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Backcountry Skiing in Tateyama

Backcountry Skiing in Tateyama
Backcountry Skiing in Tateyama
Backcountry Skiing in Tateyama
Backcountry Skiing in Tateyama

Hire a local IFMGA mountain guide for a custom made backcountry skiing trip in Tateyama / Tsurugi area at the heart of the Japan Alps!

Japan Alps

1 Day

Apr - Jun




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 includes

- Guiding fee

- Mountain guide expenses

Price details

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.


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.

Meeting point

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


What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
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About the guide

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Mountain Guide

To become a mountain guide had been my dream since I first started climbing mountains, and I have been a mountain guide since 2001 as well as an IFMGA guide since July 2014. I am very happy with the opportunity I have as a guide to share my experience, knowledge and skills with everyone that I go guiding with. I still remember the mix of fear, excitement and nervousness the first time I traversed the Daikiretto (a long knife edge ridge in the Northern Japanese Alps) during my first big climbing trip in the Northern Japanese Alps. I felt as if my heart was going to jump out of my mouth! But at the same time I felt so vividly alive and felt the kind of happiness that I had never felt before. It was a life changing experience and want to share this kind of feeling with my clients. My favourite mountain areas are vicinities of Mt Hotaka and Mt Tsurugi in the summer and Yatsugatake in the winter. I have guided backcountry skiing in Nagano areas (Hakuba, Nozawa Onsen) as well. I have also climbed extensively around the world, from Ultar Star in Pakistan to routes in Yosemite in the USA and several peaks in Chamonix in France.


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What people are saying about Tsutomu



Fantastic experience! Mr Sugisaka is a very experienced guide was very willing to take photos to remember the event too! Highly recommended

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