Hakuba Backcountry Tours with Evergreen | SamuraiSnow

Hakuba Backcountry Tours with Evergreen

Samurai Snow Concierge

Come and explore the vast Hakuba backcountry to experience some of the very best powder skiing in Japan. Evergreen offers certified avalanche professionals and seasoned backcountry guides for all backcountry tours. 

Backcountry Tours are designed for skiers / snowboarders who wish to hike up 3 to 4 hours throughout the day to access terrain, carefully selected by Evergreen Backcountry Guides.

Touring & Backcountry Safety Equipment

What you ride, you are covered. A great selection of tours skis and splitboards are available to rent. Back Pack, transceiver, probe and shovel hire are included in the price for all backcountry tours.

3 Day Tours

Get a 10% discount when you book 3 group tours over a period of 7x days. This 3 days tour price is included in the price table.

Tour Times

Participants are asked to attend a pre-tour briefing the day prior at 5:00pm at Wadano Visitor Centre to meet your guide, go over routes, organize gear and rentals and cover the following days schedule. 

The day before: Sign-in, gear check & pre-tour briefing at 5:00pm

On the day: 7:30am sign-in, 8:00am to 3:30 tour

Please bring (or hire):

  • Avalanche equipment - beacon, shovel, probe (if you have your own, otherwise these are provided)
  • At least a 25L pack (if you have your own, otherwise these are provided)
  • Skins or snowshoes (if you have your own, otherwise these are provided)
  • Lunch, drinks and at least 1L water
  • High energy snacks eg energy bars / chocolate / nuts 
  • Plenty of layers for all conditions
  • Helmet
  • A change of goggle

A) Private Backcountry

Hakuba Guiding Private Backcountry

If you and your group are looking to venture off on a backcountry tour of any level we can arrange a guide for your private group. This type of tour would be recommended if you have a group of friends with similar skiing/boarding ability and you would like to keep the crew limited to your group of friends.

This tour will be tailored to the lowest ability level in your group and could include terrain from any of the other Hakuba backcountry tours; if you are a seriously advanced group and the conditions are right we might be able to take you even higher where Japan powder skiing really steps it up to another level! 

Tour location depends on tour level, weather and snowpack. Possible areas include Tsugaike, Norikura, Cortina, Happo One or Hakuba 47.

Hotel Pick-up Service

Pick up and drop off shuttle service is provided for Private Tours.

Operation Days

Private Tours are available everyday.

Ability Requirements

All BC Tours are skin/snowshoe accessed; this means you will be hiking for at least 2 1/2 hours. By joining one of our tours we understand you agree you are fit enough to do so.

2018 / 19 Prices

Evergreen Guiding Private Tours Prices


B) Group Backcountry

Hakuba Guiding Usagi Group Beginner Backcountry


Usagi – Intermediate 

For those who are just starting to explore the backcountry. An intermediate ski, snowboard, or telemark skill level and a solid fitness level are all that is necessary. 

Participants should be able to competently ride powder and negotiate through gladed trees and open bowls. 

This tour requires hiking up slopes and ridges using alpine touring bindings & skins for skiers and snowshoes or split-board with skins for snowboarders. There will be approximately 3 hours of hiking broken up in the day and approximately 500~700 vertical meters of skiing. 

This introductory level tour is a great way to get off-piste, access epic terrain and ride the fantastic backcountry Hakuba has to offer.

Ability Requirements

Usagi Tours require at least intermediate level skiing/boarding. If you can’t ski or ride powder, please consider a powder clinic before our BC Tours. Additionally, all BC Tours are skin/snowshoe accessed; this means you will be hiking for at least 2 1/2 hours. By joining one of our tours we understand you agree you are fit enough to do so.


Kitsune – Advanced 

Hakuba Guiding Kitsune Group Intermediate Backcountry

These tours are for those who have had experience in the winter backcountry and are confident in their ability to ride in variable conditions. 

Participants should be capable to ride powder in gladed trees and steeper terrain and have a fairly strong fitness level. 

This tour requires hiking up slopes and ridges using alpine touring bindings & skins for skiers and snowshoes or split-board with skins for snowboarders. There will be approximately 3-4 hours of hiking broken up in the day and approximately 800~1000 vertical meters of skiing. 

Enjoy the beautiful views from the alpine zones above Hakuba and ride some epic terrain in the Northern Alps backcountry. 

Ability Requirements

Kitsune Tours require at least advanced level skiing/boarding. If you can’t ski or ride powder, please consider a powder clinic and an Usagi Tour before our BC Tours. Additionally, all BC Tours are skin/snowshoe accessed; this means you will be hiking for at least 2 1/2 hours. By joining one of our tours we understand you agree you are fit enough to do so.


Kamoshika – Expert 

Hakuba Guiding Kamoshika Group Advanced Backcountry

These tours are for the advanced skier or snowboarder who have already done the Usagi or

Kitsune tours OR those who can demonstrate proper experience in the Back Country and good powder skiing/riding ability. 

You will have to be fit and have experience in the backcountry to join in on these challenging and exciting trips into Hakuba's steeper terrain. 

The pace of this tour is a little faster as we aim to access a little farther off the beaten track in search of the best lines. 

This tour requires hiking up slopes and ridges using alpine touring bindings & skins for skiers and snowshoes or split-board with skins for snowboarders. There will be approximately 3-4 hours of hiking broken up in the day and approximately 1000~1500 vertical meters of skiing. 

Head off into the deeper backcountry and slide into some first-rate powder Japan riding terrain in the Northern Alps. Japan powder skiing doesn't get much better than this!

Ability Requirements

These tours are for the advanced skier or snowboarder who has joined our Usagi or Kitsune tour. You will have to be fit and have experience in the backcountry to join in on these challenging and exciting trips into Hakuba’s steeper terrain. The pace of this tour is a little faster as we aim to access a little farther off the beaten track in search of the best lines.


2018 / 19 Prices - Group Tours

Evergreen Guiding Group Tours Prices 


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