Japan is all the rage for powder enthusiasts and every year it is getting more and more crowded. Which still isn’t that crowded, but still. For those looking for a real adventure off the beaten track there will always be Rishiri Island. It’s a powder paradise floating somewhere in-between northern Japan and Russia. If you can score one of the two days of sun it gets all winter consider yourself lucky.

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Rishiri is a small island with 100 year around inhabitants and a 60 km that road goes around the whole island. The island lives around and for Mount Rishiri. Leaving from Wakkanai harbor, 2 hours and some 33 (nautical) miles later we could spot the whole mountain. It is a very alpine mountain, with steep faces and couloirs. We could also guess how hard the wind works on it watching its different profiles.

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Click to SPLITBOARD MAG for the trip report on Rishiri Island

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