3-day Backcountry Ski in Mt Yarigatake

Backcountry Ski in Mt Yarigatake with a certified mountain guide to enjoy backcountry skiing with fine powder snow for 3 days.




Trip Duration

3 days

Mountain Range

Japan Alps

People per Guide

5 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Apr, May

Type of Trip

Not specified


    Do you want to enjoy backcountry ski at one of the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains?

    I will take you to Mt Yarigatake (3,180m) for your unforgettable ski experience of granular snow. Mt Yarigatake is located in the southern part of the Hida Mountains of Japan. It is the 5th highest mountain in Japan, and it has no lifts or ski resorts in the vicinity so this is a pure backcountry skiing trip and is also mountaineering as well.

    As you know, Mt. Fuji is the most famous mountain in Japan and everybody wants to climb up at least once in the lifetime. Likewise, Mt. Yarigatake is the mountain that all mountaineers crave to peak-hunt. I believe that this tour will be great opportunity to spend the ideal spot for both mountaineers and skiers.

    We need to hike up around 5-6 hours in a day, so please make sure that you have good fitness and energy for a long walk. This tour is for the experienced backcountry skier. If you are a beginner, I can offer the regular one day tour.

    There might be a photographer joining the group. Even if a photographer doesn’t join the tour, I will be taking photos of the trip.

    Technically, this trip is advanced. You need to be able to ski on steep slopes. The altitude difference during the first day is 200-300m and on the second day it’s 1,500m.

    You need to be in good physical shape to be able to hike up for 5-6 hours in a day. The total walking distance will be 44km in the round trip. We will ski one third of the whole route.

    In particular, you need to have good backcountry / ski touring experience with hike ups in skins / snowshoes.

    Did you find this trip interesting? Then don’t hesitate to contact me! It will be a pleasure to guide you in this beautiful mountain. 

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    30000 JPY

    Group of 2
    20000 JPY

    Group of 3
    20000 JPY

    Group of 4
    20000 JPY

    Group of 5
    20000 JPY

    Group of 6
    20000 JPY

    Group of 7
    20000 JPY

    Group of 8
    20000 JPY


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Personal Insurance


    • Day 1To Yokoo Mountain Hut

      We will enter the mountain from Kamikochi and will end our day at Yokoo Mountain Hut.

    • Day 2To Tarigatake Mountain Hut

      Today, we will hike up to Yarigatake Mountain Hut (Kata-no-koya: located at the shoulder of Mt Yarigatake around 100m below the peak). And, If the conditions allow, we will ski down Hidazawa or Yarizawa.

    • Day 3Glacier Park

      We will go through Hyouga Kouen (Glacier Park) and return to Kamikochi. Our tour will finish around 3:00-5:00 p.m.


    Other details

    Meeting point

    Will be announced after application to the tour.


    Day 1 - Yokoo Mountain Hut

    Day 2 - Yarigatake Mountain Hut (Kata-no-koya)

    Accommodation fee is about JPY9,000 per person / night.

    More info

    For groups of over 5 people I will bring a guide friend so we have 2 guides in a group.

    Equipment: ski gear (skis, splitboard, snowboard), skins, snowshoes, boots, crampons (with more than 10 points), sunglasses, goggles, gloves, ski clothing, avalanche safety gear (beacon, probe, shovel)

    You can rent:

    - Beacon, Backpack, Snowshoes JPY1,000/each

    - Probe, Shovel, Poles JPY500/each

    - Full set of the above: JPY3,500

    *Poles are not for the skiers.

    You can purchase tour photos at the end, which costs JPY5,000 per person for all data and JPY700 if you only want one piece of photo data.


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    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.
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