trip duration TRIP DURATION
1+ day
mountain range MOUNTAIN RANGE
Japan Alps
max people per fuide MAX PEOPLE PER GUIDE
7 people
trip level TRIP LEVEL
best period OFFER PERIOD
Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
type of trip TYPE OF TRIP
Not specified


With many icicles and frozen waterfalls during the winter season, Japan is a great ice climbing destination. Why don’t you come here to get started on this sport?

I propose you to join a group for a 1 or 2-day course where you will learn the basics on ice climbing. There are courses in different locations, depending if its early or late season.

Ice climbing spots
  • Natsuzawa Onsen in the Yatsugatake mountains, a group of eight volcanic peaks in the border between Nagano and Yamanashi prefectures.
  • Mount Myōjin (Myojindake) big icicles. This is a 1432 m peak of the North Japan Alps. 
  • Arafuneyama, a 1423 m peak in Gunma prefecture. There’s an ice fall in a gully called Shōten-no-tsurara (icicles of Ascension).
  • Ogawayama. This 2418 m peak is a very famous rock climbing destination. During winter, it also becomes attractive for ice climbers. Here, we’ll go to Karasawa-no-taki ice fall.
  • Okuchichibu mountains, a group of peaks on western Tokyo. Our spot here will be Masutomi Onsen. A 5 min walk from the parking will lead us to a 60 m waterfall.

If you’d like to take an introductory ice climbing course in Japan, send a request! I can assure you it will be a great experience. 

In case you’re looking for other kind of winter activities in Japan, you can also consider this snow mountain climbing course for beginners.

Price per person per day

1 Person50000JPY
Group of 250000JPY
Group of 350000JPY
Group of 450000JPY
Group of 550000JPY
Group of 650000JPY
Group of 750000JPY

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Mountain guide's expenses
Prices are different for each location and climbing route.

The price stated above is the one for:
-Natsuzawa Onsen in the Yatsugatake mountains.
-Okuchichibu mountains, Masutomi Onsen.

These are the prices for the other locations & routes:
-Arafuneyama, Shōten-no-tsurara (icicles of Ascension): JPY 60000
-Ogawayama, Karasawa-no-taki ice fall: JPY 40000
-Mount Myōjin (Myojindake) big icicles, North Japan Alps: JPY 80000 

Transport and accommodation costs for the clients are not included in the price.

Other details

Skill level required

First time

Fitness level required