Nozawa Onsen | Photography Services

Ski Guiding and Photography

Hire a Professional Photographer to capture those epic 'Powder shots'

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We operate out of Nozawa Onsen each Winter offering Professional Snow Photography services to suit all levels and abilities. Also available on request to shoot in various resorts around the Nagano region. 

We offer basic hourly packages to full day Mountain Shoots including Guiding. Our Photographer/Guide specializes in Mountain Sports Photography but can also be booked for Family portraits, etc..

Price Plan

First hour | ¥15,000

Per hour after | ï¿¥10,000

Full day (5-6 hours)* | ¥50,000

* Prices are not limited to group sizes but for larger groups, longer time slots may be required.

Packages include

  • Original RAW files and High Quality JPEG files

  • Fully Processed Photos ready to be printed or shared online

  • Private Online Access to all Photos available to be downloaded

  • Mountain Guide

Does not include

  • Ski Insurance

  • Equipment rental (We can arrange if needed)

  • Lift pass

  • Video option (Â¥3000)


Video Option Available (Â¥3000)

Mountain Swell Adventure Guide and Photography Behind the scenes of our shoot in Nozawa Onsen, Japan Our customer from Australia booked a full day Photo shoot with us up the mountain. Wasn't the best visibility but we managed to find untouched Powder and get some great shots.


Meet Our Photographer

Nagano Photographer

Ryan Butterfield is an Action Sports Photographer specialising in Winter Sports Photography. Originally from Scotland, he spent most of his Winters growing up in the Austrian Alps. Ryan started Ski Guiding back in 2007 offering his Photography services as an added bonus for his customers. With a love for working and living in the Mountains he has managed to build up a steady career within the Ski industry and has worked in many different countries around the world.

Ryan moved to Japan in 2014 and has a great experience of the local mountains. You can be assured that no matter what the weather brings you will be in capable hands. We strive to provide the best possible service to all our customers.

What our Customers say


Nick Cooper

Ryan perservered through bitterly cold temperatures for a full day and was a pleasure to ride around the mountain with. The perfection of his craft and his drive to capture memories is reflected in how he went above and beyond for us in such wild conditions. Working with Ryan is an absolute must for an experience in Nozawa Onsen, we highly recommend!

Zach Munro

Just finished up a photo shoot at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort with Ryan from Mountain Swell. Incredibly excited with the content to come out from it! Really tough shooting conditions, ie: heavy snow, strong winds, and low visibility. But all that was no match for Ryan. He knew the mountain like the back of his hand and scoped out all of the best spots, finding untracked powder and beautiful terrain on a socked-in day.

Please get in touch using form below

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Video Option *
Â¥3000 extra fee
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