2-day winter climbing trip on Mt Akadake’s main ridge

A 2-day introduction to winter alpine climbing reaching the summit of Mt Akadake, the highest peak in the Yatsugatake mountains, together with IFMGA-certified guide Tsutomu.




Trip Duration

2 days

Mountain Range

Yatsugatake Mountain Range

People per Guide

2 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified



    Mt Akadake (2,899 m) is the highest peak in the Yatsugatake mountains and a great destination to get started on winter alpine climbing.

    This 2-day climbing trip is ideal for you if you already have some experience in the mountains and rock climbing and would like to learn the basics on winter mountaineering.

    The starting point of our trip will be JR Chino station. I’ll pick you up there and I’ll drive you to the beginning of our trail.

    We’ll take Mt Akadake’s main ridge, which is the most forgiving out of all the ‘variation routes’ (non-normal routes) you can find on this peak. Besides, it’s also the most direct route to the summit.

    The best time to join this trip is between the second week of December and the end of March. We can also go there in April or May, but we won’t have winter conditions by that time.

    Would you like to join this winter alpine climbing trip to the major peak in the Yatsugatake range? Send me a request, I’ll be happy to be your guide!

    You can also consider this 2-day ascent to Mt Akadake by the normal route, specially if you are a beginner.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    93200 JPY

    Group of 2
    71200 JPY


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Mountain guide's expenses (lifts, meals, accommodation, etc)
     -Accommodation is JPY 9,000 per person per night to be paid on the spot. <br> -Price also doesn’t include any transportation cost e.g. train fair to JR Chino Station.

    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point

    JR Chino station. Then I'll drive you to the trailhead where the approach starts.


    Mountain hut.

    More info

    -I can rent ice axes and crampons but I don’t have appropriate clothing and boots to rent, so you need to bring your own.


    -You need to purchase your own mountain rescue insurance prior to joining the tour.


    About the Guide


    To become a mountain guide had been my dream since I first started climbing mountains, and I have been a mountain guide since 2001 as well as an IFMGA guide since July 2014. I am very happy with the opportunity I have as a guide to share my experience, knowledge and skills with everyone that I go guiding with. I still remember the mix of fear, excitement and nervousness the first time I traversed the Daikiretto (a long knife edge ridge in the Northern Japanese Alps) during my first big climbing trip in the Northern Japanese Alps. I felt as if my heart was going to jump out of my mouth! But at the same time I felt so vividly alive and felt the kind of happiness that I had never felt before. It was a life changing experience and want to share this kind of feeling with my clients. My favourite mountain areas are vicinities of Mt Hotaka and Mt Tsurugi in the summer and Yatsugatake in the winter. I have guided backcountry skiing in Nagano areas (Hakuba, Nozawa Onsen) as well. I have also climbed extensively around the world, from Ultar Star in Pakistan to routes in Yosemite in the USA and several peaks in Chamonix in France.

    FROM 71200 JPYper person


    What People are Saying about Tsutomu Sugisaka


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    Emma Milner
    Fantastic experience! Mr Sugisaka is a very experienced guide was very willing to take photos to remember the event too! Highly recommended
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    Trudy Lin

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