Rising Sun Guides

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Rising Sun Guides

Rising Sun Guides4.5/57
Rising Sun Guides4.5 out of 5 based on 7 reviews
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Rising Sun Guides

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Rising Sun Guides4.5/57
Rising Sun Guides4.5 out of 5 based on 7 reviews
Rising Sun Guides in Japan consists of a highly experienced team of local and international ski and snowboard guides. They focus heavily on tracking weather conditions and offer the ultimate in flexibility to ensure that you and your crew will be skiing/riding the deepest driest powder within reach on any given day. Rising Sun Guides specialise in private customised Hokkaido ski tours with an emphasis on backcountry ski touring and split boarding.

Rising Sun has a selection of human powered, lift access, cat ski, snowmobile and multi day tours offering a wide range of options for you to make the most of your Japan powder trip.

Customised private multi-day tours (if you have your own group). Here are some example tours, but you can customise a trip to suit your needs:

Guided backcountry day tours from Niseko:

Special Terms and Conditions – COVID 19

During these uncertain times, Rising Sun Guides is offering flexible booking options so you can plan your Japan powder holiday with confidence. The following special conditions apply to all COVID 19 cancellations or postponements* during the 2022-23 winter season.

  1. Cancellations made more than 60 days prior to your booking start date are eligible for a 100% credit or 90% refund of the deposit. (This is equivalent to forfeiting 2.5% of the booking value if the refund option is exercised)
  2. Cancellations made within 60 days of your booking start date are eligible for a 100% credit or 90% refund.
  3. Credits do not expire.
  4. In cases where special travel rules are in place (as is currently the case), Rising Sun Guides may offer guests the opportunity to upgrade their trip to meet these requirements. Alternatively our special COVID cancellation/refund policy can be exercised until normal travel resumes.
  5. The above terms supersede our regular conditions. All other regular T&C`s remain as shown below.

 

*COVID 19 cancellations or postponements are considered as any situation where COVID 19 travel restrictions prevent you from visiting Japan. This includes border restrictions that prevent entry to Japan or if any quarantine measures are in place either in Japan or on return to your home country at the time of your visit or at the time that you choose to exercise the refund / credit option.
**Policy Update April 15, 2022: COVID 19 travel insurance is now readily available and as a result, Rising Sun is no longer offering credits / refunds to guests who are unable to travel because they have contracted COVID 19. Instead we encourage all guests to take out a COVID 19 travel insurance policy to protect against this possibility. All guests booked prior to April 15, 2022 remain eligible for our original COVID 19 coverage however travel insurance and COVID 19 coverage is still highly recommended for all guests.

General Terms and Conditions

  1. A 25% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm all reservations.
  2. Full payment is due 60 days prior to the start of the tour. If the tour is booked within 60 days of departure, full payment is required to confirm. Cancellation within 60 days but 30 days prior to the tour will incur a tariff in the amount of 50% of the full tour cost. Cancellations within 30 days will incur a tariff in the amount of 100% of the full tour cost.
  3. All rates and refunds are calculated in Japanese Yen unless otherwise stated.
  4. Depending on payment method and currency fluctuations, there may be some non-refundable fees associated with processing refunds.
  5. If your Rising Sun booking includes services booked with 3rd party suppliers (airport transfers, hotels etc), refund or credit amounts for that portion of your booking will be subject to the cancellation terms of these providers.
  6. All guests signing up for a guided tour are required to read and sign a release of liability waiver before departing. All participants under the age of 19 must also have a parent or legal guardian sign their release of liability.
  7. RSG reserves the right to cancel any tour or course at any time (typically due to inclement weather, unsafe backcountry travel conditions, guide injury / sickness or insufficient participant numbers). In the event of cancellation, the customer will be offered the opportunity to either reschedule or receive a full refund less any transaction fees associated with the refund.
  8. All guests booking our backcountry or lift assisted day trips are covered by the RSG Powder Guarantee.
  9. All participants entering the backcountry (anywhere outside of the ski area boundary) on a guided tour must be at least 13 years of age.
  10. It is your responsibility to care for any rental equipment supplied by Rising Sun. Guests will be charged for repair or replacement of any lost or damaged items.

