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Splitboarding in Japan

Discover perfect and plentiful powder in the land of the rising sun!

From the slopes of Mount Fuji to the deep powder and exemplary backcountry of Hokkaido, there are all kinds of amazing splitboarding adventures awaiting you in Japan! 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 Splitboarding trips in Japan. The mountains are calling!
 
 
 
 
 

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What people are saying about these trips

Alan Thomas

5.00

January, 2022

Hokkaido backcountry and ski touring

Jun is an outstanding guide, a true expert in his field. He was attentive to our needs and desires and very ably provided us with a fantastic experience skiing in the Asahikawa area backcountry. I will book other trips with him and highly recommend him to others!

Robert Duncan

5.00

May, 2021

Mount Fuji (3776 m) ski descent

Cveto was great! He helped us get ready the night before and go over our gear as well as the plan for the next day. He kept us at a good pace and the conversations were great all day.

Angela Gillespie

5.00

April, 2021

Backcountry skiing in Rishiri

If it were possibke to award 100 Stars I would !

Emil Rakadjiev

5.00

February, 2021

Ski touring on Mount Yotei in Hokkaido

We had a fantastic and unforgettable trip to the top of Mt. Yotei with Jun-san. He was very friendly, helpful and also flexible. Hope to do another trip with him soon!

Ines Benedikt

5.00

March, 2020

1-7 days Sapporo Based Backcountry Skiing

We had a great trip with Wataru! Communication and arrangements were easy. Every day was a new adventure! Loved the trip and would book with explore-share again.

Davide Jacks

5.00

March, 2020

5-day Backcountry skiing in Rishiri (accommodation included)

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Michael Mezei

4.00

March, 2020

Niseko 1+ day backcountry skiing with a guide

We had an excellent trip, however, Expolre share said we would have Jun as our local guide - this was switched last minute from Jun to Tim - Tim was excellent (the guide rating of 5 is for Tim, not for Jun), but we had no information about Tim's background or credentials to assess before the trip. In the future, explore share should let us know in advance if there is a guide change and provide background and credentials.

M. R. Grimshaw

5.00

March, 2020

Backcountry skiing in Rishiri

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Niels

4.00

February, 2020

Niseko 1-day guided freeriding

Explore-share managed to find me a very good ski guide, but would have been nice to get in touch with the guide earlier after the transaction was done

Guillaume Regout

5.00

February, 2020

Hokkaido backcountry and off piste skiing

We spent 2 exceptional days in Hokkaido with Daisuke-san. He is very experienced and knowledgeable about the local conditions, about the mountains and about places to go in general. Even after our trip with him had ended, Daisuke-san came to our rescue when we had technical troubles. We feel privileged to have shared his company for two days, and we will never forget our time in Hokkaido with him.

Jonathan Mandio

5.00

February, 2020

Backcountry ski guided day tours in Hakuba, Japan

My guide kenji was amazing! He picked me up from the hotel and provided whatever rental gear I needed. Kenji and I talked about snowboard movies, Japan, life, and he even gave me recommendations for Hakuba and Tokyo. I would highly recommend Yu, Bamboo tail guide company, and kenji.

Louise Carlsson

5.00

January, 2020

Niseko 1-day guided freeriding

We went for a 1-day guided freeriding with Jun's colleages Tim and Anna! They were amazing and showed us the best spots for backcountry skiing in Niseko. We were also very lucky to get a lot of snow, which made it the best day on the mountain for us. Thanks a lot!

Anonymous

5.00

January, 2020

3-day backcountry skiing in Tohoku, northern Honshu

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.

Vito Notari

5.00

January, 2020

Hokkaido backcountry and off piste skiing

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 :-).

Joel Schy

5.00

January, 2020

Backcountry skiing in Rishiri

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!

