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Ski touring on Rishiri Island and around Hokkaido


Join IFMGA certified guide Josef for this fantastic 11-day ski touring trip spent between the stunning wilds of Rishiri Island and the best freeride runs in central Hokkaido, Japan!


11 Days

Jan - Mar




* Explore the island of Rishiri and some of the best freeride terrain in Hokkaido

* Ski from the summit of Mt. Rishiri down to the sea!

* Discover Hokkaido´s world-renowned powder snow for yourself

* Join highly experienced and passionate mountain guides


Beautiful Rishiri Island lies off the north eastearn coast of Hokkaido in Japan. The magnificent Mount Rishiri, an extinct volcano, dominates this 183 square kilometre land mass.

This trip will be split into two halves with the first 4 days being spent on the spectacular Rishiri Island and volcano. After a day of transit our next 4 days will be spent on the best freeride terrain of Central Hokkaido. On this 11-day program, we will enjoy 8 days of skiing.

Our time on Rishiri Island will be spent ski touring in its abundant powder snow. This is the perfect opportunity to explore this wild and remote landscape in the company of a certified guide.

We will dedicate one day to reach the summit and its 360 degree panoramic views will take your breath away. What’s more, we have the option to take the Volcano from any side, you will be spoilt for choice!

It’s rare for us to come across many other people so we will likely have this epic mountain terrain to ourselves. You´ll find plenty of pristine slopes for your pleasure!

We will use snowmobiles for the first 300 vertical metres on each tour so as to save our legs from over-exertion.

During our time in central Hokkaido we will discover some of the best runs for freeriding that are accessed by ski lifts.

This trip is open to both skiers and snowboarders. You need to be comfortable con black pistes and, ideally, have some freeriding experience (though this isn´t mandatory). A good fitness level is also required, although you can always choose to have more rest days if you need to.

As part of the program, you will undergo an Avalanche Training Session to learn how to navigate the backcountry safely. You will be accompanied by certified guides who will observe your technique and give you feedback as well as video analysis.

If pristine volcano slopes and the best runs in Hokkaido sound like fun, then don’t hesitate to sign up! I can’t wait to share this wonderful experience with you in such an epic location!

Excited by this experience? Perhaps you also want to check out this 10-day ski touring trip in the breathtaking fjords and mountains of the Lyngen Alps in northern Norway!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip

Price details

Price also includes: Avalanche equipment (except for Beacon, available for rent for 90 EUR for the whole trip), half board while on Rishiri Island, breakfast the rest of the days.

Not included in the price are your flights. Flight ticket (Europe to Sapporo costs around 580 EUR, Sapporo to Rishiri Island 250 EUR, we can help out with flight reservation)

Insurance - approx. 100 EUR (Travel and Cancel insurance (not taking the trip due to injury illness etc.)) - we can arrange insurance for you

Lunches and dinners (on Hokkaido)

Please note: The trip with flight tickets, insurance, and all meal expenses will cost you around 3800 EUR.


Day 1: Japan arrival - Flight to Rishiri Island

Arrival to Japan (Sapporo airport). Connection flight to Rishiri Island.

Day 2: Ski Touring Rishiri

Ski touring on Rishiri (each day with UIAGM guide)

In the evening: Avalanche Awareness Presentation

Day 3: Ski Touring Rishiri

Ski touring on Rishiri (a different face) + Avalanche Rescue Practice

In the evening: Onsen (hot spring) relaxation (like every evening)

Day 4: Ski Touring Rishiri

Ski touring on Rishiri (different face)

In the evening: Onsen relaxation

Day 5: Rishiri Summit

Today we will attempt to reach the summit of Mount Rishiri

Weather permitting

Day 6: Cetral Hokkaido

Transfer to Central Hokkaido (Asahikawa)

Day 7: Furano

Day 8: Kuro-Dake

Kuro-dake (longest top-to-bottom run on Hokkaido) ​

Day 9: Undisclosed!!

