The Academic Alpine Club of Kyoto (AACK) was founded on May 24th, 1931, by several enterprising and skilled climbers; members of the Kyoto Imperial University Travel Club, including Kinji Imanishi, Eizaburo Nishibori, Tsunahiko Shidei, and Takeo Kuwabara. At the outset the fundamental goal of the AACK was to climb Himalayan mountains.

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The late Kinji Imanishi (1902-1992) on the summit of Mount Meru, Tanzania, in 1958
Dr. Eizaburo Nishibori photographed on one of his mountain-climbing expeditions
AACK achieved the first successful ascents of the Himalayan peaks above 7,000 m


Kan Koriba

1931.5 - 1932

Hitoshi Kihara

1932 - 1958.1

Takeo Kuwabara

1958.1 - 1963.5

Kinji Imanishi

1963.1 - 1967.5

Masatada Tada

1967.5 - 1972.5

Tsunahide Shidei

1972.5 - 1976.5

Yoshio Kondo

1976.5 - 1987.5

Ryohei Hori

1987.5 - 1993.5

Tomoki Takamura

1993.5 - 1997.5

Shoichiro Uyeo

1997.5 - 2003.5

Masaaki Kimura

2003.5 - 2007.5

Yutaka Ageta

2007.5 - 2011.5

Kozo Matsubayashi

2011.5 - 2015.5

Tetsuro Matsuzawa

2015.5 - 2020.2

Shiro Kohshima

February 11, 2020 -
A Comfortable Stay with Stunning Views, Perfect for Mountain Enthusiasts

Sasagamine Hütte

Sasagamine Hütte is located on a high-altitude plateau called Myoko kogen, lying at an elevation of 1,300 m. Surrounded by the Northern region of the Japanese Alps – Mount Myoko (2,454 m), Mount Hiuchi (2,462 m), and Mount Kurohime(2,053 m) – Sasagamine huette affords a spectacular view of the mountains; providing respite from the hot, busy, noisy city!

Related Associations

Kyoto University Alpine Club (KUAC)

KUAC Almuni Association (Sasagamine Club)


Sasagamine Hütte

Yunnan Forum


AACK Newsletter is the quarterly publication of the Academic Alpine Club of Kyoto (AACK) written for club members to encourage sharing of information and advice.

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Himalayan Study Monographs

Himalayan Study Monographs is an academic, peer-reviewed journal, published by the Association for the Studies of Himalaya (ASH), formed of like-minded members of AACK. ASH began the journal to report the numerous findings resulting from AACK Himalayan expeditions. In 2014, all articles in the Himalayan Study Monographs series became open access, thanks to the support of the Kyoto University Bhutan Friendship Program and the Leading Graduate Program in Primatology and Wildlife Science, Kyoto University.

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  • Oct 2017

Photo Exhibition

Photo Exhibition: The Mountains and Culture of Bhutan