Explore the spectacular splitboarding destinations in Hokkaido like Sapporo, Niseko and Asahikawa on this 8-day guided splitboarding tour with Yasuko, a local JMGA mountain guide!
Jan - Mar
During this 8-day guided splitboarding tour in Hokkaido, participants will have the opportunity to discover the legendary samurai powder!
Hokkaido is the second largest island of Japan and is considered to be the country’s last frontier. Surrounded by sea in all directions, this island is one of the best places in Japan to enjoy winter sports.
Our meeting point will be at the Shinchitose Airport and from there we will drive to Asarigawa. We will spend our first day relaxing and enjoying the hot springs in a Japanese style Inn, known by the local as Ryokans. This will be a great opportunity to experience the traditional Japanese lifestyle and hospitality!
It will be on our second day that we will finally start our Japanese splitboarding tour in the Kiroro or Sapporo Kokusai ski-resort. Depending on snow and weather conditions, we will decide which place is the best option.
Our next destination will be the charming town of Niseko and the remote secret mountains near this area like Mount Yotei, known as the Mount Fuji of Hokkaido. Skiers and snowboarders, will discover here some of the best powder snow in Hokkaido!
Keep in mind our flexible itinerary will depend on weather and snow conditions but most important of all, I will be happy to organize this 8-day tour depending on your wishes.
Are you looking for an exciting winter experience in the Japanese mountains? Then book your place now and join me on this thrilling splitboarding tour in Hokkaido!
- Guiding fee
- Mountain guide expenses
Meet at Shinchitose airport. We will then drive to Asarigawa Onsen (which is 30 mins away from Kiroro or Sapporo Kokusai ski resort.) At Asarigawa we will stay in a Japanese style Inn (Ryokan) and relax and enjoy the hot springs! This will heal the fatigue of your flight and help to prepare for our adventure tomorrow!
Today we will experience our first day of powder snow !We will use the gondola and do some snowboarding touring to access the best parts of the mountain, far from the main crowds. The program and exact location will depend on the snow and weather conditions.A full day of backcountry touring could also be an option.We will stay in the same lodge as day 1 to relax, have a good dinner and get a good night’s sleep.
Here we will backcountry snowboarding the other remote areas of Niseko.
After finishing riding we will transfer to Makkari – close to Mount Yotei.
Today we ↗skin up for 3 to 5 hours with an elevation difference of 1000+ m`or more.The objective of the 4th day is to skin up Mount Yotei.Mount Yotei is knowns as the Mount Fuji of Hokkaido or Ezofuji because of its strato volcanic shape. It has a potential downward elevation drop of 1500 meters through some of the best powder snow available in Hokkaido!
The Tokachi Mountains in the Furano area offer a variety of excellent spots for snowboarding touring. The trip takes 4 to 5 hours by car. This will be a “rest day” but a morning session at the ski resort could also be organized as an option.In the evening we will stay in another Japanese style inn with authentic Japanese cuisine and hot springs…! Since coming to Japan is not only about skiing some of the best powder snow in the world but also about enjoying a different culture!
↗Skinning up 3 hour with an elevation difference of 1000 m or more and enjoying a full day of backcountry snowboarding on Mount Furano.
Full day of backcountry snowboarding on Mount Tokachi or Mount Asahidake. If the weather is with us we will skin up to the summit but the best spots on Mont Asahidake can also be accessed with a gondola.↗Skinning up 3 to 5 hour to summit (for each mountain – *when using a gondola, no skinning to summit.)At the end of the day, we will transfer to Sapporo and stay there for the night. We will spend our last night in Sapporo, enjoying a great diner and discovering the nightlife of the city.
We will go back to Shinchitose airport to fly back home.
If you are more than 6 people, a second guide will join us. Equipment: -Bring your own gears like boots, skis, skins, poles, Avalanche Safety Gears (beacon, probe, shovel). -Some of the items like Avalanche safety gears can be rented. -Please let me know which equipment you will need to rent. In case you need to rent skis, you should send me photos of your boots so I can learn about the brand / model / boot size. - skis / snowboard
Estimation: guiding fee + extra (accommodation, dinner etc.) 1 person = ¥576000 2 people = ¥337000 per person 3 people = ¥259000 per person 4 people = ¥217000 per person 5 people = ¥202000 per person 6 people =¥187000 per person
JMGA Mountain Guide
I was born in Kitami city in east Hokkaido. I grew up loving outdoor sports, skiing, and mountain climbing. I now lives in Sapporo and I have been a guide for the last 15 years.
I have accumulated vast experience in mountaineering in both Japan and abroad. I have served on the Canadian Ski Patrol and I have a wealth of experience skiing, rock climbing, and mountain climbing all over the world including Europe, North America, and Nepal.
I pride myself on my skill and experience rock climbing during the summer and backcountry skiing in the winter months. I have climbed Mt. McKinley in the U.S., Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Ama-Dablam, in Nepal, The Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Chamonix, in Europe and Insubong in Korea.
Please contact me if you want to experience Japan walking, climbing or skiing! I will be very happy to guide you here.
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Yasuko is a very experienced guide. We spent two days with her and thoroughly enjoyed our time. She suggested tours based on our experience level and the weather conditions (one day was extremely stormy, yet she still found a place where we could ski). Both days, we were making fresh tracks :) Highly recommend!
We were happy with Yasuko as a guide . Her English is ok but she did not have many options on a bad weather day . She is an excellent and we would not hesitate to have her guide us again . Thank you Yasuko 😊
Yakuso was a great guide with lots of experience around the area. we thoroughly enoyed touring with her. She also helped us get equipment when we couldn't find any. Highly recommend!
Yasuko was great, very experienced, calm and patient with snowboarders. The weather wasn’t on our side but Yasuko found some areas and cut fresh tracks for us all day. Thanks again.
i did cancel my oversease trip due to coronavirus concerns and it being a bad season in japan. will come back in january next year to try.
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