Standing 2,418 meters tall, Ogawayama has become synonymous with unforgettable rock climbing! This indomitable peak between Nagano and Yamanashi has enough lines and pitches to keep all rock climbers satisfied!
Ogawayama is a Japanese mountain on the island of Honshu that sits between the prefectures of Yamanashi and Nagano. At 2,418 meters, it is a formidable peak and rock climbing paradise made of long granite slabs and a diverse selection of great routes. Climbs are graded anywhere from 4 to 8, accommodating the inexperienced beginners and the seasoned veterans alike. Ogawayama boasts both trad climbing and sport climbing, with single-pitch, multi-pitch, and bouldering routes. The collection of more than 700 routes is set over a large region within a scenic valley. This is one of Japan’s premiere locations for rock climbing, so any trip here is sure to please every traveler in need of an adventure.
It can be far too cold to enjoy a climb from late October into May. As the spring pushes out the unstable weather patterns, the temperatures increase into the summer months. It can be uncomfortably hot into the fall.
The Shinkansen takes about four hours from Tokyo, while buses and other trains can take a little longer. Nagano is also another close transportation hub.
Climbing Ogawayama is a summer affair (think May through October), though it can get crowded during peak season. Early and late season trips can be more pleasant and manageable.
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