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Climbing in Japan

dr_fil_good
12/07/2007
9:11:45 AM
G'day, well, I'm off to Japan for four short days next weekend. I know there's some HOT bouldering near Tokyo but unfortunately I'm going to be around Kyoto and Osaka.

Does anyone know of any worth-while bouldering / sport climbing (easy access climbing) in the Kansai (Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Nagoya etc.) region?

Phil
ithomas
12/07/2007
9:38:03 AM
Mate

Four short days? Forget the boulders and take in the food, temples, back streets. Take a train/bus to Matsomotu, Takayama or Shin Hotaka and get yourself onto one of the alpine ridges and meet some locals. Go climb a volcano and stay in a mountain hut. Best of all, find an outdoor naturally heated onsen and chill out. Four short days in Kansai and you want to go bouldering?
Ian

dr_fil_good
12/07/2007
11:07:20 AM
Jees, sounds like you're well versed in the area Ian. I really don't know stuff all about the place, I've always thought of Japan as a place that I'll visit when I'm older.

What's this about climbing Volcanos and staying in mountain huts? That sounds RAD!!! Waaaay up my alley.

Cheers

billk
12/07/2007
11:53:12 AM
On 12/07/2007 ithomas wrote:
>Mate
>
>Four short days? Forget the boulders and take in the food, temples, back
>streets.

Su go i!

Ya don't know Okinawa per chance? Got 14 short days there in October. I've heard there's really good cycling and kayaking. Haven't heard anything about climbing there.
joemor
12/07/2007
12:07:22 PM
http://www.rockclimbing.com/cgi-bin/routes/page.cgi?g=Asia%2FJapan&Submit=Go

billk
12/07/2007
12:31:05 PM
Su go i!

Domo arigato

billk
13/07/2007
2:44:31 PM
For some Friday afternoon amusement here's a couple of piccies of me an ma posse, Yuko, Yuko and Yuko at the finish of our oxygen free ascent of the mighty Diamond Head in Waikiki. Kawaii ne?




tokyo bill
13/07/2007
3:24:22 PM
Well, I'm not in quite the right place, but if any of you happen to pass through Tokyo on your travels, drop me a note at tokyobill123 at hotmail dot com. If the timing works, daytrip climbing is no prob. Even failing that, beer and primo Japanese food (and maybe a visit to the local climbing gym) are possible.

Your on your own for the gorgeous Japanese girls. They won't even give me the time of day. :-(

- Bill

billk
13/07/2007
3:50:11 PM
On 13/07/2007 tokyo bill wrote:
>Your on your own for the gorgeous Japanese girls. They won't even give
>me the time of day. :-(
>
>- Bill

Aw come on other Bill! Japanese people love to hang wid da gaijin (if that word isn't too impolite - apologies if it is).

Here's the story:
In Hawaii there are heaps of Japanese tourists who are kinda living in a parallel world to the English speaking ones. Yuko X3 were totally unconfident about speaking English so they were thrilled to find that I had ten words of Japanese. You can't have an in-depth conversation with a ten word vocabulary but you can break the ice and have a nice time together.

BTW: having a really limited vocabulary of words you can actually get out really beats learning a language for however many years, then never practicing it. I get the impression English classes in Japanese schools aren't much chop for teaching students practical spoken English skills.


billk
13/07/2007
3:54:31 PM
On 13/07/2007 tokyo bill wrote:
>Well, I'm not in quite the right place, but if any of you happen to pass
>through Tokyo on your travels, drop me a note at tokyobill123 at hotmail
>dot com. If the timing works, daytrip climbing is no prob. Even failing
>that, beer and primo Japanese food (and maybe a visit to the local climbing
>gym) are possible.

Is it mostly sport climbing around Tokyo? A Japanese guy I was chatting with said he was confident with sport climbing but not trad.

dr_fil_good
16/07/2007
9:17:39 AM
On 13/07/2007 tokyo bill wrote:
>Well, I'm not in quite the right place, but if any of you happen to pass
>through Tokyo on your travels, drop me a note

Thanks heaps for your offer, but considering the train to and from Tokyo will cost me more than my flights to Japan I won't be going ... Once again though, thanks heaps for the offer ...

I think I have it all sussed, Friday suss out Osaka, Saturday sight seeing in Kyoto, Sunday more Kyoto plus go to Nagoya for the Sumo Finals, Monday back to Kyoto, Tuesday in either Kobe or Nara ... then fly home. There'll be plenty of time for drinking and having fun at night too I'm sure :)

So yeah, I think I'll have to give up the climbing caper for a week or so.

FiL

IdratherbeclimbingM9
20/07/2007
3:38:49 PM
Link to Japan climbing photos on Weston Lowe website.

http://homepage.mac.com/westonlowe/Menu4.html


billk
20/07/2007
3:54:05 PM
On 20/07/2007 Idratherbeclimbing wrote:
>Link to Japan climbing photos on Weston Lowe website.
>
>http://homepage.mac.com/westonlowe/Menu4.html
>
>

su go i! (cool!)

Looks like Japan has loadsa climbing on offer. The link joe posted shows some good stuff on Okinawa too. Might not be too many English speaking climbers around though.

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