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Backcountry skiing on Hirayu & Mount Yake, Japan (2days)

Backcountry skiing on Hirayu & Mount Yake, Japan (2days)
Backcountry skiing on Hirayu & Mount Yake, Japan (2days)
Backcountry skiing on Hirayu & Mount Yake, Japan (2days)
Backcountry skiing on Hirayu & Mount Yake, Japan (2days)

Your local JMGA-certified guide Ryuta will lead you on this fun and adventurous 2 day backcountry skiing expedition through the stunningly picturesque and gorgeous Mount Yake, in Gifu, Japan, a veritable ski and snow wonderland.


Hida Mountains

2 Days





* Ski on one of the most active volcanoes in Japan!

* Relax and bathe in stunning hot springs

* Improve your off-piste skiing technique


Join me on this 2-day journey of backcountry skiing on Mount Yake, Gifu, Japan, and you will experience some of the best skiing conditions in Asia, with the freshest powder and best backcountry skiing routes thanks to the knowledge of us local guides, all taking place against the splendid, postcard-perfect backdrop of the fascinating and traditional Japanese scenery and landscapes.

Mount Yake is one of the most famous mountains in Japan, as it is also one of the most active volcanoes in the country. Located in the Gifu region, it is close to being the snowiest area of Japan, and the nearby hot springs are a fantastic place to visit when not skiing on the mountain.

We meet at Hirayu Bus Terminal on the first day at 8am, and from here we head to the ski fields around Hirayu, where we will choose which areas to ski in based on the conditions.

During the second day we will stake out good spots around Yakedake and Kamikoche, before finishing the activity at the end of this day.

The scenery is quite awe-inspiring and delightful, as the majestic snow-capped mountains lead to sweeping panoramic views of the pretty valleys and lakes below.

Hopefully after these two days you will be newly inspired and hungry to seek out more backcountry skiing in Japan.

Japan is a fascinating and wonderful country – book now to discover it!

I also offer a backcountry ski tour of Tateyama, Toyama, here!

Alternatively, I also offer backcountry skiing of Shirakawa, Gifu, here!

Price includes

- Guiding fee


Day 1: Meet and ski

– Meet at Hirayu Bus Terminal

– Ski the Hirayu area

– Stay at Nakanoyu Onsen Ryokan

Day 2: Ski and finish

-Ski around Yakedake and Kamikochi

-Finish activity


About the guide

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Mountain Guide

I live in Gifu prefecture in Japan, which is famous for Shrakawago UNESCO World Heritage Site and also becoming famous as the backcountry skiing / snowboarding arena known for its DEEP snow and STEEP terrains.

I am a JMGA certified mountain guide, also certified in Wilderness First Aid. Following my competition years in snowboarding, I became a guide because I liked backcountry snowboarding and wanted to propose safe and fun trips to clients, where I can share my experiences and joys that I felt in the mountains. I spend the winter exploring new backcountry terrains and spend rest of the year climbing mountains. I have accomplished a snowboard descent from the summit of Denali in 2013.
My motto is to guide “safely and fun”, and therefore I aspire to guide small groups. I value the time I spend with each of my guests and this way I can spend more time communicating with clients and for clients to get to know each other better.

I believe that mountain climbing experience should not just be about standing on the summit but also enjoying the nature on the mountain as a whole, learning about the history, and getting a taste of the culture. Shirakawago, in Gifu, is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and you can also enjoy onsen and local cuisine.

Whether it be walking in the mountains, touching the snow, rock, grass or water, or hiking, canyoning, rock climbing, or backcountry skiing, I believe that experiences in the outdoors will enrich your life. Japan is a country of 4 distinct seasons, blessed with rich and beautiful nature. Let’s have fun together in this nature, using all your 5 senses, moving your bodies and feel the rhythm of the nature and of the Earth. I would love to share my outdoor experiences with you and I endeavour to guide in a way to connect people to people, and people to nature in the natural rhythm of the nature.


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What people are saying about Ryuta


I think Ryuta is a great guide. The tour was quite nice. I loved the lines we did. It would've been 5 stars if his English was better but his assistant guide was of great help especially in communication. Otherwise, I felt quite safe with him and his abilities


Without a doubt, Ryuta-san exceeded all of my expectations. His level of professionalism, planning, client care and willingness to go the extra mile are on par with the best in the business. He is also the first dedicated splitboard guide I've toured with, so this was an added plus!


Everything was just great, him and his partner were fully dedicated to our group and tried their best to make the most out of our day. The lines were great and they were super safety-conscious. I wish his English was a bit better, so that we'd get to interact more and learn more about the mountain, some local stories etc... Cheers!



Great mountain, awesome guide, good times. Only for dedicated backcountry enthusiasts though.

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