Backcountry safety equipment is included in the price of every tour. You will be required to purchase a lift ticket and provide your own lunch. Please wait until the morning of the tour to purchase lift tickets so that the guide can advise you on the type of ticket required.

You may need to rent powder skiis or a powder snowboard, it can get quite deep here in Japan! Please check the gear page for a full list of recommended gear.

No, you will not need any documentation other than your ID when you come on a Japan Snow Adventures tour.

If you want to book out our guides for a customized private tour the cost is 80,000 yen. Please contact us to get the latest information on your desired trip.


We’ve put together a full gear list over on the rental page. If you have any further questions about gear or rental do not hesitate to contact us.


Cancellations made by customers (Includes decreasing of booked numbers)

  • 15 – 7 days before: 20%
  • 6-2 days before: 30%
  • day before: 50%
  • on the day: 100%

Backcountry tours must be booked in advance after consulting one of our reservations team. They will place you in a group with others with a similar ability and experience. Private tours can be customised to fit your needs.

To participate on a backcoutry tour you need to be at least a level 5 or above in the ability chart below.

Ski and snowboard levels

  Ski Snowboard

First time skiing First time snowboarding
2 Stopping in a wedge

Turning in a wedge

Controlling speed and stopping

Going left and right on one edge at a time


Linking wedge turns confidently

Riding a chair

Doing C turns

Riding a chairlift



Making skiis parallel at end of turn

Keeping skiis parallel for at least half the turn

Doing S turns

Making turns of various shapes and sizes on green runs



Keeping skiis parallel always on green runs

Being confident on red runs with your skis parallel

Making S turns on easy red runs

Carving on green and blue runs

Easy freestyle (eg 180’s, grabs, boxes)



Making carved turns on red runs

Doing short turns

Skiing black runs, moguls and off-piste

Carving on red or black runs

Snowboarding on moguls or off-piste

Advanced freestyle


We do Ski in the rain, snow, wind and any other weather conditions that nature decides to throw at us. After all, we’re going on adventures! If the weather is unsafe for any reason, the trip will be changed or postponed. You will be notified the week of your trip if there are changes due to weather.