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Rising Sun Guides4.5 out of 5 based on 5 reviews
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Rising Sun Guides consists of a highly experienced team of local and international ski and snowboard guides. They focus heavily on tracking weather conditions and offer the ultimate in flexibility to ensure that you and you`re crew will be skiing/riding the deepest driest powder within reach on any given day.

Rising Sun has a selection of human powered, lift access, cat ski, snowmobile, snowbike and multi day tours offering a wide range of options for you to make the most of your Japan powder trip.

Customised private multi-day tours (if you have your own group). Here are some example tours, but you can customise a trip to suit your needs: Scheduled date group tour:

Guided backcountry day tours from Niseko:

Rising Sun Guides Tours

Southwest Solutions DETAILS
NISEKO & SAPPORO POWDER CHASER
7 Nights | 4 Guided Ski Days
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USD 1,611
10% off advertised price. Must book via Powderhounds.com and pay deposit by June 15th.
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This CUSTOMISABLE guided tour can be based in or around the NISEKO area and is designed to CHASE THE BEST POWDER each day at NISEKO, RUSUTSU, KIRORO & MOIWA. The tour finishes with a couple of days chasing powder around Sapporo (TEINE & KOKUSAI). More
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Inclusions
  • 7 nights twin / triple share accommodation with breakfast (or can exclude 5 nights Niseko accom if you wish)
  • 4 guided ski days including lift tickets
  • Arrival airport transfer & ground transport
  • *Per person price based on group of 5
Add-ons
  • Flights - flight options here
  • Travel insurance - options here
  • Avalanche safety kit and backcountry touring gear. Rental available
  • Departure airport transfer not included but can be arranged
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
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Snow Biking Tours DETAILS
SNOW BIKING | Half Day, Guided
Pick up at 8:30 am and drop back around 1:00 pm
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USD 621
Ability: Beginner to Expert
If you are in the Niseko area and you are looking for an awesome day with a difference, be one of the very few people to rip up the pristine JAPOW on a Snow Bike! There is a maximum of 5 in a group and you can join a group as a solo or small group. This will be some serious fun!!!! More
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Inclusions
  • Half day of epic snow biking
  • Ground transport to/from Niseko accommodation
Add-ons
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Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
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You can request a custom tour for your own private group within the date period shown Custom Booking Period
The number of days for this tour can be customised however must be a minimum as shown below Min Days
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Dec 20 - Mar 15, 2018
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Filling
Niseko Cat Skiing DETAILS
NISEKO CAT SKIING | Single day, guided
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USD 486
Ability: Advanced to Expert
A day of awesome guided cat skiing near Niseko in backcountry terrain with some steep lines, technical trees, and pillows and mushrooms. The snowcat skiing is ideal for those craving bottomless untracked powder runs. More
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Inclusions
  • Guiding
  • Snowcat skiing
  • Ground transport to/from Niseko accommodation
  • Use of avalanche safety kit
  • Lunch
Add-ons
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Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
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You can request a custom tour for your own private group within the date period shown Custom Booking Period
The number of days for this tour can be customised however must be a minimum as shown below Min Days
Please enquire for a price for your custom tour Price
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Dec 20 - Mar 15, 2018
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Backcountry Touring Day Trips DETAILS
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY DAY TOURS
Niseko & Surrounding Areas | Private Groups Only
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USD 124
10% off advertised price. Must book via Powderhounds.com and pay deposit before June 15th 2017.
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Ideal if you are staying in NISEKO and are looking for a guided BACKCOUNTRY day in or around Niseko. These day tours are specifically for those who are happy to earn their turns and are for private groups of 1 - 5 guests (but 6+ is also doable). More
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Inclusions
  • Door to door transport
  • Use of avalanche safety gear
  • Full day of guiding
  • Max 5 guests to a guide
Add-ons
  • Backcountry gear rentals - enquire for pricing
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
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You can request a custom tour for your own private group within the date period shown Custom Booking Period
The number of days for this tour can be customised however must be a minimum as shown below Min Days
Please enquire for a price for your custom tour Price
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Dec 15 - Mar 15, 2018
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Sapporo Investment DETAILS
