People per Guide
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec
Type of Trip
Come join me on this beautiful hike around Minakami. You’ll enjoy the stunning nature in this area with your telemarks on!
Minakami is an outdoor sports and hot spring town in Gunma Prefecture, Japan. Several ski resorts are found close to Minakami and their proximity to Tokyo make them very popular among Japanese as well as foreign skiers.
You’ll find that it’s so much fun to smoothly walk around the forests in Minakami. Telemarks will make your snow walk comfortable so that we can easily go up and down on gentle slopes. Telemark skis provide much better mobility that snowshoes and are a great way to move around deep snow.
Both telemark skis and poles are included in the tour price and a local hot lunch will be provided as well. We’ll all share a lovely moment together eating lunch on the snow. We might also get to see some of the local fauna, so this tour is perfect for nature lovers!
The best time to join me on this nature trek is from mid-December to the beginning of April. You don’t need any prior experience to participate in this tour: if you’ve never walked on telemark skis before, I’ll give you a few tips before we start. It’s super easy!
Sounds like fun? Contact me now and come join me on this amazing day in Minakami. It’s a great way to discover this gorgeous area.
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- All meals during trip
- Personal equipment
- Personal Insurance
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.
Warm clothes (e.g. fleece, light dawn, etc.)
Underwear (quick-dry, synthetic fiber is recommended)
Socks (quick-dry, synthetic fiber is recommended)
Cap (beanie, ear-covered knit cap, etc.)
Neck warmer (balaclava, etc.)
Gloves (both comfortable and warm)
Sunglasses or Goggle (UV protection)
In case I'm busy on the dates you request this trip, a JMGA mountain guide colleague will be able to guide you instead.
About the Guide
I am a JMGA mountain guide based in Minakami in Gumma prefecture in Japan, home to Mount Tanigawa in the Tanigawa Mountain Range. It is one of the top 100 famous mountains in Japan and is my favourite mountain full of potentials in rock climbing, mountaineering, backcountry skiing and trekking. I also run a lodging service there for the convenience of clients, which I started in response to the requests by my clients in 2011.
My specialty ranges from climbing / mountaineering, trekking (hiking and snow shoeing), Sawanobori (climbing up through waterfalls), backcountry skiing / ski touring, pack rafting and canyoning.
Having been a member of Exploration Club whilst at University in Kyoto, my first guiding certification was in river rafting, where my passion lay at the time, and my main guiding activities now are mostly in the mountains.
With “explore deeper and have fun” as mottos, I put together outdoor adventure itineraries for each season of the year, so that more people can feel and enjoy the power and kindness of the nature.
I would love to share the unique, beautiful and exploratory experience you can get in Minakami with you, let it be in the mountains or in the waters!
I have the following certificates: JMGA Climbing Guide Stage Level 2, Oze Nature Guide, Oze Climbing Guide and WMA Wilderness First Responder.
When I'm unavailable to guide, my trusted colleagues with JMGA certifications will be able to guide you!
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