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1-day Ice Climbing in Bifue, near Sapporo (Hokkaido)

IFMGA certified guide Takao wants to take you on a full day ice climbing adventure on the ice falls of Bifue, located near Sapporo on the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

Duration1 day
Offer periodJan, Feb
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate


  • Enjoy a full day of great ice climbing at Bifue, in Hokkaido, Japan.

  • Hike along a stream as you make your way to the inland ice fall.

  • A perfect addition to a trip you may be taking to Sapporo.


For a full day, I would like to guide you for some great ice climbing in Bifue. This fantastic climbing area is located near the city of Sapporo on the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

Located between one and one and a half hours away from the city of Sapporo, Bifue is a fantastic ice climbing spot. And because of its close proximity to Sapporo, this trip makes for a great addition to a vacation you may be taking to the great city.

There are 3 different pitches you can enjoy on this trip. Moreover, the technical difficulty level ranges from W1 to W3. Finally, the height of the waterfall you can climb on this trip goes as high as fifty meters. As a result of that height, after reaching the top, you will get to enjoy some truly amazing views of the surrounding area.

Another great aspect of this trip is the icefall at Bifue is an inland waterfall. As a result, you will also get to enjoy a scenic hike through the snow along a lovely stream that glistens during the winter season.

While this trip is ideal for beginner level climbers, as well as higher-level climbers, it is important that all climbers are in good physical condition.

Would like to enjoy a great ice climbing experience near Sapporo, Japan? Then send me a request and let me guide you on this trip at Bifue. I know you’ll have an unforgettable time.

I can also take you climbing on the ice fall at Gokibiru as well.

Where to stay in Sapporo: 

Ten to ten SAPPORO STATION: Excellent location and great prices.



Recommended accommodation options in Sapporo include the Route Inn Sapporo and the Sapporo Aspen Hotel, which cost 8,000 to 9,000 JPY, but does not include food. There is also the Sapporo Grand Hotel which costs 10,000 to 20,000 JPY.

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Participants on this trip must bring their own snowshoes and poles.

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About the guide

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I am an experienced IFMGA mountain guide, born and raised in Hokkaido, Japan. I started skiing when I was 3 and started climbing when I was 6. My high school years were spent in ski competitions and I joined mountaineering club at University, where I developed my ski mountaineering skills. I have been a ski instructor for Miura Dolphins founded by Yuichiro Miura (first ski descent of the Everest “The Man Who Skied Down Everest” and the oldest Everest summiting record holder at 80 years old) and also supported Yuichiro's Aconcagua ascent and ski descent in 1984 as a part of his 7 summits ski descent challenge.

I was inspired by the works of mountain guides in Chamonix when I visited there in 1983, and decided to start guiding as a mountain guide in Japan in 1989 to share my passion and experiences in outdoors sports with other people, as well as to offer instruction to people enjoying the mountains to be better climbers / skiers. I have also contributed to the proper training of JMGA (Japan Mountain Guides Association) guides and the affiliation of it to IFMGA. I am responsible for the pioneering of the climbing and backcountry skiing scenes in Japan.

My main guiding arena is alpinism, whether it be mountaineering or ski mountaineering, mainly in Hokkaido. I usually take a small group of people (2-5) for Sawanobori (canyoning up waterfalls), alpine climbing, ice climbing, and ski touring in the more remote areas of Japan.

I enjoy finding the best experience for each client accordingly to their physical abilities, preferences, and weather/conditions. I guide because I like watching and feeling that people are enjoying and having fun, and see how this buzz infects other people through skiing and climbing. I find this invaluable as a mountain guide.

There is more to Hokkaido than skiing lift accessible powder in January and February. Please reach out to me to find your own customised way to enjoy Hokkaido’s mountains, natures and culture!

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Prices per person

Group of 1

JPY 46392 each

Group of 2

JPY 30928 each

Group of 3

JPY 25774 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip

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Along with the guiding fee, the price also includes transportation costs.

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