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

Join IFMGA certified guide Takao for a full day of fantastic ice climbing in Ofuyu 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 in Ofuyu, Japan.

  • Admire the gorgeous scenery of the Hokkaido coastline.

  • Choose from several different ice falls of varying difficulty levels.


Throughout the beautiful Japanese island of Hokkaido there are numerous places to enjoy great ice climbing. And on this full day trip, I would like to guide you on the ice falls of Ofuyu.

Located approximately two and a half hours from the capital city of Sapporo, Ofuyu is home to 4 different ice falls. Due to the variety of ice falls, there are climbing areas that range from W1 to W4 levels. Moreover, the falls reach heights of up to 40 meters. And because the ice falls we will be climbing on are along the coastline, the views you will get to enjoy are extraordinary, and get better the higher you go.

Ice climbing is a physical activity. As a result, it is important that participants on this trip are in good physical condition. It is also important that participants have the necessary experience to climb the more challenging ice falls in Ofuyu. In the case of poor ice conditions in Ofuyu, we will change locations to nearby Sounkyo.

Would you like to enjoy great ice climbing on the Japanese island of Hokkaido? Then join me for this full-day climb on the ice falls of Ofuyu. I know you’ll have a great time.

Are you looking for an advanced level ice climbing opportunity in Hokkaido? Then join me on this 2 day trip in Raiden, near Niseko.

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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