Amazing 6-day ski touring in the neighbour cities of Kurodake and Asahidake, in the island of Hokkaido, together with a certified mountain guide.
January is the best season for this Asian powder skiing in the neighbor Japanese cities of Kurodake and Asahidake, in Northern Hokkaido.
Volcanoes, powder, thermal springs and sushi are the key ingredients of this memorable Japanese off-piste experience.
Kurodake and Asahidake are two very small resorts at the heart of Daisetsuzan National Park (which means “big snowy mountains”). They are at the foot of the Daisetsukan volcano range, the highest mountains in Hokkaido. The tallest summit in the area is Mount Asahi, at 2291 m.
This is one of the wildest and least populated areas in Japan. In fact, is the home of various endangered animals, like the brown bear.
Kurodake and its sister village of Asahidake are a true high mountain setting, breaking the mould of “easy and mellow” Japanese ski. Actually, their few lifts and cable cars open a wide spectrum of superb off-piste and ski touring itineraries.
Unlike most Japanese resorts, as little is done in the way of piste grooming, there’s free access to the whole mountain without the intervention of the piste police.
The place gets about 15 m of snow per year. It remains light due to the cold and dry atmosphere at the center of the island.
In Kurodake ski resort you can find the long and steep Alpine runs that are missing elsewhere, still with the quantity and reliability of powder that people are looking for in Japan. Because of this, I consider it one of Hokkaido’s well kept secrets.
You will ski alternatively on the vast powder slopes at the top of the volcanoes and in the pine forests in the valleys, with elevation differentials between 500 and 900 m, and much longer runs than in the mountains of the South.
At the end of the day, you can relax in the “onsen”, the popular hot thermal springs in the region. After that, you’ll enjoy the delicious traditional food offered in the inns you will be staying in.
For this trip, we’ll stay both in Kurodake and Asahidake. Both places are far from the touristic resorts on the south of Hokkaido.
Please contact me and we’ll start planning together this amazing ski touring week in Japan!
- Inn in Kurodake - Inn in Asahidake
Kurodake or Asahidake.
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Jun is a responsible and reliable guide. He is also knowledgeable on the local flora and fauna and managed to show us quite a few interesting alpine flowers, birds and animals. He is kind and helpful and converses well in English. I will not hesitate to recommend him to any anyone needing an English speaking guide in Japan.
Just back from Hakuba –Japan and I’m so pleased to confirm we got such a great experience with Iwao who has provided a service above all expectations. Indeed assisting a family confronted to a new environment requires a certain level of patience and attention and all the family appreciated his sense of responsibilities and seriousness which allowed us to really enjoy this region by experiencing touring, hicking and of course skiing in immaculate powder. Iwao was very discreet but always acted to ensure we could take the best of all Hakuba mountains could offer to us during these 5 days.This experience will for sure remain in all our minds for long and this will be mainly thanks to Iwao ! Best, Arnaud
We had a wonderfull ski touring trip with Iwao in Gunma. Iwao brought us in various beautifull landscapes to found very good spring snow. He is a very professional guide that can adapt to clients will and conditions! We had great time sharing our experiences about nature and mountains. The second day, we had a long tour with beautiful views on gunma\'s region and finissing along a river in an amazing forest. It was great fun to wait the last train in the midel of nowhere at sunset to come back to our village! Iwao has perfectly organised the trip bringing me to nice local onsen, restaurant and hôtel! Wonderfull trip to recommand!