Access information

May 30th, 2019

Dear Sir,  

would like to visit Mt.Nyukasa and Fujimi Panorama Resort in September this year.

can you suggest the access route if we go from Fujimi station?

I noticed that there is a shuttle bus running from  Fujimi station to the resort at 10 am. Is it operated on a daily bases?

Thank you

Happo Pond

May 24th, 2019

I saw your reply in another question that lifts getting to happo pond will open on 1st june. I will be at hakuba on 30 May so, could you please suggest any activities or place for a short hiking.


best regards

Traveling to Kamikochi to Karuizawa

May 9th, 2019

Hi, I’m planning to do a day trip to Kamikochi and stay a night in Matsumoto following that. 

I’ll be staying in Karuizawa the night before and intend to travel to Kamikōchi the following morning. Would you be able to advise on the best way to get to Kamikoichi from Karuizawa?

Also as we will have luggage in tow, would there be any storage facility between Matsumoto and kamikoichi for us to stow our luggages so we can avoid a detour to the hotel to drop off our luggages?

Hiking Registration Form in northern alps

May 8th, 2019

Hi there!

I am planning to do a hike from kamikochi to Mt.chogatake, I understand that all hikers are required to submit Hiking Registration Form. 

Could I submit the Hiking Registration Form on the day of my hike? Or I must submit a few days/ weeks in advance before my hike?


Kee Yee

Enquiry about Yatsugatake

May 7th, 2019

To whom I am speaking to,

Hi there I am planning to climb Yatsugatake, can I ask if:

  1. There are any bus service up to Yatsugatake?
  2. Are there more than one bus stop around Yatsugatake that I can alight from to start trekking?
  3. If yes can I know the price and also the timetable for available bus take i can take to and also back from Yatsugatake

Hope to hear from you soon!



Visiting Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

April 22nd, 2019


I am planning to visit tateyama Alpine route on April 25-26,  I have few doubts:

  1. Is it possible to visit with my own vehicle ( car)? 
  2. Is it possible to start from Ogizawa and to back the same point? because i have a plan to book accommodation at Hakuba.
  3. Please suggest nearby sightseeing areas in Nagano and Hakuba.


Opening season to hike to Happy Pond

April 22nd, 2019


i am planning a hiking trip in late November, preferably in the Japanese Alps between 15-20 November.

We are experienced hikers. I understand it’ll start snowing in mid November.

1) Do you have recommendations for hikes going up to around the 2000-2500m altitude range?

preferably without the need for crampons and snow shoes.

2) please recommend the huts/lodges that are still open till around 20 November along those routes.



Opening season to hike to Happy Pond

April 16th, 2019

Dear Sir / Mdm,

I read in different weather indicating the opening date for hiking at Happo Pond start is Mid/Late May. Please advise whether the opening schedule for 2019 has been fixed? I’m targeting to reach Hakube on 24 May and wondering whether there is a chance for me to view the mirror pond.

Please advise.




Local travel agency for custom itinerary

April 15th, 2019

I will be spending roughly two weeks with my Japanese wife and two kids (6 & 9) in the area in the first part of October. The plan is to arrive from Tokyo in Matsumoto, rent a car there, and then travel through the Nagano, Gifu, Ishikawa, Toyama and maybe Fukui prefectures.

We were wondering about local travel agencies that would help us with the itinerary – as a service, not for free of course. We want to avoid simply looking at things and the scenery but rather actively experience the region. Take part and engage in activities, that’s what we are after, particularly for the kids. Memories are much more memorable if they are more than just pictures in your mind.

Skiing in December

April 8th, 2019



We are planning to ski from Christmas Eve and would like to ask the best place for snow during this time in Nagano that has 


-Ski in / out accommodations and ideally western serviced apartments / chalets vs hotels as we may want to do some cooking.

-availability of English speaking ski and board lessons