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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!

1 Day

Jan - May, Dec


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


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.

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


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