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Ski the best powder in the world, 8-day Ski tour around Furano, Japan


Join a certified guide on this unforgettable skiing or snowboarding journey in the mountains around Furano, Japan.



8 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec




  • Explore the mountains of Daisetsuzan, known as the "Playground of the Gods"
  • Ski on Asahidake, Hokkaido's tallest mountain
  • Lots of possible routes and a flexible itinerary


Advanced skiers and snowboarders: don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime adventure in Hokkaido, Japan’s second largest island. The itinerary is somewhat flexible as there are many skiing options in the area, but you can count on unbeatable snow conditions and breathtaking scenery.

We’ll spend the first night in Sapporo and get to Furano on Day #2. Known as the “Navel of Hokkaido,” the town’s central location makes it an ideal base to various ski resorts and the Daisetsuzan National Park.

When you ski on the mountains of Daisetsuzan, you’ll understand why they’re referred to by the indigenous people as the “Playground of the Gods.” You’ll even have the opportunity to ski or snowboard on the active volcano of Mount Tokachi.

On Day #4 the plan is to take on Asahidake, a live volcano and the highest mountain on the island at 2,290 meters. Days 5 and 6 will be dedicated to the graceful mountains of Sandanyama and Maetokachi. Depending on the preferences of the group, we can hit birch forests, steep chutes, or reach the summit.

Book now for a thrilling ski journey you’ll never forget. 

On our page you can find other adventures we offer, such as this 4-day Mt. Whitney ascent via the Mountaineer’s Route.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

Price details

Breakfast and dinner included in price of trip.


Day 1: Day 1

We’ll pick you up at the Chitose airport in Sapporo and spend the night in Sapporo.

Day 2: Day 2

We’ll drive to Furano (3 hours), then access the side country using the Furano Ski Resort Gondola.

Day 3: Day 3

Skiing in the beautiful mountains of Daisetsuzan.

Day 4: Day 4

Skiing on Asahidake with option to go to the summit.

Day 5 to 6: Days 5-6

Enjoying the fantastic skiing terrain around the peaks of Sandanyama and Maetokachi.

Day 7: Day 7

Skiing at Furano Ski Resort, one of the island’s best ski areas, featuring steep terrain.

Day 8: Day 8

Return to Sapporo.




Accommodation provided in lodges.

Meeting point

The Chitose airport in Sapporo

About the guide

Since 1981, we have been California's leader in guided mountaineering. From the Eastern Sierra to Mt. Shasta, we guide all of California 14ners and internationally.





What people are saying about SWS Mountain Guides

Silvia Alonso


July, 2023

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Mikael Brandrup


June, 2023

One of the best experiences we ever had. Amazing trip with lots of excitement, challenges and action - all in the most beautiful scenery. Our guide Matt played a crucial role making this trip a life time experience. Hi-fives to Matt and thanks for being the best guide! Best, Gustav and Mikael

Loren Sweet


September, 2022

Had an amazing experience! What memories but must be honest, we were in over our head. Feel we were physically up to it but we went from sea level to 10,000 feet in 30 hours and it was a challenge to keep up. Some time to acclimate would have made a big difference. The guides were careful and supportive. We were outside our comfort zone for sure but also realize that made it so memorable! Thanks Loren

Jon Niswander


July, 2022

Life changing experience!!

Theodora C


January, 2022

I have summited some amazing peaks, but Mt. Whitney has stolen my heart. From her diverse landscape, to the ever changing appearance of her face each hour of the day; she is a wild beauty not easily put out of your mind. This Jersey girl hiked/climbed/scrambled-up/slid-down the Mountaineer’s Route, which was both physically and mentally challenging but, incredibly fulfilling. My guide, Matt M., was confident, extremely knowledgeable and skilled, and I am pretty sure part mountain goat. Best guide I have ever had, prettiest mountain I have ever been on; if you are considering this hike, I would say DO IT!

Bryan Vidinsky


January, 2022

Fantastic guide service! I have skied with a number of guides over the years and I have to say that the guide we booked through SWS was one of the most knowledgeable, instructive and fun guides I have spent time with on the mountain. From the pre-trip communication all the way through the climb and ski down, I felt that I was in good hands, which was really important to me as my climb/ski partner was my 17 year old son. Our trip was epic, 4:00AM wakeup to a full moon, beautiful climb and huge ski down, my only complaint is that it was only a two day trip! Highly recommend, great experience!

Rising Percey


May, 2022

Our guides took 27 of us, all of different skill level and age range 12- 50. We all loved it! Professional, friendly, helpful and highly skilled. I highly recommend them.

Magdalena Bucka


April, 2022

This was an amazing trip and overall super positive experience with SWS Mountain Guides. I had a great guide with lots of mountain experience and many cool stories to share!

Ken Manabe


February, 2022

The hike was great and I got exactly I wanted.

Barbara J Eikmeier


January, 2021

Too bad this review does not allow six stars. SWS is professional, client focused, flexible, and has the clients best interests in mind. I can say the personnel and leadership skills of the SWS guides are among the best. You can't go wrong with SWS.

Kendra Grubb


August, 2021

Excellent experience with my guide Ben and SWS. Was able to summit Mt Whitney via the mountaineer’s route thanks to Ben’s understanding of the mountain and assessment of my capabilities. Great experience that exceeded my expectations.

Oz Pena


June, 2021

Overall, the fair evaluation for the SWS Mountain Guides and the guide assigned to me is 3 stars. Reasons: 1. The guide did not seem to remember or respect the fact that I was new to mountaineering and that the name of program is called “introduction to mountaineering...”. For example, the guide set his own time for walking and resting without any concern to my physical ability for that timing. The guide walked ahead many times and didn’t even notice when I fell a few times. I understand the guide is not the insurer of safety or a hand holder, but a complete abrasive approach to the service is not right, especially when it’s a paid service. Perhaps, the guide is not a right choice for introduction tours. 2. There was a miscommunication with timing of the summit day. I thought we would start summiting around 5am the next day; however, I was told less than 15 hours before that we would start hiking at 1am the next day from base camp. We arrived at base camp early afternoon, and I’m wired up, hot, and not prepared to fall asleep between 5pm-12am, thus, I didn’t sleep at all. I attempted the summit hike but around 12k feet the sleep deprivation was killing me and I was catching myself falling asleep and my body trying to lay down while waking. The guide didn’t seem to concerned about this. Lack of empathy. Eventually, I had to insist we turn around because I didn’t want to go beyond 30 hours of no sleep and still have to descend from the summit. 3. The guide did help set up the tent and food. The guide did explain layers of clothes on and off and why. The guide did help instruct how to pack and why. 4. Overall, I feel this guide is best suited for advanced climbers not introduction courses as he seems to be more of a “ill walk ahead of you” not “ill walk with you” type of guide.

Harshikesh Panchal


January, 2019

Had an amazing experience climbing Mt. Whitney with Richard & Tim. They were excellent guides and safely got us to the summit and back.

Michael Smith


January, 2019

Neil from SWS was amazing. We climbed the Mountaineering Route up to Mt. Whitney. It was an amazing experience. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. I leaned a lot. I would absolutely use these guys again.

Jordan Kowalski


January, 2019

My guides name was Matt and we were lucky enough to summit Mt. Whitney during the winter. This was one of the most rewarding and fun experiences I have done and SWS did a great job throughout the process. Matt was such a great guide who took the time to educate us. He was polite, understanding and very helpful throughout the climb, I felt comfortable with him right from the start and look forward to more climbs with both Matt and the SWS team. Would recommend them to anyone!


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