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Junko Tabei Biography, Age, Death, Husband, Children, Family, Wiki & More

Updated On : September 22, 2019

Short Biography

Junko Tabei was born on 22-09-1939 in Miharu, Fukushima, Japan as Ishibashi Junko. She was a Japanese Mountaineer who was known as the 1st woman to summit Mount Everest. She also was the 1st woman to ascend the Seven Summits.

Other Name: Ishibashi Junko

Junko Tabei Complete Bio & Career

She grew up along with her 6 siblings. She was considered fragile and weak. She was born at a time when Japan was a war zone and the country was traumatised by poverty. She fell in love with mountains after she was taken by a teacher to hike Mount Nasu in Nikko National Park at ten years old. Though the first climb had a striking psychological impact on her, she was aware of the need to pursue higher education and find a respectable job in impoverished, conservative Japan. She went on to study English and American literature at Showa’s Woman University, and climbed consistently through her studies.

She obtained her graduation degree in the year 1962. Post that, she joined several mountaineering groups, looking for climbing partners and opportunities to go on expeditions. She kept on exploring Japan’s peaks while working long hours as editor of a scientific journal and occasionally tutoring piano and English to finance her expensive hobby. By the mid-sixties, she had scaled all of Japan’s highest mountains, including Mount Fuji.
She joined the Joshi-Tohan mountaineering club for women only. Along with the group, she carried out various expeditions overseas. She also became the first woman ever to conquer  Annapurna III, in Nepal. In 1975, she created history after she became the first ever woman to climb Mt. Everest. She didn't stop there as in the year 1992, she became the first woman to climb the highest peaks on all seven continents which includes Denali, Kilimanjaro, and Vinson in Antartica. She was diagnosed with cancer in the year 2012 but that didn't stop her from scaling mountains as she assisted a group of people who got affected from Fukushima disaster on an expedition to Mount Fuji in the year 2016.

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Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

She died on 20-10-2016 in Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan at the age of 77. She was suffering from carcinoma (peritoneal cancer) since 2012.

DEATHDAY 20 October,2016 (Thursday)
DEATH PLACE Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture

Junko Tabei Family, Relatives and Other Relations

She was born as Ishibashi Junko in Miharu (a town in Fukushima), Japan & had 6 siblings. She was married to a climber Masanobu Tabei. Together the couple had a son named Shinya Tabei & a daughter named Noriko Tabei.

Life's Important Dates Of Junko Tabei

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Skin Colour White
Eye Colour Dark Brown
Hair Colour Black

Personal Info

Home Town Miharu, Fukushima
Nationality Japanese
Religion Buddhist
Address Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan
School N/A
College Showa’s Woman University, Tokyo
Qualification Post Graduate
Hobbies Travelling
Marital Status Married
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website N/A


Favorite Color Yellow and White
Favorite Sport Judo
Favorite Place Nepal

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Junko Tabei

  • She went back to university for a postgraduate degree in Environmental Science at the age of 60 in the year 2000.
  • She became the first woman to climb the highest peaks on all seven continents.
  • Her dream was to climb a mountain in every single country.
  • On her 80th birth anniversary on 22-09-2019, Google honoured her with a doodle.

Junko Tabei Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Junko Tabei was 77 years 0 month & 28 days old age.