The Japanese island of Hokkaido is home to some of the best ice climbing routes in the whole country. Rugged in nature and packed with mountains and volcanos culminating in the center of the island, climbing here is focussed around intermediate climbers. Hokkaido is home to the country’s coldest region, featuring cool summers and icy winters, creating ideal conditions for wintry climbs. Visit between December and February for ideal ice climbing conditions.
Hokkaido is the second largest island of Japan lying in the far north. The core of the island is populated with mountains and volcanoes. One particular striking peak is that of Mount Rishiri. Its striking cone-shaped summit really resembles Mount Fuji. Rising to 1,721 meters above sea level, it’s not a very high mountain yet it does present many challenges with its steep and rugged features.
The island of Hokkaido is one of the coldest areas in Japan. It has an average daily high temperature of 11 degrees centigrade.
Visit between December and February for ideal ice climbing conditions.
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