Joel Schy

5.00

January, 2020

3-day backcountry skiing in Tohoku, northern Honshu

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Bastien Adrien

5.00

July, 2019

Powder Ski Trip in the Niseko and Sapporo Area

I recently did the Freeride Camp with Sherpas Ride and it was amazing. First of all the staff is not only very competent but also highly motivated to provide a great experience on and off the mountain every single day. The provided equipment (Skis, Poles & avalanche equipment) was new and worked well. Breakfast was freshly made every day and the guys did a good job creating a relaxed and fun atmosphere throughout the trip. I'll definitely try to come back for another trip!

Manuel Wildtgrube

5.00

July, 2019

Powder Ski Trip in the Niseko and Sapporo Area

Definitely provided one of the best sports experiences I've ever had. Organization and support was great, staff very competent and ambitious. Skis and boards provided, guides were able to find the best powder lines on the mountains. Big thumbs up!

Martin Vana

5.00

July, 2019

Powder Ski Trip in the Niseko and Sapporo Area

What an experience! Vojta, Tomas, Cyril and Kuba run a great camp with good balance of ski touring and lift access to get to the best lines of the day. I liked the idea of not having daily program set in stone but rather wait for morning weather report to decide on the best option for the day. I highly recommend Sherpas ride for Japow experience.

Fortunat Signorell

5.00

July, 2019

Freeride Road Trip and Backcountry Ski in Hokkaido

Booked the Hokkaido Roadtrip - this can be described in one word: Fantastic! I would book this trip again immediately! Super organized camp with excellent powderlines. Guides are also trying very hard to put together an alternative program (ski tours) if it happens that there is no fresh snow for a few days. Really absolutely recommendable Trip to Japan with all-round care.

Pfanni

5.00

July, 2019

Freeride Road Trip and Backcountry Ski in Hokkaido

I participated in the Sherpas Ride Trip Dec/Jan 2018/19 and I loved the experience of freeriding in Japan as well as the guiding and organization of Tomas and Vojta from Sherpas Ride. The trip was booked directly with Vojta and he advised me carefully on fitness level and equipment required for the trip. I felt well prepared and any question or organizational detail was delivered in a timely manner. At arrival the pickup went smoothly and Vojta is great in making you feel welcome and at home from the first minute. The housing, where our group of 12 people, was accommodated was conveniently equipped and close to restaurants and supermarkets. The facilities like bathroom and kitchen are shared and the group was super lovely and easy to deal with. The equipment (ski, poles, backpack with avalanche rescue equipment, and skins) was all comparatively new and well maintained. Tomas and Vojta were always helpful if there was any need or problem with it. The organization of breakfast, driving to the best spot and during the freeriding or touring day went well because the guys mange everything in a nice and relaxed way. I asked for and appreciated that they gave me advise on how to improve my freeriding skills and that they had a good speed and thus, I was also challenged to become better. I felt well informed on where to go and how to behave and there was always room for discussing snow conditions and how to best spot a line and estimate risks. I definitely learned something there and the two guides made things fun, yet clear when limits are reached. The scenery of the volcanos, trees, and the masses of snow is simply faboulous. There is nothing comparable to enjoying the ride in the deep snow spraying all over you. I would definitely do it again! Thanks for the time, Sherpas Ride, and my great group Dec/Jan 2018/19 - you will always enjoy a special place in my memories.

Anonymous

5.00

May, 2019

Mount Fuji (3776 m) ski descent

Cveto guided my boyfriend and I up Mt Fuji. Our trip up was great, a beautiful day with good views. Cveto kept us at a good pace that felt comfortable and relaxed. We spent some time at the top admiring the view and the crater of Fuji. We skied/snowboarded down and had a fun adventure navigating the terrain. Cveto was safe and knowledgable and we were happy he was our guide! Thank you! Its a trip we wont forget!

Tastone

5.00

May, 2019

Mount Fuji (3776 m) ski descent

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Anonymous

5.00

April, 2019

Backcountry skiing in Rishiri

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!

Julien

5.00

March, 2019

1-7 days Sapporo Based Backcountry Skiing

I had a great time with Wataru, very nice and experienced guide. He brought us not so far away in a quiet and beautiful area of Shirebitsu with tons of magical snow. If I could, I would go back tomorrow! Thanks again to your platform.

