Backcountry Skiing in Gunma and Niigata

1-day backcountry / off piste skiing in Gunma and Niigata regions of Japan in Honshu with a local JMGA guide, Hiroko. Very accessible from Tokyo!




Trip Duration

1 day

Mountain Range


People per Guide


Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified


1 day backcountry skiing / ski touring group tours for beginners to advanced skiers / snowboarders in Gunma (Kawaba, Hotaka, Hodaigi, Tanigawadake) and Niigata (Kagura, Yuzawa) areas with a local JMGA certified guide.

I offer regular tours in my favourite regions of Gunma and Niigata in Japan, known for deep powders.
I will plan the exact itinerary for each day depending on the level of the group and the conditions of the mountains.

Please tell me which programme you’re interested in joining when you contact me.

Beginner Programme:
For those of you with no off piste / backcountry skiing or snowboarding experience but wants to learn!
You will learn
– how to use off piste / backcountry skiing and snowboarding gears
– about and the use of Avalanche safety gears
– how to do Avalanche rescues
– how to act in the backcountry environment
– some off piste skiing techniques

Intermediate Programme:
For those of you who wants to improve on their off piste / backcountry skiing or snowboarding.
You will
– re-learn and check how to operate avalanche beacons and your avalanche rescue techniques
– be explained how to behave in the backcountry environment
– check how to use backcountry gears
– learn about efficient skinning and hiking techniques

Advanced Programmes:
For those who want to take off piste / backcountry skiing or snowboarding to the next level!
– thinking about rescue scenarios
– how to gain fitness and techniques necessary for expert only itineraries

You can join me for multiple days by staying in the lodge that I run or staying in nearby Onsen towns, and join the tours on a daily basis.

Let me know if you’re interested in joining me and feel free to ask any questions! 

Extra details

Fitness and Ski Level

Beginner programmes – 30-60min hike up / skiing of 20-30 degrees slope

Intermediate programmes – hiking under 3hrs / skiing of 25-35 degrees slope

Advanced programmes – 3-4hrs hike up / skiing of 25-35 degrees slope


Beginner programmes – end of December to mid May

Intermediate programmes – end of December to mid May

Advanced programmes – February and March

Price per person

1 Person
90 USD

Group of 2
90 USD

Group of 3
90 USD

Group of 4
90 USD

Group of 5
90 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee


What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.


Other details

Meeting point
6:30am - 7:30am at a lodge in Minakami I can provide pick up / drop off service if you decide to stay at a nearby Onsen towns of Takaragawa onsen and/or Houshi onsen

A basic lodging (dormitory style / private room) can be arranged at a discount

More info

For Beginner tours, cost is from JPY 10,000 per person
For Intermediate tours, cost is from JPY 12,000 per person
For Advanced tours, cost is from JPY 13,000 per person

- Skis (with touring binding or non-touring binding)
- Boots
- Skins (for touring skis)
- Snowshoes (for non-touring skis)
- Poles
- Backpack
- Avalanche safety gears (beacon, probe, shovel)
- Ski crampons
- Helmet
- Goggles
- Sunglasses
- Sunblock
- Gloves (and thinner gloves for hike up)
- Appropriate clothing
Rentals are available for some of the items so please get in touch!

In case I'm busy on the dates you request this trip, a JMGA mountain guide colleague will be able to guide you instead.

Disclaimer: Before you book one of our trips, please be aware that the trips are affected by changes in unforeseeable weather conditions. Moreover, depending on customers’ health conditions, the guides may determine that the customer is not fit for the trip and may refuse customer participation. We ask all participants to be insured in case of accidents. Please ensure you are insured with appropriate policy in particular that covers mountain rescue operations. In case we cancel the trips prior to departure, due to factors including (but not limited to) unsuitable weather conditions, then the Trip Price will be refunded in whole. Cancellation Policy: The Trip Price is not refundable in case of trip cancellation after the trip has started due to factors including (but not limited to) a change in weather conditions. If customers would like to cancel the trip for any reason, then Cancellation Fee must be paid. If the trip includes accommodation and transportation, then there may be a separate cancellation fee on top of our Cancellation Fee. Cancellation Fee: 0% on cancellations 2 or more days prior to trip, 50% on cancellations the day before, 100% on cancellations on the day of the trip

About the Guide


I am a JMGA mountain guide based in Minakami in Gumma prefecture in Japan, home to Mount Tanigawa in the Tanigawa Mountain Range. It is one of the top 100 famous mountains in Japan and is my favourite mountain full of potentials in rock climbing, mountaineering, backcountry skiing and trekking. I also run a lodging service there for the convenience of clients, which I started in response to the requests by my clients in 2011.

My specialty ranges from climbing / mountaineering, trekking (hiking and snow shoeing), Sawanobori (climbing up through waterfalls), backcountry skiing / ski touring, pack rafting and canyoning.

Having been a member of Exploration Club whilst at University in Kyoto, my first guiding certification was in river rafting, where my passion lay at the time, and my main guiding activities now are mostly in the mountains.
With “explore deeper and have fun” as mottos, I put together outdoor adventure itineraries for each season of the year, so that more people can feel and enjoy the power and kindness of the nature.

I would love to share the unique, beautiful and exploratory experience you can get in Minakami with you, let it be in the mountains or in the waters!

I have the following certificates: JMGA Climbing Guide Stage Level 2, Oze Nature Guide, Oze Climbing Guide and WMA Wilderness First Responder.

When I'm unavailable to guide, my trusted colleagues with JMGA certifications will be able to guide you!

FROM 90 USD per person


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