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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.


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.

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Group Backcountry Tours Price

Residents* (Experience required)

¥13,000 each person (2 person group)

¥12,000 each person (3-6 person group)

Visitors* (Experience required)

¥15,000 each person (2 person group)

¥13,000 each person (3-6 person group)

Private Backcountry Tours Price


¥15,000 each person (2 person group)

¥13,000 each person (3-6 person group)


¥18,000 each person (2 person group)

¥16,000 each person (3 person group)

¥14,000 each person (4 person group)

¥13,000 each person (5-6 person group)

Equipment Price (Residents & Visitors)

Avalanche Gear (beacon, shovel, probe)

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.


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.

Snowshoe Hiking* Price Per Person
2 hour guided hike ‎¥3,800
Snowshoe rentals and insurance included.

* A minimum of 2 people are required for snowshoe guided hikes; the maximum group size is 10 people.

We operate snowshoe guided hikes every Tuesday on 22 December 2020 and from 5 January – 23 March 2021. Time of the tour is 13:30-15:30.

Advance reservations required and subject to availability. We encourage you to book 7 days in advance.