Barry Mckillop

5.00

March, 2019

Ski touring on Mount Yotei in Hokkaido

Amazing experience. Took 5hrs to summit. Cloudy and little wind made it easier. Skies opened up 100M from the top. We summited and then we skied fresh powder into the crater. Well worth it.

Chris Pierce

5.00

March, 2019

4-day Backcountry skiing in Rishiri (accommodation included)

Toshi and his staff are great! Very knowledgeable of the local terrain. Definitely recommend bringing a group of people with similar abilities and objectives. If you end up in a mixed group they do their best, but they have to slow the pace to the least experienced people in the group. The accommodations at the pension were very comfortable and the staff was excellent as well. Food was fantastic, including several unique and authentic Japanese dishes.

Paul Johnston

5.00

March, 2019

Backcountry skiing in Rishiri

We had a great trip to Rishiri! The snow gods were not on our side but Rishiri is a mountain of many slopes and aspects and thanks to a great guiding team we always managed to find good snow! Toshi ran a great operation with 3 other guides which meant we were split into two groups with a max of 9 per group and two guides. This allowed the group to be split even further on the day... Special thanks to Shohei and Kosukei - very professional guides!! Arigatou-gozaimashita!!

Sascha Elsnik

5.00

February, 2019

1-7 days Sapporo Based Backcountry Skiing

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

Bruce Barnett

5.00

February, 2019

4-day Backcountry skiing in Rishiri (accommodation included)

I recommend this trip for any backcountry skier who likes to ski Japan powder. Toshi has a great set up with snow mobiles for initial access and a large variety of steeper terrain for skinning up and skiing down. Can suit a range of wind directions and conditions. The accommodation is new and comfortable and the Japanese dinners and breakfasts are great if you like seafood. There is also an onsen there. Unfortunately we were there at a time when there was no new snow however this was compensated for with the magnificent views we had if Rishiri mountain and surrounding islands.

Philippe Fatzer

3.00

February, 2019

1-7 days Sapporo Based Backcountry Skiing

Should have extended each day by at least 1 run

Alex

5.00

February, 2019

Niseko, Rusutsu and Sapporo backcountry ski tours

I would like to give Naoki five stars out of five. He was just great: professional, safety first approach, helped us with our splitboards, found great terrain and was very friendly and kind during the hole day!

Nicklas Zettergren

5.00

February, 2019

Guided powder ski tour – Niseko Ski Resort

The "Guided powder ski tour" was amazing, also thanks to your brilliant and professional guide Gunther Winkel also a big thanks to Jun Horie for the skitouring equipment. On behalf Daniel and myself we want to thank you for a very professional guided powder ski tour, showing us Niseko in the best way of ski touring.

Anton Arriola

4.00

February, 2019

Hokkaido backcountry and off piste skiing

Truly excellent guide, with unique knowledge of backcountry spots for freeride and touring. Extremely nice guy too.

Craig

3.00

February, 2019

Backcountry skiing in Rishiri

I can not rate Toshiya because he was not our guide. Our experience was marred by a void of communication prior to the trip. We never recieved email or other communication prior to our trip, despite frequent requests. Simple questions like, "Do we need crampons?" were unanswered. The day before our arrival, we called Toshiya (whos phone number was being withheld). He was unaware of what day we were visiting, he did not know how many days or how many people in our group.

ed zinnanti and iris zinnanti

5.00

February, 2019

Niseko, Rusutsu and Sapporo backcountry ski tours

My wife and myself had the wonderful opportunity to spend three days with Naomi Kawata as our backcountry country guide. First off Naoki is a very easy going person. wen felt at ease with him right away. also he has the right guide qualifications.Safety in the mountains was the number one priority. he is very knowledgeable about anything backcountry (example how to apply your skins when your knee deep in snow} Naoki was able to take us to a mountain where we three were the only people there it was an absolute blast! Naoki took us to a few local restaurants that were amazing. you had better know japanese in these places or have Naoki with you, that's how local they were. Well to sum it up three great days skiing with an excellent ,extremely versed guide. we will definitely get with Naoki next year. We highly recommend him to anyone looking for a good safe time. Ed &Iris

Anna O'Sullivan

5.00

February, 2019

Hokkaido backcountry and off piste skiing

Great for experienced backcountry ski/board tourers. Daisuke looked after us very well. We experienced some of the local culture going to onsens and restaurants after a hard day on the snow. The yakitori stand at the end of the first day was a real treat.

