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Snow mountain climbing for beginners in Japan

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Get started on snow mountain climbing in the North Japan Alps, the Yatsugatake mountains or Mt Shiragamon (around Jyoetsu). Tatsuo, a local IFMGA mountain guide, takes you on a special 2-day tour for beginners!


Japan Alps


2 Days


Jan, Mar, Dec






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This is a training programme where you will learn the basics on snow mountain climbing, while exploring some of the best locations in Japan.

You can join a group at some of my fixed dates. However, consider that each tour will take place at a different Japanese spot. Here are the places where I plan to take you:

Mt Nishihodaka (North Japan Alps)

This 2,909 peak of the Hodaka range is one of the best places in the North Japan Alps to practice winter mountaineering. It has a technical route to the top, covered in snow and rocks.

North ridge of Mt Amida (Yatsugatake mountains)

Climbing the snow ridge of this is 2,805 m high peak is also a great intro to winter mountain climbing.  In fact, this route is one of the classics of the Yatsugatake mountains.

Shiragamon (close to Jyoetsu, Niigata Prefecture)

This is a 1,720 m peak, close to the popular Mount Tanigawa. A great snow climb on a ridge in a beautiful setting. In this tour, you’ll be trained on how to use a beacon and learn about how to control an emergency situation, including avalanche control.

Would you like to venture on the snowy peaks of Japan for a winter mountain climbing trip? Check out the next departure dates and send a request!

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