Explore the tallest mountain in Hokkaido, Asahidake. Makoto, an JMGA certified guide, will take you to the best places for backcountry snowboarding in Japan.
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec
When skiing and snowboarding comes to one’s mind, few people think about Japan. But this wonderful country guards an astounding secret: Asahidake. This 3-day backcountry snowboarding tour in Asahidake will blow you away with its beauty and thrilling descents.
Asahidake is the tallest mountain in Hokkaido. As a matter of fact it is an active volcano with a massive extension of land and endless steep bowls. This remote paradise for snowboarders offers great powder. And its uncrowded trails will make you feel like the whole mountain is just for you.
The powder snow in Hokkaido is famous for being light, dry and deep. Asahidake in particular offers unrivalled conditions for backcountry snowboarding due to its ideal location. The cold winds all the way from Siberia as well as the Sea of Japan cover this volcano with up to 14-18 meters of snow every year.
Please note this is an intermediate level program. As such you should be comfortable snowboarding tree runs. You should also know how to snowboard on advanced slopes with steepness of 35 to 40 degrees. And, you are required to have full control of your board so you can stop anywhere.
But whether you are looking to improve on your skills or simply want new challenges, I’ll take you to the best places. You’ll be snowboarding in the deepest snow and reaching the best spots. Everyday will be a different adventure.
Additionally, each day you’ll end your adventure trying something different and delicious of the Japanese cuisine. And, after dinner you can relax at a hot spring, also known as onsen.
The Anui people in Hokkaido call these mountains kamui-mintara. That means Gods’ playground. And indeed Hokkaido and Asahidake look like such. So join me on this magical trip and I promise you’ll feel like you are snowboarding amongst deidities.
If you are looking for something longer, I also guide this Backcountry ski 6-days safari in Hokkaido.
Arrrival at Asahikawa Airport and check in at your hotel.
I will pick you up either at your hotel or at Asahikawa Airport. We have a full day of snowboarding after which we’ll stay in Asahikawa.
We’ll enjoy another amazing day of snowboarding. And in the evening, we’ll head back to Asahidake.
Once you are comfortable with the terrain, I will show you my secret spots. This night you’ll have two options for accommodation:eitherAsahikawa or Sapporo. That depends on your choice of airport for departure.
On your last day, with an extra cost, I can drive you to Asahikawa or Chitose Airport, if you desire. Feel free to ask me.
JPY3,500 per person / per night in Sapporo JPY6,500 per person / per night in Asahikawa (it includes breakfast) JPY3,000 per person / per night in Tokachi
You should bring the following items:
We have following items available for rent prior arrangement.
Asahikawa Airport or directly at your hotel
I was born in Tokyo, and moved to Sapporo via Nagano. I've skied for however long I can remember and I've been in love with skiing for 35 years now.
My high school years were spent following outdoors related curriculum and skiing in the winter, whilst studying in the evenings. I then moved onto competing in Ski Cross at World Cup level twice, as well as competed in Big Mountain competitions.
I also have experiences as a ski instructor and a ski patroller, driven by my desire to help others through skiing. I spent 2 seasons at Niseko Moiwa and 5 seasons at Sapporo Kokusai ski resorts, where I now know really well. I also have 16 years of river guiding experience during the summer times in Hokkaido.
I jumped into the world of mountain guiding after my seasons at Sapporo Kokusai, and I currently manage the Taisetsu Ishimuro Hut whilst guiding Taisetsu, Tokachi and Hidaka areas (Central Hokkaido).
I have ski guided film crews and pro-riders from brands in the past as well. I would love to share the climbing, skiing and overall outdoor experience and beauty of it with you.
We had a fantastic time in Daisetzusan. Makoto is a very skilled guide, a talented chef and has a great sense of humour. We had a somewhat delayed start to our hike because of typhoon weather but Makoto improvised and took us to a farm for fruit picking and a fantastic soba restaurant for lunch. On our way back from the hike we lunched at his favourite ramen joint!
Great trip, beautiful and various landscapes. Makato treated us very well and by the way he is a great cook!
Group of 1
|JPY 170104 Each|
Group of 2
|JPY 84537 Each|
Group of 3
|JPY 56702 Each|
Group of 4
|JPY 50000 Each|
Want a different number of travellers?
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The following things are not included in the price: - Accommodation for you and for guide; -Lift pass for you and for guide: JPY 4,000 per person / day; *When there is lift usage and depending on conditions. The payment should be done on the spot.
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