied and scenic trails is known as Panorama Ginza. Ginza is a bustling major shopping street in Tokyo and, and the term Ginza has now become synonymous with popularity. Aptly named, this is a popular route amongst Japanese hikers specifically due to the amazing panoramas viewable along the trail's entire length.  The trail rarely dips below 2,500m, and takes hikers to the summits of 4 major mountains: Mt. Tsubakuro, Mt. Otensho, Mt. Jonen and Mt. Cho.  The lofty position of the ridge offers the chance to take in amazing sunsets and sunrises, including the "alpenglow" phenomenon, where the tops of the mountains opposite the rising sun glow red with the first rays of morning sunshine. Viewed from Panorama Ginza, the morning alpenglow directly illuminates the most imposing and impressive range of peaks in Japan, a 7km stretch of rock that includes half of Japan's 10 tallest mountains.

 

This trail, beginning and ending in forest, quickly rises to the ridge that forms the bulk of the distance, and covers surfaces ranging from hard-packed dirt, boulder fields and loose sand and rock along the way. On this 4-day hike, we will cover a distance of roughly 30km, with approximately 3,100 meters of total elevation gain, and we should expect to be on the trail for between 4 to 8 hours per day. This is not a remote wilderness trek, but it is an excellent introduction to central Japan's stunning mountain scenery and hiking culture.

IMAGE GALLERY (October, 2019)

PRICE INCLUDES

  • PICK-UP & DROP-OFF ANYWHERE BETWEEN OTARI & AZUMINO

We can pick you up and drop you off at at your place of lodging or any train station along the JR Oito Line in Otari, Hakuba, Omachi or Azumino.

  • GROUND TRANSPORTATION

All ground transportation (whether by private car, taxi, train and/or bus) during the hours of the tour is included in the price.  

  • HIKING INSURANCE

Basic hiking insurance covering personal injury, liability and search and rescue is included in the price.

  • GUIDING FEE

  • LODGING

Three nights of lodging during the tour, in mountain huts along the trail, is included in the price. All bedding will also be provided, eliminating the need to carry a tent, sleeping bag, or other bulky overnight gear.

  • ONSEN (HOT SPRING)

After coming off the mountain at the conclusion of our 4-day trek, we will head directly to a local onsen for a shower and relaxing soak to clean up and refresh our tired bodies.  The bathing fee is included in the price, along with complimentary towels and toiletries.

  • BREAKFASTS & DINNERS

All dinners and breakfasts, excluding breakfast on day one and dinner on day four, are included in the price. These meals will be prepared and provided by the mountain huts, and will be traditional Japanese meals. 

*Please let us know if you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions before the commencement of the tour.  If necessary, we will try to arrange for the mountain huts to prepare a special meal that meets your needs.

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • LUNCH, DRINKS & SNACKS

*No lunch, drinks or snacks are provided. You will need to bring your own food and drinks for eating and drinking along the trail for the first part of day one, but you will be able to buy snacks and drinks for the rest of the hike at the mountain huts along the way.  It is also recommended that you eat breakfast prior to the start of the tour on day one, and come fueled and ready to go. 

GROUP SIZE

  • For this tour to operate at the listed price, we require a minimum of 2 persons.  

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

  • If you are interested in booking as a private tour for one person, or a group larger than four please contact us for a price quote.

WHAT TO BRING

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

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panorama Ginza

Stunning Trek Across the Roof of Japan
July - October

¥85,000 per person

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