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USD 2,832

10 Nights | 8 Days Riding - 5 locations

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Price p/p From price is based on twin share & dorm-style
base/invoice currency is EURO
price includes all taxes
*displayed price may vary slightly due to exchange rate fluctuations
USD 2,832
If you want to get off the beaten path in Japan, Rishiri Island is the ultimate powder destination. This incredible tour combines 4 days of skiing at Rishiri Island & 4 days skiing/exploring Central Hokkaido - approx 50% lift-access & 50% touring
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Rishiri Trip

This incredible ski & snowboarding adventure starts with 4 days climbing and descending an inactive volcano on the Japanese island of Rishiri and then heads to central Hokkaido to explore some of Japan's most famous powder skiing areas.

You will fly from Sapporo to Rishiri Island which is like no other location in Japan, the volcano juts up out of the centre of the island providing a powder playground suitable for the gods. The volcano offers moderate to steep ridge-lines and gullies with long open runs and untracked powder in every direction. You are unlikely to see many if any other people skiing / riding the volcano whilst there. The first 300m of vertical ascent will be assisted by snowmobile and after that it is human power all the way.

On one of the 4 days you will attempt to summit the volcano with your guide/group where you will get a feast of incredible 360 degree views down every aspect of the volcano and around the island.

After 4 incredible days of touring Rishiri Isand you will head back to Hokkaido flying from Rishiri to Sapporo airport in Hokkaido. From there you will spend the next 4 days exploring the back & sidecountry some of the best powder skiing areas in Japan including Furano, Asahidake, Kurodake and an undisclosed secret location.  Some of these days you will have the assistance of lifts to access big vertical however touring will still be a part of each day.

Guiding & Equipment

The tour is operated by UIAGM qualified mountain guides at a maximum ratio of  6 guest to 1 guide and you will be provided with an avalanche safety briefing at the beginning of the trip. Avalanche safety gear rental (beacon, shovel, probe and backpack) are provided at no cost as part of the package however you can bring your own gear if you have it.

Ability & Fitness Level

This trip is for Strong Intermediate to Advanced skiers & snowboarders who should be able to ski /ride steep runs with confidence in variable conditions and should have some experience in skiing / riding powder.

As nearly 50% of this trip is touring, you should have a good-level of fitness and be able to tour up to 1,200 vertical metres per day. There is a total of 4-5 days of touring on this 9-day trip.


The following itinerary reflects the basic structure for the fixed-date, mixed-group tours however they may vary slightly due to weather and snow conditions creating the need to move activities around.


Arrival to Japan (Sapporo). Flight to Rishiri Island.


Ski touring on Rishiri (each day with UIAGM guide) Evening: Avalanche Awareness Presentation


Ski touring on Rishiri (different face) + Avalanche Rescue Practice Evening: Onsen relaxation (like every evening :-)


Ski touring on Rishiri (different face) Evening: Onsen relaxation


Rishiri - Summit attempt


Transfer to Central Hokkaido (Asahikawa)




Kuro-dake (longest top-to-bottom run on Hokkaido)


Undisclosed location in North Hokkaido

DAY 10

Asahidake / Evening: Good Bye Party in Sapporo

DAY 11

Flight back home OR optional stay in Japan for more days


1. Rishiri Island (5 nights)

Lodging whilst at Rishiri Island is at Rishiri Lodge.

Breakfast & dinner is provided each day at the Lodge.

Rishiri Lodge
Western-style beds
Hot spring with views

2. Asahikawa (5 nights)

Whilst staying in Asahikawa, you will stay in 3 or 4-star accommodation.

Rooms are twin/triple-share or may be quad share depending on the group dynamics and all have private en-suite bathrooms.

Breakfast is provided at the hotel each morning and free internet is available in each.

Rooms will be western-style
Plus have en-suite bathrooms
Daily breakfast is included

Rate, Inclusions & Add-Ons

2022 Rates


  • Accommodation (10 nights) - Rishiri & Furano
  • Mountain guiding (UIAGM qualified)
  • Ski Passes (Hokkaido resorts)
  • Breakfasts (+ dinners on Rishiri Island)
  • Transport by van, transport in Japan
  • Free hire of powder skis (Kastle, Scott, Armada) and boards (Nitro)
  • Free hire of avalanche equipment (shovel, probe, beacon, backpack)
  • Avalanche Training Session
  • Avalanche Awareness Presentation
  • Video Analysis
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Any Member willing to participate at any Event has to make an obligatory booking, confirmed by agreeing to the Terms & Conditions and covering an advance payment for the respective Event. The advance payment of 50% from the total cost of any Event is due within 7 days after a booking is made. The balance of the total cost of the Event must be paid no later than 10 weeks before departure. In case the booking is made after the standard due date of the balance payment, the full cost must be paid within 7 days after the respective booking was made. If the balance is not paid in time the Association reserves the right to cancel the booking and forfeit the advance payment.


The costs of all Events facilitated by the Association, together with Events’ program are described at the Association websites. The costs do not cover additional fees and parts of the program that are not described at the Association websites, namely: individual insurance, flight tickets, compensations for not participating at the whole program of an Event and compensations for lifts or cable cars closure in the venue where the respective Event takes place. The cost of the sport Event is to be paid via a bank transfer to the Association bank account. The banking details will be sent to the Members after their booking is made.

Individual Cancellation

The Association advises the Members to arrange individual cancellation insurance. In case Members want to cancel their participation at any Event, such information must be sent to the Association’s management via an email. After a cancellation email is received, the Association will charge the respective Member with cancellation fees according to the date when the cancellation was made.

The Cancellation Fees

if the cancellation is made:

  • More than 10 weeks before the Event starts – the advanced payment is forfeited
  • 31 days – 10 weeks – 75% of the total cost
  • 0-30 days – 100% of the total cost
  • Not showing at the event – 100% of the total cost 

*that said, Association always tries to find a replacement for the Member to be able to refund him/her in full.

Event Cancellation

Every Event can only take place if there are enough Members participating. The Association is obliged to inform its Members via an email, shall there not be the minimum participation necessary for the respective Event to take place reached, no later than 10 days before the respective Event should start. In the above-described event, the Association will refund the whole payment to those Members whose Event was canceled. The Association permits its Members to buy any travel tickets or accommodation (in case of an Event where no accommodation is provided by the Association) connected to the Event only when the minimum participation is reached. The Association claims its right to cancel or terminate an Event in case of a force majeure that prevents the Event to take place or threatens the safety of the Members at any time prior to the Event or during the already started Event itself. In case an Event is canceled or terminated due to the above-described reasons, the Association will refund the Members with the cost of the Event reduced by the expenditures the Association already made prior to the cancellation/termination.

In case of Event cancellation or cancellation of part of the Event's program (e.g. Guide's injury), Association is obliged to deliver agreed features via third-party providers. If not possible, Association has to refund features of the program that it was not able to deliver.