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Take your snow mountain climbing skills to the next level with these 1 to 3-day tours for advanced climbers in Japan, led by IFMGA-certified mountain guide Tatsuo. Trips can take place in the Japan Alps and the Yatsugatake mountains.

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Japan Alps, Yatsugatake Mountain Range

1 Day

Jan, Mar, May, Dec




The beautiful mountains of Japan will be the perfect setting for this snow mountain climbing tour.

This is a programme for advanced climbers, seeking for a more step-up training experience.

Please notice there are fixed dates in different Japanese locations, for a 1, 2 or 3-day trip. These are the three mountain areas we can explore:

South Japan Alps

The South Japan Alps (or Akaishi Mountains) are a mountain range at the heart of the Honshu island.

Here we’ll climb Mt Kaikoma (also known as Mt Kaikomagatake), a 2967 m peak inside Minami Alps National Park.

For this winter ascent, we’ll take a route on Kuroto ridge. This route has many steep sections with ladders and chains. From the top, you’ll enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view, with Mt Fuji on the distance.

Yatsugatake mountains

This group of mountains in the border of Nagano and Yamanashi prefectures offer many attractive routes for a snow mountain climbing adventure.

I propose these 2 routes:

  • Sekison ridge:  it’s a route on Mt Amida (Amidadake), on a mixed terrain of snow and rock.

  • Nakayama ridge: a steep snow ridge, that involves technical rock climbing and using crampons.

North Japan Alps

The northern section of the Japan Alps stretches along Nagano, Gifu and Toyama prefectures.

I propose two different routes on Mt Tsurugi (2999 m), one of the top mountains among alpine and rock climbers in Japan:

  • Genjirou ridge

  • Yatsumine

Would you like to come on an outstanding winter climbing trip in the Japanese mountains? Check out the next departure dates and send a request!

If you are not a very experienced climber, I recommend you to tackle this snow mountain climbing programme for beginners.

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