Elisabeth Smajda

5.00

January, 2019

3-day Backcountry skiing in Rishiri (accommodation included)

English very limited. But otherwise the experience, the accommodation, the snow, the place and the guide were truly amazing!

Clemens Wainig

5.00

April, 2018

Mount Fuji (3776 m) ski descent

Cveto was a verry professional and good gide. We had a really hard tour lasting 13 hours, but it was worth it. Standing allone with your gide on top of fuji san and overlooking the entire tokyo bay is a breathtaking expirience one will never forget.

Stefan Janisch

5.00

March, 2018

Ski touring on Mount Yotei in Hokkaido

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

Holly Sullivan

4.00

March, 2018

1-7 days Sapporo Based Backcountry Skiing

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.

Toufic Azar

5.00

March, 2018

Sapporo backcountry skiing, private guided trip

Excelent, We had great fun, Wataru was very helpful, he taught us a lot about backcountry. He provided all the gear with skis snowboards, skins etc. Asahidake is a must do. We will come back again in the future to explore more mountains!

AustenDavies

5.00

March, 2018

Hokkaido backcountry and ski touring

Jun Is An excellent and cheerful guide who will help you find the skiing you want what ever your level

Nick Oats

5.00

March, 2018

Backcountry skiing in Rishiri

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

Eric Yap

5.00

March, 2018

3 Days Backcountry Ski Tour in Shirakawa, Gifu

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

James Ramsay

5.00

February, 2018

3-day Backcountry skiing in Rishiri (accommodation included)

One of the best trips I have ever done. One of the most beautiful places I have visited in Japan and the rest of the world. Toshi is an exceptional guide, is an expert on the islands skiing and has a fantastic set up including accomodation. His pension is perfect for daily excursions into the backcountry. I cannot recommend this trip enough except that I don't want eveyone else to know about this very special place.

Henrik

5.00

February, 2018

Ski touring on Mount Yotei in Hokkaido

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Armand Girard Noyer

5.00

February, 2018

Hokkaido backcountry and off piste skiing

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alexandre ALT

5.00

February, 2018

7-day backcountry skiing tour in Hokkaido

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Fred

5.00

February, 2018

Backcountry skiing in Rishiri

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.

Jenna Shlachter

5.00

February, 2018

Ski touring on Mount Yotei in Hokkaido

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.

Chris Leach

5.00

February, 2018

Niseko 1+ day backcountry skiing with a guide

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.

Katrina Scott

4.00

February, 2018

Ski Touring in Harukayama, Hokkaido

This a beautiful day and a half tour with views of the ocean behind you and unless it's a weekend you'll likely be the only people on the mountain. The first day didn't involve much skiing, there is a 3 hour hike then skins off and a nice gentle slope down to the hut. Unfortunately this had been tracked out by snowmobilers. So we didn't lap it and got to the hut at 2.30pm. AKI kept us entertained with stories of his incredible experiences from around the world. The second day, the two slopes that we lapped were really playful and not a track in sight! Would highly recommend AKI as a guide and hut is brilliant!

Dominik Aerni

5.00

February, 2018

Backcountry ski guided day tours in Hakuba, Japan

Great tour in the beautiful mountains of Hakuba with waist deep powder! Sick riding!!

Connor McCune

5.00

February, 2018

Hokkaido backcountry and off piste skiing

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!

