Intro to Sledding

¥12,960 per Person

For the 2020-21 season, we are taking a break from group snowmobile tours in order to focus on improving our other guiding and mechanized ski programs. 

If you have a private group of 4 or less, we may be able to organize a trip for you. 

Did you come to Japan always wanting to snowmobile? Or maybe you are looking for an activity to mix up your Japan ski and snowboard trip. Whatever the occasion, our 60-minute intro to snowmobile tour is perfect for families, beginners, and intermediates. Hokkaido Backcountry Club’s friendly guides will help you learn the basic maneuvers on an oval track before taking to the hills for an adventure.


Our intro tour terrain is located just outside of Niseko/Hirafu and is comprised of an oval learning track, snow covered roads, farmlands, and rolling powder fields.


Hokkaido Backcountry Club guests are covered under our comprehensive insurance policy, but all riders are responsible for any damages caused to the machines. 

Minimum riders required: 3

Minimum age to ride solo: 12 years old

Minimum age to ride tandem: 5 years old

Hokkaido Backcountry Club snowmobile guides start every tour with a safety talk, including a basic intro to the machine, and overview of important hand signals. We then follow with a few warm up laps under close supervision before heading out for the trails.

Sample Itinerary

Tour Times: 9:00, 12:00, 15:00

9:00 – Pickup from accommodations (adjust for specific tour time above)

10:00 – Arrive at Big Bear snowmobile location

10:20 – Gear up and sign waivers

10:30 – Go snowmobile

11:30 – Finish snowmobiling

12:30 – Dropped off at accommodations

Price Includes

  • 60 minutes of guided snowmobiling
  • All necessary safety equipment
  • Roundtrip van transportation from Niseko