• Trip duration
    1+ day
  • Trip level
  • Max people per guide
    6 people
  • Mountain range
  • Best period
    Jan, Feb, Mar


Rishiri, the island where I come from and where I live, is located off the northern coast of Hokkaido in the north of Japan. It is a circular island with one very large mountain. The ridges and bowls makes the mountain feel more like a mountain-range with several peaks than one big volcano.

There are no chairlifts! In winter, Rishiri is dedicated to ski touring and splitboarding enthusiasts.

It might seem for some to be at the end of the world but the ski terrain here is just incredible!

We call it the “floating island”.

I recommend you to come here for at least 4 days.

You will stay in my family hostel that I manage. It is equipped with an onsen (hot spring bath) where it is awesome to stay after a day of skiing. You will enjoy delicious home-cooked Japanese food.

Your stay here will not only be a ski trip but also a great cultural discovery!

We use snowmobile to cover the long and flat distance. We then go up using the skins.

Every day, I take you where the snow and weather conditions are the best. The daily itinerary and program will also depend on your wishes and your ski experience. If the weather permits it we can go for the summit.

You can come to Rishiri either by plane (45 min) from Sapporo or by ferry (1:40 h) leaving from Wakkanai.

I will take maximum 6 clients with me. If you would be a larger group, I will ask a friend of mine, Japanese mountain guide as well, to join us.

There are no rental shops on the island so please take all your equipment with you, including your avalanche beacon, shovel, probe, your crampons and ice axe.

Please get in touch with me if you wish come here and enjoy a fantastic ski experience!

For the 2018 season my guiding periods are end of December – 8th of January, and 27th January onwards. Please get in touch to ask for my availabilities!

If you want to know more about Rishiri Island, you can read the article Winter in Rishiri: backcountry skiing in a remote Japanese island as well as this story of 2 Canadians that came to visit me in 2016 for some unforgettable ski runs: Discover Rishiri, the ultimate backcountry skiing destination in Japan.

Price per person

1 Person36000JPY
Group of 218000JPY
Group of 312000JPY
Group of 412000JPY
Group of 512000JPY
Group of 612000JPY

Price includes

  • Guiding fee

Other details


You will stay in my family hostel (winter price)
- JPY 10,800 for 1 night, including dinner and breakfast
- JPY 8,400 for 1 night and breakfast
- JPY 7,200 for 1 night bed only

More info

For more than 7 people, I will hire an assistant guide. The price will be JPY 12000 for between 7-10 people.
If you'd like to join a group then the guide fee is JPY 12,000. For this, you'll have to arrive on Rishiri island the night before and it is recommended to leave the day after the tour or take the last ferry out of Rishiri on the last day of your tour but get changed in the ferry!

I can help you with the transportation from the ferry terminal or the airport to the lodge.

Please note that there will be additional cost as below to be paid directly to me on the spot:
- Onsen tax: JPY 150 per person per night, if you are staying at my guesthouse
- Snowmobile cost: JPY 1,000-3,000 per person per day depending on the route chosen for the day

Insurance - please ensure that each member of your group is covered by an appropriate insurance policy that also covers mountain rescue operations


- Please be aware that depending on the weather and the conditions, I may decide to change the route, objective of the tour, and any other contents of the trip, for safety reasons.
- As a guide, I cannot be held liable for any accidents that may occur during the trip, except for those that occurr due to my gross negligence or malicious intent.
- Please also be aware that I will be guiding at a pace appropriate for the participant with the least technical and fitness levels.