Kamikochi, Tsugaike and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route Trekking Trip

2019 October 12-14 (Saturday-Monday) *Long weekend

Kamikochi/Hakuba/Ogizawa, Nagano

A blockbuster autumn trekking trip for all ages!

This Trip Features;

  • Absolutely gorgeous and spectacular mountain scenery
  • Crystal clear river and lakes
  • Fresh and crispy air
  • Easy/flat trek and short hike
  • Japanese wildlife
  • Gorgeous red and yellow autumn leaves (Koyo)

*October 14 Monday is a Japanese National Holiday

Join us for this fantastic 3-day autumn weekend exploring the beautiful Japanese outdoors!

Trip Itinerary

Saturday (Oct 12)

  • Meet in Shinjuku at 7am
  • 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 Sawandohashi bus terminal around 10:45am
  • Transfer to Alpico shuttle bus (Private vehicles not allowed in Kamikochi)
  • Arrive in Kamikochi around 11:15am
  • Trekking/sightseeing (11:30am-4:30pm)
  • Get on the Alpico shuttle bus
  • Transfer bus at Sawando-hashi bus terminal
  • Arrive in Hakuba around 7:15pm
  • Check-in at the hotel
  • Take a hot shower/bath
  • Dinner at 8pm
  • Group party

Sunday (Oct 13)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Join the Tsugaike Nature Park Trek (8:30am-3:30pm) and/or visit the local onsen
  • Take a hot shower/bath
  • Relax in the hotel and have some drinks
  • Dinner at 6pm
  • Group party

Monday (Oct 14) *National holiday

  • Breakfast at 7am
  • Check-out of the hotel
  • Get on the bus at 7:45am
  • 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 8:45pm

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)
  • Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ticket (10,000yen) *Includes round-trip trolley buses, cable car and ropeway
  • 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 ;p
  • Travel insurance
  • Consumption tax

Extras;

  • Single room (8,000yen for 2 nights)
  • Twin room (4,000yen/person for 2 nights)
  • Tsugaike National Park trek (4,000yen) *Includes shuttle bus, round-trip gondola/chairlifts fare, park entry and trek guides

Discounts;

  • Birthday on Oct 12-14 (3,000yen)
  • Kids under 12 (5,000yen)
  • Group of 4-5 (1,000yen/person) *Group leader or name required
  • Group of 6 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
    *** Check Discount Policies ***
Price: 40,900Yen
Space left: 23 out of 28

PLACES TO EXPLORE/SEE/VISIT

    Kamikochi

  • 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.
  • 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 some of your belongings in the bus during the treks. 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.
  • 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.
  • Maximum of 4 persons per room.
  • Group of 4 friends can have their own 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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