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Private backcountry ski tours in Hokkaido with a local guide

Private backcountry ski tours in Hokkaido with a local guide
Private backcountry ski tours in Hokkaido with a local guide
Private backcountry ski tours in Hokkaido with a local guide
Private backcountry ski tours in Hokkaido with a local guide

Join Yu, an IFMGA certified guide, for an exciting backcountry skiing or snowboarding experience in the impressive Hokkaido, Japan. An adventure tailored just for you.



+1 Day

Jan - Apr, Dec


All levels


* 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!

I also offer other activities in the area such as an ice climbing day trip from Sapporo and a 2-day alpine climbing experience in Tokachidake. Check them out and enjoy a fantastic adventure in Japan.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transportation start and back

Price details

Price does not include accommodation, meals, insurance or ski gondola tickets.


More info

Make sure to bring: -Skis or splitboards -Ski poles -Backcountry Boots -Daypack -Ski helmet -Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe -Ski goggles and Sunglasses -Thermos flask or water bottle (1 – 2 Liters) -Sunscreen -Head light with extra batteries -Small repair kit for bindings skis or splitboard -Lunch or Snacks

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What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Akan Yuku no Sato Tsuruga Kushiro Japan
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Hotel Akankoso Kushiro Japan
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Lake Akan Tsuruga Wings Kushiro Japan
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About the guide

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Mountain Guide

I am an JMGA mountain and ski guide born in the local village of Obihiro in Hokkaido. Mountains have always been close to me, as I started climbing mountains when I was 8. My mountain passion extended to backcountry skiing since 2006, around which time I also started guiding in the mountains.

I decided to become a mountain guide because not only did I like being in the mountains as a climber but I got more joy out of sharing the experiences and excitements with the people I climbed with. I just really enjoy it when others are also having a fun time!

I guide and enjoy both skiing and telemark skiing, but I prefer telemark skiing for its higher versatility in the mountains. Telemarking lets you enjoy the mountains in a different mindset to skiing. Even though it is more challenging to ski on them especially on more technical terrains but I embrace the challenge it offers. I also find it much easier to hike up on my telemarks than on my skis.

In the summer, my favourite guiding is long mountain traverse routes whilst in the winter my guiding activity includes backcountry skiing, snowshoe trekking, and ice climbing in Hokkaido. The beauty of guiding gin the winter is that one is not confined to ‘hiking routes’ like in the summer. My guiding fields of choice are places near Sapporo, Niseko and Daisetsuzan (Asahidake) area for backcountry skiing, but mostly I guide long routes on less crowded, more local mountains. It is my guiding policy, to not guide "slack country skiing", where we need to stick to the sides of ski resorts and is crowded with people. I feel there is more value add for me to take groups away from the crowds in less known areas best suited for the day’s condition and the weather.
As for popular areas, I do guide Mt Yotei (on the sides with less people), and Asahidake area but there isn’t much peak hunting to be done in Hokkaido.

My passion is to guide my clients to less populated areas, let them discover new areas and new kind of fun. I want visitors from all over the world to enjoy the accessible famous powder snow in Hokkaido, but I’d also like for you to venture into the depth of the mountains with me and to experience having the mountain all to ourselves. Please contact me if you’re keen on discovering the Hokkaido nature with me, whether it be in the summer or the winter!



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What people are saying about this trip



Yu Sato was an excellent guide , knowledgeable, courteous and helpful . This was our second trip with Yu and we would not hesitate to have him guide us again ! Thank you Yu

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