Rishiri & Northern Hokkaido Backcountry Tour

Pricing varies. Please inquire for information and quotation.

Highlights: Backcountry touring focused Ski or splitboard tours. Available after March 1st

Located off Hokkaido`s Northwest Coast is Rishiri island. The island is dominated by Mount Rishiri at its center with the local population living around its circumference along the coast. The island is battered by relentless storms all winter, but the jagged peak of Mount Rishiri offers incredible skiing on all aspects, often providing the opportunity to escape the heaviest weather and find the best snow if you select your terrain carefully. And if the weather clears, the summit is a great objective with fantastic skiing available from the summit.

Guests joining this trip should have prior backcountry experience and be prepared for some ski mountaineering particularly if stable weather presents itself. Rishiri is a long way North so it’s best to combine any trip with a few days of ski touring in Northern Hokkaido.

Sample Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive and transfer to Wakkanai.
  • Day 2: Early morning ferry to Rishiri island.
  • Day 2-4: Backcountry touring on Rishiri island
  • Day 5: Morning ski tour followed by afternoon ferry back to Hokkaido
  • Day 6-8: Ski Touring in Northern Hokkaido
  • Day 9: Airport transfer home

Other itineraries also available – please inquire.


  • Transfer from Sapporo or Asahikawa airport to Wakkanai
  • 7 guided ski days
  • 8 nights twin / triple accommodation
  • 4 dinners included with accommodations
  • Onsen at some accommodations
  • Private door to door transfers on all guided ski days

*Inclusions and accommodation details may vary depending on specific requests, travel dates and availability at time of booking.

Not Included

  • Lift tickets. This is a backcountry focussed trip with minimal lift served skiing. If lift tickets are needed, they can be purchased on site directly from ski resorts.
  • Lunch, dinner, drinks, shopping, onsen entry fees.
  • Avalanche safety kit and backcountry touring gear are required but not included. If you don`t have your own gear, we have a fleet of touring and safety equipment available for rent. Rising Sun guided trip guests receive a 20% discount on all rentals. More info here.
  • Departure airport transfer not included but can be arranged dependent on requirements and budget. More info here.
  • Single room upgrades available on request

Custom Options

All of our trips are fully customizable – just let us know what you want to do and we can design an itinerary to suit. Some options are as follows:

  • Extend or shorten the trip
  • Adjust the itinerary
  • Private airport transfers available on request