Niseko Photography & Guiding - Day Tours | SamuraiSnow

Niseko Photography & Guiding - Day Tours

Samurai Snow Concierge

With a long history of guiding in the Niseko area combined with expert photography skills and experience, Niseko Photography is a great choice for all skiers and snowboarders looking for the best snow and wanting some great action shots!

There are two types of Private Tour offered:

Sidecountry - outside of the ski resort boundary, where little to no hiking is required, where the terrain is accessible via the chairlifts of the ski resort.

Backcountry - outside of the ski resort boundary, where hiking or a snowmobile is required to access the terrain. A superior level of fitness is required to undertake this type of tour.

Out of town pick up

If you need a pick up outside of Hirafu, from Niseko Village, Annupuri or Moiwa, unless going on a tour to Moiwa or starting from Annupuri then an additional pick up/drop off charge will apply.


Niseko Resorts – Sidecountry Tour

The Niseko resorts include the 4 resorts that make up Niseko United – Hanazono, Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village (Higashiyama) and Annupuri. We can also visit the powder paradise which is Moiwa, a separate resort next to Annupuri.

We’ll take you to wherever is best on the day based on snowfall and weather conditions, or you can choose the area that we ski at.

You’ll spend the day being shown around by our experienced guides who are also professional photographers. As a bonus, you’ll go home with a large selection of individual action and fun group shots that look like they’ve come straight out of a magazine!

All of our guides know the area inside and out, which means we know where the best snow will be on any given day.

If heading-off piste, we know the best places to drop from, the easiest way to get back out and all the secret stashes along the way.

Our main objective is keeping you safe and away from any hidden dangers that can trap the unwary, so that you can focus on the great tree skiing, easily-accessed open bowls and uncrowded, fresh powder.

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2019 / 20 Prices

Niseko Guiding Prices

  • Avalanche Safety Packs (Shovel, Probe, Beacon and Backpack) are available to hire for ¥4,000 per person
  • Video instead of photos is available for an additional ¥10,000 per group
  • No photos option is available for a ¥10,000 per group discount off the price

Resort Day Trips - Sidecountry Tours

Venture beyond Niseko and discover the other resorts of Western Hokkaido: Rusutsu, Kiroro, Kokusai or Teine.

These resorts have some amazing lift-accessed areas, with great tree skiing and bowls with varying degrees of terrain for all levels.

Our experienced guides and professional photographers will not only show you all the secret powder stashes and short cuts around the mountain, they’ll also keep you safe and capture it all for you to show your friends.

These resorts sit in a mountain range that’s renowned for very frequent snowfalls. As a result, you can expect large amounts of the world-famous, dry powder snow Japan is known for.

Because of their locations, these resorts are generally quiet during the week, making them the perfect place to dodge the crowds. This means you can enjoy epic, untracked powder, run after run.

  • Rusutsu – 40 minutes drive - with some of the best tree runs in the area and the epic bowls almost straight off the lifts Rusutsu has something for everyone.
  • Kiroro - 60 minutes drive - some amazing lift accessible tree skiing and bowls with varying degrees of terrain for all levels.
  • Kokusai - 1hr30 minutes drive - a powder sanctuary away from the crowds. With a variety of terrain suitable for all ability levels, enjoy epic, untracked powder run after run.
  • Teine - 1hr45 minutes drive - boasts some of the steepest terrain in Hokkaido, great tree runs and fantastic views of Sapporo city and out to sea. Ideal for advanced to expert skiers and boarders

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2019 / 20 Prices

Niseko Photography Prices

    • Avalanche Safety Packs (Shovel, Probe, Beacon and Backpack) are available to hire for ¥4,000 per person
    • Video instead of photos is available for an additional ¥10,000 per group
    • No photos option is available for a ¥10,000 per group discount off the price
    • Return transport is included for full day trip
    • Avalanche packs highly recommended for all resort tours
    • Lift passes and lunch are not included


          Backcountry Tours

          This is a pure backcountry tour involving hiking access to some of Niseko’s surrounding peaks or to Mount Yotei, the icon of Niseko.

          We’ll keep you safe on the mountain with only 4 people per guide while discovering some amazing, untracked powder, along with some of the best tree skiing in the world and all the hidden gems that can only be found on a backcountry tour.

          This tour can access some of the steepest terrain in the Niseko region and is aimed at getting you away from the crowds and into the best the area has to offer. The bonus is you will avoid the lift lines and have a whole backcountry area to shred.

          Every line that goes in comes from you or your friends – it’s the best feeling there is.

          As a bonus, all of our experienced backcountry guides are also professional photographers so you will come away from the day with a range of amazing, high resolution images.

          Intro to Backcountry Tours

          We also offer an introductory backcountry tour for those looking to get into touring in a safe and enjoyable way. This is a safety focused, low-impact tour that will access some amazing terrain at a pace that suits you. We will help you prepare for a day in the backcountry and give you tips along the way to maximise your experience.

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          2019 / 20 Prices

          Niseko Photography Prices

            • Avalanche safety packs, touring skis, snowshoes or splitboards will be required.

            • Avalanche Safety Packs (Shovel, Probe, Beacon and Backpack) are available to hire for ¥4,000 per person

            • Video instead of photos is available for an additional ¥10,000 per group

            • No photos option is available for a ¥10,000 per group discount off the price

            • No lift ticket required, all hiking access

            • Weather dependent

            • Suitable for Intermediate to expert ability level


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                    Booking Request Form

                    If you have already booked accommodation with Samurai Snow, please fill out one form per group wanting to take a tour. If you would like multiple dates, please let us know in the "Any Further Information Field".

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