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Niseko Cat Skiing Day Tours

Niseko Cat Skiing Day Tours4.5/512
Niseko Cat Skiing Day Tours4.5 out of 5 based on 12 reviews
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USD 608

Single Day Guided, Inc. Lunch

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Price p/p From price is per person for 24/25 season (min 4 persons required to operate)
Base/invoice currency is Japanese yen in taxes
*display price may vary slightly with fluctuations in currency
USD 608
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.
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Custom Booking Period: Jan 02 - Feb 27, 2025
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Rising Sun Cat Skiing

Niseko cat skiing is a purr…fect way to score line after line of phenomenal powder for the day.

The land of the rising sun is renowned for its amazing powder skiing and snowboarding. Niseko in particular is world famous for the huge amounts of superb quality snow that it receives, however the Niseko ski resort is very popular and it tracks out reasonably quickly. Those craving bottomless untracked powder runs have to venture further afield into the backcountry.

You can undertake backcountry trips with Rising Sun Guides and earn your turns, or the much less physically taxing way to score freshies is to head out cat skiing with Rising Sun Guides. With a snowcat, you have access to great ski terrain, deep powder, and you only have to share it with a handful of others.

Unlike Weiss cat skiing (another Niseko cat skiing operation) that has mellow terrain and is ideal for strong intermediate riders, the Rising Sun Cat Skiing has terrain for experienced powder hounds who like their runs steeper.

Where is Rising Sun Cat Skiing Located?

The Rising Sun cat skiing operates from a piece of powder paradise in the Shiribeshi mountains of Hokkaido Japan. The snowcat staging area is located about 30 minutes drive from Niseko Japan, and transport between your Niseko accommodation and the staging area is included in the package.

On those rare fine days (because bountiful powder doesn’t fall from blue skies!), the terrain affords panoramic views around the surrounding mountains including Mt Yotei and Mt Annupuri.

Niseko Cat Skiing Package

Cat skiing is available as either a group tour where you join others and pay per person (minimum 4 people to operate), or a chartered tour where you organise your own group.

The full day (8am to 4-5 pm) includes cat skiing, guiding with qualified and experienced English speaking guides, door-to-door transport, and use of an avalanche safety kit. Lunch is provided but the real feast you’ll want is all those abundant mouthfuls of powder!

Rising Sun Guides has two snowcats that hold 5-6 guests each, and you’ll have a tail guide.

A day of cat skiing needs to be pre-booked. You can check availability and make a booking enquiry here for Rising Sun Cat Skiing.

Why Go Niseko Cat Skiing with Rising Sun Guides?

The combination of being able to go cat skiing in Niseko is ideal. Firstly powder resets in the Niseko region are frequent and often big. You can enjoy all the positives of Niseko (nightlife, restaurants, the resort) but also get away from the crowds and enjoy the serenity and the steep and deep of the backcountry.

Rising Sun Guides are very competent and organised operators. The owner established a highly respected Japan backcountry tour operation in 2005, and has now branched off to form a new company. Both he and his guides have a wealth of experience in the backcountry.

For information see our full Rising Sun Cat Skiing review.


  • Pick up at 8am from your accommodation
  • Lunch in the field
  • Typical trip returns between 4-5pm

Rates & Inclusions

2024/25 Rates

Mixed Group: ¥95,000 per person (based on a minimum of 4 participating guests)

Private Group for up to 6 guests: ¥550,000 per cat per group

  • Guiding (max 6 guests/guide)
  • Snowcat skiing
  • Ground transport to/from Niseko accommodation
  • Use of avalanche safety kit
  • Lunch
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Rising Sun Guides Terms & Conditions

  • A 25% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm all reservations.
  • Full payment is due 60 days prior to the start of the tour. If the tour is booked within 60 days of departure, full payment is required to confirm.
  • Cancellation within 60 days but 30 days prior to the tour will incur a tariff in the amount of 50% of the full tour cost.
  • Cancellations within 30 days will incur a tariff in the amount of 100% of the full tour cost.
  • At the time of booking, you will receive a message with your invoice allowing you to complete payment by international bank transfer or with your credit card through Paypal. Paypal is the preferred method on payments under 100,000Yen. There is a 4% service fee associated with all paypal transactions, however on payments up to 100,000 Yen Rising Sun Guides will accept this fee. For larger payments, the 4% service charge will be added to your invoice. Alternatively, bank transfer is the preferred method on large transactions as the associated flat rate fees are lower. All bank transfer details are available on your electronic invoice. If you choose to complete a bank transfer, please ignore the paypal service charge listed on your invoice and only transfer the amount owing on the balance line of your invoice before the paypal service fee. Note: You do not need a Paypal account to use this online system. Simply follow the instructions and links provided with your electronic invoice.
  • All customers signing up for a guided tour are required to read and sign a release of liability waiver before departing. Failure to do so will result in cancellation of the tour without refund.
  • All participants under the age of 19 must also have a parent or legal guardian sign their release of liability.
  • RSG reserves the right to cancel any tour at any time (typically due to inclement weather, unsafe backcountry travel conditions or guide injury / sickness). In the event of cancellation, the customer will be offered the opportunity to either reschedule or receive a refund. All guests booking our backcountry or lift assisted day trips are covered by the RSG Powder Guarantee.
  • All participants entering the backcountry (anywhere outside of the ski area boundary) on a guided tour must be at least 13 years of age.
  • We ask guests to be honest with themselves about their skill level. If you have booked and paid for a trip with RSG but it is clear that your skills are insufficient for the trip you have booked, we will cancel the remainder of the day and refund 50% of your booking fee.
  • It is your responsibility to care for any rental equipment supplied by Rising Sun. Guests will be charged for repair or replacement of any lost or damaged items.