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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.

Mountain RangeJapan Alps
Duration3 days
Offer periodApr, May
Type of tripNot 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. 



Day 1 - Yokoo Mountain Hut Day 2 - Yarigatake Mountain Hut (Kata-no-koya) Accommodation fee is about JPY9,000 per person / night.


Basic Precautions a. Lift fee will be approximately JPY1,000-2,000 per person on site, when we will utilize it. And, please split the transportation cost among the participants, when you take taxi after descending the mountain. b. We need to prepare all kinds of unexpected events in a middle of vast wilderness. The guide will predict all risks within safety-first, and eliminate the danger as possible. However, it is still difficult to be perfectly secure. Please keep safety behavior as participants, and be aware of self-responsibility. c. Please make sure that you follow the guide’s instruction on site. And, please note that the guide has the authority to change routes, and to stop the tour. d. By any possibility, when an accident or medical crisis happens, I might ask you to help. Also, when the other group needs to be helped, we will take priority to rescue them first beyond continuing our tour. e. If there are damages or losses caused by accident or illness, it is referable to individual responsibility except the case which it occurred by the guide's deliberate serious fault. The guide does not have responsibilities to cover more than the emergency treatment within insurance. f. During our tour, I will keep the pace for the snowboarders, because they have less mobility than the skiers. g. Please do not participate to the tour if you do not feel well. h. At the meeting point, the participants can use facilities like bathroom, changing room, and you can park at our parking. However, please do not park before 7:00 a.m. for snow removal. Please note that if I am unavailable to guide you then another guide in my team will be able to guide you. Cancellation Policy: I ask for a payment of Cancellation Fees (CF) in case of last minute cancellations as per below: For cancellation between 30-60 days prior to the trip date – CF is 50% of Trip Price For cancellation between 7-30 days prior to the trip date – CF is70% of Trip Price For cancellation up to 7 days prior to the trip date – CF is 100% of Trip Price

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.

Meeting point

Will be announced after application to the tour.




Day 1: To Yokoo Mountain Hut

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

Day 2: To 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 3: Glacier Park

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

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Prices per person

Group of 1

JPY 30928 each

Group of 2

JPY 20619 each

Group of 3

JPY 20619 each

Group of 4

JPY 20619 each

Group of 5

JPY 20619 each

Group of 6

JPY 20619 each

Group of 7

JPY 20619 each

Group of 8

JPY 20619 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Personal Insurance

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