trip duration TRIP DURATION
2 days
mountain range MOUNTAIN RANGE
Yatsugatake Mountain Range
max people per fuide MAX PEOPLE PER GUIDE
6 people
trip level TRIP LEVEL
best period OFFER PERIOD
Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
type of trip 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!

Next departures:

For private groups contact the guide
Next datesInfo
10/12/2018 to 11/10/2018

Price per person

1 Person90000JPY
Group of 245000JPY

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Mountain guide's expenses
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)