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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
Private backcountry ski tours in Hokkaido with a local guide

Join Takao, 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, Feb, Mar, 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

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!


Japanese | English



What people are saying about this trip

Diane Kneilmills


February, 2020

Thank you!



January, 2020

Takao took my wife and I on two wonderful days of skiing! We are so glad we skied with Takao. He knows the backcountry very well near all the ski areas near Sapporo and wasted no time bringing us to the best snow. I think it is worth mentioning that this was not a good year for snow in Hokkaido and still Takao found untracked powder for us! There were some avalanche concerns that he also managed very well.


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