Mt. Akaiwa Otaru
Mar, Apr, May
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:
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.
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.
Sapporo station or your hotel in Sapporo at 8:00 am. Please let me know of your preference.
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.
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
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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