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Snow mountain climbing for beginners in Japan

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!

Mountain RangeJapan Alps
Duration2 days
Offer periodJan, Mar, Dec
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified


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!


Mt Nishihodaka: mountain hut. North ridge of Mt Amida: mountain hut. Shiragamon: snow cave.



About the guide

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I'm an IFMGA certified mountain guide, based in Saitama, in the vicinity of Tokyo.

At around the age of 12, I was captured by charms of the mountains as I started hiking with my friends in Japan. My main passion changed from hiking, to rock climbing, to winter mountains, to climbing abroad, but I was never let go by the mountain charms since then..

I've been guiding since 1995 and have also been trained at ENSA, the French mountaineering school in Chamonix.
As a climber, I've opened numerous new free climbing and multi pitch routes and accomplished a lot of first ascents all over Japan.
My experience extends abroad as well, having climbed the classic big wall rock climbing routes on El Capitan (Yosemite), Marmolada / Cime Grande (Dolomites), Lotus flower Tower (Canada), Trango Towers (Karakoram), and Fitz Roy (Patagonia), and in alpine climbing, the famous north faces of the Alps (Eiger, Matterhorn, Drus), as well as ice falls and high altitude mountains (Aconcagua, Amadablam, K2).

Guiding is not something anyone can do.
A mountain guide needs to be an advanced climber. But being a good mountain guide requires completely different set of skills including rope works and it's not enough to just be an expert climber. As a mountain guide, I aspire to continuously learn new techniques and develop myself as a guide, so as to guide clients safely and surely.
Finally, it is not enough to just have the right skills and knowledge to be a good mountain guide. One must understand the needs of each client and try his / her best to ensure clients' mountain experience is enjoyable and memorable and /or that the clients have learnt the techniques to become a better climber / mountaineer. This is my motto.

Lastly, please note that I don't speak English fluently so I will be communicating to you in mixture of English and gestures (or Japanese, if you can understand!).

I hope you get to enjoy the mountains in Japan or elsewhere with me!

For booking assistance

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Prices per person

Group of 1

JPY 51547 each

Group of 2

JPY 51547 each

Group of 3

JPY 51547 each

Group of 4

JPY 51547 each

Group of 5

JPY 51547 each

Group of 6

JPY 51547 each

Group of 7

JPY 51547 each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Mountain guide's expenses (lifts, meals, accommodation, etc)

Price details

• Transport and accommodation costs for the clients are not included in the price.

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