Ski touring on Mount Yotei in Hokkaido

Do you want to experience some unique ski touring on the famous Yotei volcano? Jun, JMGA certified mountain guide, will expertly take you there.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

1+ day

Mountain Range

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People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May

Type of Trip

Private

Highlights

 
     

    Most skiers coming to Hokkaido go to the popular ski resort of Niseko to experience its pristine powder snow. But for those who want an unforgettable ski touring experience, going up and down one of Japan’s most famous volcanoes might be a really good idea. So why not skiing together on Mount Yotei and going for the perfect runs?

    The Yotei Volcano is a beautiful symmetrical stratovolcano, like Mount Fuji in Honshu. The mount is called Ezo-Fuji, which means the Mount Fuji of Hokkaido. It is the highest mountain of the region (1898m) and it has the longest ski descent on the island.

    The summit has an impressive 700 m wide crater and its flanks are cut by deep erosion gullies. Conditions in the crater are some of the best on the volcano as the wind brings snow from all directions. The way up to the crater of Yotei Volcano can take between 5 and 8 hours.

    I will guide you on the best flanks of Yotei based on the weather and snow conditions. If the conditions were less favorable we may modify the destination.

    After the day, we will enjoy good beer, delicious Japanese food and relax in the traditional hot springs (onsen).

    We can combine the ski touring ascent of Mount Yotei with a tour in the area, going for some awesome freeride skiing descents and/or other ski touring trips. The following ski resorts might be really good options to extend your stay: Niseko, Rusutsu, Nakayamatoge, Asahigaoka, Rankoshi Chisenuppuri… I have a van and we can go together for a ski safari, moving from one place to the other based on the weather and snowfall conditions.

    I’m from Hokkaido. I’m a certified guide from the Japanese Mountain Guide Association. Hokkaido is my playground, I know it very well 😉

    Contact me and let’s start planning your trip there. Ski touring on Mount Yotei is truly one of the most incredible experiences you will have in Hokkaido!

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    40000 JPY

    Group of 2
    20000 JPY

    Group of 3
    13400 JPY

    Group of 4
    10000 JPY

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
     

    Other details

     
    More info

    Equipment: 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): 15000 JPY/week

    - Boots: around 15000 JPY/week.

    - Skis, poles and skin: 28000 JPY/week

    Weather conditions need to be ideal for this ski touring trip to work, as visibility, wind and avalanche conditions are all major factors which may prevent us from being able to reach the top of the volcano. The conditions can change very quickly, I may be obliged to turn back to ensure everyone coming back home safely, this is part of the game.

     

    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.

     
     
    FROM 10000 JPYper person, per day
     

     

    What People are Saying about Jun Ishiguro

    • 4 reviews

     

    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.
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    Barry Mckillop
    Wow what a Tour! Jun guided us perfectly, we made it to the top of yotei. An Incredible experience!
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    Stefan Janisch
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    Henrik
    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.
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    Jenna Shlachter
     

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