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Splitboarding in Harukayama , Hokkaido

Splitboarding in Harukayama , Hokkaido
Splitboarding in Harukayama , Hokkaido
Splitboarding in Harukayama , Hokkaido
Splitboarding in Harukayama , Hokkaido

Join Akihiro, a JMGA mountain guide, on this Harukayama 2-day guided splitboarding tour in the beautiful Japanese island of Hokkaido!

2 Days

Jan - Mar




Join me on this splitboarding adventure in the beautiful Japanese island of Hokkaido!

During this 2-day trip, we will be staying in a charming and remote mountain hut called Ginreiso. This historical hut is located at the foot of Mt. Harukayama’s upper eastern face, and for decades it has been used as the “oasis of the mountains”.

Every morning, snowboarders will leave this cozy oasis and head to the top of Mt Harukayama where they will find themselves overlooking the coastlines of the famous Ishikari bay.

Participants will find there is no access to electricity nor tap, but it operates on lamps and springs for water nearby. As the fireplace is running constantly, the hut is kept warm and cosy at all times.

Snowboarders and skiers will have to prepare their own food before the trip in order to cook their dinner by the fireplace, after a long day of splitboarding nothing better than to rest and enjoy the silence of the mountain by the fire.

There are 4 rooms with bunkbeds for guests, with plenty of blankets, but having summer sleeping bags or a liner bags could increase your comfort level.

Regarding Ginreiso’s location, participants will have to go to the JR Zenibako station, which is located on the border of Sapporo city and Otaru city. From there, they will ride on a bus for 10 min, and a further 2.5 hours hike from the start point of the Mt Harukayama hiking passage.

Keep in mind our itinerary will depend on the weather conditions, in the Niseko, Otaru and Sapporo Area the average daily low is around -8c in January and February and up in the mountains, it may be around -10c to -15c.

Suitable for intermediate skiers and snowboarders, if you are interested on this 2-day trip, request to book this trip and join me on the ultimate Japanese adventure!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Dinner

Price details

The price ranges between JPY 30000 and 50000 per person.


Day 1: Onze Ski Area - Mt Harukayama - Ginreiso

Leave the Guest house and walk to Onze Ski Area. We’ll take a lift up and 2.5 hours hike from the top of the lift will bring us to the summit of Mt Harukayama.

Ski from the summit of Mt Harukayama to Ginreiso where we will be staying overnight.

Total hours of activity around 4-5 hours.

Day 2: Mt Wausuyama

Leave Ginreiso in the morning to head to Mt Harukayama, then to Mt Wausuyama.

Ski from the summit, and hike up again to ski down to the Guest house at around 1-2pm.

I can drive you to Shinchitose Airport on the same day. Hours of activity around 5 hours.



More info

Kit List:

-Ski gears (skis, boots, skins, avalanche safety gears) -Ski wears -Down jacket -Balaclava -Sunglasses -Head torch -Spare batteries -Spare underwears top and bottom -Spare socks -Bowl / Cutleries (Plate, bowl, Chopsticks, Cutleries e.g. spork for 2 meals, can be disposable) -water bottle (at least 1l) -lunch on the mountain and snacks -face towel -hat -fleece lined gloves -camera -travel insurance -Other personal items

Climate: Day light house in Hokkaido during Jan - Feb is Sunrise at 6:30 / 7am and Sunset at 4:30 / 5pm. Temperatures: Niseko, Otaru, Sapporo Area - Average daily low at -8c in Jan/Feb. In the mountains, -10c to -15c. Asahidake, Tokachidake, Teshiodake Area - Very cold in Jan/Feb. Even in Asahikawa City, the average daily low is around -13c and in the mountains it could be as low as or lower than -25c. In both regions, the number of sunny days are very limited. In general, there are more than 25 days of snow in a month.

Extra Information

  • You can leave items that are unnecessary for climbing in my car. However, please take valuables with you
  • If you are planning on bringing alcoholic beverages with you, I advise you to bring it in a plastic bottle or platypus.

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About the guide

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Mountain Guide

I am a JMGA certified Stage II Mountaineering Guide, and am also certified with Technical Rope Rescue license.
My father’s passion got me started in skiing and mountaineering early in my life - I competed in Cross Country skiing during my high school in universities years at the National level and I’ve been a mountain guide since 1996 when I moved to Hokkaido.
I also appear regularly in mountain related media such as magazines, TV programmes and radio channels. My favourite guiding activity is backcountry skiing, especially when I guide clients to remote places for untracked powder runs, which are earned by hiking up. Mt Teshiodake is my favourite destination in Hokkaido for this. I also surf in the summer!

My extensive climbs and expeditions abroad include the Ski descent of Denali, Sea kayak and Ski expedition along Aleutian islands, Sea kayak and ski expedition in Greenland, Himalaya skiing, Climb of Alpamayo south west route, Ski descent of Mt Pisco in Peru, Field assistant in Antarctica over its winter etc.

I will fully support you on your adventure in this land of north for all four seasons, let it be a pristine powder skiing experience in the world’s best powder snow or the summer mountains or the sea. Whether you are a beginner eager to learn the world of mountains or an experienced mountaineer looking to improve your skills, or an advanced mountain goer keen to enjoy the mountains at the limit of your abilities, I will be very happy to guide you for you to achieve your goals.


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What people are saying about Akihiro



This a beautiful day and a half tour with views of the ocean behind you and unless it's a weekend you'll likely be the only people on the mountain. The first day didn't involve much skiing, there is a 3 hour hike then skins off and a nice gentle slope down to the hut. Unfortunately this had been tracked out by snowmobilers. So we didn't lap it and got to the hut at 2.30pm. AKI kept us entertained with stories of his incredible experiences from around the world. The second day, the two slopes that we lapped were really playful and not a track in sight! Would highly recommend AKI as a guide and hut is brilliant!

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