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Description

Great limestone crag 10min bus drive from Okutama station (1 bus stop after Gozen Iwa area). The crag has 4 little areas. The upper section of the front wall and the Dimple face are well exposed to the sun & wind so they dry pretty fast. The cliff is close to the riverbed so the limestone is very smooth with little pockets. The front wall also has tufas. Technical climbing especially with slippery footholds. This is a popular area so the easiest routes (mainly on the Dimple face) can feel a little polished.

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

1min walk from the bus stop (search Shirotae bridge on Google maps). Just cross the bridge and enjoy the climbing.

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) and an alpine guide book in English available covering all of Japan and its thousands of sport and trad routes and boulders.

http://www.yamakei.co.jp/products/2811180810.html

https://www.amazon.com/Classic-Alpine-Climbs-Japan-Climb-ebook/dp/B01ARU5KR0

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