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Advanced multi-pitch climbing in Hokkaido


Explore some exciting multi-pitch climbing routes in Akaiwa, Otaru, one of the most famous climbing areas in Hokkaido, on this 1-day trip for advanced climbers with Yasuko, a local JMGA mountain guide.

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1 Day

Jun - Oct




Only at a 1.5 hour drive from Sapporo, we'll reach Akaiwa Otaru, one of the oldest and most popular climbing areas in Hokkaido. 

This is a multi-pitch climbing programme oriented for advanced climbers.

However, there are routes with a wide range of difficulties in this area, from beginner (UIAA III-), intermediate (UIAA IV-V) to advanced (UIAA VI-). I will pick the appropriate sector depending on your experience, technical levels and your wishes!

There are 3 main climbing areas in Akaiwa Otaru: in the west, east and in the center.

  • For free climbing, we'll be climbing in areas called 44 face, and crystal face and so on.

  • For multi-pitch climbing, we'll be climbing in areas called Higashino Ohkabe, Table, Pinnacle, Fudo, Nishikabe, Nishioku etc. They are around 3-4 pitches.

We'll meet at 7.30 am in Sapporo and drive to Otaru. On the way, we'll stop by a convenience store to buy snacks and lunch for the day.

The approach to the crag will be a 10-20 min hike on a mixture of trail and loose rocks. Then, we'll get ready and there will be a briefing.

We'll climb in the morning and in the afternoon, including a lunch break between both sessions.

The trip will end by 5 pm, but I can take you to an onsen afterwards if you like to.

Would you like to join me for a 1-day rock climbing trip in Hokkaido? Please, contact me so we can start planning this together!

If you are looking for a longer climbing trip, you can also take a look at this 2-day crack / trad climbing in central Hokkaido.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Mountain guide expenses

Price details

The following items can be rented:

Harness - JPY 1000

Helmet - JPY 1000

Belay set (ATC / Slings / Carabiners) - JPY 2000

Whole set - JPY 3000

* Please let me know in advance if you need to rent. Depending on your shoe size, it might not be possible to rent them in Japan.


More info

Temperature in Hokkaido from June - Sept is around 15-25c. Sept - Oct is autumn in Hokkaido and there are days when it's lower than 10c.

Gear list: Climbing Gears - helmet / harness / climbing shoes / chalk bag / Belay device / 2 screwgate carabiners / 1 60cm sling / 1 120cm sling / belay gloves / You also need approach shoes / day bag which you can fit all the climbing gears in.

Recommended clothing: Trousers (3/4 length recommended), but something which you can bend your knees easily in. No shorts. T-shirt or long sleeve shirts / insulating mid layer e.g. fleece / waterproof jacket / sunglasses etc.

Meeting point

Sapporo station (North exit) or I can pick up from a hotel in Sapporo.

About the guide

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Mountain Guide

JMGA Mountain Guide
I was born in Kitami city in east Hokkaido. I grew up loving outdoor sports, skiing, and mountain climbing. I now lives in Sapporo and I have been a guide for the last 15 years.
I have accumulated vast experience in mountaineering in both Japan and abroad. I have served on the Canadian Ski Patrol and I have a wealth of experience skiing, rock climbing, and mountain climbing all over the world including Europe, North America, and Nepal.
I pride myself on my skill and experience rock climbing during the summer and backcountry skiing in the winter months. I have climbed Mt. McKinley in the U.S., Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Ama-Dablam, in Nepal, The Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Chamonix, in Europe and Insubong in Korea.
Please contact me if you want to experience Japan walking, climbing or skiing! I will be very happy to guide you here.


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What people are saying about this trip



Yasu was an excellent guide! We did several single pitch and one multi pitch. We had the option to do more than one multi pitch climb if we wanted to. The area she took us to was not crowded, although we did climb on a Monday. I highly recommend Yasu. Her instructions were clear and we felt safe! In the future we’d want to try back country skiing too! Thank you Yasu!

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