COVID 19 Safety Measures

Throughout the 2022-23 winter season, we will be operating with additional safety protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID 19. These measures are as follows:

  • If you are experiencing any cough, cold, flu or COVID 19 symptoms you will not be permitted to attend the activity you have booked with Rising Sun Guides. Please contact us and our reservations staff will work with you to reschedule at no extra charge. If you are unable to reschedule during this winter season, you will be offered a 90% credit that does not expire or a 75% refund.
  • Safety measures will be updated based on guidance from public health officials.

Awesome trip to Niseko & Sapporo

Derek Salama
12/02/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    United States
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    2

Awesome trip to Niseko & Sapporo

Derek Salama
12/02/2020
Signing up for this trip hugely improved our visit to Japan. Dan confidently lead us on multiple backcountry excursions to find great snow during a tough season, even though our group had little backcountry experience.

We were a little nervous about spending time in Sapporo since it's not as famous as Niseko, but the last two days ended up being our best! See our video here

Guided back-country tour Hookaido area week 5 2020

Arne M
09/02/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Norway
  • Month:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    3

Guided back-country tour Hookaido area week 5 2020

Arne M
09/02/2020
Top guiding for Rising Sun resulted in a nice week. Spotted fresh powder all days in a season with little snowfall.
Rented skis from Rising Sun. Picked up every morning and transported door to door.
Recommended to use this company if you are planning a trip to Japan for skiing.

One issue that is not related to Rising Sun,
but to Salomon Switch bindings.
My recommendation:
Never by or rent skis with the Switch binding. It is the worst binding ever tested !
Locking mechanism for front binding is popping out of position and ski is falling off.
Locking mechanism for ski stopper is popping off and suddenly you walk with brakes!

Had to use a piece of wood and force it under the locking mechanism to avoid loosing skis in walk mode. See our video here

Hokkaido Fix

Peter Novak
28/02/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    2

Hokkaido Fix

Peter Novak
28/02/2019
A wonderful trip. Our guide from Rising Sun did an excellent job of finding untracked for us every day. He had great local knowledge, and seemed to know all the secret stashes. I especially liked the flexibility of choosing any resort that had good conditions. It was an excellent way to sample a number of resorts in a single trip. See our video here

Awesome day lift accessed backcountry skiing with guide Anna!

Caroline Guenther
07/02/2019
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Alpine Skier
  • Month:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    3

Awesome day lift accessed backcountry skiing with guide Anna!

Caroline Guenther
07/02/2019
I went sidecountry skiing with an amazing guide named Anna from rising sun guides. I would highly recommend her! This was one of the best days. We drove to Kiroro from Niseko through a whiteout blizzard and skied awesome powder off the lifts until the storm broke at which point we went backcountry skiing off the back of the mountain and had the best runs of the week. Saw blue sky and sun with views of the ocean and Otaru and skied untouched powder. We were the only ones back there and it was only around 1 hour of skinning back up each time of the 2 laps we did. I got along really well with Anna and was impressed with safety standards, she dug several pits to check snow conditions before we skied down. Would highly recommend! See our video here

Amazing Guides!

06/03/2018

Sandra Woodbury

Powder Connoisseur
Powder Connoisseur

Sandra Woodbury

Powder Connoisseur
Powder Connoisseur
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    N/A
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    2

Amazing Guides!

06/03/2018
Ben was our guide and made sure we had an incredible time and got fresh tracks in spite of there being no new snow. He was extremely knowledgeable, helpful and his enthusiasm was infectious.

We could not have asked for a better company or guide to ski with! Thank you Ben and Rising Sun Guides for the trip of a lifetime!! See our video here

Niseko Touring

Simon Williams
20/02/2017
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Alpine Skier
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    3

Niseko Touring

Simon Williams
20/02/2017
Not sure where to start on for my review. Put simply I'd have to say there was a big mismatch between the service experience I was expecting and that which I received. I had been searching for, and had thought I had found a mountain ski tour around Niseko. My main goal was to learn the location of good off-piste runs near the start of my holiday with the safety, knowledge and security of a professional tour guide so that I could at least consider those runs during the rest of my holiday.

