Japan Alps Oku Hotaka Hida One ridge Day 1 (Kamikochi to Karasawa)

Hike in japan View on the way up to Kita hotaka
  • Duration: 3 days (Day 1 : Karasawa, Day2 : Oku Hotaka, Day3 : Nichi Hotaka  )
  • Distance: 24 km
  • Elevation: 2,300 m
  • Activity level: Strenuous, Rocky scrambling
  • Start: Kamikochi bus station
  • Finish: Sinhotaka Onsen bus station
  • Oku Hotaka 3,190m / 10,465 ft
  • Kita Hotaka : 3,106 m / 10,190 ft
  • Both Nihon Hyaku Mei Zan (100 Famous mountains)
Hike japan Taisho ike

Taisho ike pond right before arriving at Kamikochi

Begin hike or climb at the renowned Kamikochi(上高地) which means the place gods descend (‘Kami’ is ‘god’).

To get Kamikochi Climb Japan’ description is helpful.

The start point of this itinerary is Kamikōchi (上高地) in the North Alps (北アルプス). If travelling by train from Tokyo (東京) or Shinjuku (新宿), take a Super Azusa limited express train on the Chuō Line (中央線) out to Matsumoto (松本) station.  From there you need to change to the Alpico Line for a 30-minute train ride to Shinshimashima (新島々). The final leg of the journey is a bus ride of about an hour from outside the train station at Shinshimashima to the alpine village of Kamikōchi, nestled at the foot of the Hotaka range in the North Alps.

I use the highway bus to get there, it arrives at 6:30 am at Kamikochi bus station.

hike japan Hotaka shrine

The Hotaka Shrine and main worshiped deity: Mt. Myojin

Blue water hike japan

Azusa river

hike japan Kamikochi Azusa river

Azusa river

After 3-5 hours of hiking, there is first camp site Karasawa cirque(涸沢).

Hike japan Karasawa

Rainbow from Karasawa hut

Hike in japan View on the way up to Kita hotaka

View on the way up to Kita hotaka

Japan Alps Yari to Kita Hotaka 1

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Japan Alps Oku Hotaka Hida One ridge Day 3 (Oku hotaka- Nishi hotaka nife ridge)

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Japan Alps Oku Hotaka Hida One ridge Day 2 (Karasawa - Kita Ho - Oku Ho)

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