Asahidake 3-day backcountry snowboarding tour

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Explore the tallest mountain in Hokkaido, Asahidake. Makoto, an JMGA certified guide, will take you to the best places for backcountry snowboarding in Japan.

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Daisetsuzan

3 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec

Fit

Intermediate


Description

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.

Itinerary

Day 0: Asahikawa Airport

Arrrival at Asahikawa Airport and check in at your hotel.

Day 1: Start of the tour

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.

Day 2: Asahidake snowboarding

We’ll enjoy another amazing day of snowboarding. And in the evening, we’ll head back to Asahidake.

Day 3: Secrets of 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.

Day 4: 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.

 

Details

Accommodation

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

More info

You should bring the following items:

Snowboard gear Skins, snowshoes Ski boots Sunglasses Goggles Gloves Snowboard wear Safety gears (beacon, probe, shovel)

We have following items available for rent prior arrangement.

Beacon, probe, shovel, backpack, snowshoes, poles

Meeting point

Asahikawa Airport or directly at your hotel

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About the guide

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.


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Prices per person

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?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Mountain guide expenses

Price details

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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