Rock Climbing

Outdoor Rock Climbing Experience with Ropes at Saku Shiga Crag

Even first-time rock climbers can enjoy this easy-to-climb route and immerse themselves in nature while feeling the mountain air and rock temperatures.


5 hours


April to December


Shiga Saku, Nagano

Group size

1 to 4 persons




20,000 - 25,000 JPY


松本 省二 Shoji Matsumoto

松本 省二 Shoji Matsumoto

Mountain backcountry guide in Saku, Nagano


You can experience rock climbing at the Saku Shiga crag in Saku City, Nagano Prefecture. One of the attractions of this crag is its easy accessibility. It is a 15-minute drive from Sakudaira Station, where the Shinkansen bullet train passes, and there is an exit from the Joshinetsu Expressway. The approach from the parking lot to the crag is as close as 5 to 10 minutes. We will carefully explain how to use the equipment and how to climb the rock, so you can climb with ease and comfort. If you are an experienced climber and wish to climb grades higher than 5.9 or lead climbing, please request an activity with another guide.

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09:00 Meet at JR Sakudaiira Station, Tateshina Exit, depart for crag (stopping at a convenience store if desired) 09:45 Arrival at Saku Shiga parking lot - Walk 5-10 minutes to the crag - Explanation of how to use the equipment, climbing instruction, and rock climbing - Lunch (please bring something easy to eat such as rice balls) - Rock Climbing 15:00 Finish 15:30 Departure time for those with their own car 16:30 Public transportation users depart from JR Sakudaira Station


Travellers must have their own insurance. The following insurance is included for guests living in Japan: - Insurance company: Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance - Death and residual disability: 1 million yen - Daily hospitalization charge: 880 yen - No outpatient hospitalization daily allowance - Personal liability: 20 million yen - Personal belongings: None - No rescue expenses - Distress search expenses: 1 million yen


Required equipment: - Clothes that allow for ease of movement (fabrics to prevent perspiration and cold) - Long sleeves and long pants (lightweight in hot season to protect skin from rocks) - Warm clothes (except in summer) - Water: 1~2 liters (cold or tepid water in warm season, hot water in cool/cold season) - Hiking shoes or sneakers (easy to walk on the path to the crag) - Lunch - Backpack (size to hold warm clothes, water, lunch, etc.) - Climbing shoes (available for rent for 500 yen per day) - Climbing harness (available for rent for 500 yen per day) - Climbing helmet (available for rent for 500 yen per day) Experienced climbers are requested to bring the following items if they have them (not required): - Belay device + carabiner with HMS lock + belay gloves - Chalk bag


A separate entrance fee of 1,500 yen per person is required to enter the crag on private property.

Access info

By public transportation: Hokuriku Shinkansen, Tokyo Station → JR Sakudaira Station (1 hr. 30 min.) By car: Tokyo Station → JR Sakudaira Station (2 hr. 30 min. to 3 hr. 30 min.), 10 min. from Saku IC on Joshinetsu Expressway Approximately 15 min. by car from JR Sakudaira Station to the rocky area of Saku Shiga. Parking is available at the rocky area of Saku Shiga.

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Nearest station

JR Sakudaira Station

Meeting place

JR Sakudaira Station, Tateshina Exit, 09:00

If you come by car

15 minutes