Kamikochi, Happoike and Tsugaike Nature Park Autumn Trekking Trip

2017 September 30 - October 1 (Saturday-Sunday)

Kamikochi/Hakuba, Nagano

An outdoor adventure for all ages!

This Club Trip Features;

  • Absolutely gorgeous and spectacular mountain scenery
  • Crystal clear river and lakes
  • Amazingly beautiful but mystical Happo lake
  • Fresh and crispy air
  • Easy/flat but long trek and short hike
  • Gorgeous red and yellow autumn leaves (koyo)

An easy and flat trek along Kamikochi's Azusa river will reward your eyes with some of Japan's most spectacular mountain scenery! Taisho pond, Tashiro pond, Myojin pond, Takezawa marsh and Azura river are amongst the very beautiful places you will see while trekking. Read Kamikochi's highlights!

A short but good hike up to Happo-ike (@2,060m above sea level) following a scenic nature study trail! The mystical scenery of Happo-ike banishes any feeling of fatigue from the effort to hike up there. A connection of gondola and chairlifts will take you way up so you only need to hike up a little to reach this majestic pond.

A high moor above the clouds that overlooks the Hakuba mountain range. Tsugaike Nature Park, at 1,900m, is one of Japan’s famous high moors* and a Class 1 classified specially preserved area. *high moor = sphagnum moss sedimentary layer built up over thousands to tens of thousands of years. The Kusa-momiji are in full bloom during this time of the year. The yellow of Erman’s birch, the red rowan trees and the evergreen maries create a vibrant autumn foliage. The crimson maple leaves are wonderfully overwhelming in autumn, too. In addition, the 360-degree panoramic view is stunning from Panorama Way.

Join us for this absolutely amazing autumn weekend of trekking that suit all levels!

Trip Itinerary

Saturday (Sep 30)

  • Meet in Shinjuku at 6:30am
  • Get on the bus
  • Catch up on your sleep or chat with other members
  • Short stop for breakfast and buy some food (picnic lunch) on the way
  • Arrive at Sawando-hashi bus terminal around 10:15am
  • Transfer to Alpico shuttle bus (Private vehicles not allowed in Kamikochi)
  • Arrive in Kamikochi around 10:45am
  • Trekking/sightseeing (10:45am-4:15pm)
  • Get on the Alpico shuttle bus
  • Transfer bus at Sawando-hashi bus terminal
  • Arrive in Hakuba around 7pm
  • Check-in at the hotel
  • Relax in the onsen/bath
  • Late dinner at 8:30pm
  • Group party

Sunday (Oct 1)

  • Have breakfast at 7am
  • Join Happo-ike hike or get more sleep (8am-12pm) *Optional
  • Tsugaike National Park trek or relax in the onsen (1pm-5) *Optional
  • Get on the bus
  • Stop for dinner on the way
  • Arrive back in Shinjuku around 9:30pm

Trip Inclusion - Extras - Discounts

Price includes;

  • Private bus transportation (Shinjuku - Kamikochi - Hakuba - Shinjuku)
  • Kamikochi/Alpico alpine shuttle bus transportation (round-trip)
  • Dinner for Saturday
  • Breakfast for Sunday
  • Fun and cute (English/Japanese speaking) trek guide
  • Travel insurance
  • 8% consumption tax

Extras;

  • Happoike hike (5,000yen) *Includes shuttle bus, round-trip gondola/chairlifts fare and trek guide
  • Tsugaike National Park trek (5,000yen) *Includes shuttle bus, round-trip gondola/chairlifts fare and trek guide
  • Private room for 2 persons (1,500yen/person)

Discounts;

  • Birthday on September 30- October 1 (3,000yen)
  • Group of 4 or more (2,000yen/person) *Group leader required
Price: 22,900Yen
Space left: 8 out of 22

Important Notes

  • Itinerary may vary due to the weather, traffic conditions, and other unavoidable circumstances.
  • You MUST have your own insurance (health, social, company, etc.) to be able join.
  • Hiking/trekking experience not necessary but reasonable fitness required.
  • Private vehicles are not allowed in Kamikochi National Park.
  • You can leave other belongings in our private bus during the Kamikochi walk. All you need is a small backpack, raincoat, picnic lunch, snacks, drinks, camera, smartphone and cash.
  • The walk trail along Azusa river in Kamikochi takes about 5 hours but it is mostly flat. You'll be able to see some of the best sightseeing spots like Taisho pond, Tashiro pond, Myojin pond, Takezawa marsh and the Azusa river, while trekking. It's also very easy to find a nice picnic spot along this river.
  • The gondola and chairlifts ride from the bottom all the way up from the start of Happoike hike takes about 40mins.
  • The hike from the top of the chairlift to Happo-ike takes about an hour.
  • In order to explore the Tsugaike Nature Park thoroughly, a minimum of four (4) hours is recommended, including the two (2) hour round-trip panorama way.
  • You can leave other belongings in the bus (or hotel) during the Happo ike walk. All you need is a small backpack, raincoat, picnic lunch, snacks, drinks, camera, smartphone and cash.
  • Maximum of 4 persons per room.
  • Private room for couples available at extra cost.
  • We will try to accommodate all dietary requirements. However, we are unable to guarantee the hotel/lodge can cater for every meal
  • Final details will be sent to the participants by email two days before the event.

What to wear/bring

  • Picnic lunch (for both days)
  • Ski jacket/pants or gortex rain coat
  • Warm clothes (fleece/thermals)
  • Clothes appropriate for hiking and weather
  • Hiking/trekking shoes or trainers with ankle protection
  • Soft/thick socks
  • Hiking poles
  • Waterproof backpack
  • Small towel
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks
  • Mineral water or sports drinks (2L)
  • Eye masks
  • Ear plugs
  • Music player
  • Book
  • Camera
  • Smartphone
  • Cash

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