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Freeride skiing in Nozawa Onsen

Freeride skiing in Nozawa Onsen
Freeride skiing in Nozawa Onsen
Freeride skiing in Nozawa Onsen
Freeride skiing in Nozawa Onsen

Come to the traditional Nozawa Onsen for 2 or several days and enjoy the best powder snow in this exciting freeride ski trip led by Tsutomu, an IFMGA local mountain guide.

Not specified

Japan Alps

1 Day

Jan, Feb, Mar




Nozawa Onsen is a charming Onsen (hot spring) town near Nagano, famous for the high quality of powder snow, tree runs and backcountry skiing.

It was the site for biathlon competition during the Nagano Olympics in 1998.

There are 13 onsens open to the public in the town as well as numerous ryokans and pensions. Its sister city is St Anton in Austria.

This traditional Japanese onsen town is easily accessible from Tokyo via Hokuriku shinkansen. So I propose you to take the shinkansen to Iiyama station and I will pick you up there.

I can adapt this trip to suit your needs: you can stay for 2 or several days and choose between different routes in terms of difficulty, steepness, fitness level etc., if you want to climb up a little bit or not.

Join me to enjoy freeride skiing in the best Japanese areas and the authentic après ski experience! Send a request so we can start planning this together, according to your wishes and experience level.

If you are looking for other ski options in Japan, check out this guided freeride ski trip in Niigata / Gunma.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

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


-Transport JPY 9400 (to be paid together with guide fee)<br>

-Accommodation JPY 8000-15000 per person per night to be covered by client and to be paid on the spot .


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



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.

Meeting point

Iiyama station on Hokuriku shinkansen. Then I'll drive to the chosen ski area.

About the guide

To become a mountain guide had been my dream since I first started climbing mountains, and I have been a mountain guide since 2001 as well as an IFMGA guide since July 2014. I am very happy with the opportunity I have as a guide to share my experience, knowledge and skills with everyone that I go guiding with. I still remember the mix of fear, excitement and nervousness the first time I traversed the Daikiretto (a long knife edge ridge in the Northern Japanese Alps) during my first big climbing trip in the Northern Japanese Alps. I felt as if my heart was going to jump out of my mouth! But at the same time I felt so vividly alive and felt the kind of happiness that I had never felt before. It was a life changing experience and want to share this kind of feeling with my clients. My favourite mountain areas are vicinities of Mt Hotaka and Mt Tsurugi in the summer and Yatsugatake in the winter. I have guided backcountry skiing in Nagano areas (Hakuba, Nozawa Onsen) as well. I have also climbed extensively around the world, from Ultar Star in Pakistan to routes in Yosemite in the USA and several peaks in Chamonix in France.


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What people are saying about Tsutomu Sugisaka

James Aspinall


February, 2023

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Emma Milner


January, 2019

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Trudy Lin


January, 2019

Fantastic experience! Mr Sugisaka is a very experienced guide was very willing to take photos to remember the event too! Highly recommended


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