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2-day Basic Rock Climbing Course in Mt. Ogawa

2 Ogawa group lecture
3 Ogawa top rope 1
4 Ogawa top rope 2
5 Ogawa beginners

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



2 Days

May - Oct


All levels


Mt.Ogawa, Ogawayama in Japanese, is one of the most popular free climbing spots in the country. If you love climbing, it is a must destination!

Located near Kawakami Village in Nagano Prefecture, Mt. Ogawa is approximately 3 hours drive from Tokyo. It offers high-quality granite and a variety of different routes that all levels of climbers can enjoy.

The climbing area is about 1600m above sea level. Many crags are in the forests or facing all different directions and even in a very hot summer, the climbing is pleasant in cool temperatures.

This 2-day course is an ideal starting point for those who have done bouldering but have little or no prior experience in top-roping. You will have the chance to improve your skills as a beginner or in case you are a more advanced climber, your technical skills. Also, we will enjoy climbing surrounded by stunning nature, scattered all over in pine or white birch forests, so you will also enjoy nice views.

If you are looking just for more basic learning of rock climbing, we can also offer a group course for beginners in Mt. Ogawa. Of course, other options for more advanced climbers as multi-pitch, lead, or crack climbing can be discussed.

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 campfire camp and sleeping in a tent at altitude!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 campground 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 campfire at night! How special is that!

Interested in joining us for this rock climbing course in Mt. Ogawa with IFMGA mountain guide Cveto!? Please send a request, we’ll be waiting for your message!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transportation start and back

- Mountain guide expenses

Price details

Not included: accommodation in hut or tent, personal insurance. Please make sure you are individually insured appropriately with international travel insurance which specifically covers rock climbing or mountaineering.


Day 1: Learn 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. You will learn about safety basics when outdoor climbing as well harness wearing, tying knots, belaying and getting to know the proper equipment. At the evening, we will enjoy a real camp fire and sleeping in a tent by the river!

Day 2: Rock climbing

During the second day, we will develop more efficient climbing techniques and top-roping skills for beginners.



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 days.

  • 1 person and group of 2, are the prices for intermediate to advanced climbers as I take only 1 to 2 persons on multi-pitch routes etc..
  • Please note that price per group is 20.000 JPY higher on weekends and national holidays.

Accommodation: Overnight accommodation is provided near the routes in a large campground with good facilities. You can stay at Mt. Kimpo Hut or camp. Hut price: ¥4200 - ¥6200 per night, without meals (depends on the number of people in one room), or HB 7000 to 9500JPY per night/per person. Camping: Staying at the campsite, you have to pay campsite usage; the fee is 700JPY. If you can, please bring your own tent and camping equipment, tent, sleeping bag, cooking utensils etc..) Meeting point: Kawakami village, Mt. Ogawa, Mawarime campsite or Shinano Kawakami Station at 10:00 am or JR Nirasaki station at 8:40 am. If travel from Tokyo: JR Chuo Line from Shinjuku station take 7:00 am Super Azusa No.1 arriving at Nirasaki at 8:37 am (Train fare is around 4.300JPY one way). Or by "shinkansen" bullet train, from Tokyo to Saku city and then the local line to Kawakami Station (train fare is about 6.400 JPY one way). I can meet you at any of the mentioned stations and we drive up to the campsite. From there it will take about 10-45 minutes to the cliffs. We can buy lunch and snacks/drinks at the small stores on the way or some at the hut too. Equipment: and gear rentals are available. Please ask as the sizes are limited: climbing shoes 1.500JPY, harness 1.000JPY, helmet 1.000JPY, chalk bag 500JPY, belay device 500JPY, for 2days and tent for 3 persons 4.000JPY. Others: sometimes trip itinerary may be altered and/or date change can be discussed, case by case, based on the weather forecast. I will modify my schedule and we’ll do our best to make our guests happy. I would advise you to make your schedule flexible as well. If the weather forecast and conditioners are really bad on scheduled day or day before and after as well; then we’re always offering plan B. Special service: I can pick you up at your hotel in Tokyo, early in the morning for an additional cost of 24.000 JPY per group. Please inquire if you wish this optional service and note, it is one way only, and you’ll need to returning to Tokyo by train or bus, because of heavy traffic jam, usually every afternoon.

Meeting point

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

About the guide

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Mountain Guide

I’m an international IFMGA mountain guide; also the first non-Japanese mountain guide certified by the JMGA (Japan Mountain Guide Association); born in Slovenia.

My country is small but well known in the world as strong in sports and mountaineering. I used to compete as Olympic team member and on World Cup competitions as a Cross-country skier. After I left Slovenia and traveled all over the world, I ended up in Japan. I married a beautiful native lady, and have lived here for 30 years. I love Japanese mountains and feel privileged to be able to enjoy these mountains through the entire four seasons.

I’m based at the foot of Japan Alps; convenient place in winter for ski touring from Nagano to Hokkaido, winter mountaineering or ice climbing at Yatsugatake, and of course ascending the symbol of Japan Mt.Fuji.

In summer Japan is a great place for hiking, alpine climbing or popular shower-climbing and some fine sport/free climbing year around.

Since 2013, I’m working on NHK (Japanese national TV) programs, introducing Japan culture and outdoor activities, climbing skiing etc.

It is my absolute pleasure also to take and guide you in my home country, Slovenia. In addition to guide in the mountains, I also enjoy having the opportunity to teach mountain climbing skills to every level of climbers, here in Japan. This is because I wish everybody to be SAFE on the mountains. Please contact me on E&S if you would love to have great experience, as well as a tailor-made plan for other mountains and sport climbing all over SE Asia, EU, South America....in any season!


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What people are saying about this trip



First of all, our guide changed. The new guide Suzuki Hidetaka was everything and more you can hope for in a guide. His expertise is truly incredible and he is quite a famous rock climber, well respected in the scene. He completed insane routes all over the world, particularly in the USA. With all the vindication I can muster in words, it was an honor to climb and talk with him. The trip was fun overall; however, it was very different than advertised. It was titled “2-days basic rock climbing at Mt Oyama” and the itinerary described it as a rock climbing/camping/campfire trip, which was immediately intriguing to us. Yet, the other guide informed us right away that Mt Oyama was not an option as it is high season and he recommended that we look for a hotel in Tokyo and drive to the rock-climbing site on the day of the trip as it was not clear at this point where we would go instead. We informed him that we were going to wait until the location was set, since we at least wanted to stay in the countryside – as a crucial part of the trip was the get away from our time in Tokyo. The guide change was quite short noticed as well (only 5 days before the trip) and the rock-climbing location was still unclear. Luckily, Suzuki Hidetaka was quick to react to our wishes. On the first day, it rained and the alternative of climbing outside was an indoor climbing gym in Yokohama. This was not an issue at all! You can’t control the weather and it even helped us to get used to the equipment and the technique. However, we had to pay the entrance fee for the gym on top, which was suprising because that is something you can control and should definitely account for. On the second day, we enjoyed the rock-climbing site of Takatori, which was a bunch of fun! In all honesty, we had a great time! Only the overall organization was not what we had expected – in particular, the lack of camping and the campfire trip was disappointing. Even if it was due to the weather conditions, it should be clearly communicated beforehand what the alternatives are in such a case.



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.



Guide was very helpful and knowledgeable about climbing. Can recommend routes fit for our level. The site was also breathtaking.

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