SAPPORO - NISEKO POWDER CHASER ADD-ON
2 Nights | 2 Guided Ski Days
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From price based on twin/triple-share based on group of 5 (per person).
Base/invoice currency is in JPY inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 531
10% off advertised price. Must book via Powderhounds.com and pay deposit by june 15th 2017.
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This CUSTOMISABLE guided tour is ideal for those heading to NISEKO who want to invest a little extra in their powder happiness with a couple of extra days of days chasing powder around Sapporo where you will find some of the steepest lift accessible terrain & unique backcountry options. More
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Inclusions
  • 2 nights twin/triple share accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 guided ski days including lift tickets
  • Transfer Niseko to Sapporo / ground transport on guided days
  • *Per person price based on group of 5
Add-ons
  • Single room upgrades available upon request
  • Avalanche safety kit and backcountry touring gear. Rental available
  • Departure airport transfer not included but can be arranged
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
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You can request a custom tour for your own private group within the date period shown Custom Booking Period
The number of days for this tour can be customised however must be a minimum as shown below Min Days
Please enquire for a price for your custom tour Price
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Dec 15 - Mar 15, 2018
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Lift Access Day Tours DETAILS
GUIDED LIFT ACCESS DAY TOURS
Niseko & Nearby Areas | Private Groups Only
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USD 124
10% off advertised price. Must book via Powderhounds.com and pay deposit before June 15th 2017
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
If you are staying in NISEKO and are looking for a guided day at Niseko or a RESORT NEARBY this could be the trip for you. This tour aims to use the lifts where possible to minimise hiking. These tours are for private groups of 1 - 5 guests however 6 or more is possible with extra guides More
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Inclusions
  • Door to door transport
  • Use of avalanche safety gear
  • Full day of guiding
  • Max 5 guests in a group
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Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
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The number of days for this tour can be customised however must be a minimum as shown below Min Days
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Dec 15 - Mar 15, 2018
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Hokkaido Fix DETAILS
NISEKO, CENTRAL HOKKAIDO & SAPPORO
8 Nights | 7 Guided Ski Days
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USD 2,331
10% off advertised price. Must book via Powderhounds.com and pay deposit by June 15th 2017.
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This CUSTOMISABLE guided tour starts in NISEKO & then heads to CENTRAL HOKKAIDO in pursuit of some of the deepest & driest snow on the planet. The tour finishes with a day chasing powder around Sapporo (TEINE & KOKUSAI). More
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Inclusions
  • 8 nights twin/triple share accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 7 guided ski days including lift tickets
  • Arrival airport transfer & ground transport
  • *Per person price based on group of 5
Add-ons
  • Avalanche safety kit and backcountry touring gear. Rental available
  • Departure airport transfer not included but can be arranged
  • Single room upgrades
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
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You can request a custom tour for your own private group within the date period shown Custom Booking Period
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Dec 15 - Mar 15, 2018
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Hokkaido - Honshu Expedition DETAILS
HOKKAIDO & HONSHU GUIDED BC TOUR
12 Nights | 11 Guided Ski Days
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USD 4,041
10% off advertised price. Must book via Powderhounds.com and pay deposit by June 15th 2017.
Ability: Advanced to Expert
This ADVANCED+ ski and snowboard tour starts with 4 days in the Southwest of Hokkaido and then heads south to Honshu where you will ski or ride some of Tohoku's epic hidden gems. The tour includes some ski touring / split boarding (or snow shoeing) but you don't necessarily need to have any experience in this area. More
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Inclusions
  • 12 nights twin/triple share accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 11 guided ski days including lift tickets
  • Arrival airport transfer & ground transport
  • Min 6 / Max 10 guests, Max 4:1 guest to guide ratio
Add-ons
  • Single room upgrades available upon request
  • Avalanche safety kit and backcountry touring gear. Rental available
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
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These dates are for fixed date tours. Most fixed date tours are for mixed groups i.e. you can join a group as a solo, couple or small group Fixed Date(s)
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  • Available = 5 or more spots
  • Filling = 3 – 5 spots
  • Almost Full = 2 or less spots

