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Winter mountaineering group course in Yatsugatake

Learn some basic mountaineering skills in this 2-day winter mountaineering course in Yatsugatake, Yamanashi, together with an IFMGA mountain guide.

Mountain RangeYatsugatake Mountain Range
Duration2 days
Offer periodDec
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup


Do you want to have a great experience in the beautiful Japanese mountains and also receive some basic mountaineering training? Then, this 2-day winter course in the mountains of Yatsugatake is ideal for you.

The Yatsugatake mountains are a group of volcanic peaks in the Yamanashi Prefecture, in the central area of Japan. The highest of them is Mount Aka, at  2899 m.

It’s a wonderful natural area, with alpine forests and wild flowers. Besides, it receives visitors all-year-round and offers many climbing routes for every level.

During this 2-day training course, you’ll learn how to prepare and use crampons, deal with short-roping, avoid falls, and learn about bivouacs for winter mountaineering, and get some experience in ice climbing. You will also learn about basic gears for winter mountaineering.

As this is a beginner course, you don’t need to have any previous experience or just a little.

After finishing this clinic, you’ll be confident enough to enjoy this sport during the cold season. I believe this experience will open a new door for you!

Please contact me if you want to join this 2-day group course in winter mountaineering in Yatsugatake this winter!


Mountain hut: ca. JPY 9500 per person to be paid on spot

More info

Following items can be rented at JPY 1000 per item: - crampons - ice axes - harness - helmet These items are excluded from the price: - Gear rental fee - Own transportation fee - Own hut cost (ca. JPY 9,500)

Meeting point

9am at JR Kobuchizawa station and we finish at the same station.



About the guide

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I’m an international IFMGA mountain guide; also the first non-Japanese mountain guide certified by the JMGA (Japan Mountain Guide Association); born in Slovenia.

My country is small but well known in the world as strong in sports and mountaineering. I use to compete as Olympic team member and on World Cup competitions as a Cross-country skier. After I left Slovenia and traveled all over the world, I ended up in Japan. I married beautiful native lady, and have lived here for 30 years. I love Japanese mountains and feel privileged to be able to enjoy these mountains trough the entire four seasons.

I’m based at the foot of Japan Alps; convenient place in winter for ski touring from Nagano to Hokkaido, winter mountaineering or ice climbing at Yatsugatake, and of course ascending the symbol of Japan Mt.Fuji.

In summer Japan is a great place for hiking, alpine climbing or popular shower-climbing and some fine sport/free climbing year around.

Since 2013, I’m working on NHK (Japanese national TV) programs, introducing Japan culture and outdoor activities, climbing skiing etc. Check it out at the link below the recent one about BC skiing.

It is my absolute pleasure also to take and guide you in my home country Slovenia. In addition to guide in the mountains, I also enjoy having the opportunity to teach mountain climbing skills to every level of climbers, here in Japan. This is because I wish everybody to be SAFE on the mountains.
Please contact me on E&S if you would love to have great experience, as well as a tailor-made plan for other mountains and sport climbing all over SE Asia, EU, South any season!

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Prices per person

Group of 1

JPY 25774 each

Group of 2

JPY 25774 each

Group of 3

JPY 25774 each

Group of 4

JPY 25774 each

Group of 5

JPY 25774 each

Group of 6

JPY 25774 each

Group of 7

JPY 25774 each

Group of 8

JPY 25774 each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

• Guiding fee

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

Price details

• This is the price to join a group of maximum 6 participants on set dates. The price does not include the mountain hut fee for the participants so they will need to bring extra JPY 9,500 for the hut (in cash).

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