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Snowboarding in Hakuba’s big mountains

Come enjoy the highest summits of Hakuba on this one or more day snowboarding tour led by local JMGA-certified guide Yu.

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1 Day

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr




Let me invite you to this snowboarding tour in Hakuba, a village situated in far northwest Nagano Prefecture, in the Japanese Chūbu region.

This trip of one or more days is probably one of the best ways to feel the power of Japan’s nature while snowboarding on deep snow and exploring the big mountains in an alpine terrain away from the crowds.

We will meet up at 7 am in your hotel in Hakuba. Then I’ll help you choose the best itinerary of the day, according to the weather and snow conditions, typically unstable in the Japanese Alps.

Once we decided our goals we will take the ski lift to access the biggest peaks in Hakuba. Mt. Shiratake (2,541m), Mt. Karamatsu (2,696m) or Mt. Korenge (2,766m) are some of our options. The idea is to climb up the summit and then enjoy good snowboarding descents.

It is therefore important to have prior ski touring or backcountry skiing experience with hikes on skins or snowshoes. You’ll also need a strong fitness level to hike up for about 5 hours per day.

If you choose the one-day version of this program we’ll be returning to Hakuba by 4 pm. On the contrary, you can contact me to plan your multi-day adventure and I’ll suggest some interesting local accommodations.

I’ll be waiting for your booking. You only have to send your request by clicking on the green button and we’ll be in touch very soon!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

Rental of equipment and ski lifts are not included. Here some prices: Beacon, Backpack and Snowshoes JPY 1,000/each. Probe, Shovel and Poles (not for the skiers) JPY 500/each. Full equipment JPY 3,500. Lift fee JPY 1,000-2,000 per person on site (when we will use it). The transportation cost will be divided among participants when you take taxi after descending the mountain.


More info

There might be a photographer joining the group. Even if a photographer doesn't join the tour, I will be taking photos of the trip. You can purchase those photos at the end of the tour. It costs JPY 5,000 per person for all data and JPY 700 if you only want one photo. Necessary equipment: Ski gears (skis, split boards, snowboards); Skins, snowshoes; Ski or snowboard boots; Crampon (with more than 10 points); Sunglasses; Goggles; Gloves; Ski wear/clothing; Avalanche safety gears (beacon, probe, shovel).-

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About the guide

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Mountain Guide

I am a backcountry ski guide with JMGA hiking level 2 and ski / snowboard guide level 2 certifications, based in Hakuba.
I was born in Aichi prefecture in Japan and started snowboarding in my early teens. Before I knew it, I was snowboarding everyday in the winter and in my final year of high school, I moved to Iwate prefecture in Tohoku (northern tip of Honshu, known for big snow falls) to freeride everyday. I became a professional snowboarder, and since 2002, I have been a ski / snowboard guide based in Hakuba.

I wanted to share the experience and fun I have had in the mountains with many other people in a safe manner with the right education and so I started my own backcountry guide company in 2012.

Myself and all the other guides at my guide company are on splitboards and so we welcome snowboarders and skiers alike. Given my snowboarding background, I know how difficult it could be for a snowboarder to follow a skier's line!!

I'm also trained and certified by Japan Avalanche Network and Wilderness First Aid, and am a member of Japan Emergency Rescue Team.

When I'm unavailable the guides at my guide company that I trust, with sufficient Avalanche training, Wilderness First Aid as well as much guiding experience at my guide company (some with JMGA certification as well) will be able to guide you.

Please contact me if you're in Hakuba and want to explore the backcountry of the beautiful North Japan Alps, away from the ski resorts!!


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What people are saying about Yu



Great tour in the beautiful mountains of Hakuba with waist deep powder! Sick riding!!



My guide kenji was amazing! He picked me up from the hotel and provided whatever rental gear I needed. Kenji and I talked about snowboard movies, Japan, life, and he even gave me recommendations for Hakuba and Tokyo. I would highly recommend Yu, Bamboo tail guide company, and kenji.

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