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Golden Week Japan Alps Hiking

by Elizabeth
(Omura, Nagasaki)

Hi Gary,

I am looking for a four-day trek in the Japan Alps - doesn`t matter where! Just something beautiful, where we could do hut-to-hut.

Do you have any suggestions for a good route that time of year?

I know it will be crowded, so I want to book things quickly!

Also do you have any suggestions on good links to find huts, or how to book them?

Thank you! You are inspiring!!

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Jan 13, 2017
I'd wait till there's less snow.
by: Gary Wolff

Thanks for your kind words, Elizabeth.

I'm not a big fan of snow, so I've never done any off-season climbing in Japan. So I'm afraid I'm not a very good information source for you if you want to climb during Golden Week, when a number of people die up in Japan's alpine country every year because of all the snow.

My favorite place for climbing during the July & August climbing season is the Kamikochi area in the Kita Alps, without question one of the most beautiful places in all of Japan.

I'd suggest you check out my Oku-hotaka-dake/Yari-ga-take page where you can probably figure out a good 4-day trek as well as find a few links to some mountain huts in the area, although I doubt many, if any, will be open in early May.

If you'd like a second opinion, I'd suggest you post your question also in the Hiking in Japan Facebook group. They are all very helpful there.

Best wishes and happy trails...

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