Climbers young and old, of all ability and fitness levels are welcome at this full-service climbing gym. Located just past AEON Fuchu shopping mall, 10 minutes drive from Hiroshima station, Cero is a great private facility that is available to the public for reasonable membership fees and facility and gear usage prices. The staff are knowledgeable and very helpful for all ages and ability climbers.
Cero climbing center states that it was established in 2003. It is a good sized facility with climbing walls over two floors. The facility was fairly cool when we visited as they had the hangar door open, there were fans available for warmer weather. At the entrance, put your outdoor shoes in a box and there is a slack line for balance practice as well as hand & finger strength-training boards near registration. There are lockers and a break area as well as a (western style) toilet for use.
More than nine walls are on offer for bouldering and climbing with ropes- everyone seemed very courteous and happy to take turns on the walls. There are beginner to advanced course areas available for all levels of climbers. The staff will train and assist parents who want to belay for their kids and there are three routes set up with a top rope for beginners to try rope assisted climbing during the Sunday morning (kids) “Climbing Club” sessions (9-11am).
Sport climbing classes, climbing school and outdoor climbing classes (Wednesdays and Saturdays between 9-3 at Mikuradake around Hiroshima’s Taishaku-kyo gorge) are available by advanced reservation. Fees for the outdoor class run from 6,000 per person and do not include gear rental or transportation charges.
Basic pricing for adults is around 2,000 yen per day or 1,240 for two hours. Other discounts are available for advance purchase of tickets, or monthly or yearly memberships. Rentals: shoes (300 yen) ropes, harness and chalk: 100 yen each.
For adults (18 and older), a first time registration fee (1,000 yen), on top of normal usage fees, is needed which includes free rental of shoes, chalk, harnesses and ropes for the first time. It is recommended for kids aged 18 and under to come and register with a parent or guardian (who needs to sign up as an emergency contact). Parents or guardians are asked to watch kids climb who are elementary school and younger and be around to assist kids 18 and under (but you don’t have to watch them at all times).
There are discounts on pricing for disabled climbers (50% off), women get 50% hourly fees on Fridays, and there are other discounts for university students and seniors.
Access & Parking: It is fairly easy to find, follow the Hiroshima shinkansen-guchi side road to the AEON Fuchu shopping mall (previously Diamond City & then Soleiu) and continue past over the bridge to the town marker of Fuchu (written in English in center of the road), take your first right and then left at the next light and on the left you will see a CERO 300m sign, turn left there following the road between warehouses, and you will find it at the back end of the hangar type buildings. There is free parking available for few cars (ask the staff where is best to park).
For registration you will need to write your name, address and sign (or inkan) to get your membership card made. First time users should pay a very reasonable one time 1,000 yen registration fee. First time sign-ups for kids under 18 are encouraged to join on Sunday mornings during the kids “climbing club” session between 09:00 and 11:00 (2,000 yen per child for the first time including registration fee and shoes, gear and rope rental included).
Address: Mokage 1-13-46, Fuchu-cho, Aki-gun,
Tel/fax: 082-236-8401 [ja]
URL: http://cero-climb.com/ [ja]
If you are interested in more climbing gyms, you may also be interested in checking out PB Climbing Gym in Yokogawa