Had I known this was taking place in a different resort. And more importantly that there was no potential for breaks or lunch I would not have taken it. As a skier on their 2nd day in 5 years - some breaks/food/drink were essential. The guide was very much in a rush/panic all day - Im not sure why because we had left on time? This may be due because there was a big queue at the first lift. So much so that he chose to ’skip’ taking the lift - and skin up the whole way instead. It’s worth pointing out that the cost for skipping the lift was NOT returned to us.

As I had reported prior to the event I had zero uphill experience. I was alongside experienced tourers and as a result I fell behind. My lack of experience and perhaps bad uphill technique lead to fatigue and later exhaustion.

For full disclosure I should say that I had suffered an ankle sprain prior to ski holiday, but I honestly do not feel that was the a significant factor in the tiredness. Since it’s relevant here I should say whilst it’s hard to evaluate one’s own level of fitness (depends who you compare yourself too), I took my fitness level seriously before the event. I was racing 10km on Sat mornings followed later the same day by 2 hours of squash. Plus another 4 hours of squash, 2 hours of Ski Fit (app fitness programme), and 2-3 hours of jogging each week for several months prior to the event. 

I requested on 3 separate occasions to the guide to do one run without me, where they skinned back up to the same location. This would have been a safe option and give me the break that I needed. That request was denied on every occasion - and could have easily been accommodated. As a result I became ever more exhausted, to dangerous levels. As a previous ski guide myself (on-piste, not touring) I think this was dangerous and reckless. And is not something I'd ever allow to happen, nor would my employers have allowed it either.

Whilst the guide was a pleasant enough socially, and I should say he offered and did carry my back pack at one stage to aid me - I feel I have to point out the short-falls listed above. Whilst I realise there is a commercial incentive to accept everyone into each event, you’ll either need to do a better job of ensuring participants are of a similar level (for example perhaps you should only be accepting those with prior uphill experience, or have a telephone interview before allowing them in), or ensuring that the safety needs of ALL those attend are delivered.

Editor's Note: It appears there was a significant mismatch between Simon's expectations and what was outlined regarding the tour on Powderhounds and via the multiple emails between Simon and the operator. The following is comments from the operator, some of which are based on discussions with the guide and other guests.

"We`re really sorry to hear about the difference between expectations and this guest`s experience. We are however surprised as this trip was sold as a backcountry ski tour from the beginning and throughout the booking process we made it clear that we would be earning our turns by hiking all day. We were also clear that we would not be skiing on chair lifts at any time and that lift tickets would not be required. As such we didn`t charge for lift tickets. Accordingly there were no tickets to refund. With regards to the request to sit out for a lap. Unfortunately this isn`t an option when backcountry skiing; particularly on cold snowy days. It sounds like a great idea at first however in the winter it takes little more than a few minutes to go from hot and sweaty to freezing cold. This is not a good situation for a tired person and something we cannot allow to happen. The only choice in these situations is to evaluate if another lap is possible for the whole group or for the whole group to call it a day. Our certified ski guide encouraged this guest and determined that he was up to the challenge. Again we are really sorry that this experience did not live up to expectations however we do feel that the details of the trip were effectively communicated and that our priority of safety was maintained throughout the day."
See our video here

Best ski guide we ever had!

Michaela Vargas
25/01/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    United States
  • Month:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    4

Best ski guide we ever had!

