1-day backcountry ski in Shirakawa area

The backcountry ski options in the Shirakawa area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are endless! Make your choice and join Naoki, JMGA certified mountain guide.




Trip Duration

1+ day

Mountain Range

Japan Alps

People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Feb, Mar

Type of Trip

Not specified



    Join me for an unforgettable day backcountry skiing in the area of Shirakawa. 

    Shirakawa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The historic village is simply beautiful, the architecture of the houses is unique. This is in fact one of the areas with the heaviest snowfall in Japan. As this is not a ski resort, there are no lifts at all. Therefore we will have to hike up!

    I planned this trip for experienced backcountry skiers. And I can arrange various itineraries for you, depending on your wishes. The tour varies depending on the sites we go to. We will hike up in total 2 to 5 hours. We can choose the routes to best fit your technical level. Let’s have a great snow day together!

    • Oku-Mino, Shirakawa-go, Shirayu Area:

    This is my favourite home field. It is located at the westernmost side of the Chubu Mountains. There is very light snow in this area, brought by dry wind blowing from Hakusan (Mt Haku). Oku-Mino is very famous for many popular large scale ski resorts. And in Hirayu, you can enjoy dry powder snow. Also, many skiers are fascinated by the heavy snowfall in Shirakawa-go.

    Some possible routes are: Dainichi-ga-dake, Suigo-yama, Bishamon-dake, Mt. Nodanishojisan, Sanbou-iwa-dake, Shirayu, etc.

    • Hokuriku, Hakusan Area:

    The Japan Sea side of Hakusan is an area where we find much snow. Since the old days, many people have skied in this area due to its attractive fields. There are many great options in these ski fields. It is better to enjoy snow in this area from mid-January until mid-February. I recommend you to come earlier to get the best snow in the early spring.

    Some possible tour routes include: Katsuyama, Ohno, Hakusan, etc.

    Do these backcountry ski options in Shirakawa sound tempting? Then please send me a request to book this trip and we will define the exact program! I can’t wait to guide you in this magic location. There are also great backcountry ski options around Nagano and Niigata, check them out!

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    40000 JPY

    Group of 2
    20000 JPY

    Group of 3
    17000 JPY

    Group of 4
    14000 JPY

    Group of 5
    13500 JPY

    Group of 6
    12500 JPY


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
     The indicated price is for weekdays only. The price does not include guide's expenses, transportation fees, lift fees or insurance.

    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point

    It will depend on the route we choose. We will meet around 8AM.

    More info

    The indicated price is for weekdays only. On weekends the price per person is:

    - 60000JPY (group of 1)

    - 30000JPY (group of 2)

    - 20000JPY (group of 3)

    - 15000JPY (group of 4)

    - 12500JPY (group of 5)

    - 11500JPY (group of 6).

    Equipment: skis (skis, snowboard, telemark, etc), ski boots, outerwear (warm, waterproof and moisture permeable clothes with hood are ideal), inner wear (nylon or fleece material, cotton is not suitable), underwear (easy to dry up), sunglasses, goggles (sunglasses are not enough), warm gloves, beanie, neck warmer (balaclava is the best), helmet, beacon, probe, shovel, crampons (optional), snowshoes or seals, telescopic walking poles, light gloves, snacks and drink, backpack (25-30L).

    You can rent the following items: beacon, backpack, snowshoes, probe, shovel, telescopic poles.


    - Between 2 and 7 days prior to the trip: CF is 30% of the trip price.

    - On the previous day: CF is 50% of the trip price.

    - On the same day (or no show up): CF is 100% of the trip price.


    About the Guide


    I am a JMGA certified mountain and ski / snowboarding guide. I was born in Shiga prefecture, where I still live, and have been snowboarding since 1999. I’ve been a backcountry guide since 2007

    My passion is travelling and backcountry snowboarding. My guiding style is to travel to snowboard, and during the winter season, I travel from Hokkaido to Western Japan (Gifu) chasing the snow with my clients.

    I am not a pro snowboarder that decorates the front page of free ride magazines nor am I a super climber on high peaks abroad, but my speciality is to understand what clients seek and to guide accordingly.

    My slogan is “To guide with maximum effort! Enjoy with clients! And by all means, safely!!”
    Please join me to have fun in the backcountry fields all over Japan!



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    What People are Saying about Naoki Kawata


    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!
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    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
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    ed zinnanti and iris zinnanti
    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!!! =)  
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