BC Hike Tour
Our backcountry experience remains lifetime long.
We guide you the backcountry lines that we’ve cultivated for long time as Niseko locals.
Hiking up from the bottom of mountain
Enjoy skiing down the natural terrains
The pleasure comes form hiking by your own power and skiing down the mountain.
Area: Mt. Iwao, Mt. Chise, Mt. Nito, etc
Start time: AM 8:15
Meet up: POWDER COMPANY GUIDES (located in Niseko Annupuri Ski Resort)
Duration: 4 hour, AM8:30 to PM13:30 (Pending on condition)
Gear: Beacon, Shovel, Probe, Proper Backpack and Stock
Guides: Tomoki Takaku, Makoto Yamada, Hidehiko Kishi, etc
Option: Photo Session, DVD Shooting
One Guest: 24000 Yen
From two guests: 16000 Yen/per person
Private one-on-one tour: +10000 Yen
Private group tour: 15000 Yen/One group
＊Please notice these things below
1) Weekends and public holidays +¥1,000/per person
2) 8% consumption tax is not included.
3) Tour guiding with
- Tomoki Takaku +¥2000/per person
- Makoto Yamada +¥1000/per person
- Osamu Okada +¥1000/per person
4) 5 people per guide ratio.
5) Lift pass is not included.
6) Tour cancellation and the final decision of location will be decided on the day pending weather and snow conditions.
7) You can rent BC Gear from our shop. Click here.
Time table for BC Hike Tour
7:45-8:10 We will pick you up at where you stay at if you don’t have transportation.
8:00~8:20 Meet up at Powder Company Guides.
8:30 Briefing about the tour. Leaving Powder Company Guides to a mountain around Niseko.
Around 9:00 Start Hiking up.
Around 10:00 Skiing down about 150 meter to 300 meters
Around 11:15 Hiking up again to ski down another slope.
Around 13:00 Back to the bottom of a mountain and going back to Powder Company Guides.
Around 13:30 Photo Session Slide Show at Powder Company Guides (If inquired the Photo Session)
14:30-16:00 Finish the tour. We take you back to your hotel if needed.
1) The time table is approximate.
2) The Photo Session requirement is complimentary.
3) Depending on conditions and the group how many runs we do in a tour.
If you are put into these two categories, we strongly recommend you to join BC Lift Access Tour.
1. Joining a backcountry guiding tour before and you don’t remember the powder runs…
2. I really want to ski down “Japow”
We assure you that you will experience Niseko fully and one of the best powder memories of the season.
Why do people choose Powder Company Guides?
1. Our pro riders made this tour
2. We’ve been pioneer of this industry since 1988
3. Best hospitality
Born: 1972. September. 7th Hometown: Kanagawa prefecture Japan Reside: Niseko, Hokkaido
Since the early 90's Tomoki has been traveling all over the world as an "extreme freeride snowboarder”. Tomoki’s ridden many international big mountain including Mongolia (Highest peak at 4378m), Siberia and Alaska. Tomoki has had many tours along the steep Alaskan faces while attending Glacier camps. You can find footage of Tomoki in Alaska on several of his videos.
Tomoki office is located at the bottom of the Annupuri ski resort in Niseko, Japan. During the winter this is where Tomoki owns, operates and is one of the senior guides in the backcountry for "The Powder Company Guides" established in 1999. This is where Tomoki shares his international skills and experiences while teaching the basics of riding powder and the dangers of the backcountry. Tomoki is a sponsored team rider for THE NORTH FACE and works together with THE NORTH FACE on new product development. Tomoki released his signature model snowboard with GENTEMSTICK. GENTEMSTICK Tomoki Takaku pro model boards "GT" and "Big Floater".
Tomoki runs the “Test-center and Powder Company Guides” in Annupuri International Ski Area. In the summer, Tomoki started “SUP Niseko” – Guiding by Stand-up Paddle boarding in the rivers and ocean around Niseko. Some of Tomoki’s responsibilities include maintaining the ski slopes during the off-season and environmental conservation of the forests.
