Niseko to Asahidake: Backcountry Skiing in Hokkaido

A certified mountain guide will take you to an exciting 12-day backcountry ski tour all over Hokkaido. Enjoy some of his secret spots away from the crowds.




Trip Duration

12 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

4 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified

If you want to ski longer and explore the less accessible powder areas in Hokkaido, this trip is itinerary is for you! This is a 12-day backcountry tour of Hokkaido, covering the famous areas to more inaccessible secret spots.

We will start our tour in the ski areas nearby Sapporo. I have avoided Niseko areas because these are crowded with people these days. I want to show you other areas with better snow known only mostly to local guides. On these days, we will base ourselves in Sapporo city where you can enjoy local night scenes and cuisines, before we head off to the countryside.

Our second stop of the tour is the famous Asahidake area in central Hokkaido. This inland region is known for cold temperatures and consequential ultra light powder snow – perhaps the lightest powder snow in Japan!

We will then make our way towards the very small and remote island of Rishiri, located off the northern tip of Hokkaido. This island is only 60km in circumference and, here, you will be able to experience wild backcountry skiing. There are no ski lifts, we will be skiing down towards the sea, and if we get to the summit of Mt Rishiri, we will have 360 degrees panoramic view of the surrounding sea, neighbouring Rebun island and mainland Hokkaido in the distance. Mt Rishiri’s geological features offers skiers a diversity of terrains to enjoy, from mellow open areas to steep gullies!

Japanese Aprés Ski

Where possible, we will dip ourselves in Japanese hot springs (‘onsens’) and enjoy delicious local cuisine. I recommend this tour as a perfect occasion to enjoy Japanese hospitality.

Who is it for?

As this is an intermediate trip, you should be able to ski on advanced slopes and varied terrains. We will be skiing tree runs and steep slopes up to 35-40 degrees. You’ll need to have good control of your skis, and to be able to stop anywhere. It’s best to have good fitness for this itinerary as it is a 12 day itinerary!

Please contact me if you want to be a part of this adventure! You can find a complete itinerary below.

Price per person

1 Person
5847 USD

Group of 2
2928 USD

Group of 3
1943 USD

Group of 4
1728 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee


What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.


Other details

Meeting point
At your hotel or at Chitose Airport at 8:30 am

- JPY3,500 per person / night in Sapporo
- JPY6,500 per person / night in Asahikawa (with breakfast)
- JPY3,000 per person / night in Tokachi
- JPY8,000 - 10,000 per person / night in Niseko

More info

Equipment list:

-Ski gear (skies, split board, snowboard)
-Skins, snowshoes
-Ski boots
-Ski wear
-Safety gears (beacon, probe, shovel)
*The following items can be rented by prior arrangement.
-Beacon, probe, shovel, backpack, snowshoes, poles

This items are not included in the price:
- Accommodation for you and for the guide
- Lift pass: JPY 4,000-4,500 per person / day
*When there is lift usage and depending on conditions
(to be paid on spot)

Previous experience:
Side country ski on slope / Backcountry ski experience before
(it is OK with seal)


About the Guide

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