Japan is famous for its legendary powder skiing. The polar jet stream descends off Siberia, soaks up moisture from the Sea of Japan, and unloads mass amounts of cold, low-density snow over the island of Hokkaido. Forests of twisted birch trees blanket a volcanic landscape formed by fire and shaped by water. Backcountry skiing and riding in Japan is as unique as Japanese culture.

Baker Mountain Guides Japan Backcountry Skiing program combines world-class powder with local accommodations, Japanese cuisine, and traditional onsen culture. Our focus on backcountry touring allows us to escape the crowds and deliver the ultimate untracked experience.


Baker Mountain Guides has crafted a 7-day itinerary that includes backcountry touring venues in both Niseko and Furano. Actual venues will depend on conditions.

  • Day 0: Arrive in Japan

    The crew will assemble in Sapporo the night before our adventure begins for a group dinner and orientation. Guides will provide a trip overview and update on weather and snowpack conditions. Guests will have the opportunity to get to know each other over fantastic Japanese cuisine.

  • Day 1: Goshiki Onsen

    After a transfer to our accommodations in Niseko, we’ll orient ourselves to Japan with some classic tree skiing in the Annupuri Range. Beautiful White birch trees, open glades, and easy access make Goshiki a great intro to the Hokkaido backcountry. We’ll finish the day with a soak at the onsen.

  • Day 2: Shiribetsu

    Shiribetsu is a semi-circular stratovolcano, offering 360 degrees of skiing and riding. Along with fantastic glades, Shiribetsu offers some of the longest runs in the area. We’ll explore steep tree runs around the west summit, big descents off of the east summit, or both!

  • Day 3: Iwaonupuri / Nitonupuri

    If the weather gifts us with some clear skies, we’ll venture into the alpine. The Annupuri Range offers many long tours with quality skiing and riding. Our goal will be to link open fields off the summit of Nitonupuri with superb, steep chutes on the north side of Iwaonupuri.

  • Day 4: Mount Yotei

    Massive Mount Yotei dominates the region and is one of Japan’s 100 famous volcanos. If weather and snow conditions allow, we’ll climb to the summit, lap the crater, and descend over 5000 feet back to the trailhead. After our tour, we’ll pack up and drive to the Furano region in central Hokkaido.

  • Day 5: Furanodake

    Furano and Daisetsuzan National Park are quieter and more rural than Niseko. The terrain is bigger, and offers more options for solitude, as well as skiing and riding in the alpine. We’ll begin with a tour of Furanodake. Tree skiing and alpine chutes allow for quality turns in any conditions.

  • Day 6: Tokachidake

    Tokachidake is an active stratovolcano that offers exceptional, high alpine touring. We’ll lap alpine bowls and beautiful glades of pink birch before skiing & riding down to Fukiage Onsen at the base of the mountain. Guest can soak while guides tour back up and run the car shuttle.

  • Day 7: Furano Ski Area Backcountry

    The lift-accessed backcountry around the Furano Ski Area offers some of the best tree skiing on the island on Hokkaido and serves as a great storm venue as well. We’ll tour for the day, load up the van, and return to New Chitose. Guests are encouraged to join guides for a celebratory dinner.

Each Adventure is Unique

Program Information

  • Season
  • January - February

  • Duration
  • 7 Days

  • Max Ratio
  • 6 Clients to 1 Guide

  • Equipment

  • Schedule
  • 2021 - 2022 Winter Season

    • Januray 9 - 15

  • Cost
  • $3200



    Cost Includes

    • Guide Fees
    • 7 Nights of Lodging
    • Transportation in Country
    • 6 Breakfasts
    • 7 Lunches
    • 3 Dinners



    Cost Excludes

    • Gratuity
    • Airfare to Japan
    • Lift Tickets (1-2)