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Backcountry Skiing in Japan: Top Outdoor Adventures Awaiting You


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Japan offers great backcountry skiing possibilities on amazing light and deep powder.

Japan is a powder-snow mecca! Come enjoy great skiing in the spectacular terrain of Hokkaido, where Niseko receives about 15 meters of snow every winter. The Hakuba Valley is another backcountry skiing paradise. You can spend many days enjoying great skiing on light and soft powder in locations like Sapporo, Niigata, Gunma, Nagano and many more. Take your pick from our broad selection below and enjoy a unique experience on some of the best powder in the world! Explore-Share only promotes mountain trips led by certified guides.

Backcountry Skiing in Japan

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FAQs: Backcountry Skiing in Japan

What should I know about Backcountry Skiing Japan?

Japan is an island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, made up of four large islands and many smaller ones – more than 6,850 in total throughout the archipelago. Japan is a backcountry and ski touring hotspot. Some of the main locations to enjoy the incredible Japanese powder include Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, which boasts amazing volcanos and onsen (hot springs), and Hakuba, which is a stunning ski location near Nagano in Honshu, the main island.  The nearby Gunma prefecture is another top spot for ski adventures in Japan, and there are plenty more to discover!

Why should I choose Japan for my Backcountry Skiing adventure?

Some of the best powder on Earth

Japan boasts some of the best powder in the world and has amazing backcountry and side-country ski locations. Furthermore, the landscapes will take your breath away!

The unique Japanese culture

Japanese culture is deep and rich, the history, architecture, religion, traditions, and food are all awe-inspiring and the perfect complement to a ski adventure.

Amazing ski environment

Because Japan has such great powder, it has a vibrant ski community and environment and is a top location to acquire new skills and explore snow-covered terrains. Furthermore, you can recover from intense ski days at the amazing Japanese onsen (hot springs).

What can I expect from the weather in Japan?

The weather in Japan tends to be cold throughout winter. It can be volatile at high altitudes, but the climate provides a high snowfall and low temperatures which are ideal for a prolonged ski season.

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What currency is accepted in Japan?

Yen (JPY)

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What’s the high season for Backcountry Skiing in Japan?

During the winter, between December and March.

What people are saying about Backcountry Skiing | Japan



Hello there, I didn't go on a guided tour and it wasn't intended to go there on the 14th February. I still had been chating with the guide Wataru, about the dates and arrangements. At 14th February it was never intended to go on a tour. Sorry, maybe my fault, but this did go wrong. Actually I have no access the chating-protocol with Waturu anymore to proof that we were still trying to find a date. Due to an infect I'm not going to be able to go on a tour with Waturu before I leave. Would you please be so kind to consider a refund of my payment, as to the above mentioned reasons. Kind regards Sascha



Toshi and his crew gave us a truly remarkable experience! From the food to the accommodations to the epic skiing: this trip was out of this world!


Toshi is world class from pick-up to drop-off. Very friendly, very professional and he knows Rishiri inside out. His guest house is outstanding and the food they serve like nowhere else. Will be back very soon!


Yasuko was very knowledgable about the area. She tailored our outings based on our requests, and we had great fun in the mountains near Rusutsu and Yotei.


our experience with Daisuke was outstanding. He knows very well the island and he managed to take us every day in places with fresh snow without tracks :-).

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