Explore Asahidake: Backcountry skiing in Hokkaido

Follow JMGA mountain guide Makoto Takeishi into this 3-day backcountry ski tour around the best powder area of Asahidake, in Hokkaido.




Trip Duration

3 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

4 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified

Join me for this amazing 3-day backcountry ski tour in Hokkaido. I will take you to the best powder areas based around Asahidake, the highest mountain in Hokkaido!

On this tour, you’ll be able to experience the popular and classic backcountry skiing on Asahidake, as well as some of my secret spots in the vicinity to hunt for more powder snow away from the crowds.

Aprés Ski in Japan involves delighting your taste buds and hungry stomach with delicious Japanese cuisine. Ending your day in a hot spring ‘onsen’ with its relaxing effect will prepare you for another fun and adrenaline filled day. I believe this trip will be a great opportunity for you to enjoy both the world-class powder skiing and the Japanese culture and hospitality.

Everyday we will go to different skiing spots. That way, you will be able to experience different types of snow, from light powder to dry powder. You will also enjoy variations in terrain, from skiing through the trees to carving your big turns in a wide open face full of pow.

As this is an intermediate program, you should know how to ski on advanced slopes with steepness up to 35-40 degrees. You need to be comfortable skiing tree runs and have full control of your skis, being able to stop anywhere.

Please contact me if you want to start planning this ski trip with me! There are also longer tours if you want. In fact, you can take a look at this 6-day or 12-day trips. I look forward to seeing you in Hokkaido!

Price per person

1 Person
1491 USD

Group of 2
741 USD

Group of 3
497 USD

Group of 4
438 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Mountain guide's expenses


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.



  • Day 0: Welcome

    Arrival at Asahikawa Airport and check in at your hotel.

  • Day 1: Tour start

    I will pick you up at your hotel or at Asahikawa Airport. We will go skiing. After skiing, we will stay in Asahikawa.

  • Day 2: Asahidake

    We’ll enjoy skiing at Asahidake. We will be back in Asahikawa in the evening.

  • Day 3: Secret spot

    I will take you to one of my secret spots. At night, you will be staying either in Asahikawa or Sapporo depending on your choice of airport for departure.

  • Day 4: Option

    I can drive you to Asahikawa or Chitose Airport, on Day 4, if necessary, with a cost. Please feel free to ask me.


Other details

Meeting point
At your hotel or at Asahikawa Airport

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

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 guide
- Lift pass for you and for guide: JPY 4,000 per person / day
*When there is lift usage and depending on conditions
(please pay for the above items on the spot)

Previous experience:
Backcountry ski experience before with use of skins. If not, please get in touch before.


About the Guide


I was born in Tokyo, and moved to Sapporo via Nagano. I've skied for however long I can remember and I've been in love with skiing for 35 years now.
My high school years were spent following outdoors related curriculum and skiing in the winter, whilst studying in the evenings. I then moved onto competing in Ski Cross at World Cup level twice, as well as competed in Big Mountain competitions.

I also have experiences as a ski instructor and a ski patroller, driven by my desire to help others through skiing. I spent 2 seasons at Niseko Moiwa and 5 seasons at Sapporo Kokusai ski resorts, where I now know really well. I also have 16 years of river guiding experience during the summer times in Hokkaido.

I jumped into the world of mountain guiding after my seasons at Sapporo Kokusai, and I currently manage the Taisetsu Ishimuro Hut whilst guiding Taisetsu, Tokachi and Hidaka areas (Central Hokkaido).

I have ski guided film crews and pro-riders from brands in the past as well. I would love to share the climbing, skiing and overall outdoor experience and beauty of it with you.

FROM 438 USD per person

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