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

1-day Ice Climbing in Gokibiru, near Sapporo (Hokkaido) | Japan

Come and spend a full day ice climbing in Gokibiru near Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido in Japan with Yu, a IFMGA certified guide.


1 Day

Jan, Feb, Dec




* Experience the amazing ice falls of Gokibiru, in Hokkaido, Japan.

* Marvel at the gorgeous scenery of the island's coastline.

* Practice your climbing skills while picking up some new ones.


Located near the gorgeous city of Sapporo on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, Gokibiru is a great place for ice climbing. And for a full day, I would like to guide you on the area’s collection of ice falls.

Since Gokibiru is located near the coastline of Hokkaido, during this climbing adventure you will get to enjoy some magnificent views. Furthermore, because the area has several different ice falls, there is definitely something for everybody. So if you are a minimally experienced ice climber, you can still enjoy some great climbing on the falls of Gokibiru. And if you are an advanced level climber looking for that next great challenge, you can also take advantage of this great place.

Regardless of your ice climbing level, you should be in good physical condition.

There are a number of amazing choices for ice climbing in Hokkaido. And regardless of whichever one you choose, you will have a memorable experience. But I have no doubt if you choose Gokibiru on this full-day trip, you’ll have an unbelievable experience. To enjoy it for yourself, just send me a request.

Are you a relatively inexperienced ice climber looking to improve your skills? If so, come and enjoy this 2-day introductory-level ice climbing trip in Sounkyo, also on the island of Hokkaido.

Where to stay in Sapporo: 

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

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip

Price details

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


More info

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

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About the guide

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Mountain Guide

I am an JMGA mountain and ski guide born in the local village of Obihiro in Hokkaido. Mountains have always been close to me, as I started climbing mountains when I was 8. My mountain passion extended to backcountry skiing since 2006, around which time I also started guiding in the mountains.

I decided to become a mountain guide because not only did I like being in the mountains as a climber but I got more joy out of sharing the experiences and excitements with the people I climbed with. I just really enjoy it when others are also having a fun time!

I guide and enjoy both skiing and telemark skiing, but I prefer telemark skiing for its higher versatility in the mountains. Telemarking lets you enjoy the mountains in a different mindset to skiing. Even though it is more challenging to ski on them especially on more technical terrains but I embrace the challenge it offers. I also find it much easier to hike up on my telemarks than on my skis.

In the summer, my favourite guiding is long mountain traverse routes whilst in the winter my guiding activity includes backcountry skiing, snowshoe trekking, and ice climbing in Hokkaido. The beauty of guiding gin the winter is that one is not confined to ‘hiking routes’ like in the summer. My guiding fields of choice are places near Sapporo, Niseko and Daisetsuzan (Asahidake) area for backcountry skiing, but mostly I guide long routes on less crowded, more local mountains. It is my guiding policy, to not guide "slack country skiing", where we need to stick to the sides of ski resorts and is crowded with people. I feel there is more value add for me to take groups away from the crowds in less known areas best suited for the day’s condition and the weather.
As for popular areas, I do guide Mt Yotei (on the sides with less people), and Asahidake area but there isn’t much peak hunting to be done in Hokkaido.

My passion is to guide my clients to less populated areas, let them discover new areas and new kind of fun. I want visitors from all over the world to enjoy the accessible famous powder snow in Hokkaido, but I’d also like for you to venture into the depth of the mountains with me and to experience having the mountain all to ourselves. Please contact me if you’re keen on discovering the Hokkaido nature with me, whether it be in the summer or the winter!



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What people are saying about Yu



Takao is very professional. I enjoy climbing with him very much. Also, the waterfall at 2nd day leave a good memories for me. If I climb in Japan again, I will find him again.



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



We had a wonderful time ice climbing despite some rather crazy weather conditions! Takao was great company, very clearly experienced in the area and equipped with all necessary equipment. He was always on time and made exceptional efforts to get us out to the ice and back safely to Sapporo. The onsen, river crossing and thigh-high snow trek were as important as the actual climbing to the whole experience. We highly recommend and hope to be back to the area for summer climbing!



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

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