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Winter Mountaineering Course with Nishihodaka Climb

Learn basic winter mountaineering skills from a very experienced IFMGA guide and summit Mt Nishihodaka in the North Japan Alps mountain range.

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Japan Alps

2 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec


Learn winter mountaineering skills and enjoy the beautiful climb and scenery of North Japan Alps from the summit of Mt Nishihodaka

Let’s enjoy the winter climbing of Nishihodaka!
If you’re interested in starting winter mountain climbs and learning some skills necessary then this program is for you! In addition to gaining some useful winter mountaineering skills, we will also put the skills learned into use the next day by attempting a climb of Mt Nishihodaka.

I am very experienced in teaching mountaineering skills as one of my roles includes training people to become mountain guides.

The Shinhotaka ropeway takes you from an elevation of 1,117m to 2,156m, which gives us easy access to the ridge lines. I have climbed this route a lot and had a lot of great experiences, and I would love to share them with you.

Required Technical Level:
Preferred to have basic skills/experiences in mountains

Required Fitness Level:
Need to have good strength for 8 hours a day with carrying
approximately 8kg backpack

Price includes

- Guiding fee


Day 1: A hike to Nishiho Hut and a Winter Mountaineering Skills course

We will meet at Shin-Hodaka Onsen Ropeway at 9:30 a.m. Utilising the ropeway, we’ll hike through a beautiful forest of Japanese hemlock and maries fir to Nishihodaka Hut, where I’ll go through basic winter mountaineering skills with you. We’ll stay overnight at the hut.

Day 2: The peak and traverse

From Nishihodaka hut, we will climb to the peak of Nishiho Doppyo (2,701m) and then to the peak of Mt Nishihodaka (2,909m). We will take the same route back to Shin-Hodaka Onsen(Hot spring).




Nishiho Hut

More info

Included in Price: - Guide Fee - Winter Mountaineering Skills Course Fee

Excluded from Price: - Own Transportation Fee - Guide Expense ca. JPY 18,300 (for transportation and accommodation) *Please split the guide expense with group members. - Rental cost for gears (optional)

Meeting point

9:30 a.m. at Shin-Hodaka Onsen Ropeway

Equipment you will need to bring

Other gear: Kit List *Please contact me if you need to rent any of these gears. Harness Helmet – must have one Screwgate karabiner – 3 sets Karabiner – 2 set keylock type or same level Slings – 120cm and a 60cm Belay Device – one which can also be used for abseiling / rappelling Crampons – with 10-12 teeth Ice axe – light and not long Climbing Pole – one is better Shell Outer – e.g. Gore-Tex Shell Pants – e.g. Gore-Tex Warm jacket / insulating layers Hat – protection against cold and sunlight Sunglasses – necessary item (goggles possible as a substitute) Sunscreen – necessary item Headlamp – with extra battery Food or snack Drink – with thermos bottle (no Plastic bottles) Suitable Winter mountaineering boots Suitable Winter mountaineer clothes Suitable gloves for winter Backpack – 40-45L size Photocopy of Insurance Plastic bags Map – optional Camera – optional Cell phone – optional Small knife – optional Lighter – optional Crampons and Ice axes can be rented at JPY 500 per item. Helmet, harness, karabiner, slings, belay device can be rented at JPY 500 per item or JPY 2,000 for all items. If you’d like to rent everything (crampons, ice axe, helmet, harness, karabiner, slings, belay device) then the price for all is JPY 3,000

About the guide

I am an IFMGA mountain guide as well as a specialist in mountain rescue. As a guide, I constantly work towards increasing the standards of mountaineering skills in Japan with an emphasis on risk and safety management, whilst training and coaching mountaineering clubs and rescue teams.

I started climbing in my 20s, and since then have enjoyed all-round mountain activities including alpine climbing in Mt Tanigawa (on which I’ve climbed over 360 times), Hodaka, Tsurugi areas as well as rock climbing, ice climbing, ski mountaineering, sawanobori, and high altitude climbing in the Himalayas.
In addition to numerous and notable climbs in Japan, I have an extensive climbing experiences abroad both personal and for guiding; in the Himalayas (Lotse etc.), Eiger, Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, Grands Jorasses north face, and New Zealand (Aspiring, Cook).

My current interest is in training people mountain skills in order for them to enjoy the mountains better and in a safer manner. I run a mountain guide academy where I have been training future mountain guides with a strong focus on safety and elimination of accidents for a number of years. At the same time, I very much enjoy teaching and running skills courses for beginners who are just getting into the mountains but are keen on learning and/ or improving their skills for their next project.

Please contact me if you’re looking for a guide to train you to accomplish your dream project, to help you progress in your mountain skills, or to help you gain introductory skills for first time mountaineering / ice climbing / rock climbing / ski mountaineering! I’d be very happy to assist you to achieve your wishes!!


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What people are saying about this trip

Peter Look


January, 2023

Kenichi is an excellent guide who has the expertise to guide our group to achieve climbing two summits. He pays attention to all details and made sure that everyone was okay with every corner and turn, especially for those who were not as competent as the others. His instructions were clear and he was also very friendly and explained everything well.

Arthika Kanokpaipipat


February, 2020

Big Thanks to Kenichi,he is professional and think about your safety all the time.He organized everything to made a proper program for us and discuss with us through email many times before starting the trip. We have lots of fun and already fall in love with winter mountaineering! Never thought that we will reach the summit. If you looking for someone who can guide you with safety and happiness,Kenichi is the one.

Jo Plaete


April, 2019

Kenichi is a great guide, very experienced and focussed on delivering a safe yet enjoyable journey. We were lucky weather conditions on both days were favourable and the views along the way and from the Nishihodaka summit were just stunning!



April, 2018

Perfect trip. Perfect guide. Nice mountain


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