Rising Sun Guides

Overall Rating

Rising Sun Guides

Rising Sun Guides4.7/56
Rising Sun Guides4.7 out of 5 based on 6 reviews

Rising Sun Guides

Overall Rating

Rising Sun Guides4.7/56
Rising Sun Guides4.7 out of 5 based on 6 reviews
Rising Sun Guides in Japan 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 your crew will be skiing/riding the deepest driest powder within reach on any given day. Rising Sun Guides specialise in private customised Hokkaido ski tours with an emphasis on backcountry ski touring and split boarding.

Rising Sun has a selection of human powered, lift access, cat ski, snowmobile 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:

Guided backcountry day tours from Niseko:

Hokkaido Fix

Peter Novak28/02/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    February

Hokkaido Fix

Peter Novak28/02/2019
A wonderful trip. Our guide from Rising Sun did an excellent job of finding untracked for us every day. He had great local knowledge, and seemed to know all the secret stashes. I especially liked the flexibility of choosing any resort that had good conditions. It was an excellent way to sample a number of resorts in a single trip.

Awesome day lift accessed backcountry skiing with guide Anna!

Caroline Guenther07/02/2019
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Alpine Skier
  • Month:
    January

Awesome day lift accessed backcountry skiing with guide Anna!

Caroline Guenther07/02/2019
I went sidecountry skiing with an amazing guide named Anna from rising sun guides. I would highly recommend her! This was one of the best days. We drove to Kiroro from Niseko through a whiteout blizzard and skied awesome powder off the lifts until the storm broke at which point we went backcountry skiing off the back of the mountain and had the best runs of the week. Saw blue sky and sun with views of the ocean and Otaru and skied untouched powder. We were the only ones back there and it was only around 1 hour of skinning back up each time of the 2 laps we did. I got along really well with Anna and was impressed with safety standards, she dug several pits to check snow conditions before we skied down. Would highly recommend!

Amazing Guides!

Sandra Woodbury06/03/2018
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Telemarket
  • Month:
    February

Amazing Guides!

Sandra Woodbury06/03/2018
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!!

Best thing you will do in the snow

Tabitha Dearden10/03/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    February

Best thing you will do in the snow

Tabitha Dearden10/03/2017
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 Williams20/02/2017
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Alpine Skier
  • Month:
    February

Niseko Touring

Simon Williams20/02/2017
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 Vargas25/01/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    United States
  • Month:
    January

Best ski guide we ever had!

Michaela Vargas25/01/2017
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!
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Backcountry Touring Day Trips DETAILS
Price p/p From price based on per person rate for a private group of 5 guests.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY inc taxes.
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USD 134

GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY DAY TOURS
Niseko & Surrounding Areas | Private Groups Only

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
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USD 134
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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Custom Booking Period
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Custom Booking Period: Dec 15 - Mar 15, 2020
Min Days: From 1
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Southwest Solutions DETAILS
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USD 1,758

NISEKO & SAPPORO POWDER CHASER
7 Nights | 4 Guided Ski Days

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
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USD 1,758
This CUSTOMISABLE guided tour for your group 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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Custom Booking Period
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Custom Booking Period: Dec 15 - Mar 15, 2020
Min Days: From 5
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Hokkaido Fix DETAILS
Price p/p From price based on twin/triple-share based on group of 5 (per person) for 8 day trip for 2019-20 season.
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USD 2,409

NISEKO, CENTRAL HOKKAIDO & SAPPORO
8 to 10 Days

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p From price based on twin/triple-share based on group of 5 (per person) for 8 day trip for 2019-20 season.
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USD 2,409
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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Custom Booking Period
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Custom Booking Period: Dec 15 - Mar 15, 2020
Min Days: From 5
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Sapporo Session DETAILS
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USD 642

SAPPORO - NISEKO POWDER CHASER ADD-ON
2 Nights | 2 Guided Ski Days

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p From price based on twin/triple-share per person based on group of 5 (per person) for 2019-20 season.
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USD 642
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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Custom Booking Period
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Custom Booking Period: Dec 15 - Mar 15, 2020
Min Days: From 3
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Lift Access Day Tours DETAILS
Price p/p From price based on private group of 5 guests, per person, for 19-20 season.
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USD 134

GUIDED LIFT ACCESS DAY TOURS
Niseko & Nearby Areas | Private Groups Only

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p From price based on private group of 5 guests, per person, for 19-20 season.
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USD 134
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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Custom Booking Period
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Custom Booking Period: Dec 15 - Mar 15, 2020
Min Days: From 1
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Hokkaido - Honshu Expedition DETAILS
Price p/p From price based on twin/triple-share for 2020 season for group of 5.
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USD 4,176

HOKKAIDO & HONSHU GUIDED BC TOUR
12 Nights | 11 Guided Ski Days

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
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USD 4,176
This ADVANCED+ ski and snowboard customisable tour is for private groups. It starts in SW Hokkaido & then heads south to Honshu where you will ski/ride some of Tohoku's hidden gems. 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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Custom Booking Period
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Custom Booking Period: Jan 01 - Mar 15, 2020
Min Days: From 12
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High Earnings DETAILS
Price p/p From price based on twin/triple-share 2019-20 season.
Price per person for a group of 5 or 6 with 1 guide. Base/invoice currency is in JPY inc taxes.
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USD 2,744

BACKCOUNTRY POWDER CHASING
8 Nights | 7 Guided Days

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Price p/p From price based on twin/triple-share 2019-20 season.
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USD 2,744
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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Custom Booking Period
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Custom Booking Period: Dec 15 - Mar 31, 2020
Min Days: From 7
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Daisetsuzan Powder Trip DETAILS
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USD 1,814

CENTRAL HOKKAIDO & SAPPORO
5 Nights | 4 Guided Ski Days

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p From price based on twin/triple-share based on group of 5 or 6 with 1 guide (per person) 2019-20 season.
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USD 1,814
This CUSTOMISABLE private 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) but ultimately you can design your own trip. More
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Custom Booking Period: Dec 15 - Mar 15, 2020
Min Days: From 5
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Mt Rishiri DETAILS
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RISHIRI ISLAND BACKCOUNTRY TOURING
Private Customised Tour

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
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This CUSTOMISABLE private backcountry guided ski/ split board tour heads to Rishiri Island, way up north off the NW coast of Hokkaido, where those famous weather patterns from Siberia bring loads of powder. More
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