trip duration TRIP DURATION
1+ day
mountain range MOUNTAIN RANGE
Japan Alps
max people per fuide MAX PEOPLE PER GUIDE
4 people
trip level TRIP LEVEL
best period OFFER PERIOD
Apr, May, Jun
type of trip TYPE OF TRIP
Not specified


Tateyama is a famous spring backcountry skiing destination at the heart of the Japanese Alps and above the clouds. Discover it on this exciting trip!

This area includes two of the most iconic peaks in the North Japan Alps: Tateyama (3,015 m) and Tsurugi (2,999 m). The ski descent surrounded by peaks and the ridges of the Japanese Alps is just invaluable.

There are many backcountry ski routes in this area. I know it extremely well, so I can pick one that suit your needs for different skill sets, fitness levels and descent preferences!

I’m also very well connected to the mountain huts and mountain rescue there, so we’ll be able to obtain the most fresh firsthand info available.

You will arrive from Tokyo to Toyama station on Hokuriku shinkansen (bullet train). It would be better if you could arrive the day before so we can get up to Murodo (base) in the morning, but if not, you can take the first shinkansen and I will pick you up at 8:40 am. We will then drive to the mountain entrance and get on a bus to Murodo. We will do some backcountry skiing and stay at Murodo hut, which is more like a hotel than a hut.

For this trip, you must be able to or have the experience of skiing / snowboarding off piste. It is also better if you are capable of hiking up a couple of hours a day since there are no lifts here.

Because it takes time to get up there and down, I recommend to take a 2-day+ trip. The best time of the year is between the end of April and beginning of June, but make sure to avoid ‘Golden Week holidays’ (last week of Apr, first week of May) which is usually very crowded.

Reach out to me to explore this spring backcountry paradise in Japan. Send a request so we can start planning this together!

I also offer ski experiences in other Japanese regions, like this ski touring trip in Hakuba.

Price per person per day

1 Person58000JPY
Group of 229000JPY
Group of 320000JPY
Group of 416500JPY

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Mountain guide's expenses
These items are not included in the price: -Accommodation: 10,000 - 15,000 per person per night to be paid on the spot (cash recommended). -Transportation cost for clients e.g. shinkansen (bullet train) fair.

Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required


Meeting point

Meet at Toyama station then I'll drive you to Tateyama station.


Murodo Hut

More info

You can rent skis, skins, touring boots, ski crampons, crampons, ice axe.

Gear List:
- Touring skis / splitboard / snow board
- Skins / snowshoes
- Touring boots
- Poles
- Avalanche Safety Gears (beacon, probe, shovel)
- Ski crampons
- Crampons
- Ice Axe
- Helmet
- Goggles
- Gloves
- Ski wear etc.

You need to purchase your own mountain rescue insurance prior to joining the tour.