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1-week freeride skiing tour in Hokkaido, Japan

Freeride Hokkaido
Freeride Hokkaido

Spend a week freeriding on incredible powder in Hokkaido with a certified mountain guide. Enjoy descents through endless birch forests and relax in an Onsen.


7 Days





Join me for a fantastic week freeriding in Japan! Through Hokkaido, cold air streams from Siberia and the humid Pacific air meet. The result is tons of fresh powder: up to 26 meters of snow are available here per season.

Our goal is to ski down as much fresh powder as possible. At times, we can begin skiing close to the lifts without climbing. Should it not snow, we tighten the skins and look for our lines in the backcountry (I know this area personally very well).

Our accommodation is located directly below Mount Annupuri. In the evening, a fabulous descent leads us through seemingly endless birch forests directly in front of the hotel. With a cold beer, we relax in the hotel’s own onsen (hot waters) and recharge the energy directly at the Japanese buffet. The next day, expect tricky forest runs and powder snow until it comes out of our ears.

We will visit several ski resorts around Mount Annupuri, which are all connected. Although it can be very stormy and cold –up to -25° C–, this trip only requires that you are a good skier willing to explore some of the best powder on Earth.

You will get a radio device, which will allow me to provide you the optimal downhill route from below. Also, communication will be easier in poor visibility or in the forest. Last but not least, it is also fun!

So, are you ready to enjoy great powder and excellent accommodation in Hokkaido? Please contact me!

If you book through Explore-Share, I will provide rental equipment, Skis and ARVA (beacon, probe, shovel), for free.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Mountain guide expenses


More info

Freeriding with touring binding and skins, WMS, shovel, probe and avalanche airbag are mandatory, as well as skiwear, mitts and face mask.

If you book through Explore-Share, I will provide rental equipment, Skis and ARVA (beacon, probe, shovel), for free.

Meeting point

Sapporo airport.

About the guide

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What people are saying about Japan

Jun is a responsible and reliable guide. He is also knowledgeable on the local flora and fauna and managed to show us quite a few interesting alpine flowers, birds and animals. He is kind and helpful and converses well in English. I will not hesitate to recommend him to any anyone needing an English speaking guide in Japan.


As for Kikuo-san, we both really liked her.  She is very pleasant.  A bit quiet spoken in a good way.  She obviously knows the Akan region very well, as she lives inside the national park.  She has very responsible and well organised.  I would have her guide us again, when we go back to the area.



Fantastic region, perfect guide !



Just back from Hakuba –Japan and I’m so pleased to confirm we got such a great experience with Iwao who has provided a service above all expectations. Indeed assisting a family confronted to a new environment requires a certain level of patience and attention and all the family appreciated his sense of responsibilities and seriousness which allowed us to really enjoy this region by experiencing touring, hicking and of course skiing in immaculate powder. Iwao was very discreet but always acted to ensure we could take the best of all Hakuba mountains could offer to us during these 5 days.This experience will for sure remain in all our minds for long and this will be mainly thanks to Iwao ! Best, Arnaud



We had a wonderfull ski touring trip with Iwao in Gunma. Iwao brought us in various beautifull landscapes to found very good spring snow. He is a very professional guide that can adapt to clients will and conditions! We had great time sharing our experiences about nature and mountains. The second day, we had a long tour with beautiful views on gunma's region and finissing along a river in an amazing forest. It was great fun to wait the last train in the midel of nowhere at sunset to come back to our village! Iwao has perfectly organised the trip bringing me to nice local onsen, restaurant and hôtel! Wonderfull trip to recommand!

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