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1-Day Intro Course to Rock Climbing in Hokkaido

1-Day Intro Course to Rock Climbing in Hokkaido
1-Day Intro Course to Rock Climbing in Hokkaido
1-Day Intro Course to Rock Climbing in Hokkaido

Learn "rock solid" essential climbing skills from an experienced IFMGA mountain guide Takao for beginners to rock climb safely.


1 Day

Mar - May


Join this course to experience and learn rock climbing in Hokkaido – designed for beginners and intermediate climbers.

If you’re traveling in Hokkaido for a hike or for sightseeing, why don’t you include a day on the rocks by the sea and experience a new sport at the same time?

This is a private course but if you’d be interested in joining a group then please see info under “Looking to join a group?” – please note that it will take place at a different crag.

This course welcomes those who have always wanted to go climbing but did not know how to start and where to go. I help you to start rock climbing safely and / or to improve your rock climbing skills.

The course is run in the popular climbing area of Akaiwa in Hokkaido, just 40 minutes drive from Sapporo. I teach the basics in one day on a variety of different levels of climbing routes,

  • Basic rock-climbing knots

  • Efficient climbing techniques

  • “Top-rope” climbing for beginners

  • Constructing an anchor

  • Rappelling down from a belay point

Gear Rentals

Equipment rentals are available. For beginners I can rent everything and for experienced climbers with own gears please tell me which gears you want to rent:

  • climbing shoes (please tell me your shoe size)

  • harness

  • helmet

  • chalk bag

  • belay device.

Rental is 1000 yen each.
I can also design lessons to be focused on skills improvements so please let me know.

Please contact me to organize a course where you can learn the basics to safely enjoy rock climbing.

Accommodation options in SAPPORO:

Route Inn Sapporo and Sapporo Aspen Hotel: Food not included. JPY 8,000-9,000.

Sapporo Grand Hotel: JPY 10,000-20,000.

Price includes

- Guiding fee


Day 1: Introductory course to rock climbing in Hokkaido

We depart from Sapporo at 8:00 am, and drive up to Akaiwa,  Otaru area (40mins). We will be climbing all day. Return to Sapporo at 5:00 pm.



More info

Other Info: Reservation opens 6 months prior to the trip date. Please reserve well in advance -– Booking request under 1 month is usually not possible. Full payment needs to be made at least 1 month in advance.

Meeting point

Sapporo station or your hotel in Sapporo at 8:00 am. Please let me know of your preference.

About the guide

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Mountain Guide

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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What people are saying about this trip



Takao was amazing and I had a very enjoyable climb in Hokkaido, thank you for facilitating!

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