Winter Mountaineering Course in Hokkaido

Takao Miyashita takes you on a 2-day winter mountaineering course oriented to beginners in the Tokachi mountains in Hokkaido.




Trip Duration

2 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

3 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Feb, Mar, Apr

Type of Trip

Not specified


    If you want to learn some basic skills on winter mountaineering with a local experienced guide, please join me for this 2-day course in Hokkaido.

    We’ll be based in the Kamihoro area, near the Tockachi mountains in the centre part of the Island of Hokkaido.

    The starting point of the trip will be Tokachidake Onsen. Here, the elevation is 1300 m, so it’s already an Alpine area. After one hour of snowshoe trek, we’ll reach a snowy field where you’ll learn how to use crampons.

    As we’ll be rather close from the city of Furano (one of the top destinations for powder backcountry skiing in Hokkaido) you can combine this mountaineering course with your skiing itinerary there. In fact, you can even meet the guide directly in Furano.

    Besides, you can also choose to do an easy alpine climbing route in Tokachidake along the North East Kamihoro ridge, after this training.

    Another available option is to reach the summit of Mount Furano. For that, you will have to extend the course for 2 nights and 3 days.

    Please contact me if you want to join me for this winter mountaineering course. I will be glad to answer your questions and help you organize the best trip according to your wishes!

    Accommodation options in TOKACHI:

    Ryounkaku: Half-board with onsen. JPY 10,000.

    – Hakuginso: Self catering. Guide can arrange booking. Amazing onsen outside! JPY 3,000.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    80000 JPY

    Group of 2
    50000 JPY

    Group of 3
    40000 JPY


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee


    • Day 1Tokachidake Onsen

      3 hours drive from Sapporo.

      Winter mountaineering skills course in the afternoon.

      Stay overnight at Tokachidake Onsen.

    • Day 2Return to Sapporo

      Easy alpine climbing for beginners practicing the skills you have learned.

      Return to Sapporo by 19.00.


    Other details


    Own accommodation fee (ca. JPY 10,000 per person)

    More info

    Guide’s accommodation expense (ca. JPY 10,000) has to be split between participants - to be paid on the spot.

    Kit List

    - ice axe (can rent)

    - crampon (can rent)

    - harness (can rent)

    - helmet (can rent)

    - winter mountaineering boots (must bring your own)

    Items can be rented at JPY 2,000 each

    Please tell me which items you need to rent when contacting me.

    Also tell me if you are interested in some of the options presented on the description.


    About the Guide


    I am an experienced IFMGA mountain guide, born and raised in Hokkaido, Japan. I started skiing when I was 3 and started climbing when I was 6. My high school years were spent in ski competitions and I joined mountaineering club at University, where I developed my ski mountaineering skills. I have been a ski instructor for Miura Dolphins founded by Yuichiro Miura (first ski descent of the Everest “The Man Who Skied Down Everest” and the oldest Everest summiting record holder at 80 years old) and also supported Yuichiro's Aconcagua ascent and ski descent in 1984 as a part of his 7 summits ski descent challenge.

    I was inspired by the works of mountain guides in Chamonix when I visited there in 1983, and decided to start guiding as a mountain guide in Japan in 1989 to share my passion and experiences in outdoors sports with other people, as well as to offer instruction to people enjoying the mountains to be better climbers / skiers. I have also contributed to the proper training of JMGA (Japan Mountain Guides Association) guides and the affiliation of it to IFMGA. I am responsible for the pioneering of the climbing and backcountry skiing scenes in Japan.

    My main guiding arena is alpinism, whether it be mountaineering or ski mountaineering, mainly in Hokkaido. I usually take a small group of people (2-5) for Sawanobori (canyoning up waterfalls), alpine climbing, ice climbing, and ski touring in the more remote areas of Japan.

    I enjoy finding the best experience for each client accordingly to their physical abilities, preferences, and weather/conditions. I guide because I like watching and feeling that people are enjoying and having fun, and see how this buzz infects other people through skiing and climbing. I find this invaluable as a mountain guide.

    There is more to Hokkaido than skiing lift accessible powder in January and February. Please reach out to me to find your own customised way to enjoy Hokkaido’s mountains, natures and culture!




    What People are Saying about -Takao Miyashita

    • 1 review


    Takao-san is a great guide. I would highly recommend him and plan to go climbing with him again.
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    Aaron Mundy

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