People per Guide
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec
Type of Trip
Come and explore the beauties of snow covered virgin forests at the foot of Mt Rishiri, on snowshoes at your own pace! Snowshoeing is a great way to enjoy the winter of Mt Rishiri, which doesn’t require any prior technical skills unlike backcountry skiing.
I offer half day trips and 1-day trips, depending on your fitness levels and how you want to enjoy Rishiri!
Half Day Course (3 hours):
It’s an easy way to get a taster of snowshoeing and enjoy the winter outdoors. This course combines the beautiful snowscape and purely having fun in the snow. Children from the age of 6 can join this course, and so I recommend it to families with children, first time snowshoers, and those that are not as confident in their fitness levels! There’s a lot of focus on making it a FUN course so even though it’s a short programme, the satisfaction level tends to be high!
1-Day Course (6-8 hours) with lunch included:
We’ll be exploring places that we wouldn’t have the time to reach in a Half Day Course. The view and snowscape on the route will be magnificent and you can immerse yourself in the nature more. We’ll have a warm lunch that I prepare for you on a table crafted from snow, where you’ll be able to warm up and regain your strength for more fun and exploration in the afternoon!
– For Half Day Course, meet at 9am or 1:30pm at my family hotel (please let me know if you need to be picked up from the port or your own hotel). For 1-Day Course, meet at 9am.
– Fill in necessary documents
– Equipment / Clothing check
– Start Snowshoe trekking and enjoy winter Rishiri!
– Relax at Rishiri Fuji Onsen (hot spring) at the end of the trek.
– Back to hotel
Half Day Course – JPY 6,000 per person
1 Day Course – JPY 12,000 per person
Included in Price:-
Guide Fee, Lunch (for 1 Day Course)
Excluded from Price:-
I recommend you to stay in my family hotel that I manage (photos can be found on this page). It is equipped with a nice onsen (hot spring bath) where it is awesome to stay after a day of skiing. You will enjoy delicious home-cooked Japanese food. Please get in touch to get more info!
Coming to Rishiri can be done either by flight (45 min) from Sapporo either by ferry (1.40) leaving from Wakkanai.
|– Warm clothing (jacket, trousers – I recommend full ski wears)|
– Warm hat
– Warm gloves
– Warm shoesI can lend you a set of snowshoes and a suitable backpack for the trek for free.Please bring any snacks that you might want to eat and nibble during the trek!
If you’d like to experience the winter beauty on the remote island of Rishiri, please get in touch with me! I can show you where only the local guides can take you…!
I also offer backcountry skiing trips in Rishiri. Have a look at this programme if you have prior experience of ski touring and if you’re seeking an off-the-beaten track skiing adventure!
Please be aware that depending on the weather and the conditions, I may decide to change the route, objective of the trek, and any other contents of the trip, for safety reasons.
As a guide, I cannot be held liable for any accidents that may occur during the trip, except for those that occurr due to my gross negligence or malicious intent.
Please also be aware that I will be guiding at a pace appropriate for the participant with the lest technical and fitness levels.
I ask for a Cancellation Fee in case of last minute cancellation:
For cancellation on the day before the trip – 50% of Trip Price
For cancellation on the day of the trip – 100% of Trip Price
Price per person per day
- Guiding fee
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.
You will stay in my family hostel (winter price)
- JPY 11,000 for 1 night, including dinner and breakfast (onsen tax included)
- JPY 8,600 for 1 night and breakfast (onsen tax included)
- JPY 7,400 for 1 night bed only (onsen tax included)
The price indicated is per day of the course. For half day the price is JPY6000.
About the Guide
I was born on the island of Rishiri in 1969. I still live here today! Since my childhood, I have spent most of my time in the sea, going fishing, and in the mountain going skiing. I’m a ski guide (level 2) from the Japanese Mountain Guide Association. I’m the only one on the island. I have reached the summit of Rishiri more than 500 times… It’s my great pleasure to guide here and let people from all around the world discover this beautiful island all year round. Please feel free to get in touch with me if you are looking for a local expert to guide you in Rishiri. Besides mountain guiding, I'm managing a family hostel here so I can help you with the accommodation as well.
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