3 Days Backcountry Ski Tour in Shirakawa, Gifu

Get the chance to explore the mountains surrounding the UNESCO World Heritage site of Shirakawa. Ryuta-san, a local JMGA guide, will provide you with one of the best backcountry skiing and cultural experiences you can have in Japan.




Trip Duration

3 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb

Type of Trip

Not specified

What about some backcountry skiing in Shirakawa, the World Heritage Site in Japan? For those who are excited by the prospect of skiing DEEP & STEEP, this tour will be an unforgettable experience!

Shirakawago, the UNESCO World Heritage Site known for the beautiful ‘Gassho-zukuri’ historic village, is an area with one of the heaviest snowfall in Japan. If you would like to experience both the deep snow & steep terrain skiing and the traditional Japanese scenery and culture, this tour is the one for you!

Shirakawa is not a ski resort, and so backcountry skiing here involves non-lift accessed full-hikes. Hard work makes the downhill all the more valuable, and it also means that this place is visited by very few people.

I am a local guide of the area and I will be able to guide you to terrains and ski lines, as well as introduce you to local culture that only local guides will be able to show you!

Find out more through the experiences shared by a group of backcountry skiers and splitboarders in Shirakawago who travelled there through Explore-Share and the Shirakawa Skiing video to get ready for the coming season!

Kit List

  • Ski gear (skies, split board, snowboard)
  • Skins, snowshoes
  • Ski boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles
  • Gloves
  • Ski wear
  • Safety gears (beacon, probe, shovel)

*The following items are available for rent by prior arrangement.
-Beacon, probe, shovel, backpack, snowshoes, poles

Excluded from Price:

  • Gear rental fee
  • Accommodation fee
    *Here is some options for accommodation around Shirakawago:
    -Toyota Shirakawago Nature School JPY10,000+ with meals
    -Inn in historic villages of Shirakawago JPY10,000 or less with meals
    -My friend own guest house JPY3,000-4,000
  • Transportation fee

Price per person

1 Person
1075 USD

Group of 2
609 USD

Group of 3
421 USD

Group of 4
358 USD

Group of 5
358 USD

Group of 6
349 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee


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.



  • Day 1 to 3: Backcountry skiing in Shirakawa

    I will meet you at Takayama Station at around 8:00 a.m. and I will take you to your hotel. Or, you can go Shirakawago by yourself. I will pick a location between Shirakawa and Hirayu areas depending on the conditions of the day. Hirayu area offers backcountry skiing opportunities at Yakedake or Norikura.

    The tour is expected to finish at around 3:00 p.m. each day


Other details

Meeting point
Takayama Station http://shirakawa-go.org/kankou/access/

You can choose from a budget accommodation (guest house at ca. JPY 3000-4000), standard accommodation (ca. JPY 10,000 half board), and staying at one of the historic houses (under JPY 10,000).

More info

Technical Level:
Advanced, required to be able to ski on advanced slope.

Fitness Level:
Need to be fit enough for 3-4 hike-ups per day.
Cumulative Hike-up altitude per day is 800-1,000 m

Previous Experience:
Backcountry skiing experience

Highest temperature at base of a mountain: 2℃
Lowest temperature at base of a mountain: -5℃

Rental Gears:
I can lend you the following gears -
- Avalanche Safety gears (beacon, shovel, probe)
- Backpack
- Snowshoe / Splitboard / touring skis
- Ski poles

- In case of bad weather / conditions (including road conditions), the trip itinerary may be altered and/or date change can be discussed. - Riding on the guide’s car is considered as ride sharing and thus will only covered under normal car insurance. The guide’s responsibility and liability is only applicable from the departure from the start of the approach path until our return to the same point. - Please make sure all participants are individual insured appropriately with international travel insurance. - For any injuries in the mountains, the guide will not be liable and will need to be paid by your own means.

About the Guide


I live in Gifu prefecture in Japan, which is famous for Shrakawago UNESCO World Heritage Site and also becoming famous as the backcountry skiing / snowboarding arena known for its DEEP snow and STEEP terrains.

I am a JMGA certified mountain guide, also certified in Wilderness First Aid. Following my competition years in snowboarding, I became a guide because I liked backcountry snowboarding and wanted to propose safe and fun trips to clients, where I can share my experiences and joys that I felt in the mountains. I spend the winter exploring new backcountry terrains and spend rest of the year climbing mountains. I have accomplished a snowboard descent from the summit of Denali in 2013.
My motto is to guide “safely and fun”, and therefore I aspire to guide small groups. I value the time I spend with each of my guests and this way I can spend more time communicating with clients and for clients to get to know each other better.

I believe that mountain climbing experience should not just be about standing on the summit but also enjoying the nature on the mountain as a whole, learning about the history, and getting a taste of the culture. Shirakawago, in Gifu, is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and you can also enjoy onsen and local cuisine.

Whether it be walking in the mountains, touching the snow, rock, grass or water, or hiking, canyoning, rock climbing, or backcountry skiing, I believe that experiences in the outdoors will enrich your life. Japan is a country of 4 distinct seasons, blessed with rich and beautiful nature. Let’s have fun together in this nature, using all your 5 senses, moving your bodies and feel the rhythm of the nature and of the Earth. I would love to share my outdoor experiences with you and I endeavour to guide in a way to connect people to people, and people to nature in the natural rhythm of the nature.

FROM 349 USD per person


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