Intro to Alpine / Trad Climbing in Akaiwa, Hokkaido

Learn and develop your alpine / trad climbing skills in Akaiwa, Hokkaido with an experienced local IFMGA mountain guide, Takao.




Trip Duration

1 day

Mountain Range

Mt. Akaiwa Otaru

People per Guide

2 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Mar, Apr, May

Type of Trip

Not specified




    Akaiwa, Otaru, is perfect to learn alpine/ trad climbing.  It is just a 40 min drive away from Sapporo. Here at one of Hokkaido’s oldest and largest climbing areas, there are over 200 routes that can be enjoyed by beginners to experts alike – from short routes (20m) to more serious 7 pitch multi-pitch routes!

    West wall:  III 3 pitch 60m

    Table Ridge: IV 4 pitch 100m

    Pinacle Ridge: IV 5 pitch 100m

    There are also a lot of areas for sport climbing.

    For those wanting to start Trad Climbing, I can also teach you:

    • the different types of protections (active, passive – nuts and cams)
    • how to place protections
    • how to clean protections
    • how to build anchors
    • rope management etc.

    I can assure you that it will be a very exciting one day climbing trip in Akaiwa and you will also have its beautiful ocean seascape at your back whilst climbing! Please contact me! I will be very happy to be your guide!

    Accommodation options in OTARU:

    – Kourakuen: Japanese style onsen hotel (half board). JPY 20,000.

    – Musashitei: Japanese style onsen hotel (half board). JPY 20,000.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    50000 JPY

    Group of 2
    30000 JPY


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee


    • Day 1one day climbing trip to Akaiwa

      From Sapporo at 8:00 am, we will drive up to Akaiwa,  Otaru area (40mins) and enjoy climbing all day.  Back to Sapporo at 5:00 pm.


    Other details

    Meeting point

    Sapporo station or your hotel in Sapporo at 8:00 am. Please let me know of your preference.

    More info

    Rock Type:  Andesite

    Required Levels:  Beginner / Intermediate -  already able to belay

    Optional day trips (from Sapporo can be arranged at the same price):

    Asahikawa (Mt. Ishigaki or Nishi Iwasa), Touya Lake, Yoshitsune Rock, Ofuyu.  These are all free climbing areas between 5.9 to 10b level.

    Other Info:

    Deposit amount - 30% of Trip Price

    Reservation opens 6 months prior to the trip date. Please reserve well in advance -– Booking request under 1 month is usually not possible.

    Full payment needs to be made at least 1 month in advance


    About the Guide


    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!



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    What People are Saying about -Takao Miyashita


    Everything was peerfect and prepered for our grup (six persons). Our Guide Yuki is a very nice guy and very good mountain guide. It is important to have Japanese guide in Hokkaido:)
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    Tomasz Kapela
    Great, experienced guide. Very knowledgeable and professional and had a great time. Would definitely recommend.
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    NF 2425
    Yuki Nagaya replaced Takao and did a perfect job. Daisetsuzan is very nice, scenery is tremendous and the trail is challenging. Onsen was available in all mountain huts. Apart from bring a great guide; Yuki prepares delicious food.
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    Wim Somers
    Great trip - poor weather. Excellent guide!
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    Peter Knight

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