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Description

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.

Access issues inherited from Japan

Some spots have access issues as many spots near crowded places elsewhere. So please ensure you follow the recommendations of local climbers and behave responsibly.

Approach

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 climbing in Japan in English. Much of the information is only available in Japanese - or of course here on theCrag!

The Japan Free Climbing Association (http://freeclimb.jp/seibi/seibi.htm) is a good point of contact and there is a set of 5 guidebooks (all in Japanese) covering all of Japan and its thousands of sport and trad routes and boulders.

History

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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)

Activity

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