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Hokkaido's Island Volcano

Over the 11 day trip, you will ski the secluded Central Hokkaido backcountry, culminating with the island of Rishiri. You will ski its huge flanks accessed by snowmobile on the approaches. This is a true Japanese backcountry ski adventure, combining touring from a hot spring accommodation, bathing in hot thermal springs and savoring the delicious local seafood.

This is on the bucket list for many Japanese backcountry skiers.

The Area

Rishiri Island rises out of the Sea of Japan to 1,721 meters. The island was formed by the volcanic peak of Mount Rishiri. The area is part of the Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park.

Recommended Experience Level

In order that participants are of similar abilities we have rated this trip with Ski Ability and Backcountry Levels.

Ski Ability 4 Backcountry Level Advanced

To make the most of your trip we recommend that you have a good level of aerobic fitness. You will carry 30 liter day packs with day equipment and provisions.

Terrain and Snow

This is a combination of alpine and tree skiing. Expect powder conditions until April.


1:6 (maximum 6 guests)

Please inquire with your accommodation preference. We can offer a package price including this guided program and accommodation through a local licensed travel agent. We can also help organising airport transfers, ski and equipment rentals.

For single or couples, please inquire to join an exisiting group.

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Typical Program

Day 1
Meet in Asahikawa. Dinner at a traditional Japanese restaurant to discuss the trip logistics.

Day 2
Ski the first day at Kurodake. There is some great backcountry terrain with a hike to the peak. Retire to the hot spring at the end of the day. Check out the ice village after the hot spring.

Day 3
We travel south and ski one of our favorite backcountry locations. Ski the eChuting Gallery.f Transfer to next hot spring hotel.

Day 4
Snowmobile accessed backcountry. You will be towed in to a secluded valley. If conditions allow, we will ski eBear Clawf which is the premier line in the area. Retire to the hot springs at the end of the day before a traditional 'kaiseki' meal.

Day 5
Snowmobile accessed backountry.

Day 6
Travel day to the far north of Hokkaido. We will be seeing the sea ice of the Sea of Okhotsk. From our departure port of Wakkanai, where you will see Russian influences due to the townfs proximity to Sakhalin Peninsula. If there is clear weather on the voyage you will see the remarkable sight of the volcano protruding from the ocean.

Day 7- 9
Over the next three days you will transported via snowmobile accross the approaches to the mountain before skinning. You will then ski some of the longest verticals descents in Hokkaido. If there is a clear day, ski from the summit and on low visibility days you will stay in the sheltered tree-line areas where the powder is deep. Each day enjoy the thermal outdoor hot-spring to finish. In the evening, enjoy expertly prepared seafood by your hosts.

Day 10
Morning return ferry. On our return journey we make a stop at a local resort for some sidecountry turns.

Day 11
Airport transfer

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