Local JMGA-certified guide Kenichi invites you to a one-or-more-day freeride skiing and ski touring program in Gunma and Nigata, close to the Japanese Sea.
Gunma and Nigata are two great spots 2 hours drive from Tokyo for downhill and freeride skiing. It can be the perfect option for the ones visiting Japan in January, February or March and who wish to experience the unique Japanese powder snow.
We can ski together for one or several days in that area (Kanetsu), northwest of Tokyo. It includes resorts like Tanigawadake, Joshuhotaka, Kagura, Hakuba and Nagano. There are a lot of skiing options here which is a great advantage because we can go every day where the snow and weather conditions are the best without having to drive too much.
Going ski touring is also an option. The best time will then be March and April.
I can help you organising the accommodation making sure you can go in traditional Japanese places (if this is what you are looking for) and so enjoy not only good skiing but also our culture (food, onsen…).
There are 2 ways to come here from Tokyo, either with the car (2 hours) either with the Shinkansen (the Japanese bullet train) (90 minutes).
I will take up to 6 clients. If you would be a larger group, I will ask a certified mountain guide friend of mine to join us.
Feel free to contact me if you wish to have more info and if you are looking to organise one or several guided ski tour here. It will be my pleasure to let you discover this fantastic region where I come from and show you my secrets spots.
Here are 2 hotels where I like to bring my friends and clients. NASPA NEW OTANI SATOYAMAJUJO
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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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.