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Yatsugatake 2 Day Guided Ice Climbing

Norihide, an IFMGA certified mountain guide, wants to lead you on a 2 day ice climbing course in the Minami Yatsugatake area of Japan.


Yatsugatake Mountain Range


2 Days


Jan - Mar, Dec






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According to legend, the Yatsugatake mountains were once higher than Mount Fuji! And after one look, it is not hard to see why such a legend came to be. It is an impressive volcanic range, highlighted by Mount Akadake (2,899m), their highest peak.

There is so much to admire and enjoy in the Yatsugatake mountains, but on this trip, the focus will be ice climbing.

Over the course of 2 days, I will help teach you the basics of ice climbing. You will learn how to properly use the necessary equipment, from crampons and harnesses to carabiners. I will also teach you the proper techniques for safe climbing as well. And if you are a more experienced ice climber who wants to improve their already existing skills, you too can also enjoy this course.

Because this course is designed for beginners you will not need any prior ice climbing experience. However, some prior winter mountaineering experience is necessary. Also, you will have to be physically fit, as there will be approximately 5 hours of walking and hiking.

Ice climbing is a hugely gratifying activity. And it is especially gratifying in places like the beautiful Yatsugatake mountain range. However, scaling huge sheets of ice does come with risks and challenges, so I want to make sure you know how to do it safely and properly. Thus the importance of a course like this.

Send me a message if you are interested.

And if you are looking to reach the summit of Mount Fuji, I can also guide you on this 2 day excursion.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

You can rent an ice axe for JPY 2,000, a harness for JPY 1,000 and a helmet for JPY 1,000 from me when you arrive. Other items such as slings, carabiners, belay devices and crampons can also be rented from me when you arrive.

The cost of the hut is JPY 9,500 per person, per night.

There is also an additional guide expense cost of JPY 14,500, which can be split amongst the participants.

Secure your spot with just 25% payment

48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking


More info

Group Size: I will ask my guide friend to join if there are more than 5 people.

Meeting point

9 am at the JR Chino station. It can be reached directly from Tokyo.


What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
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About the guide: Norihide

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Mountain Guide

I was born in Hakuba village in Nagano, Japan, to a family of ski instructors and mountain guides. Through my childhood, I'd been active in skiing and all mountain activities, and competed in alpine skiing until graduation from high school. I then travelled to the French alps where I spent the next 5 years learning the skiing and mountain guiding techniques and skills. During my stay, I also worked as a ski instructor in Chamonix, France and upon my return to Hakuba, taught at Iwatake ski school as well as coached the Alpine ski racing team at a high school.

I am an IFMGA guide and my climbs abroad extends from notable peaks in Europe, Africa, South America, Nepal, South Korea, Thailand, and also a first ascent (named Mt Ashura) in China.

I am also a member of Nagano mountain rescue, as well as participate in development of new mountain guides and new mountain gears.
Currently based in Hakuba village, my guiding encompasses high altitude mountaineering abroad, and ski instructing, backcountry ski guiding, free climb guiding, and ice climbing guiding domestically.

Come visit and see the natural beauty of mountains in Hakuba area, where I grew up! You’re very welcome to stay and base your excursions at the lodge that my parents run too.


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