Torrey Hata

5.00

January, 2018

Hokkaido backcountry and off piste skiing

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Kevin Arnold

5.00

January, 2018

Hokkaido backcountry and off piste skiing

Outstanding. Daisuke is very knowledgeable and went above and beyond. Highly recommended. Regards, Kevin

Annabelle Angerer

5.00

January, 2018

Hokkaido backcountry and off piste skiing

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Matthew Lowe

3.00

January, 2018

1-7 days Sapporo Based Backcountry Skiing

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.

Renee

5.00

November, 2017

1-day Asahikawa area backcountry tour in Hokkaido

I have snowboarded at a lot of different resorts across the world and Japan has some of the best snow that I have ever ridden. There is so much of it! I also really enjoy the Japanese culture and food. The whole Japan snow experience is AMAZING. I have gone there twice before to Niseko, so this time I wanted to try something different. I loved visiting Northern Hokkaido and was glad that Naoki could bring us to local restaurants and also show us where to go for backcountry! His knowledge is amazing. I don't think we would have had such an authentic experience without him. We did a 4 day backcountry powder tour in February, 2017 and it didn’t snow very much the first few days but with Naoki's expertise, he was able to take us to locations where we found POWDER! ASAHIDAKE and SAPPORO KOKUSAI were AMAZING! Those 2 were my favorite by far, but i loved all 4 days. They were all different which I liked. Naoki also brought us to onsens after, which we all enjoyed very much! Naoki was THE BEST guide EVER! We laughed a lot together. He taught us Japanese and we taught him English. He was super knowledgeable about every single mountain we went to and could read the terrain so well. He could even tell us which areas to avoid and which sides had better snow. I always felt super safe under his supervision. The added surprise was Naoki taking us to eat local Japanese restaurants. We ate ORGANS for the first time. It was so fun and such a great experience. WE LOVE NAOKI! We want to do another guided tour in Japan with him. We consider him a friend now. Also he took pictures of us which we did not expect and they turned out to be AWESOME! I would love to go on a guided tour to some steeper areas like Hakuba. Maybe in 2 years we will meet Naoki again. He was super knowledgeable, fun, and safe! He is also a really good snowboarder. Our of 5, I would rate him a 6!!! =)  

Alex

5.00

April, 2017

Powder Ski Trip in the Niseko and Sapporo Area

(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.

Paul Gelbin

5.00

March, 2017

Powder Ski Trip in the Niseko and Sapporo Area

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

5.00

March, 2017

Backcountry skiing in Rishiri

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Benji Merlin Gaub

5.00

March, 2017

Freeride Road Trip and Backcountry Ski in Hokkaido

What a blast! We had the most epic trip with the boys from sherpas ride. Vojta assembled a very good group with strong riders. We got blessed with the weather and found fresh powder lines every day. Vojta always made sure to keep us busy and entertained - no day like the previous one, new highlights every day!! It was a good mix of resort skiing and ski touring. On our off day we went swimming in the ocean followed by whiskey tasting tour. Even got to play around with a drone. Seriously, what more can you ask for? Definitely coming back for more. I 100% recommend this camp. If you want to have a great time in japan with easy going guides that ski hard and always find fresh powder stashes at a really decent price, look no further.

Albert Vicente

5.00

February, 2017

Freeride Road Trip and Backcountry Ski in Hokkaido

Those guys are amazing! 9 days of ski that I will never forgget! Hope to see you soon guys! Spanish kisses!

Anna Slater

5.00

February, 2017

Freeride Road Trip and Backcountry Ski in Hokkaido

Even If snow conditions aren't the best ones in the season the guides will always tAke you for the fresh pow! ( Japow:) . Great 10 days of freeriding and enjoying japanese food,onsen and countryside of Hokkaidó.

Richard

5.00

February, 2017

Freeride skiing in Gunma and Nigata

I just wanted to say that Kenichi-san was a fantastic guide and a really good man. We loved our time with him and got to ski much more powder snow than if we had been by ourselves. I highly recommend him as a guide.

