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Hokkaido backcountry and off piste skiing

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 - 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).


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.

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About the guide

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Mountain 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



I’ve skied with many guides in many countries, and few offer as high a level of service as Daisuke. Not only did he locate good snow in tough conditions, but he secured equipment for us, helped us plan other adventures on our trip, and was an overall nice and humble person. He also carried my wife’s skis when we got close to the summit… but don’t tell her I shared this info! Thanks again Daisuke.



Amazing experience with Daisuke! He ensured we found great snow to ski and amazing scenery around the area. This was truly one of the best experiences skiing in Japan!



I would have given the trip rating also 5 stars, it was just unlucky that this year was still quite low on snow, so we had to fight our way through bushes to find a couple of good spots. Not Daisuke's fault though, he made the best out of what was there. Big recommendation for him!



Daisuke is a very experienced, friendly and pleasant guide. Unfortunately, we didn't get the best snow conditions, but of course that's not the guide's fault. When we return, we will of course approach Daisuke again.



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 :-).

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