Established in 1931

Academic Alpine Club of Kyoto

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Academic Alpine Club of Kyoto
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

Our History

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. Continue reading →
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Former Presidents

1931.5 - 1932

Kan Koriba

1932 - 1958.1

Hitoshi Kihara

1958.1 - 1963.5

Takeo Kuwabara

1963.1 - 1967.5

Kinji Imanishi

1967.5 - 1972.5

Masatada Tada

1972.5 - 1976.5

Tsunahiko Shidei

1976.5 - 1987.5

Yoshio Kondo

1987.5 - 1993.5

Ryohei Hori

1993.5 - 1997.5

Tomoki Takamura

1997.5 - 2003.5

Shoichiro Uyeo

2003.5 - 2007.5

Masaaki Kimura

2007.5 - 2011.5

Yutaka Ageta

2011.5 - 2015.5

Kozo Matsubayashi

Tetsuro Matsuzawa
May 24, 2015 -

Tetsuro Matsuzawa

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Kyoto University Alpine Club (KUAC)

 Since 1996

AACK Newsletter

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.
Previous Issues

No. 76

(February 2016)

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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Sasagamine Hütte

A Comfortable Stay with Stunning Views, Perfect for Mountain Enthusiasts

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!
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News & Events

Upcoming Event

Diamond Jubilee of First Manaslu Ascent


July 11, 2016

International Symposium Emerging Sciences for Wildlife and Culture in Bhutan
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Photo Exhibitions about Mountains and Wildlife of Bhutan

November 25-29, 2015
July 1, 2016 - August 31, 2016

As commemorative event of Mountain Day (Yama-no-hi), AACK is pleased to co-host a photo exhibition about mountains and wildlife of Bhutan. The main host of the exhibition is Leading Graduate Program in Primatology and Wildlife Science, Kyoto University (PWS).
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Sep 2015

Dr Jiro Tanaka received Life Time Achievement Award of the International Society for Hunter Gatherer Research at 11th Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies (CHAGS XI), 7-11 September 2015, Vienna.
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Kyoto University Bhutan Mission 2015 (Sep 2015)

Kyoto University Bhutan Mission 2015, formed of 10 students from Kyoto University Alpine Club (KUAC) and AACK, enjoyed the "Snow-man trek", and have safely returned in Japan. They have a meeting to share the feeling of this fruitful trip.
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Sep 2015

Minoru Matsuo (1936.7.4 - 2015.5.9) passed away.
Prof. Matsuo passed away in May 9th 2015 at the age of 78. He was the leader of the Kyoto University Bhutan Expedition 1969, that was under the supervision of the general leader, the late Prof Takeo Kuwabara. The party arrived Bhutan in September 1969 and stayed till February 1970. The members took the clear photo of Gangkhar Puensum (7570m), the highest mountanin of Bhutan. Prof. Matsuo later turned to become the president of Nagoya University. It is one of the best national universities of Japan and is known to have produced 6 Nobel Prize winners. There was a remembrance event of Prof Matsuo that was held in Nagoya in September 17 2015.


Nov 2014

AACK co-hosted photo exhibitions titled "Mountains and Wildlife in Yunnan China: snowy mountains and the snub-nosed monkeys" from November 2014 to January 2015. A wide variety of exhibits - aerial shoots of Meili-Xueshan, Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys, magnificent Kawagebo and Metsumo Peak - captivated over 500 visitors.
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