Undisclosed location in North Hokkaido

Day 10: Asahidake

Asahidake / Evening: Good Bye Party in Sapporo

Day 11: End of trip

Flight back home OR Optional stay in Japan for more days.



Where will we meet?

You will fly to Sapporo New Chitose Airport. If you travel to

Sapporo/Chitose airport via Tokyo, please look for “Domestic Departures” in Tokyo.

You will have to recheck You luggage there.

Unless we make other arrangements, we will meet you on an agreed date and time in the airport. We will arrange this a fee days in avance. The maximum number of people we take at a time si 6. If your arrival is earlier than pick up time, you can visit restaurants or onsens -if you have more time- on the 3rd floor of the airport.

We will wait for you at

Domestic Arrival Terminal, Gate 1. Please look for the "SHERPAS RIDE" sign around

the waiting area in front of LAWSON grocery store. This gate is the one most to the

right when facing outside.

What ski boots should I take?

We recommend feeride (downhill) boots with ski/walk. If you have pin inserts you can use our pin

binding, otherwise you will use frame binding with touring option.

Boot examples: Tecnica Cochise, Lange XT FREE,

For Rishiri Trip, Norway Trip and Ride&Learn in the Alps touring boots with pin

inserts are the best option.

Boot examples: Tecnica Zero G, Salomon MTN LAB, SCOTT Superguide Carbon

Do you get skiers, snowboarders or both?

We get both skiers and snowboarders. Our main priority is to split guests into groups

based on their level. If possible we try to group the skiers and the snowboarders separately.

What is the budget for your camps?

You should budget around 4000 - 6000 YEN per day. Hirafu offers variety of bars and restaurants with Ramen (starting at 800 YEN), Sashimi (raw fish, starting at 1000 YEN) and lot of other types of food. Big supermarkets such as Max Value and Lucky are located in Kutchan at a walking distance from our house.

Should I take debit or credit card?

Both are generally accepted in Tokyo and Sapporo and in stores in


Some of the smaller restaurants in Kutchan only take cash, however youcan cash out in any 7-Eleven store.

We recommend You have at least 15 000 JPY in cash for your first few days in Japan.

What insurance should I take?

Our guests are required to arrange insurance that covers freeride and ski-touring as well as sufficient medical care in case of injury or illness.

We also strongly recommend

CANCELLATION INSURANCE in case you get injured or sick prior to your trip.


When choosing the right package, always check thoroughly that it covers both freeriding and ski-touring with the following specifics:

Freeriding: Skiing or snowboarding outside of the marked trails and slopes.

Ski-touring: Ski touring in a free terrain, outside the boundaries of the ski resorts and marked trails.


Insurance against having to cancel on your side (fue to injury, illness, etc.).

If you don't have cancellation insurance on your flight separately, include the flight ticket in total sum for the trip.

Important note:

When arranging your travel insurance with ERV (and other companies) and opting for cancel insurance option, please arrange your insurance no later than 2 weeks after making the first payment for the trip (flight ticket or deposit).


Alpenverein Insurance is not sufficient in it's basic version, because coverage of medical expenses is only 10 000 EUR. If you want to use Alpenverein, please purchase additional insurance (fee 44 EUR - might be different in your country) for travel of maximum 17 days. Please note that Alpenverein does not have Assistance Service in Japan. In case of Ana accident you would have to pay upfront, take the receipts and get refunded in Europe. Alpenverein does not offer liability for damage to property insurance (e.g. loss of our ski) and baggage insurance. We recommend combining Alpenverein with other insurance which covers mentioned accidents. If you are not a member of Alpenverein, you don't have to purchase it just for our trip.

What is the average age of the participants?

Between 30 and 45 years old. However we've has guests from anywhere between 18 to 70.

Where do the participants usually come from?

Most of our guests are from Europe (Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Czech & Slovak Republic, Italy, France, UK, Sweden, Spain, Poland and more). We also get clients from US, Canada, Australia, South America and elsewhere.

