trip duration TRIP DURATION
1+ day
mountain range MOUNTAIN RANGE
Japan Alps
max people per fuide MAX PEOPLE PER GUIDE
4 people
trip level TRIP LEVEL
best period OFFER PERIOD
Jan, Feb, Mar
type of trip TYPE OF TRIP
Not specified


Niigata is a well known area in Japan for the deep snow it gets during the winter. It has numerous ski resorts and backcountry skiing / snowboarding routes.

Due to it easy access from Tokyo via Jouetsu shinkansen (bullet train) it’s an ideal destination for a quick weekend getaway or short trips. There are a lot of small to big ski resorts, where we can access powder runs from. You get to enjoy powder skiing and snowboarding to its fullest using the lifts.

The starting point of this trip will be Echigo yuzawa station. We’ll meet there and I’ll drive you to the ski area. We will be picking the best ski areas depending on the weather and conditions of the day. These are some of the places we can explore:

  • Lift accessed sidecountry skiing at Tenjindaira Ski Area at the foot of the famous Mt Tanigawadake. 
  • Kagura ski areas. We will enjoy the notorious and numerous ski / snowboard lift accessible powder from there.
  • Joushu Hotaka Ski Area. We will enjoy more ski / snowboard lift accessible powder from there!

I offer private trips because we can adapt them to your technical, fitness and experience levels. That means you can join this trip whether you’re just getting into backcountry skiing or you’re an advanced skier wanting to go on adventures.

Besides, there is flexibility in the number of days (although I recommend it to be a 2-day+ tour) and also in the difficulty of routes, in terms of steepness, fitness level, if you want to climb up a little or not, etc.

Would you like to join me for a freeride ski adventure in Japan? Please send a request to book this trip! We can discuss and adapt the itinerary to your requirements and experience level. 

I offer many ski trips in different areas in Japan, like this freeride ski trip in Nozawa Onsen.

Price per person per day

1 Person40000JPY
Group of 220000JPY
Group of 314000JPY
Group of 412000JPY

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
Guide expenses (not included in the above price, to be divided among the participants):

-Transport JPY 23,000 (to be paid together with guide fee) -In addition, there’ll be about JPY 1,000 per day for parking and accommodation JPY 10,000-15,000 per day per night, both of which should be paid on the spot.

Price also doesn’t include any transportation cost e.g. shinkansen (bullet train) fair. Accommodation can be paid on the spot rather than in advance.

Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required


Meeting point

We'll meet at Echigo yuzawa station and then I'll drive you to the ski area.


You will sleep in a hotel.

More info

Kit list:
- Touring skis / splitboard / snow board
- Skins / snowshoes
- Touring boots
- Poles
- Avalanche Safety Gears (beacon, probe, shovel)
- Helmet
- Goggles
- Gloves
- Ski wear etc.

You need to purchase your own mountain rescue insurance prior to joining the tour.