6-day backcountry skiing in the Hakuba Valley

A 6-day ski touring adventure in the backcountry of Hakuba. Enjoy deep alpine powder skiing and relax in some remote and wonderful outdoor Onsen (hot springs), together with Chikako, a local JMGA mountain guide.

 
 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

6 days

Mountain Range

Japan Alps

People per Guide

4 people

Trip Level

Sustained

Offer Period

Mar, Apr

Type of Trip

Not specified


 

Ski the steep alpine terrain of the Hakuba backcountry in the Japan Alps and enjoy its famous hot springs afterwards!

Most winter visitors dream of skiing in the distant off-piste deep powder snow. Now, these less visited areas are accessible with a certified local mountain guide!

I will take you on a challenging 6-day ski tour in the alpine backcountry of the Hakuba Valley. The snow in this area is very deep and popular among backcountry skiers in late winter or early spring. Please take into account that this program is only offered from mid-March to early May (as the Renge hut opens in mid-March).

Renge Onsen and Nakanoyu Onsen

We’ll be staying at two different styles of Onsen accommodations. Renge Onsen, a mountain hut with an outdoor hot spring (‘onsen’) and Nakanoyu Onsen, a ryokan with onsen facilities.

Rest and relax at the end of your skiing day in these wonderful outdoor hot springs!

Renge Onsen is particularly special and unique as it is only open for 4-5 months in a year and only 1 month during winter.  March and April are not high seasons so you can explore and enjoy this area on your own with few other skiers! You can also bathe outside whilst enjoying the views of the surrounding snow covered peaks.

Besides, volcanic smoke is visible from the crater of Mt. Yake and it is amazing!

After skiing Mt. Yake, on the way to Nakanoyu Onsen we will walk through a long and dark tunnel with our head lights on. At the end of the tunnel, we will be picked up by the hotel transport. This is the only way to reach this destination!

This trip is a great chance to explore the heart and the wildness of the Japanese Alps.  Plus, you can relax and heal your body after skiing!

Would you like to join me on this amazing ski adventure in the remote Hakuba Valley? Please contact me, I’ll be happy to be your guide.

If you are planning to visit this area during summer or spring, you can take a look at this 3-day hiking traverse in Hakuba.


Price per person

 
Group of 2
1880 USD

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Mountain guide's expenses
 

 

What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.

 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1: Ski in Hakuba area

    Meet at Hakuba at 8:00 am.  One day skiing day around Hakuba to warm up for your ski touring trip.

  • Day 2: Ski in Renge Onsen area

    Over night at Renge Onsen

  • Day 3: Mt. Yukikura and North part of Mt. Hakuba Norikura

    Over night at Renge Onsen

  • Day 4: Return to Hakuba and move to Nakano yu Onsen

    Over night at Nakanoyu Onsen

  • Day 5: Ski at Mt. Yake

    Over night at Nakanoyu Onsen

  • Day 6: Ski around Mt. Yake

    Return to Hakuba after skiing

 
 

Other details

 
Meeting point
Hakuba at 8:00 am
Accommodation

Accommodations for 6 nights (2 people) around ¥160,000
If you want to stay over night before starting day 7 nights (2 people)¥190,000
 
Accommodation Examples:
Nakanoyu Spa Inn - a Solitary inn surrounded by the virgin forest of Japanese beech trees. This one is in Kami Kochi area so you can explore and ski Mt. Yakedake area from here.

More info

Excluded from Price:
- Ski Lift pass for 2 days ¥5,000 per person (will use ski lift for 2 days during this tour),
- Taxi fare around ¥10,000 for group
- Accommodation ca. ¥10,000 per person per night

 

About the Guide

 
 

I am a Mt Fuji guide and a backcountry ski guide, certified by the JMGA. I was born in Tokyo but currently live in Fuji-Yoshida city, located at the foot of Mt Fuji. Teaching was something that interested me since my school years, and thus chose to join a specialized college for coaching, instructorship, and sports biology, where I also started climbing and skiing in the mountains. After my graduation, I worked as a ski patrol for 10 years, 5 of which I worked through the year - Hakuba in the winter (of northern hemisphere) and in Methven, New Zealand in the summer (of northern hemisphere), and a backcountry ski guide for 10 years.

My main and favourite field of guiding is on and around Mt Fuji, but backcountry skiing is my favourite mountain sports! I guide backcountry skiing mainly around Hakuba areas but also have been a guide in Hokkaido for 2 years, and know Furano and Niseko areas very well. I also currently teach Japan Avalanche Network level 1 courses on avalanche risks and safety. I also enjoy rock climbing in my free time and love to share with you the beauty of the Japanese mountains through my favourite guiding routes, let it to be in trekking the mountains, snowshoeing with an onsen stay or backcountry skiing in Hakuba areas!

For me, mountains are a part of my life. It teaches me upsides and downsides of life, and I want guests to join me in this environment to realize the conveniences that surround us in our ordinary life and to be grateful of everything that lets us live.

I guide visitors from abroad quite frequently. Contact me if you’re also up for fun mountain adventures!!

 
 
FROM 1880 USD per person
 

 

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