People per Guide
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec
Type of Trip
- Explore one of the outstanding off-piste skiing areas in Hokkaido.
- Enjoy Japan's amazing powder snow.
- Improve your backcountry skills with a local guide.
Follow me on a spectacular trip tailored just for you and your group on a backcountry skiing adventure in the impressive Hokkaido, Japan.
Hokkaido offers incredible areas full of perfect powder snow to practice skiing and snowboarding. You have probably heard about Niseko, but there’s also Shiretoko, Yuubari, Horokanai, Northern Hokkaido, and others.
Niseko is Japan’s most popular skiing area with stunning powder snow during the winter and spring months. It boasts spectacular views, restaurants, shopping spots and nightlife. It is also very accessible to English speakers.
The Shiretoko Peninsula is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and includes Mt. Rausu (1,661 m). You’ll get breathtaking views of the Sea of Okhotsk. Yuubari or Mount Racey Ski Resort is a small area but mostly uncrowded. Perfect for beginners and intermediate skiers. The Horotachi ski resort in Horokanai is another small resort ideal for adrenaline seekers. I’ll make sure to take you to the place with the best snow at the time of your trip.
So send your request now and discover why Hokkaido is such a popular spot for backcountry ski enthusiasts!
Price per person per day
- Guiding fee
- Transport to the start of the trip
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.
Make sure to bring:
-Skis or splitboards
-Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe
-Ski goggles and Sunglasses
-Thermos flask or water bottle (1 – 2 Liters)
-Head light with extra batteries
-Small repair kit for bindings skis or splitboard
-Lunch or Snacks
About the Guide
I am an experienced IFMGA mountain guide, born and raised in Hokkaido, Japan. I started skiing when I was 3 and started climbing when I was 6. My high school years were spent in ski competitions and I joined mountaineering club at University, where I developed my ski mountaineering skills. I have been a ski instructor for Miura Dolphins founded by Yuichiro Miura (first ski descent of the Everest “The Man Who Skied Down Everest” and the oldest Everest summiting record holder at 80 years old) and also supported Yuichiro's Aconcagua ascent and ski descent in 1984 as a part of his 7 summits ski descent challenge.
I was inspired by the works of mountain guides in Chamonix when I visited there in 1983, and decided to start guiding as a mountain guide in Japan in 1989 to share my passion and experiences in outdoors sports with other people, as well as to offer instruction to people enjoying the mountains to be better climbers / skiers. I have also contributed to the proper training of JMGA (Japan Mountain Guides Association) guides and the affiliation of it to IFMGA. I am responsible for the pioneering of the climbing and backcountry skiing scenes in Japan.
My main guiding arena is alpinism, whether it be mountaineering or ski mountaineering, mainly in Hokkaido. I usually take a small group of people (2-5) for Sawanobori (canyoning up waterfalls), alpine climbing, ice climbing, and ski touring in the more remote areas of Japan.
I enjoy finding the best experience for each client accordingly to their physical abilities, preferences, and weather/conditions. I guide because I like watching and feeling that people are enjoying and having fun, and see how this buzz infects other people through skiing and climbing. I find this invaluable as a mountain guide.
There is more to Hokkaido than skiing lift accessible powder in January and February. Please reach out to me to find your own customised way to enjoy Hokkaido’s mountains, natures and culture!
What People Say about -Takao Miyashita