Jan, Feb, Mar
Receiving so much powder that it could be easily mistaken for a snow factory, Niseko is home to a number of fantastic descents. And because of its collection of lifts, getting to those descents is incredibly easy.
Along with the sheer volume of descents, the views you will receive throughout Niseko make it a great place to pause and soak in the spectacular scenery. Furthermore, Niseko is home to several great restaurants, shopping spots and nightlife.
For one day, or several days, I would like to guide you to the best descents that suit you. I will factor in your skill level, as well as the weather and snow conditions. And after we’ve found the right descent, or descents depending how long you wish to say, I have no doubt you’ll have an unforgettable time.
Enormous, and very accessible to English speakers, the Niseko ski resort is a great place to enjoy skiing in Hokkaido. If you would like to see why this resort is so renowned, just send me a request. I look forward to hearing from you.
I can also guide you on a ski touring trip in the upscale Kiroro ski resort, also located in Hokkaido.
Niseko ski resort
Some accommodation options which I personally recommend in Niseko include the Hotel Kanronomori, a half board hotel that costs between 12,000 and 20,000 JPY per night, the Goshiki Onsen, which is an onsen lodging in the mountains, far from the resort and costs 4,000 JPY for self serve and 10,000 JPY for half board and the Woodpeckers, a mountain hut which costs 7,500 JPY and is half board option located just below the Niseko Moiwa ski resort.
I am an experienced IFMGA mountain guide, born and raised in Hokkaido, Japan. I started skiing when I was 3 and started climbing when I was 6. My high school years were spent in ski competitions and I joined mountaineering club at University, where I developed my ski mountaineering skills. I have been a ski instructor for Miura Dolphins founded by Yuichiro Miura (first ski descent of the Everest “The Man Who Skied Down Everest” and the oldest Everest summiting record holder at 80 years old) and also supported Yuichiro's Aconcagua ascent and ski descent in 1984 as a part of his 7 summits ski descent challenge.
I was inspired by the works of mountain guides in Chamonix when I visited there in 1983, and decided to start guiding as a mountain guide in Japan in 1989 to share my passion and experiences in outdoors sports with other people, as well as to offer instruction to people enjoying the mountains to be better climbers / skiers. I have also contributed to the proper training of JMGA (Japan Mountain Guides Association) guides and the affiliation of it to IFMGA. I am responsible for the pioneering of the climbing and backcountry skiing scenes in Japan.
My main guiding arena is alpinism, whether it be mountaineering or ski mountaineering, mainly in Hokkaido. I usually take a small group of people (2-5) for Sawanobori (canyoning up waterfalls), alpine climbing, ice climbing, and ski touring in the more remote areas of Japan.
I enjoy finding the best experience for each client accordingly to their physical abilities, preferences, and weather/conditions. I guide because I like watching and feeling that people are enjoying and having fun, and see how this buzz infects other people through skiing and climbing. I find this invaluable as a mountain guide.
There is more to Hokkaido than skiing lift accessible powder in January and February. Please reach out to me to find your own customised way to enjoy Hokkaido’s mountains, natures and culture!
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