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Best ski touring in Hokkaido, 7 days

Explore the best ski areas near Sapporo, Otaru and Niseko in this 7-day backcountry ski tour in Hokkaido, together with an IFMGA mountain guide.

Duration7 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr
Type of tripNot specified


Are you looking for powder and deep snow in Hokkaido? Then join me for a 7-day backcountry ski tour in the best spots of this Japanese Island!

I can take you to some of the main ski areas in Hokkaido: near Sapporo, Otaru (for example, the ski resort of Kiroro) and Niseko.

All of them offer a mix of lift accessed freeriding and backcountry skiing involving full hikes. There are different options for intermediate skiers and also for beginners.

I can pick you up at the airport and take you back there if you need to. Besides, I can help you renting some of the equipment. Below this description, you will find some details about this, as well as an itinerary of the trip.

All the activities in the itinerary can be customized according to your skills and wishes, and may change depending on the snow and weather conditions.

You will have to book your own accommodation. Here are some places I recommend:

In Sapporo:

  • Sapporo Grand Hotel. It is located very centrally and has direct access to the underground paths (connected also to JR Sapporo station), so you won’t freeze in the winter. It has been ranked no. 8 in Best Hotel served Breakfast in Japan for 2016. It has facilities such as spa and so on, and it’s the oldest hotel in Sapporo with 80 years of history.
  • Cross Hotel Sapporo. Stylish and modern hotel, and a little “arty”. The hotel bar plays live Jazz music and on the top floor there is an onsen where you can enjoy the night city view. Located centrally, 5 min walk from JR Sapporo station.
  • JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo: it is the highest tower hotel in Sapporo so you can have an amazing view of the city. There is a spa at the top and you can enjoy the night city view from the onsen there. It is located next to JR Sapporo station.

Near Kiroro:

In Niseko:

Please contact me if you want to be a part of this backcountry ski tour in Hokkaido. I will make sure that you have an amazing experience!



Your own accommodation cost will depend on which grade you want and your budget. It is better to book them very quickly as this is prime time and accommodations get quickly booked up.


In case of bad weather / conditions (including road conditions), the trip itinerary may be altered and/or date change can be discussed. Riding on the guide’s car is considered as ride sharing and thus will only covered under normal car insurance. The guide’s responsibility and liability is only applicable from the departure from the start of the approach path until our return to the same point. All participants must have individual insurance which specifically covers ice climbing. For any injuries in the mountains, the guide will not be liable and will need to be paid by your own means. Cancellation Policy: I can ask for a payment of Cancellation Fees (CF) in case of last minute cancellations as per below: For cancellation between 30-60 days prior to the trip date – CF is 50% of Trip Price For cancellation between 7-30 days prior to the trip date – CF is70% of Trip Price For cancellation up to 7 days prior to the trip date – CF is 100% of Trip Price

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These items are not included in the price: -Rental costs, own accommodations, lift passes (guide’s lift pass expense should also be covered). Equipment: -Bring your own gears like boots, skis, snowboards, snowshoes (if applicable), 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.



Day 1: Sapporo

Arrive at Sapporo. We’ll meet and sort out rental equipments.

Accommodation: Hotel in Sapporo.

Day 2: Sapporo Kokusai ski area

I will pick you up from the hotel and drive (1 hour) to Sapporo Kokusai ski area  and go for a mini ski tour.

Accommodation: Ryokan in Kiroro.

Day 3: Kiroro Snow World

I will pick you up from your hotel, and drive to Kiroro Snow World for a day of guiding around piste and a mini ski tour.

Accommodation: Ryokan in Kiroro.

Day 4: Niseko

I will pick you up from your hotel, and drive to Niseko (2 hours). Ski in Niseko and possible to do a backcountry ski tour.

Accommodation in Niseko.

Day 5: Niseko

I will pick you up from your hotel, and head to a different ski area in Niseko. Possible to do a backcountry ski tour.

Accommodation in Niseko.