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Ice Climbing in Japan: Top Outdoor Adventures Awaiting You


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Rise to the frozen challenges in the Pacific Ocean and discover the world of ice climbing Japan!

From Hokkaido and its long winter in the north to the iconic objectives on the main island of Honshu, Japan has a bevy of icy destinations to climb. With mountains like Akadake in the Yatsugatake and the frozen waterfalls of the Daisetsuzan, this country has plenty of reasons to grab your ice axe and head to the Pacific.

Ice Climbing in Japan

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FAQs: Ice Climbing in Japan

What should I know about Ice Climbing Japan?

Japan is an island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, comprised of four large islands and many smaller ones – more than 6,850 in total throughout the archipelago. Its wide geographic range lends to a diverse climate, which means ice climbing can be found in a few different locations. In the northern island of Hokkaido, the long and cold winters provide perfect conditions for an ideal climb, while high-altitude spots on Honshu, the main island, also have great ice ascents. The main cities of the country are connected with trains, and even traveling between islands can be done with public transportation. Tokyo is the capital of the country, located on Honshu, and it provides a nice starting off point for trips to the Japanese Alps. To head north, take a train through the Seikan Tunnel or fly into Sapporo and you will be in the heart of Hokkaido.

Why should I choose Japan for my Ice Climbing adventure?

Supreme Culture!

Japan has a unique culture that can easily be added into your trip. On Hokkaido, the intimate fishing villages and personalized hospitality can enhance your adventure, especially after a day on the ice. If winter wilderness is what you seek, you came to the right place.

Big Terrain!

In the north, you have some wide open spaces that feature incredible geology and natural land formations. Seeing the Daisetsuzan under the blanket of winter is awe-inspiring and evocative. On Honshu, many of the ice climbing destinations occur in world-class destinations of the Japanese Alps. The access is seamless, and you will feel worlds away just a few hours outside of Tokyo.

Prime Conditions!

The weather is pretty sweet for winter adventure in Japan. Ice climbing is no different, and with a plethora of waterfalls that freeze over across the country, you could spend a lifetime getting lost in the ever-changing - and always satisfying - landscape.

What can I expect from the weather in Japan?

The weather in Japan tends to be nice and cold throughout winter. It can be volatile at high altitudes, but the climate provides a high snow fall and low temperatures to keep the ice flowing and frozen throughout the season.

Which language is predominantly spoken in Japan?


What currency is accepted in Japan?

Yen (JPY)

How to Get There

Getting to Japan requires flying into one of its islands. For the island of Honshu, Tokyo is the best choice. The Shinkansen and the train network can easily get you where you need to go. For trips to Hokkaido, the New Chitose Airport serves the Sapporo hub, and the northern island also has efficient bullet trains and public transportation. Rental cars are readily available at most major cities.

What’s the country code of Japan?


What’s the high season for Ice Climbing in Japan?

Ice climbing is best done in winter. January and February are the perfect months to take on the frozen walls of Japan, though early and late trips in winter can provide great conditions, too.

What people are saying about Ice Climbing | Japan



Great trip - poor weather. Excellent guide!



Great, experienced guide. Very knowledgeable and professional and had a great time. Would definitely recommend.


Jun gave us a wonderful trip! He is very experienced and speaks perfect English. All the instructions are easy to understand. Although both of us are beginners, we still can enjoy the joy of ice climbing in Japan. I would definitely recommend Jun as a ice climbing and hiking tour guide :)!



Big Thanks to Kenichi,he is professional and think about your safety all the time.He organized everything to made a proper program for us and discuss with us through email many times before starting the trip. We have lots of fun and already fall in love with winter mountaineering! Never thought that we will reach the summit. If you looking for someone who can guide you with safety and happiness,Kenichi is the one.


Thanks so much to my guide Takao! I had so much fun ice-climbing in Sounkyo. I would definitely like to do it again and will happily recommend this experience to other people! Hopefully I’ll come back next year!

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