Backcountry skiing Gunma Japan

Come and explore some great backcountry skiing with H2O guide service in Minakami Town, Gunma Prefecture.
We will guide you through some of the best backcountry in Japan and introduce you to some amazing Japanese nature and traditional Japanese culture.
A one hour walk from the chairlift and some beautiful slopes, great nature and of course lightly deep powder is waiting for you. And what better way to finish off a day of backcountry skiing with a nice relaxing soak in one of the many famous Onsen (hot spring).

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We mainly do private tour and use Ski Resort chairlifts to gain access to the Backcountry Areas.
Also, in Japan, most ski resorts do not allow off-piste skiing however if customers want we can arrange Off piste skiing at Ski Resorts that do allow this.Of course, due to easy access from the chairlifts into “Side-country” you can expect lots of people/tracks…

We will choose the location to which suits your physical condition and skiing or snowboarding skill.
You can choose accommodation, depending on your budget or taste. Traditional Japanese-style, Western-style, Hot Spring included etc…
We basically do multiple day backcountry tours.
One Day trip guiding is only available in and around the Gunma Prefecture area
Your Guide is a Japanese Mountain Guide Association certified ski guide.

1 person – 40,000 per person per day
2 people – 20,000 per person per day
3 people – 17,000 per person per day
4 people – 16,000 per person per day
*Up to 4 total for 1 guide and add-up again for 2nd guide if there are 5 or more.

Includes: guide fee, pack, avalanche transceiver, shovel, prove, and tax
Not included: Your expenses. e.g. insurance, lift ticket, accommodation. It depends on where you would like to go and weather and snow conditions.
*All participants MUST carry their own mountain rescue insurance which covers backcountry skiing activities. You must be insured for helicopter costs, medical care, and repatriation to your home country.

Rental equipment
Skis with touring binding, poles, climbing skins set (5500 yen per day)
Snow shoes and poles set (3500 yen per day)

Example itinerary for Gunma Area:

Day 1: Pick up at Airport. Transfer to Gunma
Day 2: Skiing Gunma (Minakami or Katashina area)
Day 3: Skiing Gunma (Minakami or Katashina area)
Day 4: move to Nagano (Hakuba area) and half day skiing or sightseeing in Nagano i.e, Zenkoji temple.
Day 5: Skiing Hakuba area
Day 6: Skiing Hakuba area
Day 7: Skiing Hakuba area (half day skiing and then transfer to Nozawa-onsen or sightseeing at snow onsen monkeys)
Day 8: Skiing Nozawa-onsen area
Day 9: Skiing Nozawa-onsen area
Day 10: Transfer to Airport


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