2015/2016 Kamifu Avalanche Safety Seminar

It’s that time of season again, the 2015/2016 season Kamifukai Avalanche Safety Seminar dates have been decided, and doors are open to applications!  Please note, however, that this course is only available in Japanese, and we unfortunately cannot accommodate students that cannot communicate with at least somewhat fluent Japanese skills.

Details are as follows:


When: 13:00-18:00, 2015 Dec. 13th.
Where: Kamifurano Fire Department 2nd Floor Meeting Room (Map)
Address: 2-2-46 Omachi, Kamifurano-cho, Sorachi-gun, Hokkaido
Lecturers: Kamifukai Staff
Capacity: 50 persons (Reservation required)
Tuition: 2,000yen (Please pay upon arrival)
*Tuition includes course material.

Application: Fill out the form at the end of this page, or send an email with your details to  Make sure your emailer is setup to receive mail from “”.  If you haven’t received an auto-response within a few minutes of sending the form, chances are it ended up in your Spam folder.

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Hands-On Training

When:9:30-15:00, 2016 Jan. 17th
Where: Old Hakuginso (located in the parking lot of Hakuginso)  (Map)
Trainers: Kamifukai Staff
Capacity: 20 persons (Reservation required)
Tuition: 2,000yen (Pay upon arrival)
*Includes are warm “Tonjiru” Japanese lunch.

Be sure to bring: Avalanche transceiver/beacon, probe, shovel, and snow walking gear (snow shoes preferred, skinned up skis/splitboards would suffice as well) as well as full winter mountain gear to keep you warm for a full day of outdoor activity in extreme cold weather.  If you have any questions over what you may need, send an email to

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We renewed the site!

Hey y’all, this is Jon, a.k.a. the guy in dreadlocks that speaks English!

So we got some snow up in the mountains, and I’m stoked as much as the next guy, but even more so because we’ve got a new site ready to go!  The last site we had was a hand crafted amateur version we did in 2010, but because of the structure, it was too hard to maintain regular updates.  As a result, most of our communications ended up on Facebook only.

So this time around we finally got a proper CMS system up, so it should be much easier now to keep things up to date.  I’ll also try to keep things in English as well, but this is a best-effort thing, so sorry if a post or two is only in Japanese.

Be sure to like us on Facebook, and come back here to check for any updates before you plan an expedition in the great Kamifurano mountains!  Let’s make sure this is another epic, fun, and above all safe season.  See you in the powder!


2015/2016 Season Mountain Safety Seminar Notice

We will be holding our annual Mountain (Avalanche) Safety Seminar as follows:

December 13th (Sun.), 2015

Hands-On Training:
January 17th (Sun.), 2016

Note that applications will be accepted at this website starting 10:00AM, October 31st (Sat.).

*Note: Training is available in Japanese only.  We regret that we are currently unable to accommodate students that are not fluent in Japanese.