Public Interest Incorporated Foundation - Japan Mountain Guides Association
Mountain Guide Stage, Ski Guide Stage 2
Wilderness First Aid 50 hours
Niseko Winter Guide Vice Chairman
Powder company corporation representative.
2013 Established “SUP Niseko” – Guiding by Stand-up Paddle in rivers and the sea around Niseko
2012 Haines Alaska Camp
2010 Started guiding in Mt. Fuji
2008 Established Powder Company Guides Inc.
2007 Done the tour in the Valdez, Alaska for Public subscription
2006 Released GENTEMSTICK Tomoki Takaku pro model boards "GT"
2005 Started running Shimano boots and binding Test center in Niseko
Camp in Routh Glaicer, Denali Alaska
2004 Camp in Pyka Glaicer, Denali Alaska
Released GENTEMSTICK Tomoki Takaku pro model boards "Floater 168"
2003 Camp in Skoookum Glaicer in Alaska
2002 Long board classic (Placed 2nd)
2001 North ridge of Furanodake (main chute) first ever drop
2000 4th King of the mountain Free Riding Contest (Placed 2nd)
1999 Established Powder Company Guide
Competed King Of The Hill (Free Riding Contest in Alaska)
1995 to 2008 Alaska Helicopter Snowboarding
1994 Siberia Helicopter Snowboarding
Reach and slide on Khüiten Peak, highest point in Mongolia
GENTEMSTICK, K2, THE NORTH FACE, K2, SMITH, COSLAB WAX, INDUSTY, SASURAI, T-TUNE, BANTAK, POWDER COMPANY
No Reservation (Discovery Channel)
No matter board (Hokkaido TV)
Tokonatsu Girl (TV Tokyo)
Nobunaga (Nagoya Broadcast)
AURA (Pony Canyon)
Icon (ebis films)
Rawne (Upas film)
Car Danchi (1film)
Stove (Pint Production)
GENTEMSTICK Tomoki Takaku pro model boards "GT" and "Floater 168"
INDUSTY Tomoki Takaku pro model protector pants.
People from all over the world come to snowboard the famous deep powder of Niseko, Annupuri resort. Please come visit the "Powder Company Guides" and “test center” where you can rent demo equipment and experience the most advanced and recent products while enjoying the safety of guided tours of the backcountry.
We promise once you get a taste of the powder in Niseko, there is no going back!
Hometown: Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Reside: Niseko, Hokkaido
After graduating high school, Makoto and Tomoki Takaku spent a winter season in Canada. That was the turning point for him. After that, Mokoto went to Canada, France, Austria, Switzerland and USA backcountry snowboarding. Makoto spent the full-season in Alaska in 1997, 2000, 2002 and 2004. Notably, living in a tent in 2000. Makoto joined the “Powder Company Guides” in 2005 and has been guiding in the Niseko backcountry ever since. Makoto specializes in taking customers to the best area and conditions of the day.
I enjoy snowboarding & making people smile!!!
Niseko Winter Guide JAN LEVEL1 Japanese Red Cross Society Emergency Personnel
NISEKODOWNCHILL : nisekofilms
Car Danchi 6 D.I.Y : ONE FILMS
Persona : Ebis films
PUBLIC SENTIMENT A SNOWSURF 16mmFILM : GENTEMSTICK
Snowsurf - A Gentem Family Story - : My House Pictures
GENTEMSTICK, THE NORTH FACE, T-TUNE, HEIWAX, POWDER COMPANY
Birth：1969 July 9th
Hometown: Yokohama, Japan
Hidehiko has lived in Niseko since 1993 and been a backcountry guide since 1999. Hidehiko officially joined Powder Company Guides in 2009. His guiding keeps the guests feeling safe and works on improving his client's skills. Hidehiko is highly trusted by guests and guide crew. Hidehiko is a rafting guide in the summer and wants to share the joy of Niseko all year around.
I welcome all new-comers!! It's fun to learn about nature. I'd like to help you to learn little by little.
Niseko Winter Guide
Japanese Red Cross Society Emergency Personnel