Skier hiking

Backcountry Tours & Snowshoe Hiking

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Head deep into the backcountry or explore the lift-accessed terrain.

There’s so much waiting to be discovered within and beyond the resort boundaries at The Aomori Spring. Whether you are looking for a gentle snowshoe walk through tranquil snow-covered forests, or a challenging backcountry adventure above the tree line on Mt Iwaki, we have a guided package to suit everyone.

Please note: All guided tours MUST be booked in advance. Subject to availability and weather.

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Guided Backcountry Tours

If you want to challenge yourself to the next level, consider a guided backcountry tour. We take you beyond the resort boundaries, through the famed “snow monsters” above Mt Iwaki’s tree line. Deep, untouched powder and awe-inspiring views over the Sea of Japan await you.

Our JMGA-qualified guide is highly experienced in backcountry touring and is a member of the Shirakami Guide Association. Your safety is our number one priority.

Tour Price
6 pax group ¥120,000
5 pax group ¥100,000
4 pax group ¥80,000
3 pax group ¥60,000
1 to 2 pax ¥42,000
Equipment Price
Avalanche Gear (beacon, shovel, probe) Included
Snowshoes ¥1,100
Climbing Poles ¥1,100
Touring skis, splitboard and climbing skins ¥7,700

Only guests with backcountry experience may join group tours (a group is a minimum of 2 people and maximum of 6 people). Beginners MUST engage in private guiding.

Guests must be physically fit, confident as a skier or snowboarder, and comfortable in variable off-piste snow conditions.

Guests are expected to have the physical stamina to hike for 3 or more hours. Guests are required to sign a liability waiver form prior to departure.

Package price includes bi-lingual guide (Japanese & English). Price does NOT include lift ticket nor insurance. Guests are requested to hire insurance which covers backcountry activities before joining a group or private tour.

Please examine this flyer for more information including procedures, items to bring, and rental fees.

Snowshoe Hiking

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Navigate deep snow in a pair of snowshoes and explore the natural landscape. See not only your own, but also the footprints of animals native to the region and even get a chance to spot them if you are lucky. Take a guided trip through the beech forest trail with our guide, or simply rent snowshoes for your own self-guided adventure.

  • 2-hour guided hike - 30,000 yen (private only) for up to 10 people, includes snowshoe rental and insurance.
  • Advance reservations required and subject to availability. We encourage you to book 7 days in advance.
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Ski Season at Aomori Spring

Blessed with abundant snowfall, Aomori Spring has it all, from family friendly slopes to steep tree skiing.

The ultimate Japan resort holiday

Enjoy a true year-round resort experience at The Rockwood Hotel and Spa in winter; ski-in ski-out convenience in winter, world-class golf and outdoor activities in summer.

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