Best free rock climbing in Okayama

Yoze Peak Free Rock Climbing Area

takahashi city, okayama prefecture, visitwestjapan
Photographer | Takuma Kimura

Walking, hiking and trekking have long been popular outdoor activities for people of all ages in Japan. It’s not uncommon to see groups of people in their gear gathered at the entrance of train stations, about to begin or end their journey.

Rock climbing has burst onto the outdoor sports scene in a big way in this country with a passion for physical fitness. For years, the number of indoor climbing/bouldering facilities have been steadily increasing, as have the number of participants. In Okayama in particular, there are many public and private bouldering walls that are designed to appeal to all ages. There are also workshops available to inspire elementary school students to take up the sport.

End the end, however, there is nothing that compares to actually being out in nature, and in Takahashi City, it is something that you can find in abundance. Located within the borders of the Chugoku Mountains, the landscape is overwhelming intricate, with thick forest coverage and all of the hills and valleys that you could ask for.  Rock climbing is the perfect pursuit in this part of the prefecture.

If you are looking for a bit of adventure during your time in Takahashi City, then why not visit Yoze Peak? The free climbing area there is regarded as one of the top spots nationwide, offering a challenge to every level of climber.

A campground is available at the reasonable price of 300 JPY for those who want to spend the night after a day tackling the peak. If you need a little more comfort, you can rent a hut with shower and toilet facilities for 500 JPY.

 

About the Area

Takahashi City is a place that requires several days to even scratch the the surface of the diversity of its culture, landscape and people. As the city center is easily accessible by train that is the best place to start.

Right next to the station is the Takahashi City Library, which was conceived as a gathering place for the 21st century by town planners. An overwhelming success, the space draws locals and visitors from across a great distance.

Central Takahashi is also the home of the historic district, which includes the former residences of the samurai who served the lord of Bitchu Matsuyama Castle.

The castle occupies the highest elevation of any in Japan and is a challenging hike from the bottom of its access road. Actually reaching the castle gate requires a relatively steep climb up steps that have been set into the mountainside.

There are many options when its comes to getting outside the city but if you have limited time Fukiya Furusato Village and Nariwa are good choices. Fukiya is a historic bengara (iron oxide) mining town where the reddish-brown pigment takes on many forms. Nariwa is location of the Tadao Ando designed Nariwa Museum of Art.

 

Access: From JR Okayama Station, take the JR Hakubi Line to JR Bitchu Takahashi Station. It is about a 30 minute taxi ride to the Yoze Peak Free Climbing Area from JR Takahashi Station.

Cancellation Policy

1) Detailed tour information & conditions will be given after application is made; please read and confirm the final itinerary before the departure date.
2) Reservations: Fill out the application contact form; application is complete upon payment. Reservations accepted by phone, mail, fax, online, or other communicative methods. The contract is not valid at time of reservation; the customer will be asked to submit an application form and payment within 3 days from time of reservation. If application form and payment are not submitted within the term, the reservation shall be considered void.
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4) Cancellation fees: When the application is cancelled by the customer or when payment has not been made by the specified date, Ryobi Tours shall receive a percentage of the per person tour fee as a cancellation fee, or a penalty fee. Differences in room charges that result from one person in a group cancelling shall be charged to the participating person(s).

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