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The rock climbing (bouldering) in Mitake is centered around the riverbed of Tama River Some of Japan's most famous boulder problems can be found in the Mitake are, of note are the boulder problems "Ninja Rock" and "Deadend".
Rental gear is available from Maunga. http://www.maunga.jp/?tid=5&mode=f5
The rock consists of limestone / chert. With boulders ranging from a few meters to 5-6m tall. The boulders are graded according to the Japanese Kyu/Dan grading system.
Direct trains from Shinjuku Station to Mitake Station, then a short 5 min walk down to the river.
Ethic inherited from Japan
There`s not a lot of information about in English on climbing in Japan. Much of the information is kept in personal blogs or is accessed through joining a climbing organization.
Many of the routes are well protected, while other less climbed "sport" routes have loose pitons as protection.
The Japan Free Climbing Association does a lot of good work (http://freeclimb.jp/seibi/seibi.htm) but with some clubs and communities, many techniques and ethics are still passed down from old generations with outdated gear and techniques.
In 2001 Dai Koyamada made the first ascent of Kanimushi 8B, the hardest problem in Mitake. Mitake is easily accessed by train from Tokyo.Taking the Ome line from Tachikawa station to Mitake Station (Tokyo)
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