Kamikochi, Happoike, Tsugaike and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route Trekking Trip

2018 October 6-8 (Saturday-Monday)

Kamikochi/Hakuba/Otari/Omachi, Nagano

A blockbuster autumn trekking trip for all ages!

This Trip Features;

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

*October 8 Monday is a Japanese National Holiday

Join us for this fantastic autumn 3-day weekend of trekking that suit all levels!

Trip Itinerary

Saturday (Oct 6)

  • 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
  • Dinner at 8pm
  • Group party

Sunday (Oct 7)

  • Have breakfast at 7am
  • Join the Happo-ike trek or get more sleep (8am-12pm) *Optional
  • Join the Tsugaike trek or visit the local onsen (1pm-5) *Optional
  • Relax in the hotel
  • Dinner at 7pm
  • Group party

Monday (Oct 8)

  • Have breakfast at 7am
  • Check-out of the hotel
  • Get on the bus at 7:30am
  • Arrive at Ogizawa bus parking around 8:30am
  • Explore Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (via series of trolley bus, cable car and ropeway) from 9am until 4:20pm
  • Get on the bus at 4:30pm
  • Short stop for food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive back in Shinjuku around 8:30pm

Trip Inclusion - Extras - Discounts

Price includes;

  • Private bus transportation (for the entire duration)
  • Kamikochi/Alpico round-trip shuttle bus fare (Private vehicles not allowed in Kamickohi)
  • Two (2) nights 'shared room' hotel accommodation
  • Dinner for Saturday and Sunday
  • Breakfast for Sunday and Monday
  • Fun and cute (English/Japanese speaking) trek guides
  • Travel insurance
  • 8% consumption tax


  • Happoike hike (4,500yen) *Includes shuttle bus, round-trip gondola/chairlifts fare and hike guides
  • Tsugaike National Park trek (5,000yen) *Includes shuttle bus, round-trip gondola/chairlifts fare, park entry and trek guides
  • Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route trek (10,000yen) *Includes shuttle bus, round-trip trolley bus/cable car/ropeway fare and trek guides
  • Double room (3,000yen/person for 2 nights)
  • Single room (6,000yen/person for 2 nights)


  • Birthday on Oct 6-8 (3,000yen)
  • Kids under 12 (5,000yen)
  • Group of 4 (1,000yen/person) *Group leader or name required
  • Group of 5 or more (2,000yen/person) *Group leader or name required
  • Regular member (1,000yen) *Joined more than 5 TG trips/Cannot combine with the group discount
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  • An easy and flat trek along Azusa river will reward your eyes with some of Japan's most magnificent mountain scenery. Taisho pond, Tashiro pond, Myojin pond, Takezawa marsh and Azura river are amongst the very beautiful places you will see while trekking.
  • Happo-ike

  • A short (about an hour) but good hike up to Happo-ike (@2,060m above sea level) following a scenic nature study trail gives you one of the most amazing feelings while exploring the outdoors. 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.
  • You can keep hiking all the way up to the peak of Mt. Karamatsu (@2,696m) if you're fitter and looking for more adventure.
  • Tsugaike Nature Park

  • 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.
  • Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

  • See Kurobe Dam; Japan's largest arch dam built and completed in 1963. With a height of 186m, it remains the tallest dam in Japan. An observation deck provides a grand view of the great nature of the Northern Alps.
  • Trek around Mikurigaike; a volcanic lake located at an altitude of 2,405m with its surroundings covered in snow until June. Its beautiful deep blue water reflects Mt. Tateyama making it one of the magnificent sights to see. Covering 30,000 square metres and with a circumference of 631m, this is the largest lake in Murodo.

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.
  • Single and double rooms are 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

  • Windbreaker/waterproof jacket and pants
  • Warm clothes (fleece/thermals)
  • Clothes appropriate for trekking and weather
  • Hiking/trekking shoes or trainers with ankle protection
  • Soft/thick socks
  • Trekking poles
  • Big and small backpack
  • Small towel
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks
  • Mineral water or sports drinks (2L)
  • Eye masks
  • Ear plugs
  • Book
  • Camera
  • Smartphone
  • Cash

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