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Jan 08 - Jan 20, 2018
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USD 4,041
Available
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Dec 15 - Mar 15, 2018
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High Earnings DETAILS
BACKCOUNTRY POWDER CHASING
9 Nights | 8 Guided Days
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USD 2,601
10% off advertised price. Must book via Powderhounds.com and pay deposit by June 15th 2017.
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Enter the powder room! Visit some of Hokkaido's most remote locations and best backcountry zones. This trip has a backcountry touring focus and the skins will probably go on every day but your group will be within reach of ski resorts if the weather isn`t suitable for touring or the lift accessed pow looks too good! More
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Inclusions
  • 9 nights twin/triple share accommodation with breakfast
  • 6 days lift tickets (lift tickets not required at Tokachidake)
  • 8 guided ski days
  • Arrival airport transfer & all transfers on guided ski days
  • 2 dinners
Add-ons
  • Single room upgrades available upon request
  • Departure airport transfer not included but can be arranged
  • Avalanche safety kit & backcountry touring gear - rentals available
  • Flights - flight options here
  • Travel insurance - insurance options here
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry, Sidecountry
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You can request a custom tour for your own private group within the date period shown Custom Booking Period
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Dec 15 - Mar 31, 2018
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Big Mountain Rewards DETAILS
CENTRAL HOKKAIDO & SAPPORO
5 Nights | 4 Guided Ski Days
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USD 1,611
10% off advertised price. Must book and pay deposit by June 15th 2017.
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This CUSTOMISABLE guided tour can start in FURANO in CENTRAL HOKKAIDO where you will find some of the deepest & driest snow on the planet. The tour finishes with a day chasing powder around Sapporo (TEINE & KOKUSAI). More
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Inclusions
  • 5 nights twin/triple share accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 4 guided ski days including lift tickets
  • Arrival airport transfer & ground transport
  • *Per person price based on group of 5
Add-ons
  • Avalanche safety kit & backcountry touring gear - enquire for prices
  • Departure airport transfer
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
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Future rates & dates are currently not yet available for this operator. Click here to enquire.
You can request a custom tour for your own private group within the date period shown Custom Booking Period
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Reviews

Amazing Guides!

Sandra Woodbury
06/03/2018
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Telemarket
  • Month:
    February
Ben was our guide and made sure we had an incredible time and got fresh tracks in spite of there being no new snow. He was extremely knowledgeable, helpful and his enthusiasm was infectious.

We could not have asked for a better company or guide to ski with! Thank you Ben and Rising Sun Guides for the trip of a lifetime!!

Awesome Pow Days

Jonas
17/03/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Home Country
    Switzerland
  • Month:
    February
Had two great days and were very lucky quite a lot of fresh snow each morning. The guides were very friendly and knew well. CATs have seen their best days but were still up to the task. Slopes were good but could be slightly steeper at some parts.

Best thing you will do in the snow

Tabitha Dearden
10/03/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    February
This is one of the best things I've experienced. We were a bit hesitant in regards to the price bit it's worth every penny.
The owners are lovely and gave us lots of info on local knowledge as well as info on the bikes. Our guide Mat was awesome and took us to some great spots, lots of fresh powder and lots of opportunity to take photos and free ride in the back country.
Definitely recommend :)

Niseko Touring

Simon Williams
20/02/2017
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Alpine Skier
  • Month:
    February
Not sure where to start on for my review. Put simply I'd have to say there was a big mismatch between the service experience I was expecting and that which I received. I had been searching for, and had thought I had found a mountain ski tour around Niseko. My main goal was to learn the location of good off-piste runs near the start of my holiday with the safety, knowledge and security of a professional tour guide so that I could at least consider those runs during the rest of my holiday.