We speak English, Spanish, Czech

and some German. The main language spoken by our guides in the camp is English.

Sometimes one of the camp fills only by Czechs or Slovaks, in that case Czech is spoken.

How do you split the groups?

We split guests into groups based on their ski/ride level and ski touring expectations.

On a private trip, you stay together as a group. On big touring days (Mt. Yoteie.g.) whenever possible, we create one faster and one slower group, which can be

different than for freeriding days.

What is the level of skiing/snowboarding with guests?

We have had guests who tried powder skiing for the first time as well as riders back-flipping pillows and hitting avalanche barriers. And we were able to satisfy both.

Most of our skiers already have experience with powder skiing and are reasonably fit to be able to go for a backcountry tour.

Talk to us directly, we will access your skiing/riding level and place you in a suitable group.

What ski, snowboard and other equipment do you offer free of charge?

We provide top level equipment for free use in Japan.

SKIS: Kastle FX and BMX (115mm and 105mm under foor) Scott Scrapper (120mm and

110mm underfoot) and Armada JJ (117mm underfoot) in various lenghts for men and


SNOWBOARDS: Nitro Slash and Pow (powder specific) and GARA and NITRO Splitboards

BINDINGS: Skiers: : Fritschi Tecton (tech binding) and Tyrolia Adrenalin (frame binding, classic binding with hiking option)

AVALANCHE GEAR: Shovel, probe. Beacon is not included, but we can rent it for you for 90 EUR for the whole trip.

POLES: 2-piece telescopic poles for skiers and 3-piece telescopic poles for snowboarders

CARTRIDGES: We provide cartridges for ABS backpacks, so you don't have to bring your cartridge on the plane. Please bring your avalanche backpack.

We don't have cartridges from Mammut, BCA, Alpride and other brands.

We do not provide ski boots, helmets, snowboard boots nor snowboard bindings.

You can reserve all the gear we provide in the booking form after you sign up for your trip.

Do I need my avalanche bag in Japan?

Yes. If you absolutely don't want to go through the hassle at the airport, then use our non-avalanche backpack from Pieps.

If you are flying with an airbag you will need to print IATA terms and Description of your cartridge and show it to airport staff upon check-in luggage scan.

Bring your avalanche bag as check-in luggage and ideally inform your airline, that you will be transporting such an airbag.

Can I send my luggage via post and travel light to Tokyo, Kyoto etc.?

Yes. Please check YAMATO (http://www.kuronekoyamato.co.jp/en/) You can send your luggage straight to your terminal of departure to Sapporo. If you travel to Tokyo after our camps, you can make arrangements for this while on the camp.

What are the requirements related to the VISA?

Please check visa requirements with your Japanese embassy.

Citizens of most countries don’t need visa to enter Japan. They receive 90 day permit to travel in the country upon arrival.

Before landing in Japan, you will be asked to fill in an Immigration Form. You will need our address in Japan: 3-chōme-2-31 Kita 3 Jōhigashi, Abuta-Gun, Kutchan- Cho 044-0003, Hokkaido, Japan.

The purpose of travel is tourism.

During a short interview with an immigration officer please state that you're going to Niseko for skiing.

Sherpas Ride is registered in Europe, they wouldn't know the company, so you don't need to try to explain you go skiing with us.

IMPORTANT NOTE: For travel to Japan you will need either biometrical passport or

the one with machine-readable two-line code at the end of the passport (combination of your name, surname, letter,number and other characters).

Most of the passports these days are biometrical. Only the express passports (issued in under 30 days) are not biometrical. If you are not sure, please check with the office which issued your passport.

What will we do the last night in Sapporo?

After skiing (usually in some of the Sapporo resorts) we get to the hotel in Sapporo (which we cover), go for a good-bye dinner and if the group is up for it we check nightlife in Sapporo (Clubs, Karaoke, Baseball batting station and more).

