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Mt Rishiri winter alpine climb, East Ridge


Discover this fantastic winter alpine climb in Japan. IFMGA certified guide Takao will lead you to the summit Mt Rishiri! Open to advanced climbers.

4 Days

Mar - May




On this program, I invite you to come along a wonderful winter alpine climb on the Rishiri island in Japan. Mt Rishiri is an impressive ascent, similar to other classic Alpine climbs like Frendo Spur in Chamonix in the summer. Join me on this unique program next winter!

Mt Rishiri is quite a unique rugged and pointy mountain Hokkaido. This conical volcanco dominates the Rishiri island. On this tour, I will lead you along the East Ridge, which is more rugged than other faces.

To start off this itinerary, I will meet you either at the Rishiri airport, or at the Rishiri ferry port. Once there, we will drive to the parking lot and walk for about 2 hours towards the Trail head. Over the first two days, we will head towards the summit of Mt Rishiri along the East Ridge. We will spend the nights in tents and bivouacs.

On Day 3 we will finally reach the Mt Rishiri summit (1,721 m / 5646 ft). We will spend the night right here in a tent. A truly wonderful experience!

Finally, on Day 4 we will descend and drive back to the ferry port or the airport.

Note: the itinerary is subject to weather conditions.

This alpine climbing itinerary is available from March 20th to May 20th. It is not open during the summer, given that the rock during this season is brittle and not suitable for climbing.

Finally, on this tour I will take groups of up to 2 climbers. Each of us will climb with all our gears in our backpacks. This is an Advanced level program. Climbers need to have previous alpine experience, including the use of crampons, and some winter mountaineering experience.

I hope you join me soon on this wonderful ascent in Japan!

Interested in this Mt Rishiri winter alpine climb, East Ridge? Request your booking! You can also check out a similar version of this program. The slightly more challenging Mt Rishiri winter alpine climb, North East Ridge.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Mountain guide expenses

About the guide

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Mountain 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


We have been five days on Hokkaido in December and January 2017 for backcountry skiing. It was our first time in Japan for skiing. Our guide was the experienced Takao Miyashita. Takao is a wonderful mountain guide born on Hokkaido with a lot of know-how in Himalaya, European Alps and, of course, Japan.  The program was perfect and Takao have adapted it following our strengths, weakness, weather and desires. Security and training ships were perfect. Even in bad weather conditions, we were very secure and everything was suitable for what we want. The snow was great in comparison with Europe and the landscape was very beautiful. Organisation, transport, food and accommodation were also superb. A wonderful trip ! I highly recommend 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:)



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.



Great trip - poor weather. Excellent guide!



Takao-san is a great guide. I would highly recommend him and plan to go climbing with him again.

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