Had I known this was taking place in a different resort. And more importantly that there was no potential for breaks or lunch I would not have taken it. As a skier on their 2nd day in 5 years - some breaks/food/drink were essential. The guide was very much in a rush/panic all day - Im not sure why because we had left on time? This may be due because there was a big queue at the first lift. So much so that he chose to ’skip’ taking the lift - and skin up the whole way instead. It’s worth pointing out that the cost for skipping the lift was NOT returned to us.

As I had reported prior to the event I had zero uphill experience. I was alongside experienced tourers and as a result I fell behind. My lack of experience and perhaps bad uphill technique lead to fatigue and later exhaustion.

For full disclosure I should say that I had suffered an ankle sprain prior to ski holiday, but I honestly do not feel that was the a significant factor in the tiredness. Since it’s relevant here I should say whilst it’s hard to evaluate one’s own level of fitness (depends who you compare yourself too), I took my fitness level seriously before the event. I was racing 10km on Sat mornings followed later the same day by 2 hours of squash. Plus another 4 hours of squash, 2 hours of Ski Fit (app fitness programme), and 2-3 hours of jogging each week for several months prior to the event. 

I requested on 3 separate occasions to the guide to do one run without me, where they skinned back up to the same location. This would have been a safe option and give me the break that I needed. That request was denied on every occasion - and could have easily been accommodated. As a result I became ever more exhausted, to dangerous levels. As a previous ski guide myself (on-piste, not touring) I think this was dangerous and reckless. And is not something I'd ever allow to happen, nor would my employers have allowed it either.

Whilst the guide was a pleasant enough socially, and I should say he offered and did carry my back pack at one stage to aid me - I feel I have to point out the short-falls listed above. Whilst I realise there is a commercial incentive to accept everyone into each event, you’ll either need to do a better job of ensuring participants are of a similar level (for example perhaps you should only be accepting those with prior uphill experience, or have a telephone interview before allowing them in), or ensuring that the safety needs of ALL those attend are delivered.

Editor's Note: It appears there was a significant mismatch between Simon's expectations and what was outlined regarding the tour on Powderhounds and via the multiple emails between Simon and the operator. The following is comments from the operator, some of which are based on discussions with the guide and other guests.

"We`re really sorry to hear about the difference between expectations and this guest`s experience. We are however surprised as this trip was sold as a backcountry ski tour from the beginning and throughout the booking process we made it clear that we would be earning our turns by hiking all day. We were also clear that we would not be skiing on chair lifts at any time and that lift tickets would not be required. As such we didn`t charge for lift tickets. Accordingly there were no tickets to refund. With regards to the request to sit out for a lap. Unfortunately this isn`t an option when backcountry skiing; particularly on cold snowy days. It sounds like a great idea at first however in the winter it takes little more than a few minutes to go from hot and sweaty to freezing cold. This is not a good situation for a tired person and something we cannot allow to happen. The only choice in these situations is to evaluate if another lap is possible for the whole group or for the whole group to call it a day. Our certified ski guide encouraged this guest and determined that he was up to the challenge. Again we are really sorry that this experience did not live up to expectations however we do feel that the details of the trip were effectively communicated and that our priority of safety was maintained throughout the day."

Best ski guide we ever had!

Michaela Vargas
25/01/2017
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    United States
  • Month:
    January
I have never had a better guide, ever! From the moment our guide Tak picked us up, we were in the best hands. Each morning he studied the weather carefully so he could choose the best ski resort every day. He'd run in and get our tickets and then we'd follow him to his secret stashes all day for unlimited powder! He was kind, snow-smart, patient with my boot issues, and super fun to hang out with. He was also super cool to hang out with after skiing, from ramen bowls to onsens to beers. Really, if it weren't for our guide, we would not have had such an amazing five days of powder, and we certainly wouldn't have found all those stashes! And having a Japanese speaking guide was key to navigate everything in Japan, from convenience stores to menus to buying ibuprofen! He taught us so much! The whole operation at Rising Sun was great--they received my skis via UPS and had them delivered to my hotel, and also were really fast to communicate by email. Best guiding experience ever! Worth every penny!