Verena SC

5.00

February, 2017

Freeride Road Trip and Backcountry Ski in Hokkaido

We had an awesome freeride experience with sherpasride last year! Vojta, Tomas and Kuba are doing a great job. The camp is unique and with the best breakfast you can imagine thanks to Kuba. Therefore we came back to Japan shredding some powder with the guys again! It's not about business, it’s about passion!

Sani

5.00

February, 2017

Myoko Backcountry Splitboard Guiding

I think Ryuta is a great guide. The tour was quite nice. I loved the lines we did. It would've been 5 stars if his English was better but his assistant guide was of great help especially in communication. Otherwise, I felt quite safe with him and his abilities

Vlad

5.00

February, 2017

Myoko Backcountry Splitboard Guiding

Everything was just great, him and his partner were fully dedicated to our group and tried their best to make the most out of our day. The lines were great and they were super safety-conscious. I wish his English was a bit better, so that we'd get to interact more and learn more about the mountain, some local stories etc... Cheers!

Guillaume

4.00

February, 2017

Powder Ski Trip in the Niseko and Sapporo Area

Obviously after a trip like that it goes very well! It was a great trip, the group was great and the guides too !! Very competent and they knew their subject! I found the trip checking on the internet and discovered explore-share.com. I was looking for a freeride ski trip in Japan, that only ! We had heard so much about this famous snow … We choose to hire Sherpa guides for 2 reasons : It was the best price for 9 days of ride, and the stay included very little hiking. Knowing that we were looking for freeride and not ski touring, the choice was quickly made. In addition, all equipment was provided (skiing, safety equipment). It was the first time we made such a trip, and frankly speaking, to be repeated! Great snow. The only downside is that we missed some more steep ski runs. But we are not disappointed as we went there for the snow and it was excellent. The fact of having the guide is useful when you do not know the area, the resort. If I had to go back, I would go without a guide because there is no use for me. Once you know a little bit the area, it is impossible to get lost .. We simply followed the 'freeride doors' that everyone takes. I would recommend this trip as it was a very good experience, well organized stay, competent guide, and top destination! No regrets!!

Andrew

4.00

February, 2017

1-7 days Sapporo Based Backcountry Skiing

I had a great day out with Wataru-San earlier this month (January 2017), we went to Sapporo-Kokusai and did some runs in really deep snow. Wataru enabled me to access terrain that I would not have been able to find without his knowledge and had I have known about him earlier, I would have stayed at his lodge and gone out with him for more than one day. The day was a very Japanese experience with the deep powder, traditional onsen and local dinner after the ski day. Although I had some of the equipment already, it's good that Wataru has all the equipment for hire, as not all the guides can do this.

Pascal

5.00

February, 2017

Backcountry skiing in Rishiri

We had an amazing experience on Rishiri, perfect snow, good weather and a guide who knows the island like his pocket. The very steep slopes and the overwhelming nature satisfied every wish we had.  We have been looking for a guided tour avoiding the normal tracks on Hokkaido and then saw the pictures of the floating mountain. And definitively the adventure included.  We went to the southern part of the island, as Toshi-san knew that there would be the best snow conditions. The first 5km we have been toed in by a snow mobile and then climbed up a several times, riding different gullies each time. Toshi-san is an amazing person, always happy, friendly and very welcoming. As said before, he knows every bit of the island and guided accordingly bringing us to breathtaking places. We all would and will totally recommend him to friends visiting Japan. The reality was much better than expectations! We had some concerns regarding the weather conditions and difficulty but got lucky with the weather and never felt that Toshi chose a route too difficult. Rishiri is a floating mountain! Steep like in the Swiss alps, but just one single mountain, which makes the it much more imposant. On the sunny day, we could see the Sibirian mainland. What are your top 3 memories during the trip ?  Riding very steep slopes in perfect snow, Toshi-san with his warm and welcoming attitude, and the travel to get there and back

Bill

5.00

February, 2017

3 Days Backcountry Ski Tour in Shirakawa, Gifu

Without a doubt, Ryuta-san exceeded all of my expectations. His level of professionalism, planning, client care and willingness to go the extra mile are on par with the best in the business. He is also the first dedicated splitboard guide I've toured with, so this was an added plus!

