AUGUST 17th - 24th 2019

2015-10-04 14.00.25-1.jpg

WHAT Japan is a long and highly volcanic archipelago. It is over two-thirds mountains, with bubbling hot springs at every turn. Trail running in Japan there are amazing trails through cedar groves and fields of wildflowers as well as peaks and ancient shrines. Japan is a place where ancient traditions and cultures are fused with modern life as if it were the most natural thing in the world. There is something for everyone from living culture, monks, green tea, temples, onsens, food, mountains and trails. The Japanese cuisine has great variations, hearty hotpots of the mountains, delicate sushi, seasonal and completely different to any taste experience before.

On this adventure with Rickey Gates we will head to Hakuba for three days fastpacking in the Japanese Alps from mountain hut to hut. These huts are almost like villages and are perched on the tops of ridges and mountains that get the best sunrise and sunset views. We will be immersed into the Japanese culture at the same time as moving quickly in the mountains as we will only have small packs to carry. There is always more options for Japan trail running in the afternoon once we reach the hut. There will be onsens often throughout the trip to relax in and soak the sore muscles from the day.

We then head to Fujiyoshida City to run to the summit of Mt Fuji and back. Mt Fuji (3776 meters) is Japan's highest and most prominent mountain. Some runs will be slow moving, power hiking, steep, and technical so prepare accordingly. All runs will be measured in time rather than distance due to the vertical +/- and technical aspects of the trails

DATE August 17th - 24th 2019 (Limited to 11 people)

WHO This adventure is for anyone who can cover (by running or power hiking) an average of 15km each day with a 15L bag on their backs. Rickey says “I believe that the stronger you come into the trip the more fun you will have. With that said, I also believe that this trip is accessible to anybody that is up for the challenge. If you believe that you can run 60km over 4 days through the Japanese Alps, then I do too!”.

GUIDES FOR THIS ADVENTURE Braz, Rickey Gates, Shinya, Ryosuke


  • US$500 non refundable deposit required to secure place, deposit can be transferred to another adventure.

  • Remaining balance due by May 1st 2019. Registrations after that date must be paid in full.

  • All tips included


  • Flights to and from Tokyo, Narita Airport (Please do NOT make travel arrangements until we notify you that the group size has met the minimum)

  • Some meals (Please refer to itinerary)

  • Personal travel and medical Insurance. We recommend: Global Rescue

  • Alcohol and other drinks

  • Additional snack foods (gels, bars, electrolytes etc)

  • Personal spending - souvenirs etc.


  • Airport transfers and all transportation while in Japan

  • Some meals (please refer to itinerary)

  • Accommodations

  • Local guides (no tips required as we have paid them well already!)

  • Permits

  • Ultimate Direction 18L pack and other swag!



  • Arrival to Narita Airport – Tokyo

  • Shuttle to hotel - we will meet you at the airport

  • Welcome dinner/accomodation at hotel (Dinner not included in price)

DAY 2 

  • Breakfast at hotel (Not included in price)

  • Drive to Nagano (4hours) to visit the Zenkoji Temple

  • Lunch at restaurant (Not included in price)

  • Drive to Hakuba (1.5hours) for sightseeing

  • Dinner/accomodation at Lodge Hirara (Included in price)


  • Breakfast at the lodge (Included in price)

  • Leave the luggage you don't need and take just your Ultimate Direction 18L fastpack (check out what you will need in your pack below)

  • Take the Gondola to the start of the fastpack run. Run past the beautiful lake and hut of Hakuba-Ooike

  • Packed lunch/snacks (Not included in price - we will pick up snacks at the convenience store)

  • Arrive at Hakuba-Sanou hut. Route: 10km

  • Optional afternoon run

  • Dinner/accomodation at the Hakuba-Sanou hut (Included in Price)


  • Breakfast at hut (Included in price)

  • Fastpack run past Mt Yukikura and Asahi-dake

  • Packed lunch prepared from the hut (Included in price)

  • Arrive at Asahi-Koya hut. Route: 10km

  • Optional afternoon run

  • Dinner/accomodation at the Asahi-Koya hut (Included in price)


  • Breakfast at hut (Included in price)

  • Fastpack run to Renge-Spa hut. Route: 10km

  • Optional afternoon run

  • Packed lunch prepared from the hut (Included in price)

  • Dinner/accomodation at the Renge-Spa hut (Included in price)


  • Breakfast at hut (Included in price)

  • Fastpack run back to Tsugaike-Kogen. Route: 7km.

  • Take gondola down for lunch in Tsugaike (Not included in price)

  • Pick up luggage

  • Drive to Fujiyoshida City (4hours drive)

  • Dinner at restaurant (Not included in price)

  • Accommodation at Fujiyoshida Hotel

 DAY 7 FRIDAY 23rd

  • Early ‘on the go’ Breakfast (Not included in price)

  • Drive to Umagaeshi (1hour drive) to start Mt Fuji summit run.

  • Take packed lunch/snacks for run. Possible to buy at the hut at half way (Not included in price)

  • Route: 20km (10km each way, about 6hours up, 3hours down. Start at 1450m, summit at 3706m)

  • Accommodation at Fujiyoshida Hotel

  • Dinner at restaurant (Dinner not included in price)


  • Breakfast at hotel (Not included in price)

  • Drive to Tokyo (4 hours)

  • Departure in the evening from Tokyo, Narita Airport

  • ***Departures can be on Sunday if you would like to stay and explore Tokyo (highly recommended). All extra accommodations and transport will need to be organised by you. We are happy to answer any questions.

*Average/estimated cost for food for the week is $150-$200 per person depending on your choices of snacks and restaurant foods.

*How to pack your Ultimate Direction 18L coming soon!


  • This is an incredible culture like no other. If you choose to come on this trip you will need to be extremely open minded and ready to accept and follow the Japanese way

  • There is etiquette for eating, dining, slipper wearing, toilet-ing, showering, communicating with others and more. We are in this together and will be shown the right ways by our 2 Japanese guides

  • The mountain huts are like mountain villages and fully functional

  • There isn’t always a trail etiquette for letting people past. So you will need to read each and every situation differently

  • The Japanese will get up early to start their breakfast and hikes so if you don’t want to be woken so early bring earplugs

  • Hot tub - Onsen rules and culture are wonderful and so different to ours. Please do your research and be ready