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Backcountry snowboarding in Tohoku, northern Honshu

Backcountry snowboarding in Tohoku, Japan 1
Backcountry snowboarding in Tohoku, Japan 2

Explore the region of Tohoku (northern Honshu) with your snowboard on this 3-day adventure led by local JMGA-certified guide Kenichi and discover the deep powder snow of Japan.

3 Days

Jan - Apr




In the northeastern end of Honshū Island is situated the remote and lonely region of Tohoku. Only 2 hours from Japan’s capital Tokio, Tohoku is still an unspoiled place with virgin landscapes and high quality snow.

If you’re planning to spend some days snowboarding far from the crowds you should then join me on this 3-day backcountry adventure. We’ll depart from Morioka, a Japanese prefecture in the northeast of the country. Our destination for these backcountry snowboarding days will be Iwate and Akita.

We will mainly ski in two ski resorts: the Hachimantai, a mountainous region with some rustic hot springs and volcanic sceneries, and the Geto Kogen ski resort, which is particularly famous due to its deep snow.

In the Hachimantai area, we will hike up to the top of Mount Chausu (1578 m) from where we will enjoy some downhill freeride snowboarding. As for our goals at Geto Kogen, we’ll get to the top the ski area (20 to 30 minutes hike) for more backcountry snowboard.

If the weather conditions do not help we can go to Shimokura or Nawabari ski resorts, use the lifts to ascend and ski in the tree areas. As you can see, in Tohoku there are options for everyone!

Skiers and snowboarders who want to join me on this program must be physically prepared and be able to ski in deep powder snow.

If you want to be part of this 3-day backcountry snowboarding tour in Tohoku, send your request and make your reservation now!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transportation start and back

Price details

Not included:

- Transport during tour (12000jpy)

- Road tolls (1500 jpy per day if applicable)

- Accommodation

- Lift tickets or snowcat(if applicable)

- Guide expenses (accommodation , lift ticket or snow cat)


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Equipment that you´ll need:

  • Avalanche gears
  • Touring Gear (AT ski and boots, split board, skins, snowshoes)

Meeting point

At your hotel in Morioka City or Morioka Station.

About the guide

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Mountain Guide

I'm a ski and mountain guide from the Japanese Mountain Guide Association (JMGA). I guide backcountry skiing, mountaineering, hiking and canyon climbing (Sawanobori) mainly on Honshu, the main island of Japan.
When I was younger, I spent a couple of years in Canada and in Salt Lake City skiing and working as a rafting guide, as well as spent 2 summer seasons in Switzerland as a hiking guide.

I started backcountry ski guiding when I based myself in Minakami and started one of the first backcountry ski guide companies in the area in 2002. I'm travelling every year to Europe and North America for ski trip with my clients.

Please contact me if you wish to come to Japan and would like to enjoy our beautiful environment while doing an exciting outdoor activity.



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What people are saying about Kenichi



Great trip! Kenichi was an amazing guide — both in the backcountry and as a local guide suggesting restaurants, onsens, etc. Highly recommend!



Kenichi is an incredible guide. Despite less than ideal conditions he found us fresh snow and great runs. He also helped with logistical glitches that cropped up and made sure we ate great food as well. He’s a great guy and we look forward to planning more adventures! We are extremely grateful for the time we had with him.


Keni was an unbelievable guide, not only on the mountain but also in town during the night. An additional comment was he supported us post tour as he was still in the area. Much appreciated everything he did.


I just wanted to say that Kenichi-san was a fantastic guide and a really good man. We loved our time with him and got to ski much more powder snow than if we had been by ourselves. I highly recommend him as a guide.

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