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Off-piste snowboarding in Gunma and Niigata

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Gunma and Niigata are two Japanese spots where most skiers and snowboarders enjoy fantastic powder runs during the winter. This time, JMGA guide Kenichi invites you there for one or more days.

1 Day

Jan - Apr




I am happy to invite skiers and snowboarders in search of good powder snow, to this one-or-more-day off piste snowboarding trip in Gunma and Niigata, Japan.

Gunma and Niigata are located in Honshū Island. Gunma is in the central region of Kantō. As for Niigata, it is situated in the coastal area, on the seaside of the Japanese sea, Hokuriku region. Both prefectures offer a wide variety of skiing options and are 2 hours far from Tokio.

Due to the high quality powder snow during the winter season (from January to April, depending on the area) we’ll have great flexibility to move both in Gunma and Niigata and find the best weather and snow conditions of the day, without having to drive too much.

According to the expertise, preferences and size of the group I will plan a custom program of one or more days to make best use of this place and enjoy fantastic ski touring or snowboarding itineraries. If you choose the multi-day version I’ll make sure you spend the night in a comfortable local accommodation. Here you won’t only get relaxed and sleep well but also learn and live the Japanese culture, its rituals, meals and traditions.

So if you’d like to go for some snowboarding or skiing in Gunma and Niigata, don’t wait any longer. Get in touch with me now and send your request to book. I’ll be here waiting for your contact!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transportation start and back

Price details

Not included:

- Transport during tour (2000-3000jpy per day)

- Road tolls (2000-3000 jpy per day if applicable)

- Accommodation(if applicable)

- Lift tickets or snowcat(if applicable)

- Guide expenses (accommodation , lift ticket or snow cat)

About the guide

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Mountain Guide

I'm a ski and mountain guide from the Japanese Mountain Guide Association (JMGA). I guide backcountry skiing, mountaineering, hiking and canyon climbing (Sawanobori) mainly on Honshu, the main island of Japan.
When I was younger, I spent a couple of years in Canada and in Salt Lake City skiing and working as a rafting guide, as well as spent 2 summer seasons in Switzerland as a hiking guide.

I started backcountry ski guiding when I based myself in Minakami and started one of the first backcountry ski guide companies in the area in 2002. I'm travelling every year to Europe and North America for ski trip with my clients.

Please contact me if you wish to come to Japan and would like to enjoy our beautiful environment while doing an exciting outdoor activity.



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What people are saying about Kenichi



Awesome guide and a really nice person. I had the best trip to Mt. Fuji with him.



Great trip! Kenichi was an amazing guide — both in the backcountry and as a local guide suggesting restaurants, onsens, etc. Highly recommend!



Kenichi is an incredible guide. Despite less than ideal conditions he found us fresh snow and great runs. He also helped with logistical glitches that cropped up and made sure we ate great food as well. He’s a great guy and we look forward to planning more adventures! We are extremely grateful for the time we had with him.


Keni was an unbelievable guide, not only on the mountain but also in town during the night. An additional comment was he supported us post tour as he was still in the area. Much appreciated everything he did.


I just wanted to say that Kenichi-san was a fantastic guide and a really good man. We loved our time with him and got to ski much more powder snow than if we had been by ourselves. I highly recommend him as a guide.

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