Michaela Vargas
25/01/2017
I have never had a better guide, ever! From the moment our guide Tak picked us up, we were in the best hands. Each morning he studied the weather carefully so he could choose the best ski resort every day. He'd run in and get our tickets and then we'd follow him to his secret stashes all day for unlimited powder! He was kind, snow-smart, patient with my boot issues, and super fun to hang out with. He was also super cool to hang out with after skiing, from ramen bowls to onsens to beers. Really, if it weren't for our guide, we would not have had such an amazing five days of powder, and we certainly wouldn't have found all those stashes! And having a Japanese speaking guide was key to navigate everything in Japan, from convenience stores to menus to buying ibuprofen! He taught us so much! The whole operation at Rising Sun was great--they received my skis via UPS and had them delivered to my hotel, and also were really fast to communicate by email. Best guiding experience ever! Worth every penny! See our video here
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Southwest Solutions DETAILS
Price p/p From price based on twin/triple-share based on group of 5 with 1 guide (per person) and accommodation included.
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USD 1,323

NISEKO & SAPPORO POWDER CHASER
7 Nights | 4 Guided Ski Days

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
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USD 1,323
This CUSTOMISABLE guided tour for your group can be based in or around the NISEKO area and is designed to CHASE THE BEST POWDER each day at NISEKO, RUSUTSU, KIRORO & MOIWA. The tour finishes with a couple of days chasing powder around Sapporo (TEINE & KOKUSAI). More
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Backcountry Touring Day Trips DETAILS
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USD 101

GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY DAY TOURS
Niseko & Surrounding Areas | Private Groups Only

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
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USD 101
Ideal if you are staying in NISEKO and are looking for a guided BACKCOUNTRY day in or around Niseko. These day tours are specifically for those who are happy to earn their turns and are for private groups of 1 - 5 guests (but 6 - 7 is also possible with a tail guide). More
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Hokkaido Fix DETAILS
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USD 1,813

NISEKO, CENTRAL HOKKAIDO & SAPPORO
8 to 10 Days

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
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USD 1,813
This CUSTOMISABLE guided tour starts in NISEKO & then heads to CENTRAL HOKKAIDO in pursuit of some of the deepest & driest snow on the planet. The tour finishes with a day chasing powder around Sapporo (TEINE & KOKUSAI). More
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Sapporo Session DETAILS
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USD 483

SAPPORO - NISEKO POWDER CHASER ADD-ON
2 Nights | 2 Guided Ski Days

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
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USD 483
This CUSTOMISABLE guided tour is ideal for those heading to NISEKO who want to invest a little extra in their powder happiness with a couple of extra days of days chasing powder around Sapporo where you will find some of the steepest lift accessible terrain & unique backcountry options. More
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Custom Booking Period: Dec 15 - Mar 15, 2023
Min Days: From 3
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Lift Access Day Tours DETAILS
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USD 101

GUIDED LIFT ACCESS DAY TOURS
Niseko & Nearby Areas | Private Groups Only

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
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USD 101
If you are staying in NISEKO and are looking for a guided day at Niseko or a RESORT NEARBY this could be the trip for you. This tour aims to use the lifts where possible to minimise hiking. These tours are ideally for private groups of 1 - 5 guests however up to 6-7 can be accommodated with a tail guide. More
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High Earnings DETAILS
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Price per person for a group of 5 with 1 guide for 9 day package. Base/invoice currency is in JPY inc taxes.
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USD 2,065

BACKCOUNTRY POWDER CHASING
8 Nights | 7 Guided Days

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
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USD 2,065
Enter the powder room! Visit some of Hokkaido's most remote locations and best backcountry zones. This trip has a backcountry touring focus and the skins will probably go on every day but your group will be within reach of ski resorts if the weather isn't suitable for touring or the lift accessed pow looks too good! More
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Daisetsuzan Powder Trip DETAILS
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USD 1,253

CENTRAL HOKKAIDO & SAPPORO
5 Nights | 4 Guided Ski Days

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
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USD 1,253
This CUSTOMISABLE private guided tour can start in FURANO in CENTRAL HOKKAIDO where you will find some of the deepest & driest snow on the planet. The tour finishes with a day chasing powder around Sapporo (Teine & Kokusai) but ultimately you can design your own trip. More
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Mt Rishiri DETAILS
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RISHIRI ISLAND BACKCOUNTRY TOURING
Private Customised Tour

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
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This CUSTOMISABLE private backcountry guided ski/ split board tour heads to Rishiri Island, way up north off the NW coast of Hokkaido, where those famous weather patterns from Siberia bring loads of powder. More
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