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Backcountry Skiing in the Hakkoda Mountains: Top Outdoor Adventures Awaiting You


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Discover the majestic Hakkoda Mountains at the very northern tip of the main Japanese island of Honshu!

Enjoy plentiful high-quality powder as well as incredible scenery at every turn in this remote part of Japan’s main island. Avoid the crowds and enjoy a serene backcountry experience in the main national park within the mountain range. Compare and book a certified guide for your trip on Explore-Share.com: 1500+ guides, 70+ countries and more than 8000 different programs to choose from. Take a pick from our selection of Backcountry Skiing trips in Hakkoda. The mountains are calling!

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FAQs: Backcountry Skiing in Hakkoda

What should I know about Backcountry Skiing Hakkoda?

The Hakkoda Mountains are composed of more than a dozen volcanoes and stretch across the Aomori Prefecture in northern Honshu. For those who want to head out into the backcountry, but escape the crowds that congregate in other well-known resort areas, then Hakkoda is the place.

The Towada-Hachimantai National Park is a particularly popular spot for backcountry skiers. In the Hachimantai section of the national park Mount Hachimantai, Mount Iwate, Tamagawa Onsen and Akita Komagatake are all particularly popular destinations.

Away from the national park, Mount Odake, which is the highest peak in the range, is also a popular spot for intrepid backcountry skiers. While the Hakkoda Mountains may not be the best place to learn the sport, they are among the best to challenge yourself.

Why should I choose Hakkoda for my Backcountry Skiing adventure?

Stunning scenery

Sitting at the northern end of the main Japanese island of Honshu, the Hakkoda Mountains offer the perfect background for a backcountry skiing adventure. Enjoy phenomenal views of now-capped volcanoes, lava domes, massive calderas and pristine forest scenery.

Head out hut-to-hut

A popular route to undertake in the Hakkoda mountains is heading out on a hut-to-hut traverse. With two mountain huts are ideally located within the range, making several variations of the three day/two night traverse quite popular. There is nothing quite like staying in an authentic Japanese hut in the middle of the stunning wilderness.

Towada-Hachimantai National Park

Among the top spots for backcountry skiers in the Hakkoda Mountains is Towada-Hachimantai National Park. The 854 square kilometer park is composed of two different areas, each of which offers slightly different scenery, but plenty of incredible skiing. Mount Hakkōda, is among the most popular destinations in the park.

What can I expect from the weather during my Backcountry Skiing trip in Hakkoda?

Winter in Hakkoda is cold, but snow conditions are some of the best in the world. Mountain temperatures in winter sit slightly below freezing. Expect plenty of snowfall throughout the winter months.

How can I get to Hakkoda?

Most trips to the Hakkoda Mountains will begin with a fight into the Aomori Airport (AOJ), which offers direct flights from most major Japanese airports as well as South Korea. From here, it is easiest to rent a car and drive into the mountains to the start fp the trip.

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What currency is accepted around Hakkoda?

Yen (JPY)

When is the best time to travel to Hakkoda for Backcountry Skiing?

January to April

What people are saying about Backcountry Skiing | Hakkoda



Keni was an unbelievable guide, not only on the mountain but also in town during the night. An additional comment was he supported us post tour as he was still in the area. Much appreciated everything he did.

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