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Hokkaido backcountry and off piste skiing

Skiing Hokkaido
Hokkaido backcountry and off piste skiing
Hokkaido backcountry and off piste skiing
Hokkaido backcountry and off piste skiing

Ski touring and freeride skiing in the best ski spots and resorts of Hokkaido, such as Rusutsu, Niseko, Neemy Onsen, Mt Yotei, Sapporo Kokkusai... with Daisuke, a local IFMGA guide and a freeride skiing expert.


1+ Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr




An awesome ski tour that combines 2 unique elements: powder skiing and cultural experience. Join me in the north of Japan, in Hokkaido. 

Due to its location, the island of Hokkaido benefits from really good quality snow during the first months of the year. Some say that it is the best powder in the world because it is light and abundant.

We can leave together for several days and based on your wishes set up a great program combining:
Freeride / Off piste skiing in some of the best ski resorts of the island: Niseko, Furano, Asahikawa, Rusutsu
Ski touring / Backcountry skiing on some volcanoes like Mt Yotei, Mt Asahidake…

We can even go to Rishiri and experience the far north conditions!

As a guide, I will define the itinerary based on what type of ski you want to do, the time you have here, the level of skiing you want to do and the snow conditions of course!

I can also recommend accommodations for you depending on what you want: budget, onsen, food, traditional (ryokan) or more modern lodging, location etc.

I usually select some spots and we move from one to the other during the trip using my van. This gives us also some flexibility and the chance to go where the conditions are the best.

Being guided here with a local allows you to access the best skiing areas. But it's also great to learn about the Japanese culture, the traditions, our history…

I'm a IFMGA / UIAGM mountain guide living in Sapporo, the main city of Hokkaido. I love backcountry skiing and above all, freeriding!

Please get in touch with me if you are interested to come here and know more about the different options. It will be my pleasure to guide you here and let you live an unforgettable skiing and cultural experience.

I recommend you to read this great article about 2 clients that joined me in January 2016 for a 10-day backcountry and off piste skiing tour in Hokkaido and this story about 5 friends that I guided in January 2017. They will give you a good idea about the experience we can share together.

If you didn't find what you were looking for, check out Explore-Share.com's selection of backcountry skiing trips in Hokkaido, Japan.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

If you want to book my services during the weekend, my daily fee is of 60,000 yen to be divided among participants. Not included: transportation and accommodation (around 10,000 yen each), lifts (around 5,000 yen per person).



I can recommend accommodations for you depending on what you want: budget, onsen, food, traditional (ryokan) or more modern lodging, location etc. Here are some of the Ryokan I recommend you to check out: - Niseko Koikawa onsen - Koganeyu (between Niseko and Sapporo) - Asahidake Onsen Yukomanso - Asahikawa Senshoen - Furanodake

More info

The price will vary depending on the number of days you want to ski and the program you choose for. Moreover, you will need to add certain expenses like accommodation (for yourself and for me), transportation, lift pass fee when estimating the final cost of trip. Guide Fee per person per day changes for weekends and national holidays: 1 person JPY 50,000 2 people JPY 25,000 per person 3 people JPY 16,700 per person 4 people JPY 15,300 per person 5 people JPY 14,500 per person

Please get in touch with me and let's discuss about it. If you are more than 6 people, a second guide will join us.

In case you would need some ski equipment rentals, I can help you renting part of it.

About the guide

Japanese IFMGA / UIAGM mountain guide
I was born in 1977 in Sapporo. I'm still living here today, guiding my friends and clients in Hokkaido and Honshu but also all around the world. I did many ski expeditions going down some of the most known peaks on hearth: Mt Manaslu (8193m), McKinley, Alaska, Greenland, Mt Muztagh Ata (China), South Pole, Mount Darwin (Patagonia), Mont Blanc... I also did many extreme skiing contests.
I got my IFMGA certificate in 2014.
Please get in touch with me if you wish to come to Japan for some great skiing. I will be happy to guide your here and let you live an unforgettable experience !


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What people are saying about this trip

Catalina March


January, 2023

Fantastic guide finding the best places to go to access the best snow!

Guillaume Regout


February, 2020

We spent 2 exceptional days in Hokkaido with Daisuke-san. He is very experienced and knowledgeable about the local conditions, about the mountains and about places to go in general. Even after our trip with him had ended, Daisuke-san came to our rescue when we had technical troubles. We feel privileged to have shared his company for two days, and we will never forget our time in Hokkaido with him.

Vito Notari


January, 2020

our experience with Daisuke was outstanding. He knows very well the island and he managed to take us every day in places with fresh snow without tracks :-).

Anton Arriola


February, 2019

Truly excellent guide, with unique knowledge of backcountry spots for freeride and touring. Extremely nice guy too.

Anna O'Sullivan


February, 2019

Great for experienced backcountry ski/board tourers. Daisuke looked after us very well. We experienced some of the local culture going to onsens and restaurants after a hard day on the snow. The yakitori stand at the end of the first day was a real treat.

Armand Girard Noyer


February, 2018

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Connor McCune


February, 2018

Daisuke was an awesome guide! We ran into some unstable snow, so we modified our original plan and found some great snow on a safer slope. Daisuke was super helpful skiing and also in helping us to figure out logistics for the rest of our trip. I would and will recommend Daisuke to everyone I know going skiing in Japan!

Torrey Hata


January, 2018

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Kevin Arnold


January, 2018

Outstanding. Daisuke is very knowledgeable and went above and beyond. Highly recommended. Regards, Kevin

Annabelle Angerer


January, 2018

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January, 2017

L'expérience du ski de randonnée à son paroxysme ! De la neige fraîche et légère jusque dans les narines! Quelle séjour inoubliable... Au delà de cette aventure sportive incroyable, on a vécu une vrai expérience japonaise. En dehors des circuits touristiques; à la découverte du Japon, avec les japonais, mangeant japonais matin midi et soir, bref vivant japonais! Avec notre guide Daisuke, un guide très compétant, skieur de renommée mondiale surnommé le japonais volant! Chaque jour des paysages différents plus sublimes les uns que les autres. Des montagnes, des volcans, des forêts.. le tout avec deux points communs: jamais personne et abondance de neige fraîche. Ne cherchez pas à imaginer ce que cela pourrait être, il faut le vivre pour le croire!!



January, 2017

The week was fantastic. Daisuke is the best guide ever seen. He finds the best snow. He takes care of all of us. He provides new material. He brings solutions all the time for every question even not linked to the snow. Thank you !!!



January, 2017

A week in powder paradise with Daisuke, the best guide we could have wished for this experience! Snow as light as air, the most exquisite local cuisine and natural hot springs, all shared among friends. What could be better? The entire trip exceeded our dreams. Japow is everything they say and more



February, 2016

If Japan is exceptional and the snow far more impressive than what we expected, it was before everything else thanks to Daisuke that we could live such a unique experience. We had the opportunity of discovering the best ski spots of Hokkaido : Rusutsu, Niseko, Neemy Onsen, Mount Yotei, Sapporo Kokkusai, Mount Furano, Mount Tokachidake, Mount Asahidake, Horakanai Pass, Otaru and Kiroko. 10 days of pure happiness during which we had the luxury of taking care of nothing since we fully trusted Daisuke who is such an incredible skier and guide, and who understood very well what our expectations were related to that trip. I definitely recommend him for any skier looking for powder snow, to go out of the beaten tracks and to learn about the Japanese culture.


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