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

Tsunahide 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.

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

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KUIAS to welcome Princess of Bhutan: Bhutan and Kyoto University 60th anniversary memorial events

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Bhutan and Kyoto University 60th Anniversary Memorial Symposium

October 25, 2017.

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Photo Exhibition: The Mountains and Culture of Bhutan

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Dec 2016

2016 Exploration of Mulung Tokpo in Zanskar (Indian Himalaya)

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Photo Exhibition of the Mountains

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Diamond Jubilee of First Manaslu Ascent

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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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