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Ice climbing courses in Japan

Learn the basics of ice climbing in some of the best spots in Japan, with this 1 or 2-day courses led by Tatsuo, an IFMGA mountain guide. Some locations may be Natsuzawa Onsen, Mt Myojin and Ogawayama.

Mountain RangeJapan Alps
Duration1+ day
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Dec
Skill LevelFirst time
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripNot specified

Description

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.

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About the guide

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I'm an IFMGA certified mountain guide, based in Saitama, in the vicinity of Tokyo.

At around the age of 12, I was captured by charms of the mountains as I started hiking with my friends in Japan. My main passion changed from hiking, to rock climbing, to winter mountains, to climbing abroad, but I was never let go by the mountain charms since then..

I've been guiding since 1995 and have also been trained at ENSA, the French mountaineering school in Chamonix.
As a climber, I've opened numerous new free climbing and multi pitch routes and accomplished a lot of first ascents all over Japan.
My experience extends abroad as well, having climbed the classic big wall rock climbing routes on El Capitan (Yosemite), Marmolada / Cime Grande (Dolomites), Lotus flower Tower (Canada), Trango Towers (Karakoram), and Fitz Roy (Patagonia), and in alpine climbing, the famous north faces of the Alps (Eiger, Matterhorn, Drus), as well as ice falls and high altitude mountains (Aconcagua, Amadablam, K2).

Guiding is not something anyone can do.
A mountain guide needs to be an advanced climber. But being a good mountain guide requires completely different set of skills including rope works and it's not enough to just be an expert climber. As a mountain guide, I aspire to continuously learn new techniques and develop myself as a guide, so as to guide clients safely and surely.
Finally, it is not enough to just have the right skills and knowledge to be a good mountain guide. One must understand the needs of each client and try his / her best to ensure clients' mountain experience is enjoyable and memorable and /or that the clients have learnt the techniques to become a better climber / mountaineer. This is my motto.

Lastly, please note that I don't speak English fluently so I will be communicating to you in mixture of English and gestures (or Japanese, if you can understand!).

I hope you get to enjoy the mountains in Japan or elsewhere with me!


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Prices per person

Group of 1

JPY 51547 each

Group of 2

JPY 51547 each

Group of 3

JPY 51547 each

Group of 4

JPY 51547 each

Group of 5

JPY 51547 each

Group of 6

JPY 51547 each

Group of 7

JPY 51547 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Mountain guide's expenses (lifts, meals, accommodation, etc)

Price details

Prices are different for each location and climbing route.

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The price stated above is the one for:

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-Natsuzawa Onsen in the Yatsugatake mountains.

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-Okuchichibu mountains, Masutomi Onsen.

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These are the prices for the other locations & routes:

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-Arafuneyama, Shōten-no-tsurara (icicles of Ascension): JPY 60000

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-Ogawayama, Karasawa-no-taki ice fall: JPY 40000

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-Mount Myōjin (Myojindake) big icicles, North Japan Alps: JPY 80000 

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


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