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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.
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.
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.
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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