Thomas

5.00

January, 2017

Hokkaido backcountry and off piste skiing

L'expérience du ski de randonnée à son paroxysme ! De la neige fraîche et légère jusque dans les narines! Quelle séjour inoubliable... Au delà de cette aventure sportive incroyable, on a vécu une vrai expérience japonaise. En dehors des circuits touristiques; à la découverte du Japon, avec les japonais, mangeant japonais matin midi et soir, bref vivant japonais! Avec notre guide Daisuke, un guide très compétant, skieur de renommée mondiale surnommé le japonais volant! Chaque jour des paysages différents plus sublimes les uns que les autres. Des montagnes, des volcans, des forêts.. le tout avec deux points communs: jamais personne et abondance de neige fraîche. Ne cherchez pas à imaginer ce que cela pourrait être, il faut le vivre pour le croire!!

Gaelle

5.00

January, 2017

Hokkaido backcountry and off piste skiing

The week was fantastic. Daisuke is the best guide ever seen. He finds the best snow. He takes care of all of us. He provides new material. He brings solutions all the time for every question even not linked to the snow. Thank you !!!

Becky

5.00

January, 2017

Hokkaido backcountry and off piste skiing

A week in powder paradise with Daisuke, the best guide we could have wished for this experience! Snow as light as air, the most exquisite local cuisine and natural hot springs, all shared among friends. What could be better? The entire trip exceeded our dreams. Japow is everything they say and more

Ivan Schellhorn

5.00

January, 2017

Powder Ski Trip in the Niseko and Sapporo Area

Best Backcountry tours in JAPOW, awesome spirit, fantastic guiding, good food and excellent local knowledge. Our group has had a blast with Thomas and Vojta. Highly recommend to go with these guys

Claudio Anthamatten

5.00

January, 2017

Powder Ski Trip in the Niseko and Sapporo Area

I had a great week with good snow, a good choice of resorts and restaurants. With Thomas and Vojta you will get in a short time a perfect glance of hokkaido...

Benoit

5.00

January, 2017

Best ski touring in Hokkaido, 7 days

We have been five days on Hokkaido in December and January 2017 for backcountry skiing. It was our first time in Japan for skiing. Our guide was the experienced Takao Miyashita. Takao is a wonderful mountain guide born on Hokkaido with a lot of know-how in Himalaya, European Alps and, of course, Japan.  The program was perfect and Takao have adapted it following our strengths, weakness, weather and desires. Security and training ships were perfect. Even in bad weather conditions, we were very secure and everything was suitable for what we want. The snow was great in comparison with Europe and the landscape was very beautiful. Organisation, transport, food and accommodation were also superb. A wonderful trip ! I highly recommend Takao Miyashita !

Christian Gottwald

5.00

August, 2016

Powder Ski Trip in the Niseko and Sapporo Area

Best ski guiding in the World..... Awesome Japanese trips. Very good organization... Nice people.... All in all perfect..... Looking forward to book the next trip.

Anja

5.00

August, 2016

Freeride Road Trip and Backcountry Ski in Hokkaido

Vojta and Tomáš create a pleasant and enjoyable atmosphere and always look for the best snow conditions in the region. You will enjoy the best skiing experience ever!

David Urie

5.00

August, 2016

Powder Ski Trip in the Niseko and Sapporo Area

I was not backcountry skier before. Thank to Vojta and Tomas it was my experience with powder outstanding. I would recommend Japan trip to any skiing fan. Thank you guys for gr8 adventure.

Martin Klofanda

5.00

June, 2016

Freeride Road Trip and Backcountry Ski in Hokkaido

Best skiing ever with Sherpas Ride in Japan..

Jacqui Benson Ellett

5.00

May, 2016

Powder Ski Trip in the Niseko and Sapporo Area

Thanks guys for running a great trip.. 2017, see u there!

