While surfing in the south of Japan, talking with locals of our upcoming ski trip in Hokkaido, one of them, just before dropping on a wave, mentioned the Island of Rishiri as a place not to be missed.
Right after removing our wetsuits we searched the internet for more details about this destination we had never heard of before. Immediately Explore-Share provided enough information that convinced us to add the place on our itinerary. We contacted Toshiya, a true local JMGA mountain guide, that even with basic English, and with the support of the Explore-Share team, provided the key details to help us organize the backcountry ski trip on Rishiri Island.
Rishiri is a small island just 20 km away from the northern tip of Hokkaido, in the north of Japan. It is a circular island, just 60 km of circumference, and its landscape is dominated by the figure of Mt. Rishiri, an extinct volcano. But the mountain has so many bowls and ridges that it feels more as if it was a small mountain range with various peaks, rather than just one big volcano.