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Two skiers stand with skis on their backs on a white snowy slope above the forest in Japan. The sky is blue.

Japan Backcountry Ski Adventure

Intermediate 8 days Hokkaido, Japan
The powder skiing in Japan is just as good as you imagine it. This eight-day backcountry ski adventure takes us to the best powder stashes in Japan, all while enjoying incredible food, culture, and lodging. This Japan ski adventure is the perfect backcountry ski trip for anyone who is looking for an amazing adventure and even better powder turns.
Feb 10 – 17, 2025
Two skiers take a selfie next to their skin track in a field of white snow in Japan beneath a big blue sky during a guided Japan ski trip with Alpenglow Expeditions.
A backcountry skier slashes powder in a cloudy forest during a guided Japan ski trip with Alpenglow Expeditions.

Get the best turns of your season in the powder wonderland of Japan.

Go on an unforgettable adventure into the heart of Hokkaido’s legendary powder paradise with Alpenglow Expeditions’  Japan Backcountry Ski Adventure. Picture yourself slashing through pristine landscapes, surrounded by Japan’s snow-capped peaks. This is your chance to experience the ultimate fusion of culture and adventure as you carve your way through some of the world’s finest backcountry terrain with our expert ski guides.

Ski Japan’s Backcountry Gems in Otaru

Our Japan ski trip begins in the charming coastal town of Otaru, where we’ll kick off three days of exploration in the surrounding backcountry. With a mix of lift-accessed sidecountry skiing and earn-your-turns backcountry skiing, we’ll deep dive into premier spots near Kokusai, Tiene, or Kiroro resorts.

Powder Dreams in Furano

After three days of great skiing in Otaru, we’ll journey to the renowned Japan ski destination of Furano, nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of central Hokkaido. Over the course of three days, we’ll dive deeper into the backcountry, combining lift access with human-powered ascents to reach remote powder stashes and untouched slopes. From sweeping alpine bowls to hidden glades, Furano offers an unparalleled playground for backcountry skiing enthusiasts seeking adventure off the beaten path.

Why Choose Alpenglow Expeditions For Your Japan Ski Trip?

At Alpenglow Expeditions, we’re passionate about crafting unforgettable experiences that blend world-class skiing with cultural immersion. Led by expert guides with extensive local knowledge, our Japan Backcountry Ski Adventure promises not only epic powder runs but also authentic encounters with Japan’s rich heritage and warm hospitality. Join us for an adventure of a lifetime and discover why Hokkaido is hailed as a must-visit destination for backcountry skiing aficionados.

Skiers and riders must be in excellent physical shape to join this expedition. Expect big days, but lots of fun! Regular, challenging exercise for many months in advance of departure is the only way to gain the necessary level of fitness. Those joining our teams should have at least a general understanding of what it takes to train for an expedition like this. We recommend a structured training program at a gym or with a personal trainer. Please contact us for more information on physical training.
Skiers must have at least 5 days of backcountry ski touring experience and/or our Backcountry 1.0, and must be able to ski in a variety of snow conditions and steep terrain.
A snowy forest in the foreground with a snowy mountain in the background during a guided Japan ski trip with Alpenglow Expeditions.
A snowy canal in Japan with dark water and short buildings during a guided Japan ski trip with Alpenglow Expeditions.
Fly into CTS Airport and Take the Train to Otaru

Today we’ll start our adventure. We’ll meet at the CTS Airport and take the airport train to Otaru, check into our hotel, and meet the team during our welcome dinner.

Ski Otaru

The next two days will be full of powder skiing and amazing food. Our guides will take you to the resort with the best snow conditions, and we’ll decide together what we want to ski. Whether it’s off-piste, sidecountry, or untouched backcountry, it’s all epic. After skiing, we’ll return to the charming town of Otaru each afternoon and explore its culturally rich streets, including the famous canal district. We’ll wrap up the day with amazing dinners, savoring the world renowned sushi.

Final Day in Otaru and Drive to Furano

We’ll start the day with another round of pow skiing before taking a scenic drive to Furano, stopping in the vibrant city of Sapporo to check out the snow festival or Ramen Alley on the way.

Ski Furano

The next two days we’ll explore untouched powder stashes in Furano, Tomamu, Kamui, Ashahidake, and hidden gems off the beaten path. We’ll also unwind after a day on the slopes in soothing natural hot springs (onsens) before finding some amazing dinner spots.


We’ll wrap up the trip and take a short ride to the airport, departing anytime after 2pm.

Japan Backcountry Ski Adventure Packet

Our Japan Backcountry Ski Guides

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Backcountry Ski Japan Questions

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