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Backcountry Skiing in Japan

Epic champagne powder meets exquisite hospitality
Extreme pro skier shredding the deep powder snow in the sunny Japanese mountains. Cool shot of an active male tourist skiing off piste and carving down the untouched mountain. Awesome winter sport.
Winter landscape in the Mount Zao that located on the Yamagata-Miyagi prefectural,Japan

Chase your thrills in epic alpine terrain

Shred the deepest snow imaginable

With an average snowfall of over 10 meters in some regions, you will revel in the deep, light, and fluffy powder that blankets the mountains.

From Hokkaido to the peaks of Honshu, the diverse terrain and world-renowned snow offer thrilling descents through birch forests, open bowls, and challenging steeps, catering to all levels of adrenaline-seeking skiers.

You might not find as many steep couloirs as in Chamonix or Jackson Hole, but how many places can you do laps in and out of a volcano’s crater?

One of the places to ski in Japan with an iceberg view
A skier shredding powder in the backcountry in Hokkaido, Japan near Niseko ski resort.

Unique adventures paired with good food and friendly locals

Embracing a blend of ancient tradition and modern adventure, Japan’s ski culture is a vibrant tapestry. 

The respect for nature and meticulous attention to safety, coupled with the thrill of exploring untouched landscapes, draws thrill-chasers from around the world.

The camaraderie among skiers, shared stories over steaming bowls of ramen, and the pursuit of untracked powder foster an atmosphere that keeps skiers returning season after season. 

Experience the famous JaPow

Honshu and Hokkaido provide some of the most reliable and deepest snowpacks in the world — ideal for all powder hungry skiers

Stay for the incredible food and culture

Try out delicious traditional food in gastropubs izakayas, go for a whiskey tasting, or visit local cultural attractions

Find your zen

Onsens are as integral to the experience as the adrenaline-pumping descents; unwind after a day of skiing and let your worries float away in natural hot springs

Three active tourists ski touring along the snowy mountain overlooking the beautiful valley in Japanese wilderness. Ski tourers trekking in the fresh snow in spectacular mountains in Niseko.

Discover adventures tailored to your taste

Mike Jacobs

57hours connected me to the company in Niseko, JP and I was guided by Marcus. It was awesome from start to finish. The company took great care of me and Marcus knew every route in the region.
If you ever get the chance to go to Japan, go to Niseko and go into the backcountry. The pow in Niseko is other worldly.

Annie C.

Will provided an amazing adventure for our women’s backcountry ski trip in Japan. He is an experienced guide who sought out the best snow based on conditions. It was wonderful not having to navigate to resorts or think about where we wanted to ski for the day. Will planned that all out and drove us everywhere. An excellent trip.

Iwona Erskine-Kellie

Best skiing of my life! Awesome people, fantastic guides, and superb choice of terrain, and let us not forget all that delicious food. I will come back for more!

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