8 hours
Duration
13+
Age
Gunma
Destination

Minakami is one of Honshu’s better kept secrets, great snow conditions, and some of the steepest backcountry terrain in Japan.

Minakami has a number of great backcountry options depending on the weather and snow conditions. The iconic peak is Mt Tanigawa, towering over the town at 2000m. It is a difficult mountain to access if the conditions aren’t spot on but there are plenty of backup options nearby to please powder hounds.

The route will be chosen and customised by your guide to match you skill & experience level

Routes and skill levels

Beginner

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This is the perfect introductory tour to the backcountry. Learn how to use the gear and access some easy untracked terrain to master those powder turns in Nozawa.

Intermediate

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If you have been BC before and want to get away from the crowds to find those secret stashes then look no further. We have the goods!

Expert

Nozawa backcountry tour

If you are looking for a BIG day of BC, have plenty of experience and are a high level rider, then one of our expert routes is for you.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Canyons Minakami Base
SEASON Jan 15th – March 31st
MEETING TIME Please arrive by 8:00AM
RETURN TIME Approximately 16:30 .
REQUIREMENTS Age 16 and older + Advanced level ski/snowboarder or above.
Participants under 20 must have signature of guardian or parent.
A moderate level of fitness is required. The fitter the group the more extensive the touring options.
BRING Ski/Board, Boots, Ski clothing, Gloves, Helmet,Goggles, ski poles with BIG baskets, drink, snacks, sandwich/food
INCLUDED
Professional guide Avalanche transciever
Probe Shovel
NOT INCLUDED
Ski/Snowboard equipment
Lift ticket
Lunch

Additional information

MonthFebruary, January, March
Skill level1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
1

8.00 AM – 8.30 AM: Orientation

  • Organise and check gear for the day
  • Discuss days conditions and planned routes with guides
  • Fill out mountaineers card
2

8.30 AM – 9.30 AM: Lifts

Take the lifts to the BC access point for the day and do basic beacon checks.
3

9.30 AM – 10.00 AM: Hike 1

A short hike will take you to the first powder area of the day.
4

10.30 AM – 10:45 AM: First run of the day

Time to crank that smile and enjoy the powder that Minakmi is famous for.
5

10:45 AM – 11.15 AM: Hike 2

A short hike and lift ride will bring you back to the top of out BC area.
6

11.15 AM – 11.45 AM:Second run

Another pristine powder field ready for you to make your mark.
7

11.45 AM – 13.00PM: Hike and lunch

Another short hike, lift and then lunch before we take on the afternoon.
8

13.00PM – 15.30PM : More powder

Nothing better for after lunch than chomping into some more powder. Guides will make the most of conditions by choosing routes perfect for your group. 
9

15.30PM – 16.30PM : Homeward bound

Time to head back to base camp, return gear and have a beer with your guides.
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