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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.

Duration1 day
Offer periodJun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified


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.


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. <br></br> 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. <br></br> 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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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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Prices per person

Group of 1

JPY 42000 each

Group of 2

JPY 21000 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Mountain guide's expenses (lifts, meals, accommodation, etc)

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.

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