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Ski touring in Asahikawa in Hokkaido

If you want to find the best powder for ski touring in Japan, come to Asahikawa! Jun, JMGA mountain guide, will show you the best spots for one or more days



1 Day

Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec


Skiing in Asahikawa on the island of Hokkaido is one of the best options to find the finest powder snow in all Japan! So why not leaving together on a guided freeride ski tour, ride some deep snow and discover the Japanese culture and traditions?

Asahikawa is located in the middle of Hokkaido. It is the 2nd city of the island, 120 km north east of Sapporo. It makes a great base to visit the different ski resorts of the area: Kamui, Asahidake, Furano, Kurodake and Tokachi-dake.

Asahidake, one hour from Asahikawa, is a fantastic ski resort with not so expensive ski lifts. Powder and freeride skiing lovers will love it there!

Tokachi-Dake is around 60 km southeast from Asahikawa. This backcountry ski region has to offer the ultimate powder. You can get very light snow there, because almost all the slopes are facing north area and high altitude. It is also very amazing to ski in the on the volcano and ski in the forest with big spruce trees.

The main advantage of being based in Asahikawa is that every morning we can decide to which resort we want to go based on the conditions of the day. It can be either for some freeride / off-piste skiing or for some ski touring on the volcanoes of the region. You can be almost 100% sure that we will find great powder that Hokkaido is famous around the world for.

The best time for skiing in Hokkaido goes from January till March. The heavy snowfalls happens in January and February sometimes up to 15 meters in 2 months.

We can ski together either for one or several days. I can also organize an entire ski week for you and take you to the best ski spots of Hokkaido. In the evening, we will enjoy together some good beers, sake and delicious Japanese meals. In addition, we will visit the onsen (natural hot spring baths) for some great relaxation.

I'm happy to guide you here and let you live an unforgettable ski experience.

I'm a certified mountain and ski guide from the Japanese Mountain Guide Association (JMGA).

Please contact me and let's start planning your ski tour!

And if you want even more options in Hokkaido, we can go ski touring in Mount Yotei or in the area of Sapporo!

Price includes

- Guiding fee


More info

Please note that my Transportation Expense for this programme is JPY 22,000 which I will need to ask the guests to cover.

Renting ski equipment in Japan is not easy but I can try to do it for you. I will need you to give me the model and the size of the DYNASTAR boots that fit your feet. Please let me know also your size (for the skis). Here are the renting prices: - Avalanche security set (beacon, shovel, probe) = 15,000JPY/week - Boots = around 15,000JPY/week. - Skis, poles and skin = 28,000JPY/week

About the guide

I wish you a very warm welcome from Hokkaido, the north island of Japan. The dream spot for any fan of powder skiing!
I'm Jun, I'm a JMGA (Japan Mountain Guides Association) mountain and ski guide. I'm also a ski and telemark instructor. I graduated from the Hokkaido University. I have been skiing all around Hokkaido and I know every corner of this incredible island. I'm also an expert in avalanche safety management.
I'm guiding my friends and clients in all the most beautiful places of Hokkaido: Shiretoko (UNESCO World Nature Heritage), Daisetsuzan National Park, Rishiri, Niseko, Yotei volcano, Asahikawa... hiking, skiing and mountaineering.
Have a look to the different tours I propose to have more info on what you can experience here and get in touch with me. I will be very happy to help you organising your trip and guide you in our beautiful mountains. I'm also the director of the Hokkaido Mountain Guides Association (HMGA) which includes around 84 guides.


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Sapporo - Hokkaido

What people are saying about Jun Ishiguro

Taylor Kravits


February, 2023

Jun was a very safe and knowledgeable guide for our one day skiing trip for Yotei. He knew lots about the snowpack and the local wildlife and trees. We felt safe the entire time and really appreciated the pace he went at. Would recommend!

Alan Thomas


January, 2022

Jun is an outstanding guide, a true expert in his field. He was attentive to our needs and desires and very ably provided us with a fantastic experience skiing in the Asahikawa area backcountry. I will book other trips with him and highly recommend him to others!

Emil Rakadjiev


February, 2021

We had a fantastic and unforgettable trip to the top of Mt. Yotei with Jun-san. He was very friendly, helpful and also flexible. Hope to do another trip with him soon!

