4-day backcountry skiing tour in Rishiri

4-day packaged backcountry ski trip in the remote volcanic island of Rishiri in the Northern tip of Hokkaido, Japan, with a certified mountain guide.




Trip Duration

4 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May

Type of Trip

Not specified



    Join me on this 4-day off-the-beaten track ski adventure in Japan, and discover more about Japanese culture!

    This is a trip to the small volcanic island of Rishiri, in the north of Hokkaido. Mount Rishiri (1721 m) is a dormant volcano in the center of the island. It’s also one of the top 100 mountains in Japan.

    During this 4-day ski trip you’ll enjoy some exciting powder skiing, as well as sharing the local culture of the island.

    Besides, we will reach the summit of Mount Rishiri and ski from there!

    As regards the necessary skills, you should be able to ski even in spring sugary snow conditions. Furthermore, you should know hoy to put on crampons on ski boots and also do some hiking.

    If you are used to ski for 6 or 8 hours a day, you’ll feel perfectly comfortable during this trip!

    The starting point of this adventure will be the city of Sapporo. As we’ll start early in the morning, you should be there the night before. We’ll then meet at Saporo station. I can also pick you up from the hotel if it’s close to the station.

    Please contact me if you want to join me for this unique backcountry skiing tour on Rishiri! I will be happy to guide you there and show you the great skiing spots of the island.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    85000 JPY


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Transport during the trip
    • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


    • Day 1Mount Rishiri / Wakkanai

      We’ll reach the summit of Mount Rishiri and ski there.

      Then, we will board the ferry back to Wakkanai. We’ll stay in Wakkanai.

    • Day 2Mount Shokanbetsu / Sapporo

      We’ll go from Wakkanai to Mashike. We’ll ski in Mount Shokanbetsu. Then, we’ll travel back to Sapporo.

    • Day 3Sapporo / Rishiri

      We’ll go from Sapporo to Wakkanai by car. Then, from Wakkanai to Rishiri by ferry. We’ll stay in Rishiri.


    Other details

    Meeting point

    Sapporo Station, North Exit.


    Lodging for 3 nights (dinner and breakfast for each night)

    More info

    Lunches and food on the go on the mountains are not included in the price.


    - Touring ski gears (ski crampons are necessary)

    - Crampons

    - Ice axe

    - Clothing for spring ski touring

    - Clothing for sleeping

    - Avalanche safety gears (beacon, shovel, probe)

    I can also lend you the Avalanche safety gear at JPY 2,000 per day, so please get in touch with me if you would like to rent a set.


    About the Guide

    FROM 85000 JPYper person


    What People are Saying about Japan Mountain Guides-


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    Heleen Hidskes
    Jun is a responsible and reliable guide. He is also knowledgeable on the local flora and fauna and managed to show us quite a few interesting alpine flowers, birds and animals. He is kind and helpful and converses well in English. I will not hesitate to recommend him to any anyone needing an English speaking guide in Japan.
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    Just back from Hakuba –Japan and I’m so pleased to confirm we got such a great experience with Iwao who has provided a service above all expectations. Indeed assisting a family confronted to a new environment requires a certain level of patience and attention and all the family appreciated his sense of responsibilities and seriousness which allowed us to really enjoy this region by experiencing touring, hicking and of course skiing in immaculate powder. Iwao was very discreet but always acted to ensure we could take the best of all Hakuba mountains could offer to us during these 5 days.This experience will for sure remain in all our minds for long and this will be mainly thanks to Iwao ! Best, Arnaud
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    We had a wonderfull ski touring trip with Iwao in Gunma. Iwao brought us in various beautifull landscapes to found very good spring snow. He is a very professional guide that can adapt to clients will and conditions! We had great time sharing our experiences about nature and mountains. The second day, we had a long tour with beautiful views on gunma\'s region and finissing along a river in an amazing forest. It was great fun to wait the last train in the midel of nowhere at sunset to come back to our village! Iwao has perfectly organised the trip bringing me to nice local onsen, restaurant and hôtel! Wonderfull trip to recommand!
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