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Ice Climbing in Niseko: Top Outdoor Adventures Awaiting You


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Discover the stunning beauty and impeccable landscapes in the heart of Hokkaido!

From simple icefalls in the nearby Sounkyo valley to massive multi-pitch frozen waterfalls in Iwanai, there is plenty of incredible ice climbing awaiting you in Niseko. Compare and book a certified guide for your trip on Explore-Share.com: 1500+ guides, 70+ countries and more than 8000 different programs to choose from. Take a pick from our selection of Ice Climbing trips in Niseko. The mountains are calling!

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FAQs: Ice Climbing in Niseko

What should I know about Ice Climbing Niseko?

Located in the heart of the northerly Japanese island of Hokkaido, Niseko is well-situated for various ice climbing adventures.

The most popular option for advanced climbers is a 2-day program that involves climbing various routes on the frozen waterfalls around Iwanai. The first day is usually spent with a bit of a warm up, ascending the 70-meter, two-pitch, WI5-rated Runze II, also known as the number two gully.

This is usually followed up the next day with a continuous ascent of the Runze I followed by the Runze IV. Combined this is quite a day of ice climbing, requiring a 100-meter ascent up two pitches of WI5-rated climbing.

Why should I choose Niseko for my Ice Climbing adventure?

Stunning scenery

Heading out on an ice climbing expedition is one of the best ways to take in the stunning winter scenery around Niseko. Heading up to the top of a frozen waterfall or icefall means getting out into the heart of Hokkaido's mountains and enjoying stunning views of rivers and forests along the way.

Something for everyone

From first-time ice climbers to experts looking for a new challenge, the perfect ice climbing opportunity awaits in Niseko. Some of the shorter and more simple icefalls in the Sounkyo Valley are the perfect place to go over the basics. Meanwhile, the massive frozen waterfalls of Raiden (near Iwanai) are the perfect challenge for experienced climbers.

Come for the culture

Unfortunately, you can’t spend your entire trip out on the ice. When it’s time to return to Niseko add another dimension to your trip with a cultural experience. From the unique architecture found on the island to local food, wine and beer, there is plenty to keep you occupied even when you aren't out climbing on the ice.

What can I expect from the weather during my Ice Climbing trip in Niseko?

During the winter, the average daily temperatures hover just below freezing in Niseko. The area is renowned for the large amount of dry powder it receives throughout the winter.

How can I get to Niseko?

Any trip to Niseko likely begins with a flight into New Chitose Airport (CTS). From here, it is easy to find a bus that takes you right into Niseko.

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What currency is accepted around Niseko?

Japanese yen (JPY)

When is the best time to travel to Niseko for Ice Climbing?

December to March

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