We are not able to bring everyone individually to the airport, plus a lot of time it would be even risky (time-wise) during the snowstorm, so our preferred solution is the suburban train to the airport which takes 45 mins.

We normally try to stay near the train station (if taxi is needed, we will help you organize it).

Do you have travel tips for Tokyo?

We suggest the following:

Stroll through Akihabara during the day

Sky Tree during the day

Shibuya Crossing - just to see amount of people!

Shinjuku during the night

Travel in Tokyo Metro during rush hour

Party in Ropongi

Book Robot Restaurant (book ahead) and all the bizzare stuff Tokyo has to offer.

Regarding accomodation, we have a good experience with MyStays Hotels (note that Japanese size double bed is much narrower than standard).

Should I bring my own equipment?

We recommend that you bring your own equipment, since you will ski/ride on what you know.

However we cannot discount the equipment the trip, since our costs are fixed. We recommend at

least 105 under foot and pin touring binding (ATK, Fritschi Tecton etc.) or frame touring binding (e.g. Tyrolia Adrenalin, Marker Duke) for skiing in Japan.

When do we have to arrive and leave?

ARRIVAL DESTINATION: Sapporo Chitose International Airport

ARRIVAL DATE and TIME: First day of the camp around noon or afternoon (no later than 16:00)

DEPARTURE DESTINATION: Sapporo Chitose International Airport DEPARTURE DATE and TIME: Last day anytime (even early morning is fine)

Is this trip more about freeriding or ski touring?

On this Rishiri+Hokkaido trip, it's usually about 50% of lift assisted freeriding, and 50% Ski Touring.

Which is the group size?

The group is always 6 people + one guide.

About the guide

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-Vojta Lim & Guides



Mountain Guide

Hi, I’m Vojta, welcome to our profile! We are a small and specialized guiding company based out of the Czech Republic, dedicated to offering freeriding and ski-touring trips mainly to Japan and Norway. We run powder camps and tours across the islands of Hokkaido and Honshu in Japan. In March every year, we move to arctic Norway and run Ski and Sail expeditions around Lyngen Alps.  We started as a group of friends guiding in Japan in 2013 and we still beleive you should feel like you are riding with friends on our trips. The tours are flexible with the single purpose of skiing in the best snow and finding the best lines possible. We have strong area knowledge of the terrain and go the extra mile to provide you with an unforgettable experience. Our trips not only include skiing, but also delicious food and local culture as you improve your skills as a backcountry skier or snowboarder.

On our trips, you will be guided by Czech and Slovak UIAGM Mountain guides & Ski Guides (Robert Vrlák, Peter Koteles, Daniel Menšík, Vojta Lím, or Tomáš Prajzler)

If you don't find what you are looking for, get in touch, we will be happy to help and welcome you on board!


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What people are saying about -Vojta Lim & Guides



Awesome experience, sailing between amazing isolated backcountry tours. Definitely a fantastic week!



The skiing trip encountered several issues, starting with unmet itinerary promises such as night skiing and the advertised average of 10,000 vertical meters of skiing. Despite a smooth booking process and excellent pre-trip information, the trip's delivery fell short. The guide we had was notably unprofessional, affecting the group's experience negatively due to his behavior and lack of fitness. Also, the inability to choose between advertised group levels and the inclusion of unfit participants further marred the experience. The house we hade provided comfortable accommodations, yet disparities in lodging quality between the groups without price adjustments was not fair. Breakfast was a highlight and the Sherpas staff was really nice. Overall the trip, despite its potential, was ultimately disappointed due to significant shortcomings in execution and leadership.



Great all round trip with great guides.


We had a fantastic ski and sail trip with Sherpas Ride! The views and ski lines were memorable. Vojta kept us safe and smiling the whole trip!


I had a fantastic time on the Sherpas Ride ski and sail trip in Norway. The weather was challenging but Votja figured out how to make the best of it, keeping it fun and safe. The other clients in our group were great people. I would happily adventure with Sherpas Ride again.

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