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Hokkaido 6-days Backcountry snowboarding safari

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Join Makoto, an JMGA certified guide, on this 6-day backcountry snowboarding safari. Explore the best places for snowboarding in Hokkaido, Japan.


6 Days

Jan - Apr, Dec




The Anui people that inhabit Hokkaido call the mountains here kamui-mintara or Gods’ playground. And when you get the opportunity to see them, you understand why.

Experience the magical feeling of snowboarding on this paradise. This 6-day backcountry snowboarding safari is the best way to explore Hokkaido and all its beauty.

These type of trips are normally set in other regions of the world. But, very few people are aware of the stunning mountains that Japan offers. Over our 6-day safari, we’ll explore Japan’s best guarded secrets, as well as my favorite places in the region.

We will snowboard across amazing places like Sapporo and Asahidake, getting to the spots with the best snow.

Our trip will mix classic routes with my very own secret spots, places that I have discovered over years of exploration. I’ll take you to untrack areas, where we can escape from the crowds. Hence, you’ll feel like these mountains are just for you to explore. You’ll get the best powder runs and the most exciting tree descents.

Additionally, I will make sure you get to enjoy all the thrill and fun you can get, while being safe. So we’ll go over the most strict regulations to ensure your safety.

And, at the end of each day, there will be an exquisite dinner, so you get to taste the delicacies of the Japanese cuisine. Finally, we’ll finish our daily runs with a visit to the onsen, japanese hot springs, to relax and prepare for the adventures to come.

Please note this program is for intermediate snowboarders. You need to be comfortable with tree runs, advanced slopes and have complete control of your board.

So if you are up to this incredible adventure please send me a request. I promise it will be a trip you won’t forget. However, if you’re looking for something shorter check out this 3-day backcountry snowboarding tour in Asahidake.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Mountain guide expenses

Price details

The following things 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. The payment should be done on the spot.


Day 0: Arrival day

Arrival at Chitose Airport. Then, check in at the your hotel.

Day 1: Meet and greet, and snowboarding time

This day I will pick you up from Chitose Airport at 8:30 a.m., or directly at your hotel. Later, we’ll drive up to either Kiroro, Sapporo Kokusai or Teine for the warm-up snowboarding.

Day 2: Sapporo

Today you’ll enjoy prime snowboard in Sapporo. Pending the best snow conditions we’ll go to Kiroro, Sapporo Kokusai or Teine. And then at night, we’ll head to Sapporo for a relaxing night at your hotel.

Day 3: Tokachi

We will explore all the wonderful places for the best snowboard in Tokachi. On top of guiding you through the best spots, I want to share my cooking skills. So, I’ll prepare breakfast and dinner for you, and it would be greatly appreciated if you could pay for the ingredients.

Day 4: Asahidake

We’ll head to Mt. Asahidake and stay at Asahikawa at night.

Day 5: Secret spots

I will take you to some of my favorite areas and show you secret spots. Then, we’ll head back to the hotel in Asahikawa to relax.

Day 6: More Secret spots

I’ll show you another one of my secret spots. And depending on your choice of airport for departure, we’ll stay at Asahikawa or Sapporo.

Day 7: Departure

I can take you to the Asahikawa or Chitose Airport if you need to. The transportation cost is extra. Feel free to ask me so we can arrange something.



More info

You should bring the following items:

Snowboard gear Skins, snowshoes Ski boots Sunglasses Goggles Gloves Snowboard wear Safety gears (beacon, probe, shovel)

We have following items available for rent prior arrangement.

Beacon, probe, shovel, backpack, snowshoes, poles

Meeting point

At Chitose Airport at 8:30 a.m, or directly at your hotel

About the guide

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Mountain 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.


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What people are saying about Makoto



I really want to thanks Take San to show me the different side of East Hokkaido, the food, the culture, the mountain and the snow, it is more than a BC tour. It was a joy to share this experience with him. Highly recommended ありがとうございました :)

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