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  • Satoshi Tsukahara
  • Satoshi Tsukahara
  • Satoshi Tsukahara
  • Satoshi Tsukahara
  • Satoshi Tsukahara
  • Satoshi Tsukahara
Satoshi Tsukahara

Satoshi Tsukahara

He's been to Alaska, Russia, the Alps and Patagonia. But in the end, he always find his way back to Hokkaido in Japan.

Satoshi, or Sebastian as he is called, is a japanese mountain guide located in Hokkaido, Japan. He started off guiding in the late 90's, when there was no GPS. Instead, he made his own small maps, and used a compass and altimeter to find the best runs. He takes great pride in showing his guests the great nature of Hokkaido.

Sebastian is no stranger to traveling the world. In his search for the perfect snow, he's been to Alaska, Russia, the Alps and Patagonia. But in the end, he always find his way back to Hokkadio in Japan, where the snow and conditions are perfect.

In 2006, Sebastian moved to the village Akaigawa in Hokkaido, which is known for its excellent powder snow. He set up base there and called it AK, which is short for Akaigawa. From there, he guides guest from all over the world, helping them to get that perfect pow run.


Q&A

– What's the most exciting place you’ve ever snowboarded?
”There is a mountain we locals call [1107], but there is no official name for it. It is the most beautiful mountain, and the reason i moved to Akaigawa. ”
– What’s your magic moment?
”When I get back from a guided tour, and one of my customers tell me they had so much fun, with a smile on their face. It's a feeling I can't describe. ”
– Your favorite You tube clip?
Myghty Jamming.tv_2.4: My friends filmed this story about young skier and snowboarders. And Myghty Jamming.tv_2.2: A film about the area where I guide - Akaigawa. ”
– What do you think would make the world a bit better?
”I try not to think about the future too much. We need to live in the moment and enjoy “the now”. And, we should educate kids to be nicer to each other. They are after all our future. ”
– Why are you called "Sebastian"?
”10 years ago, I worked as a teacher at a children’s camp. They started to call me “Sebastian”, out of the blue. It stuck since then. I had a lot of fun with the kids, teaching them about nature and it's greatness. So I think they thought I was kind of a special guy who knew everything about the world. ”
– What is the nature for you as a mountain guide?
”Nature has given me many trials and great impressions. It has made me look like a fool many times. But I love nature and it still makes me excited to go out and enjoy it. ”

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