The Hakuba Sanzan (Hakuba three peaks) hike from Sarukura | HIKES IN JAPAN

The Hakuba Sanzan (Hakuba three peaks) hike from Sarukura

Climb the Hakuba Daisekkei snow patch and descend into a mountainside hot spring.
  • Duration
    3days / 15.5Hours
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Hakuba Sanzan refers to three mountains in the northern part of the Northern Japanese Alps, on the border of Nagano and Toyama Prefectures: Mt. Hakuba (Hakuba-dake or Shirouma-dake), Mt. Shakushi (Shakushi-dake), and Mt. Hakubayarigatake. There are many areas which are popular for their beautiful alpine flowers, such as Nebukappira, atop the Hakuba Daisekkei snow patch, and Odeppara, just beneath the summit of Mt. Shirouma. Here, we will introduce a route that begins with hiking the Hakuba Daisekkei snow patch—a glacier formed from thousands of years of snow—up to Mt. Hakuba. Then, you will spend the night at the Hakuba Sanso mountain hut where you can enjoy superb views from the mountaintop prospect. On the following day, trek across the peaks of Mt. Shakushidake and Mt. Hakubayarigatake en route to the hot spring, Hakubayari Onsen Goya mountain hut. You will spend the night at the hut with its open air hot spring bath at an elevation of 2100 meters.

Hike up through the beech trees to the side of the Sarukura-so mountain hut and continue on through a forestry road. After approximately 70 minutes of hiking, you’ll arrive at the Hakubajiri-goya mountain hut.Walk through the trees and shrubs to the edge of the snow patch. Put on your crampons and walk a further 2 kilometers over snow. Red lines have been drawn on the surface of the snow to mark the course which hikers walk along in single file. If you stray from the course marked by the red lines, there is a danger of falling into a crevasse.

When you reach the end of the snow patch, you will arrive in a grassy area called Nebukappira, which becomes a flowery meadow in the summer. Cross another smaller stretch of snow and continue on past the shelter. On one side, you will see another grassy area where flowers bloom in summertime. Climb the wooden steps to the Hakubadake Chojo Shukusha Lodge (Shiroumadake top domitory).

From here, climb up and over a broad hill, and continue past the Hakuba Sanso along the rocky zigzagging path to the summit. Then, return to the hut to spend the night.

On the next day, hike past Maruyama to the Mt. Shakushi. There is a sheer cliff on the left side of the path.
From the Shakushizawa col, hike the steep slope up past Koyari and down into the col. On hiking back up the other side of the col you’ll arrive at the summit of the Mt. Hakubayarigatake, just off to the side of the path.

Next, descend the rocky path into the col below and make your way down toward Yari Onsen (Hot spring), away from the main ridge. Continue to descend the rocky stretch of path, passing through a grassy patch lined with Japanese stone pines. Once you have passed through Odeppara (Ohdeppara), where flowers bloom in summer, there is a traverse comprised of a series of rocky areas equipped with chains. Follow a traverse by a stream to reach the Hakubayari Onsen Goya mountain hut. Enjoy this mountaintop hot spring to the fullest and get some rest.

On the next day, cross over Shakushizawa while keeping a cautious eye on the mountainsides for falling rocks. Traverse a grassy slope down into and up out of the Obinata col. Follow a gentle path down through shrubbery and a beech tree forest back to Sarukura.

Other Info

The Hakubayari Onsen Goya mountain hut has both a mixed outdoor bath and a women-only outdoor bath beside it. It is recommended for female bathers to wear bathing suits.

High Season:July to September
If you go to this trail outside of the best season, you should pay attention to weather and trail conditions, as the mountain is located in a snowy area; there may still be snow on the trail in July, and it may start snowing from October. Snow mountaineering equipements and experience are required during the winter season.


When hiking the Hakuba Daisekkei snow patch, you need to equip crampons with a minimum of 4 to 6 spikes. Crampons and walking poles may be rented from the Northern Japanese Alps General Information Desk (Kita Arupusu Sogoannai-jo) Hakuba Station branch. Wearing a helmet offers additional protection in areas where falling rocks present a hazard.

Route Map

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3days / 15.5Hours
Highest Point
Elevation Gain
Horizontal Distance
Skill Level
Fitness Level
Gear Level

On the Trail


Sarukura-so, Hakubajiri-goya, the Hakubadake Chojo Shukusha Lodge, Hakuba Sanso, Hakubayari Onsen Goya


All mountain huts provide food for lodgers at dining halls on site


Hakubayari Onsen Goya, Mimizukuno Yu




This course is located in the northern part of the Northern Japanese Alps. From Tokyo Station, take the JR Chuo Line to Shinjuku Station (Approx. 15minutes). From Shinjuku Station, change to a JR Chuo Express train and travel to Hakuba Station (Approx. 4 hours).
From Hakuba Station, take an Alpico Lines bus to Sarukura (Approx. 30 minutes).



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