Join the incredible Takao, an IFMGA mountain guide, on this wonderful 7-day splitboarding trip to the impressive Hokkaido, Japan.
Jan - Apr
Discover the incredible Hokkaido, a Japanese island full of powder and deep snow to satisfy all splitboarders' wildest dreams. Join me on this incredible 7-day adventure.
On this amazing trip, we'll visit some of Japan's main snowboarding areas. These include: Sapporo, Otaru and Niseko. We'll even visit the ski resort of Kiroro. They all offer incredible options for beginner and advanced splitboarders. We'll decide which routes to take according to your level, interest and the weather conditions. You can review the sample itinerary below, but we can adapt it to your needs and wishes.
Make sure to bring: avalanche safety gear (beacon, probe, shovel), splitboarding equipment, boots and snow shoes. I am happy to help you rent whatever equipment you may need, just let me know.
I am also more than happy to help you sort out your accommodation. I can recommend you several hotels in the areas. Just make sure to book them as soon as possible since high season gets full very fast.
Get ready for a wonderful adventure in a unique and remote corner of the world. Hokkaido will not disappoint you.
Accommodation options in SAPPORO:
– Sapporo Grand Hotel: JPY 10,000-20,000.
Accommodation options in OTARU:
– Kourakuen: Japanese style onsen hotel (half board). JPY 20,000.
– Musashitei: Japanese style onsen hotel (half board). JPY 20,000.
Accommodation options in NISEKO:
– Hotel Kanronomori: Japanese style onsen hotel (half-board). JPY 12000～20,000 (pp per night).
– Goshiki Onsen: An Onsen accommodation in the mountains, far from ski resorts. Self catering JPY 4,000. Half board JPY 10,000.
– The Woodpeckers: mountain hut-like accommodation, just below Niseko Moiwa ski resort. Half-board included. JPY 7,500.
- Guiding fee
- Mountain guide expenses
Price does not include accommodation, lift passes (guide’s lift pass expense should also be covered), equipment or insurance.
We’ll review itinerary and equipment.
Night at Sapporo.
We’ll drive for one hour to the Sapporo Kokusai ski area and enjoy a full day of slipboarding.
Night at Ryokan in Kiroro.
A fantastic day at Kiroro Snow World.
Night at Ryokan in Kiroro.
On day 4, we’ll ride for two hours to Niseko to put our skills to practice in the area for those 2 days.
Nights at Niseko.
We’ll drive for an hour to the Rusutsu ski area.
Night at Sapporo.
I’ll drop you off at the Chitose Airport.
I am an experienced IFMGA mountain guide, born and raised in Hokkaido, Japan. I started skiing when I was 3 and started climbing when I was 6. My high school years were spent in ski competitions and I joined mountaineering club at University, where I developed my ski mountaineering skills. I have been a ski instructor for Miura Dolphins founded by Yuichiro Miura (first ski descent of the Everest “The Man Who Skied Down Everest” and the oldest Everest summiting record holder at 80 years old) and also supported Yuichiro's Aconcagua ascent and ski descent in 1984 as a part of his 7 summits ski descent challenge.
I was inspired by the works of mountain guides in Chamonix when I visited there in 1983, and decided to start guiding as a mountain guide in Japan in 1989 to share my passion and experiences in outdoors sports with other people, as well as to offer instruction to people enjoying the mountains to be better climbers / skiers. I have also contributed to the proper training of JMGA (Japan Mountain Guides Association) guides and the affiliation of it to IFMGA. I am responsible for the pioneering of the climbing and backcountry skiing scenes in Japan.
My main guiding arena is alpinism, whether it be mountaineering or ski mountaineering, mainly in Hokkaido. I usually take a small group of people (2-5) for Sawanobori (canyoning up waterfalls), alpine climbing, ice climbing, and ski touring in the more remote areas of Japan.
I enjoy finding the best experience for each client accordingly to their physical abilities, preferences, and weather/conditions. I guide because I like watching and feeling that people are enjoying and having fun, and see how this buzz infects other people through skiing and climbing. I find this invaluable as a mountain guide.
There is more to Hokkaido than skiing lift accessible powder in January and February. Please reach out to me to find your own customised way to enjoy Hokkaido’s mountains, natures and culture!
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Everything was peerfect and prepered for our grup (six persons). Our Guide Yuki is a very nice guy and very good mountain guide. It is important to have Japanese guide in Hokkaido:)
Yuki Nagaya replaced Takao and did a perfect job. Daisetsuzan is very nice, scenery is tremendous and the trail is challenging. Onsen was available in all mountain huts. Apart from bring a great guide; Yuki prepares delicious food.
Great trip - poor weather. Excellent guide!
Takao-san is a great guide. I would highly recommend him and plan to go climbing with him again.
Takao was amazing and I had a very enjoyable climb in Hokkaido, thank you for facilitating!
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