Ruby Du


September, 2019

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Maria Grazia Messina


September, 2019

Excellent professional guide and wonderful scenery

Ting Yong Tan


August, 2019

The weather was perfect and I trekked according to my plan. Guide Jun is patient and knowledgeable.

Barry Mckillop


March, 2019

Amazing experience. Took 5hrs to summit. Cloudy and little wind made it easier. Skies opened up 100M from the top. We summited and then we skied fresh powder into the crater. Well worth it.

Weiie Lee


October, 2018

We had an excellent time hiking up to the summit of Mt Kurodake. Jun gave us a good intro to the flora and fauna on the way up and regaled us with stories all the way up. He set a pace suitable for us and ensured our safety throughout. Jun comes highly recommended!

Gadi Shkolnik


September, 2018

The trip was great. The views are extrodinary.

Stefan Janisch


March, 2018

Wow what a Tour! Jun guided us perfectly, we made it to the top of yotei. An Incredible experience!



March, 2018

Jun Is An excellent and cheerful guide who will help you find the skiing you want what ever your level



February, 2018

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Jenna Shlachter


February, 2018

Jun was an excellent guide! He took us to some fantastic tree skiing on Yotei and we got to do a few laps since the weather did not allow us to summit. We had a really great trip and would highly recommend Jun as a guide.

Kenton Beerman


August, 2017

Jun did an incredible job guiding us through Daisetsuzan National Park. He was attentive, friendly and courteous. His knowledge of the local flora, fauna, and landscape was superb (that rock garden in particular left a deep impression on me). His cooking was superb. And, we felt like we experienced aspects of the Japanese outdoors and Japanese culture that are very hard to reach.



August, 2017

Jun did an incredible job guiding us through Daisetsuzan National Park. He was attentive, friendly and courteous. His knowledge of the local flora, fauna, and landscape was superb (that rock garden in particular left a deep impression on me). His cooking was superb. And, we felt like we experienced aspects of the Japanese outdoors and culture that are very hard to reach. Andy and I had a phenomenal time.

Philipp Vogt


June, 2017

It was a great experience and with Jun we had a fabulous guide. We hope he will be a guide for much longer to join him again. Thanks a lot Jun, どもありがとうございます


October, 2016

Jun is a responsible and reliable guide. He is also knowledgeable on the local flora and fauna and managed to show us quite a few interesting alpine flowers, birds and animals. He is kind and helpful and converses well in English. I will not hesitate to recommend him to any anyone needing an English speaking guide in Japan.



November, 2015

Thanks to www.explore-share.com, we added a hiking to Mount Fuji to our trip in Japan. We found Jun, our guide through explore-share and had a great time going to the top of Mount Fuji and then hiking in Hakone. This was a clear highlight of our all trip and we would not have done it if explore-share had not facilitated finding a guide like they did.



February, 2015

Really enjoyed the experience of skiing in Hokkaido. Loved the Onsens after the skiing and for me the highlight of the trip was staying in the Riokan for 4 nights and being able to ski in and out of our delightful lodging. Jun was truly adorable and extremely competent. Always good natured and ready to help and make our stay enjoyable. Unfortunately my japanese is limited but Jun made a great effort to communicate in English and made himself understood. A great trip and a big thank you to Jun who organised everything smoothly with no stress.

Franco & Susie


February, 2015

A discovery of a new country, a very nice guide, very different food - with all the trimmings! The transfers in mini bus are longer than we are used to. As an older couple, some of the days are a bit too long. But the choice of 3 different ski areas, many onsens (hot bathes) after each ski day, and the willingness of Jun to accommodate our wishes helped us to fully enjoy this experience. One person had the flu, and that hampered our style a bit, otherwise, a fun experience! An incredible light deep snow. Very friendly people. A worthwhile adventure. Take 5 days in Tokyo and Kyoto before, like we did, to overcome jet-lag. Makes it so much nicer!



December, 2014

It was an amazing experience to see the Mt Fuji from different sides and to imagine how the great painter Hokusai got his inspiration! The walking days were never too long and well adjusted to the capacity of the group. The accomodation was very comfortable and the food well adapted to the trekking. Our guide Jun is very professional and make you feeling safe. He was always making sure that everybody is fine and enjoy the journey. I am looking for to go again with Jun in Hokkaido next February for a touring ski tour!



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