2-day Basic Rock Climbing Course in Mt. Ogawa

Learn rock climbing in Mt. Ogawa with this 2 day course that includes overnight camping and camp fire with an IFMGA mountain guide Cveto!




Trip Duration

2 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level


Offer Period


Type of Trip

Not specified



    Come to learn to climb on this 2-day beginner rock climbing camp in Mt. Ogawa.

    This 2-day course in Mt. Ogawa is an ideal starting point for those who have done bouldering but have little or no prior experience in top roping.

    The course starts with basic outdoor climbing on Day 1. This includes harness wearing and getting to know the equipment. Then, during the second day you will develop more top roping skills. Plus everyone gets to enjoy a real camp fire camp and sleeping in a tent at altitude!
    Mt.Ogawa is a very popular area in Japan, with a variety of different routes that all levels of climbers can enjoy. Located near Kawakami Village in Nagano Prefecture, it is approximately 3 hours drive from Tokyo.
    This course welcomes beginners who have always wanted to go rock 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 skills. I teach the basics in two days such as basic rock-climbing knots, efficient climbing techniques and top-roping for beginners.
    Overnight accommodation is provided near the routes in a large camp ground with good facilities at 1,600m altitude.
    I would like to teach you rock climbing and introduce you to Japanese style camping! I will also review and explain more about your skills in front of the camp fire at night! How special is that!
    Next scheduled trip: 27-28 May 2017
    Please contact me if you want to experience this trip! It will be my pleasure to guide you here. And if you only have one day, check out this Introduction to rock climbing in Mt Ogawa.
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    Price per person

    Group of 4
    18000 JPY

    Group of 5
    18000 JPY

    Group of 6
    18000 JPY


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee


    • Day 2Learn rock climbing and enjoy fire camp and tent
      I will meet you either at Mt. Ogawa (if arriving by car) or Shinano Kawakami Station (if arriving by train) at 10 am to take you to the climbing and camping area. 
      Rock climbing basics will be taught all day.
    • Day 2Rock climbing

      Rock climbing basics will be taught all day!



    Other details

    Meeting point

    At Mt. Ogawa or Shinano Kawakami Station at 10:00 am


    Tent at the camping site. Please bring your own tent and camping equipment (sleeping bag, burner and cooker, etc).

    Or you can stay at Mt. Kimpo Huts at the camping site

    Price: ¥4200 - ¥6200 per night, without meals (depends on number of people in one room).

    More info

    Group size: 4 to 6 people

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

    climbing shoes (please tell me your shoe size, 1500 yen for 2 days), harness, helmet, chalk bag, belay device.

    Rental is 1000 yen each for 2 day.


    About the Guide


    I am an IFMGA mountain guide, also certified by the JMGA, born in Slovenia. Slovenia is known as one of the major sporting countries in the world - I used to compete at the Olympics representing Slovenia in Cross-country Skiing. After I left Slovenia, I travelled all over the world and ended up in Japan, where I have now lived for more than 20 years, mainly because I love the beautiful Japanese mountains too much, and I feel privileged to be able to enjoy these mountains through the entire four seasons.

    I am based at the foot of the Japan Alps, in Nagano Prefecture. In the winter, we go climbing or skiing around Mt. Fuji or Yatsugatake and in the summer, we can enjoy shower-climbing or canoeing. It is my absolute pleasure to also take you and guide you in my home country in Slovenia.

    In addition to guiding the mountains, I also enjoy having the opportunity to teach mountain climbing skills to every level of climbers. This is because I want everyone to enjoy Japanese mountains safely.

    I am the first non-Japanese mountain guide registered with the Japan Mountain Guide Association. Please contact me if you would love to have great experiences in the mountains in all seasons with me!



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    What People are Saying

    • 2 reviews


    Our climbing trip was amazing - despite being during the wettest & hottest season in Japan! Due to the weather, our original destination was not possible. Yet Cveto was able to quickly coordinate an alternative plan that would get us on the rocks. Both Cveto & Chiharu were highly communicative & responsive with us (as we planned our trip from Australia). Cveto himself was easy to get along with as well as being extremely knowledgeable. He helped us grow, both in terms of learning climbing skills and pushing mental barriers with lead climbing and rappelling. Overall a really enjoyable course with plenty of practical application of the new skills packed into the two-day course. We highly recommend Cveto for anyone looking to actually apply these skills on rock rather than practicing endlessly on the ground. We are hoping to travel next year to climb & learn with Cveto again.
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    Emi Flynn
    Guide was very helpful and knowledgeable about climbing. Can recommend routes fit for our level. The site was also breathtaking.
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    Charles Camasura

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