Nenad Tripic

5.00

May, 2016

Powder Ski Trip in the Niseko and Sapporo Area

Tomáš and Vojta are doing a great job and I can really recommend Sherpas Ride to everybody who's looking for an unique experience in Japan.

Aubrey

5.00

March, 2016

Backcountry skiing in Rishiri

Incredible scenery, terrain with endless possibilities, no crowd, pure Japanese ambiance. What do you want more? A experienced guide that will share his passion with a legendary smile? Check! Toshiya and his family are the additional element that make this kind of trip just epic.

Cedric

5.00

February, 2016

Hokkaido backcountry and off piste skiing

If Japan is exceptional and the snow far more impressive than what we expected, it was before everything else thanks to Daisuke that we could live such a unique experience. We had the opportunity of discovering the best ski spots of Hokkaido : Rusutsu, Niseko, Neemy Onsen, Mount Yotei, Sapporo Kokkusai, Mount Furano, Mount Tokachidake, Mount Asahidake, Horakanai Pass, Otaru and Kiroko. 10 days of pure happiness during which we had the luxury of taking care of nothing since we fully trusted Daisuke who is such an incredible skier and guide, and who understood very well what our expectations were related to that trip. I definitely recommend him for any skier looking for powder snow, to go out of the beaten tracks and to learn about the Japanese culture.

Michiel

5.00

August, 2015

Backcountry skiing in Rishiri

The trip was truly amazing. Toshiya was our guide, he is the only winter guide on Rishiri (in summer there are 5 guides apparently). He is great, he and his sister run a ryokan (hotel) which is nice, great food and with a nice onzen (natural hot spring) to relax after skiing (they can open a big door so you can see the mountain and the stars whilst enjoying the bath. Bit hard to get to Rishiri but the powder on the big mountain pays for everything, truly amazing. Toshiya climbed the top over 500 times so he knows the mountain and the good spots to find the best conditions depending on wind etc. According to him the best season is February/early March. The wind is the main factor whether or not to reach the top and that is the same most months however powder is best not too late in the season (we were in early March). Temperature is not too bad despite being very close to Siberia. I may go again next year!

Junny Lee

5.00

September, 2014

Powder Ski Trip in the Niseko and Sapporo Area

Vojta is not only an excellent skiing instructor - he is a great person. It was my second time skiing after a terrible skiing accident ten years ago. Vojta took personal care of me. He improved my technique immensely, gave me confidence and most importantly enabled me to love and enjoy skiing once again. Thanks Vojta!


 

There are many reasons for choosing Splitboarding in Japan

There is plenty of natural beauty to see in the mountains of Japan. Enjoy evergreen forests, incredible views out over mountains and valleys, and incredible descents while facing the turquoise-blue sea. From Hokkaido to Kochi, there is no shortage of incredible sights to see.

 

Good to know:

Country Code:

+81

Language:

Japanese

Currency:

Yen (JPY)

Best time to visit:

December to March

How do I get there:

Any trip to Japan begins with a flight into either the Haneda International Airport (HND) or Narita International Airport (NRT). From here, you can take a regional flight or the famous bullet train on to your final destination

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. Due to its proximity to the Sea of Japan, most of the mountainous areas also receive plenty of snowfall, averaging 10 to 16 meters per season!

More info about Splitboarding in Japan:

Japan is one of the world’s top destinations for splitboarding, which combines backcountry skiing with snowboarding. Hokkaido may be one of the most popular spots to head out on the board, but it is far from the only one. Just an hour by train outside of Tokyo, Mount Fuji is a fan-favourite spot to head out on your splitboard. Spend a day climbing up to the top on the skins of the separated skis before getting an early start the next day to see the sunrise and careen down the mountain on your board. Nearby to Hokkaido, the island of Rishiri is offers incredible ocean views and plenty of excellent splitboarding too. Niseko and Sapporo are also nearby to the splitboarding hotspot and offer other excellent options as well

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