Ice Climbing day trip accessible from Sapporo. Discover the secret ice climbing spots of Hokkaido!
I introduce to you a 1-day ice climbing programme at my secret ice climbing spot that is only a 1-hour drive away from Sapporo city and 45min approach in snowshoes. If you’ll be staying in Niseko, I could pick you up there as well but please note that you will have to pay an extra to account for transportation costs.
Here, you can challenge yourself with 4 different short but vertical ice fall routes 15m high. The ice climbing grade here is WI4+ (highly technical WI4) and will all be on top ropes.
The best period to enjoy the ice falls here is from the beginning of January until about end of February.
*Ice Climbing Grades:
WI4 – near-vertical steps of up to 10 metres, generally sustained climbing requiring placing protection screws from strenuous stances
Beginner / Intermediate – You will need to have had a prior summer rock climbing experience, as you would need to know how to belay someone. You need to be fit enough to walk the 45min approach.
Beginners to ice climbing are very welcome!
I offer ice climbing programmes in other areas so please have a look!
|– Crampon compatible Mountaineering boots
– Technical ice axes
– Snowshoes / Poles
Items such as ice axes, harness, helmet, and crampons can be rented at JPY 2,000 each. Snowshoes and poles are necessary for the approach and can be rented at JPY 1,000 a pair. Other ice climbing gears such as ice screws, quick draws etc. will be provided.If you’d like to lead (and not follow) then please bring your own gears.
Contact me if you have a free day in Sapporo and are interested in joining me on this ice climbing programme!
Accommodation options in SAPPORO:
–Ten to ten SAPPORO STATION: Excellent location and great prices.
– Sapporo Grand Hotel: JPY 10,000-20,000.
Accommodation options in NISEKO: - Hotel Kanronomori: Japanese style onsen hotel (half-board). JPY 12000～20,000 (pp per night) - Goshiki Onsen: An Onsen accommodation in the mountains, far from ski resorts. Self catering JPY 4,000. Half board JPY 10,000. - The Woodpeckers: mountain hut-like accommodation, just below Niseko Moiwa ski resort. Half-board included. JPY 7,500. Accommodation options in TOKACHI: - Ryounkaku: Half-board with onsen. JPY 10,000. - Hakuginso: Self catering. Guide can arrange booking. Amazing onsen outside! JPY 3,000 Accommodation options in ASAHIDAKE: - Shirakabaso: For youth. Half board, JPY 8,000 Accommodation options in SOUNKYO: - Mount View Hotel: Onsen, lots of Asian tourists. Half board. JPY 10,000 - Choyo-tei: Japanese style onsen hotel (half board). Great food! JPY 15,000-20,000 Accommodation options in SAPPORO: - Route Inn Sapporo and Sapporo Aspen Hotel: Food not included. JPY 8,000-9,000 - Sapporo Grand Hotel: JPY 10,000-20,000 Accommodation options in OTARU: - Kourakuen: Japanese style onsen hotel (half board). JPY 20,000 - Musashitei: Japanese style onsen hotel (half board). JPY 20,000
In case of bad weather / conditions (including road conditions), the trip itinerary may be altered and/or date change can be discussed. Riding on the guide’s car is considered as ride sharing and thus will only covered under normal car insurance. The guide’s responsibility and liability is only applicable from the departure from the start of the approach path until our return to the same point. Please make sure all participants are individual insured appropriately with international travel insurance which specifically covers ice climbing. For any injuries in the mountains, the guide will not be liable and will need to be paid by your own means.
- Clients need to rent or bring snowshoes and ski poles
8am departure from Sapporo. Please let me know if you are staying at a hotel in Sapporo or arriving from other places, like Niseko, to Sapporo in the morning. Then we may be able to delay the departure to match the train arrival time.
8:00am – Meet at Sapporo and depart. We will drive for about an hour to our destination. A 45min approach by snowshoe trekking will take us to the ice fall!
4:00pm – We return to Sapporo. You can be dropped off at Sapporo station or your accommodation in Sapporo.
I am an experienced IFMGA mountain guide, born and raised in Hokkaido, Japan. I started skiing when I was 3 and started climbing when I was 6. My high school years were spent in ski competitions and I joined mountaineering club at University, where I developed my ski mountaineering skills. I have been a ski instructor for Miura Dolphins founded by Yuichiro Miura (first ski descent of the Everest “The Man Who Skied Down Everest” and the oldest Everest summiting record holder at 80 years old) and also supported Yuichiro's Aconcagua ascent and ski descent in 1984 as a part of his 7 summits ski descent challenge.
I was inspired by the works of mountain guides in Chamonix when I visited there in 1983, and decided to start guiding as a mountain guide in Japan in 1989 to share my passion and experiences in outdoors sports with other people, as well as to offer instruction to people enjoying the mountains to be better climbers / skiers. I have also contributed to the proper training of JMGA (Japan Mountain Guides Association) guides and the affiliation of it to IFMGA. I am responsible for the pioneering of the climbing and backcountry skiing scenes in Japan.
My main guiding arena is alpinism, whether it be mountaineering or ski mountaineering, mainly in Hokkaido. I usually take a small group of people (2-5) for Sawanobori (canyoning up waterfalls), alpine climbing, ice climbing, and ski touring in the more remote areas of Japan.
I enjoy finding the best experience for each client accordingly to their physical abilities, preferences, and weather/conditions. I guide because I like watching and feeling that people are enjoying and having fun, and see how this buzz infects other people through skiing and climbing. I find this invaluable as a mountain guide.
There is more to Hokkaido than skiing lift accessible powder in January and February. Please reach out to me to find your own customised way to enjoy Hokkaido’s mountains, natures and culture!
Great trip - poor weather. Excellent guide!
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(Travelled Feb 2017) The trip was good, if a bit short for the amount of travel I had to do to get there (I was in Niseko). It was fun to see a different part of Hokkaido in a unique way. Takao-san was very good at instructing and climbing. I started ice climbing in Colorado and wanted to experience climbing in a different country. If I had come during the summer I definitely would have rock climbed or taken a guided climbing trip. I have a fair amount of climbing experience, but nothing too in-depth. Takao-san took that into consideration for the routes we did. The first day we did a short hike on snowshoes to the climbing, which was a bunch of shorter single pitch routes. The weather was pretty good, but definitely on the warm side. I think we climbed at the right time during the day, as there was starting to be quite a bit of debris melting and falling on the routes when we were leaving... The second day was a two pitch route next to the sea. The exposure and area was very impressive. Takao-san did a great job explaining what he wanted us to do and did a great job working with my level of experience or in-experience. Takao-san obviously has a lot of experience guiding and climbing and did an excellent job making me feel safe and sure about what we were doing. His technical knowledge, as well as his knowledge of the area we were climbing in was definitely great in making the experience a success. I would recommend the program, but I might caution a beginner climber that the climbing was a bit more involved than I expected. For example, I had the experience of lead belaying climbers, but I\'m not sure if someone who did not have the experience would be able to have climbed where we did. I found it interesting that nobody asked me (that I recall) what my level of experience was before the trip. I did like how Takao-san met the climbing to what he thought my abilities are. Yes, I definitely would like to do it again.
Group of 1
|JPY 46392 each|
Group of 2
|JPY 30928 each|
Group of 3
|JPY 25774 each|
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