Intro to Ice climbing at Mt. Akadake of Yatsugatake

Join Cveto Podlogar, IFMGA mountain guide, into this 2-day ice climbing course in Mount Akadake, in the Yatsugatake mountains.




Trip Duration

2 days

Mountain Range

Yatsugatake Mountain Range

People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec

Type of Trip

Private and Group



    Would you like to improve your skills at ice climbing and learn more about this exciting sport? Then join me for this 2-day course in a breathtaking scenery: Mount Akadake, in the Yatsugatake mountains.

    At 2899 m, Mount Akadake is the highest peak in the Yatsugatake mountains. This volcanic mountain range is only 150 kilometers away from Tokyo, and it’s a popular climbing destination all year round.

    However, when winter temperatures drop down, many visitors go there to practice ice climbing on its many frozen waterfalls. In fact, there are both natural ice routes and artificial ice routes, which are ideal for beginners making their first steps.

    I believe it is always a great experience to learn from a leading expert in the field. In this case, we are going to practice on site in Mount Akadake, after a complete class about ice climbing.

    Have a look at this video clip, where I did 1 day of ice climbing practice, 1 day of real ice climbing and a climb of Mt Akadake for NHK. This will give you an idea on the kind of itinerary you’ll be going through, what the mountain hut dinner looks like (important!!) and what kind of terrain Mt Yatsugatake offers.

    Contact me if you are interested in taking this ice climbing course in future dates. I’ll be glad to organize this trip with you!

    Please also contact me on this winter mountaineering course page if you’re more interested in winter mountaineering. You can also mix the 2 courses so please get in touch with me!

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    90000 JPY

    Group of 2
    45000 JPY


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Mountain guide's expenses (lifts, meals, accommodation, etc)
     The price does not include the mountain hut fee for the participants so they will need to bring extra JPY 9,500 for the hut (in cash)

    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point

    Meeting point is Kobuchizawa station and we finish at the same station


    Mountain hut

    More info

    Note on Guide Fee:

    Please note that the Guide Fee is JPY 10,000 higher on weekends.

    Following items can be rented:

    - crampons for winter mountaineering and for ice climbing

    - ice axes for winter mountaineering and for ice climbing

    This items are not included in the price:

    - Gear rental fee

    - Own transportation fee

    - Insurance fee (JPY 1,000)

    - Own hut cost (ca. JPY 9,500)

    - Artificial ice wall usage fee (ca. JPY 1,000)


    About the Guide


    I am an IFMGA mountain guide, also certified by the JMGA, born in Slovenia. Slovenia is known as one of the major sporting countries in the world - I used to compete at the Olympics representing Slovenia in Cross-country Skiing. After I left Slovenia, I travelled all over the world and ended up in Japan, where I have now lived for more than 20 years, mainly because I love the beautiful Japanese mountains too much, and I feel privileged to be able to enjoy these mountains through the entire four seasons.

    I am based at the foot of the Japan Alps, in Nagano Prefecture. In the winter, we go climbing or skiing around Mt. Fuji or Yatsugatake and in the summer, we can enjoy shower-climbing or canoeing. It is my absolute pleasure to also take you and guide you in my home country in Slovenia.

    In addition to guiding the mountains, I also enjoy having the opportunity to teach mountain climbing skills to every level of climbers. This is because I want everyone to enjoy Japanese mountains safely.

    I am the first non-Japanese mountain guide registered with the Japan Mountain Guide Association. Please contact me if you would love to have great experiences in the mountains in all seasons with me!



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    What People are Saying

    • 2 reviews


    Cveto is an exceptionally experienced guide. Akadake was a challenging climb for me but Cveto got me up and down the mountain safely and made it a lot of fun. He taught me some new crampon techniques that I was able to put to work immediately and they really helped with the steepness and deep snow on the mountain that day. He helped me with trip logistics as well, recommending a nice local lodge to stay at. His English was excellent and I would strongly recommend him as a guide.
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    Bob Mountain
    Awesome! Couldn’t have asked for a better guide or a better two day activity. Cheers Cveto and Chibow!
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    Todd Hall

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