Gravity Research’s Umeda branch for bouldering has one big advantage going for it. Located at the central axis of Osaka’s main transport hub, it’s very easy to reach and offers itself as an ideal after work climbing location. But how does the actual bouldering and facility itself hold up?
Two bouldering halls grace the West side of Kobe city situated in the Nagata Ward: BOSSA Climbing and WAGOMU Climbing. Featuring a varied wall, campus board section, dedicated Moon Board and TRX and pull up equipment, BOSSA climbing offers up one of the best training facilities in the area, outside of making the trek to one of Osaka’s premier climbing gyms.
Japan’s second largest city Osaka has quickly turned into a hub for climbing and bouldering, with numerous options available to enjoy the sport. One of the best for bouldering is Gravity Research NAMBA-B tucked away just South of Namba Station underneath the train track lines.
Kobe Harborland is a main draw for many tourists passing through the city. It offers some magnificent views of the Kobe skyline, large shopping malls and a number of amusement opportunities. Tucked away just behind the Kobe Tower is a small bouldering gym called Rock Garden, worth a visit if you’re in need of some exercise as you’re passing through or if you happen to live in Kobe area and are looking to work on those climbing skills.
Fuji-san is an iconic symbol of Japan and a big draw for locals and tourists alike when visiting the Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures. If you’re looking to add this destination to your itinerary, here’s a helpful list of tips for tackling the different hiking routes of Mt. Fuji
Situated in the Kansai region of Japan, Kobe city doesn’t have nearly as many bouldering halls as its bigger neighbor Osaka. Until recently, there were 4 gyms: Two run by Gravity Research, Rock Garden, and the climbing only Mint Kobe. Gravity Research Kobe unfortunately closed down its bigger, more spacious Annex leaving only the bouldering / climbing hall built into its outdoor shop.
Visitors to Tokyo have an abundance of choice when it comes to picking bouldering and climbing gyms to train in. New gyms have starting popping up all over this sprawling city, which is great news for anyone visiting or working in the city. One of the most famous names belongs to B-Pump Akihabara, located near electric city Akihabara. Seeing as I didn’t already have enough gym membership cards in the city, I thought I’d pop in to see what all the fuss is about.
With Mammut recently issuing their new 2018 equipment revisions, you can pick up some of the older models on deal from quite a few shops. One of these items is the Crag Indicator Quickdraw (Green) which can be found for as low as EUR 45 for a set of 5 on Amazon. Are these worth picking up?
Love it or hate it Plagne in the canton of Bern is one of the most convenient climbing walls in the Region. With easy access and an unbelievable amount of routes, both sport and multi-pitch, it is an easy fall-back destination but comes with the drawback of being close to a major stone quarry (read noise), a unique technical climbing style and some questionable rock quality. I recently visited the sector Kamasutra and was positively impressed with what I found.
Here’s my take on the best climbing and bouldering halls in Berlin. The main takeaway here: for a city whose highest point is only 80m (Teufelsberg) and otherwise flat, there is no shortage of awesome places to practice the hobby we love!