Myoko is famous for deep powder, averaging about 13m of snow per season! Myoko consists of 4 ski resorts; Akakura, Suginohira, Seki Onsen and Ikenotaira. It receives a large amount of snow owing to the precipitation collected from the sea of Japan nearby and the cold temperature. It has a varied terrain catering for beginners
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Myoko consists of 4 ski resorts; Akakura, Suginohira, Seki Onsen and Ikenotaira. It receives a large amount of snow owing to the precipitation collected from the sea of Japan nearby and the cold temperature. It has a varied terrain catering for beginners to advanced skiers, enjoying steep terrains and / or tree runs.
Mt Myoko sits in the Myoko-Togakushi Renzan National Park.
This area is also perfect for those looking for less crowd and more local / cultural experiences. There are onsen and guesthouses with local hospitality.
I can guide you on the enjoyable and beautiful backcountry terrains in this area. We will utilise both the lifts and also man powdered hiking to get to the best face / gully / slope for the day, depending on what kind of experience you like.
Please let me know what backcountry skiing /snowboarding experiences you have got, what kind of skiing / snowboarding you are after, and your downhill skiing / snowboarding levels, so that I can pick the best area for your needs! I can cater for those looking to progress in their ski touring as well as those wanting to get as much backcountry skiing experience in Japan!
Ski gear (skies, split board, snowboard)
Safety gears (beacon, probe, shovel)
*The following items are available for rent by prior arrangement (price for rental in brackets).
-Beacon (JPY 1,000), probe (JPY 500), shovel (JPY 500), backpack (JPY 1,000), snowshoes (JPY 1,000), poles (JPY 500). All 6 items (JPY 4,000)
- Guiding fee
Guide Expense is around JPY 25,000 to cover for transportation costs. If the tour is more than 1 day then you'll also need to cover for my accommodation costs.
For group size of 6 or more, I'll ask my friend guide to be a sub-guide, so we'll have 2 guides taking care of your group!
Technical Level: You should be able to ski or snowboard on advanced slopes in ski resorts.
Rental Gears: I can lend you the following gears - - Avalanche Safety gears (beacon, shovel, probe) - Backpack - Snowshoe / Splitboard / touring skis - Ski poles
Please see Cancellation Fee as below in case of last minute cancellations: - For cancellation after reservation - 10% of Trip Price - For cancellation 21-15 days before the trip - 30% of Trip Price - For cancellation 14-4 days before the trip – 50% of Trip Price - For cancellation 3-1 day before the trip – 80% of Trip Price - For cancellation on the day of the trip – 100% of Trip Price
At a suitable meeting spot at the chosen ski resort for the day
I live in Gifu prefecture in Japan, which is famous for Shrakawago UNESCO World Heritage Site and also becoming famous as the backcountry skiing / snowboarding arena known for its DEEP snow and STEEP terrains.
I am a JMGA certified mountain guide, also certified in Wilderness First Aid. Following my competition years in snowboarding, I became a guide because I liked backcountry snowboarding and wanted to propose safe and fun trips to clients, where I can share my experiences and joys that I felt in the mountains. I spend the winter exploring new backcountry terrains and spend rest of the year climbing mountains. I have accomplished a snowboard descent from the summit of Denali in 2013.
My motto is to guide “safely and fun”, and therefore I aspire to guide small groups. I value the time I spend with each of my guests and this way I can spend more time communicating with clients and for clients to get to know each other better.
I believe that mountain climbing experience should not just be about standing on the summit but also enjoying the nature on the mountain as a whole, learning about the history, and getting a taste of the culture. Shirakawago, in Gifu, is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and you can also enjoy onsen and local cuisine.
Whether it be walking in the mountains, touching the snow, rock, grass or water, or hiking, canyoning, rock climbing, or backcountry skiing, I believe that experiences in the outdoors will enrich your life. Japan is a country of 4 distinct seasons, blessed with rich and beautiful nature. Let’s have fun together in this nature, using all your 5 senses, moving your bodies and feel the rhythm of the nature and of the Earth. I would love to share my outdoor experiences with you and I endeavour to guide in a way to connect people to people, and people to nature in the natural rhythm of the nature.
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I think Ryuta is a great guide. The tour was quite nice. I loved the lines we did. It would've been 5 stars if his English was better but his assistant guide was of great help especially in communication. Otherwise, I felt quite safe with him and his abilities
Everything was just great, him and his partner were fully dedicated to our group and tried their best to make the most out of our day. The lines were great and they were super safety-conscious. I wish his English was a bit better, so that we'd get to interact more and learn more about the mountain, some local stories etc... Cheers!
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