Ski Touring trips – Japan

Enjoy fantastic snow and take advantage of all the diverse landscapes that Japan has to offer!

Discover the island of Hokkaido, a powder snow paradise, and explore Niseko, Ashahidake or the Sapporo Area. Or you could also go ski touring around Nagano, in Hakuba, Nozawa Onsen, Gunma or Niigata. You can even ski down Mount Fuji! Take your pick from our wide offer of trips below and come live a truly unique experience in Japan! only promotes mountain trips led by certified guides. 



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Japan is an excellent destination for ski tourers of all levels for a number of reasons. Any type of ski touring trip that you can imagine is available here. You can heliski in the northern island of Hokkaido or spend a week backcountry skiing from hut-to-hut. If you like the thrill of a heart-pumping run paired with an unbeatable view, Japan boasts Mount Rishiri and Mount Fuji. Choose one, or if you have the time, both. But ski touring is not the only reason to come to Japan. Enjoy the culture, from the Buddhist temples to the excellent food and drink. Wherever you go and whatever you do on this amazing island, one thing is certain: you will not leave disappointed.



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What’s the weather like?

During the winter, Japan is quite cold and gets plenty of snow. Temperatures and snowfall do vary, but from Mount Fuji to Hokkaido it is usually below freezing during the winter. Parts of Hokkaido receive some of the most snowfall in the world during the winter.





How long should I stay?

This really depends on how much free time you have. There is a lot of different types of ski touring available in Japan from one-day freeriding tours to more immersive, one-week hut-to-hut backcountry skiing expeditions.

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Best time to visit

The best time to visit Japan for ski touring is during the winter, which lasts from mid-December to March.




What People Say

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Wow what a Tour! Jun guided us perfectly, we made it to the top of yotei. An Incredible experience!

It was a pleasure with the guides from the pow company. Matoko likes hiking so we did 3 days of backcountry.
I think we will be going back to Japan!

Myself and my husband and brother had a fabulous day! We got great snow! Wataru showed us some great places to get the powder stashes! Unfortunately my skill level could not make the utmost of this awesome day but I enjoyed it so much anyway. If I can make it back to Hokkaido I will try my hardest to book with Wataru again.

We had a very nice time with our guids matoko and shino. We did not do the side country skiing at all but instead went completely into the back country for 3 days of amazing powder. I would definitely contact the powdercompany about guiding if I find myself in Japan again.

Toshi and his team are fantastic – great guiding and accom, and Rishiri has some amazing terrain for backcountry ski/snowboarding.

Great mountain, awesome guide, good times. Only for dedicated backcountry enthusiasts though.

Rishiri You Beauty!
Toshiya is an amazing guide, a great character and also a very good host surrounded by a friendly team at Maruzen Pension.
How special to have Toshiya sharing his local knowledge of Mount Rishiri, his “back garden” as he like to call it! A perfect playground for all powder enthusiasts, so many faces and ridges to use; make first lines in waist deep pow and ride all the way back down to sea level!
I wish I had never left and I cannot wait to come back!
Thank you Rishiri.

I skied with Kehoe Seki, who took my up Mt Iwaonupuri. He is among the most knowledgeable, helpful and friendly guides I’ve skied with. I highly recommend.

Jun was an excellent guide! He took us to some fantastic tree skiing on Yotei and we got to do a few laps since the weather did not allow us to summit. We had a really great trip and would highly recommend Jun as a guide.

Daisuke was an awesome guide! We ran into some unstable snow, so we modified our original plan and found some great snow on a safer slope. Daisuke was super helpful skiing and also in helping us to figure out logistics for the rest of our trip. I would and will recommend Daisuke to everyone I know going skiing in Japan!

Outstanding. Daisuke is very knowledgeable and went above and beyond.

Highly recommended.



Wataru is an enthusiastic, talented guide who was a pleasure to meet. Unfortunately the day we went up was one of the worst weather with howling winds and warm weather. However, he made the most of it and we still found deep, untracked powder. One thing that could be better is his rental services. The only boot he had of my size was faulty and could not tighten properly so I had to stop several times during the day to adjust them. I would have preferred if I could have rented boots elsewhere.

(Travelled Feb 2017)

Josef’s colleagues Vojta, Cyril, Kuba and Thomas run a top notch guiding company. They led my group on an amazing 8 day trip in Hokkaido during the second half of February 2017. They prayed to the snow gods and we were rewarded with 6 feet (~150 CM) of light delicious JaPow over the 8 days, surfing snow all over the region. It was beyond epic. Great bunch of dudes, highly competent guides, I would ride with them any day! Highly recommend for anyone considering hitting up Japan or any of their other awesome trips.

No words can describe the amazing experience I had with Sherpasride! They are going above and beyond to find places with the best conditions every day and are providing a very professional guiding.

The trip was an unforgettable experience which I definitely want to do again and I can highly recommend Sherpasride, you will enjoy the time with Sherpasride to the fullest! Thank you Vojta, Kuba,Cyril and Thomas for everything!!

Nienke Veurink for Backcountry skiing in Rishiri


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