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3-day Niseko Haute Route in Hokkaido

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Fantastic skiing during the day followed by relaxing hot springs to help you heal in the evening. Join JMGA certified Jun on this Niseko Haute Route.

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3 Days

Apr, May




Join me on this Niseko Haute Route for fantastic ascents and descents during the day and also relaxing evenings in the local hot springs!

With this ski touring classic, you’ll get to know the backcountry terrain of the Niseko mountain range, in the Japanese island of Hokkaido, like if you were a local.

During this 3-day trip, we’ll go from the Niseko mountains to Iwanai village, located by the sea.

Curious to know more about the itinerary? On the first day, we’ll meet at Niseko Moiwa ski resort for a short briefing. From there, we’ll go to Goshiki Hot Springs, from where we’ll climb Mt. Iwaonupuri (1116m) and then ski back down. We’ll have dinner at Goshiki Hot Spring and spend the night there.

On the second day, we’ll do a traverse from  Mt. Nitonupuri (1083m) to Mt. Chisenupuri (1134 m) to Mt. Shakunage (1074 m) and finally arrive to Niimi Hot Springs. We’ll have a relaxing evening in the village and afterwards spend the night in Konbu Hot Springs.

And then, during the third and last day, we’ll cross Mt. Mekunnai (1220m) and Mt. Iwanai (1085m) to get to Iwanai village. From there, we’ll head back to Niseko Moiwa, where our tour ends.

You need to have intermediate to advanced ski touring skills to participate in this program. I will take a maximum of 4 people with me. However, for parties of 5 or more, another guide can join the group.

I can guarantee an amazing three days! I offer this itinerary only in the spring from mid March to May. Come from mid-March to mid-April to find the best snow conditions and particularly stable weather.

So contact me now and we’ll start planning your visit to the beautiful island of Hokkaido. The Niseko Haute Route will be a memorable experience!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

- Avalanche gear is included in the price. You can also rent skis, climbing skis and snowshoes for free, but please let me know when you inquire as there is a limited number.

- Accommodation, meals and transportation (lifts and bus fare) are not included in the price



Japanese-style onsen (hot spring) and ryokan (inn)

More info

  • If I'm not available, one of my colleagues will be happy to be your guide. All the guides I work with are appropriately certified and have extensive knowledge of the area (2 are Austrian ski instructors and 1 is a JMGA ski guide).

  • For beginners, I can teach you how to use avalanche gear, ascent gear and how to ski in powder snow. Don't hesitate to contact me as I can design a tour adapted to your level.

Equipment list:

  • Backpack 40 L
  • Shovel, Probe & Beacon
  • Climbing Skis
  • Ski crampons or crampons
  • Water
  • Sunglasses & Goggles
  • Energy food for 3 days
  • Sunscreen
  • Backcountry equipment

Meeting point

Niseko Moiwa

About the guide

Hello! I’m a qualified Austrian mountain ski guide, a ski instructor as well as a alpine and ski guide with the Japan Mountain Guide Association (JMGA). I’ve lived 7 years in Austria, mainly as a ski instructor. I then became a mountain ski patrol in Tateyama in Japan, a heli ski guide in New Zealand, a chief guide at Niseko Hanazono Powder Guides, an assistant director of Niseko International snow sports school, and ultimately have started ski guiding independently since 2013.

I value the fundamentals of skiing as sports; to enjoy the snow mountains in a stylish, free and safe manner, in both private and as work. The best outcome is when both the client and guide can have fun, and for this, I am quite particular about not only guiding but also in technical / skills aspects and selection of appropriate equipment. I am an alpine skier but also enjoy telemark skiing. In summer, I have enjoyed surfing for a long time. Whether it be on waves, on mountains or on asphalt, if there’s enough steepness then I love to ‘glide’, which is my motto.

Please join me in gliding my backyard - which is the front and backcountry of Niseko!


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What people are saying about Jun Horie

Michael Mezei


March, 2020

We had an excellent trip, however, Expolre share said we would have Jun as our local guide - this was switched last minute from Jun to Tim - Tim was excellent (the guide rating of 5 is for Tim, not for Jun), but we had no information about Tim's background or credentials to assess before the trip. In the future, explore share should let us know in advance if there is a guide change and provide background and credentials.



February, 2020

Explore-share managed to find me a very good ski guide, but would have been nice to get in touch with the guide earlier after the transaction was done

Louise Carlsson


January, 2020

We went for a 1-day guided freeriding with Jun's colleages Tim and Anna! They were amazing and showed us the best spots for backcountry skiing in Niseko. We were also very lucky to get a lot of snow, which made it the best day on the mountain for us. Thanks a lot!

Nicklas Zettergren


February, 2019

The "Guided powder ski tour" was amazing, also thanks to your brilliant and professional guide Gunther Winkel also a big thanks to Jun Horie for the skitouring equipment. On behalf Daniel and myself we want to thank you for a very professional guided powder ski tour, showing us Niseko in the best way of ski touring.

Chris Leach


February, 2018

I skied with Kehoe Seki, who took my up Mt Iwaonupuri. He is among the most knowledgeable, helpful and friendly guides I've skied with. I highly recommend.



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