5-day Backcountry skiing in Rishiri (accommodation included)

You will never forget these 5 days (6 nights) in Rishiri with Toshiya, local JMGA certified mountain guide. Ski touring here is simply incomparable!




Trip Duration

5 days

People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar

Type of Trip

Not specified



    Looking for a quiet and beautiful destination for ski touring in Japan? Rishiri is a circular island with one large mountain. It is located in northern Japan, off the coast of Hokkaido. Join me for 5 days of ski touring and splitboarding that you will never forget!

    Rishiri’s mountain, with its many ridges and bowls, has no chairlifts. It is thus ideal for backcountry skiing, and it is in fact the only way to ski down the most beautiful slopes!

    There is a snowmobile available to travel longer distances as long as they are rather flat. This will allow us to explore a vast portion of the island. In fact, joining for 5 days is a great option if you want to make the most of your trip. There are so many options to ski in Rishiri!

    I run a hostel with my family, which is where we will stay during this adventure. It is warm and cosy, and it has an onsen. Besides, we serve breakfast and dinner so you will get to experience true Japanese cuisine. As I recommend to arrive the night prior to the start of the program and leave the day after we finish the ski trip, I included 6 nights for this 5-day trip. If you want to combine it in a different way, have a look at this other program.

    As I am a local, I know all the best spots in the island and I will certainly enjoy taking you to all my favourite secret places.

    If this program tempted you, don’t hesitate to book it and let’s set a date! I would love to guide you in this island that I call home. 

    I also organize this trip in 3 days or 4 days, check out those options if you don’t have enough time! Or you can choose a backcountry skiing day trip without accommodation.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    262000 JPY

    Group of 2
    172000 JPY

    Group of 3
    142000 JPY

    Group of 4
    142000 JPY

    Group of 5
    142000 JPY

    Group of 6
    142000 JPY

    Group of 7
    142000 JPY

    Group of 8
    142000 JPY


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
     The price will depend on the number of people joining (whether you came as a group or you are joining an existing one). Please note that for this 5-day trip, 6 nights of accommodation are included (with breakfast and dinner). Bath Tax is included

    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point

    You can fly from Sapporo's Okazu Airport to Rishiri Airport or from Haneda Airport to Wakkanai Airport, where you can come to Rishiri Island by ferry from Wakkanai. If you come by ferry we'll be able to pick you up at the ferry terminal for free.


    You will stay in my family hostel.

    More info

    You will have to arrive on Rishiri island the night before and it is recommended to leave the day after the tour.

    As we will be 2 guides running the program, we will split the group by friends or by level.

    Price: the price at the time of booking depends on the group size at that time. If the group size changes on the actual day, then the difference will be refunded (if more clients) or will have to be covered by the clients (if fewer clients).

    I can help you with the transportation from the ferry terminal or the airport to the lodge.

    Please note that there will be additional cost as below to be paid directly to me on the spot:

    - Onsen tax: JPY 150 per person per night, if you are staying at my guesthouse

    - Snowmobile cost: JPY 1,000-3,000 per person per day depending on the route chosen for the day

    Insurance: please ensure that each member of your group is covered by an appropriate insurance policy that also covers mountain rescue operations.


    About the Guide


    I was born on the island of Rishiri in 1969. I still live here today! Since my childhood, I have spent most of my time in the sea, going fishing, and in the mountain going skiing. I’m a ski guide (level 2) from the Japanese Mountain Guide Association. I’m the only one on the island. I have reached the summit of Rishiri more than 500 times… It’s my great pleasure to guide here and let people from all around the world discover this beautiful island all year round. Please feel free to get in touch with me if you are looking for a local expert to guide you in Rishiri. Besides mountain guiding, I'm managing a family hostel here so I can help you with the accommodation as well.



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    What People are Saying about Toshiya Watanabe


    Toshi is world class from pick-up to drop-off. Very friendly, very professional and he knows Rishiri inside out. His guest house is outstanding and the food they serve like nowhere else. Will be back very soon!
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    Joel Schy
    Toshi and his crew gave us a truly remarkable experience! From the food to the accommodations to the epic skiing: this trip was out of this world!
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    Toshi and his staff are great! Very knowledgeable of the local terrain. Definitely recommend bringing a group of people with similar abilities and objectives. If you end up in a mixed group they do their best, but they have to slow the pace to the least experienced people in the group. The accommodations at the pension were very comfortable and the staff was excellent as well. Food was fantastic, including several unique and authentic Japanese dishes.
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    Chris Pierce
    We had a great trip to Rishiri! The snow gods were not on our side but Rishiri is a mountain of many slopes and aspects and thanks to a great guiding team we always managed to find good snow! Toshi ran a great operation with 3 other guides which meant we were split into two groups with a max of 9 per group and two guides. This allowed the group to be split even further on the day... Special thanks to Shohei and Kosukei - very professional guides!! Arigatou-gozaimashita!!
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    Paul Johnston

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