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8-day sakura ski touring in Japan, Nagano

Let IFMGA-certified Cveto guide you on this 8-day backcountry skiing trip. You'll get to ski on Japan's famous powder snow, admire the cherry blossoms in full bloom and climb Mt. Fuji.

Mountain RangeJapan Alps
Duration8 days
Offer periodApr, May
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripNot specified


Come enjoy the amazing Japanese powder while you admire the incredible sakura -cherry blossom season- with this 8-day ski touring trip in Japan.

Sakura is the Japanese word for cherry blossom season and it’s the best time of the year to visit Japan. It’s considered the national flower of the country and its pink, violet and many other colours invade the landscape for a few weeks.

You must have seen pictures of the perfectly shaped Mount Fuji with snow on top and thousands of colorful trees painting the lower countryside.

I’ve put together a tour that will combine different great features: I’ll take you skiing up to the Mount Shirouma area, to enjoy the amazing powder in this backcountry terrain in Nagano, you’ll enjoy some relaxing time in the Renge-Onsen hot springs and the end of the trip will be coronated with an ascent to the famous Mount Fuji!

You’ll get a glimpse of the best outdoor activities to do in Japan, while you admire during the whole trip the amazing scenery decorated with the colours of the cherry blossom.

Also on the 6th day we can stop to visit the Nagano-Zenkouji Temple. And I can take you to visit Tokyo on the last day, if you wish.

So don’t hesitate and send me a request to make this 8-day Sakura ski touring trip in Japan your next big adventure. 

I’m already fully booked for the 2018 winter season. Book in advance for 2019!


Mountain Hut.

Meeting point

Nagano Station




Day 1: Arrival to Tokyo

Day 2: Practice skiing in Shirouma

Day 3: Shirouma to Hakuba Mountain Top Hut

Day 4: Hakuba Mountain Top Hut to Yukikura and Renge-Onsen

Day 5: Renge-Onsen to Tsugaike

Day 6: Tsugaike to around Mt. Fuji

Day 7: Climb up to Mr. Fuji

Day 8: Sightseeing in Tokyo (by request)

About the guide

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I’m an international IFMGA mountain guide; also the first non-Japanese mountain guide certified by the JMGA (Japan Mountain Guide Association); born in Slovenia.

My country is small but well known in the world as strong in sports and mountaineering. I use to compete as Olympic team member and on World Cup competitions as a Cross-country skier. After I left Slovenia and traveled all over the world, I ended up in Japan. I married beautiful native lady, and have lived here for 30 years. I love Japanese mountains and feel privileged to be able to enjoy these mountains trough the entire four seasons.

I’m based at the foot of Japan Alps; convenient place in winter for ski touring from Nagano to Hokkaido, winter mountaineering or ice climbing at Yatsugatake, and of course ascending the symbol of Japan Mt.Fuji.

In summer Japan is a great place for hiking, alpine climbing or popular shower-climbing and some fine sport/free climbing year around.

Since 2013, I’m working on NHK (Japanese national TV) programs, introducing Japan culture and outdoor activities, climbing skiing etc. Check it out at the link below the recent one about BC skiing.

It is my absolute pleasure also to take and guide you in my home country Slovenia. In addition to guide in the mountains, I also enjoy having the opportunity to teach mountain climbing skills to every level of climbers, here in Japan. This is because I wish everybody to be SAFE on the mountains.
Please contact me on E&S if you would love to have great experience, as well as a tailor-made plan for other mountains and sport climbing all over SE Asia, EU, South any season!

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