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Hands on with a Katana – a true Japanese Cultural Experience

Samurai, the infamous warriors of Japan, are well known to have been masters of the mighty Katana sword. During the feudal era, powerful families and the shogun (military warlords) ruled Japan, flexing their might by employing both the Samurai and their legendary weapon to achieve and maintain their dominion. Less than an hour from Niseko, hidden amongst the farmland, you can have now an in depth experience with this famous blade for yourself!   Step back in time, with the infamous Katana   While the Japanese people are renown for their craftsmanship in many ways, there is nothing quite like … Continue reading →

A Tale of Tenguyama: Demons, Ninjas and Squirrels

Tengu Woodblock

As Hokkaido turns from a powder paradise into a deep green jungle in during spring, it’s the perfect time to dig deeper into some of the fascinating culture that this land is famous for. With countless festivals (matsuri) to experience over the warmer months, our exploration of the Tengu – devious supernatural beings – begins with the the Shakotan Fire Festival.   Highlights from the Shakotan Fire Festival, featuring the local Tengu Deity   The town of Shakotan, with ~ 2200 residents, holds their fire festival in July each year to pray for their fishermen to return home safely, with … Continue reading →

Meet our Guides – Brooke

Even though many of us head to Japan for similar reasons, including great powder and a fascinating cultural experience, it’s the details that make the difference. A trip to Japan will leave you with more than a few special memories, and for many of our guides it becomes a passion. Our Furano based guide Brooke definitely fits into this category, and if you share a day in the mountains with her you’ll no doubt feel her passion and appreciation for the beautiful winter landscapes of Hokkaido rub off on you! Brooke also has some great tips on pre season preparation … Continue reading →

Tokyo to Niseko Hokkaido on the Shinkansen Bullet Train

Shinkansen Hayabusa Train

No journey to Japan would be complete without taking a trip on their world famous Shinkansen (or bullet) trains. In operation since 1964, these high speed trains were developed as a means to boost economic growth by connecting Tokyo to various regions on the main island of Honshu. As a regular visitor to Hokkaido, I was looking forward to making a long journey across Japan to see more of this beautiful country. As of 2016 it has been possible to make the undersea journey via high speed rail from Honshu to the northern island of Hokkaido, and the city of … Continue reading →

Mt Yōtei Summit – Skiing and Splitboarding the Niseko Backcountry

Mt Yōtei (Yōtei-zan or “sheep hoofed mountain”) is the enigma of Niseko.. anyone who has ever been to the famous powder mecca has no doubt spent time looking across from the Niseko United resorts and wondered what it would be like to get a closer look. Also, know as Yezo Fuji or Ezo Fuji, Mt Yōtei is a conical stratovolcano, although inactive with the last estimated eruptions occurring in 1050BC, and 3550BC.   Yōtei’s mysteries await you…   Great views from Mt Yōtei back towards Mt Niseko-Annupuri and the Niseko United Resorts.   Hiking to the summit in winter can … Continue reading →

Niseko Backcountry Tour

Niseko Backcountry Tour

If you want to earn your turns and experience abundant, untracked powder in terrain that few visit during their stay in Niseko, this tour is for you. New for 2017, we’ve created the Niseko Backcountry Tour for backcountry enthusiasts which will take you on an adventure into some of Hokkaido’s best and deepest powder.   Earn your turns and escape the crowds… Deep turns like this are what we keep returning to Japan for.   Our highly experienced guides will take you to Goshiki Onsen where we’ll explore the peaks of Iwaonupuri, Nihonupuri and Chisenupuri. Geared towards advanced skiers and snowboarders, we can accommodate … Continue reading →

Niseko Progression Tour

Niseko Progression Tour

Are you thinking of heading to Niseko but don’t have a lot of experience in powder? If so, our Niseko Progression Tour has been designed especially with you in mind! This Niseko tour is focused towards people who can confidently ski or ride the whole mountain on piste but don’t have much experience when skiing or boarding off-piste and in deep powder. This is a guided instructional tour, with a focus on powder coaching by fully certified and highly experienced instructors. We aim to get you into the best snow each day, making sure each run suits the group’s ability … Continue reading →

Altitude Physio & Massage offers an exclusive deal to guests of Whiteroom Tours

Furano Physio

Altitude Physio & Massage are proud to be working with Whiteroom Tours in Furano, Japan. Altitude Physio have been offering expert physiotherapy and massage services in Thredbo and Falls Creek for over 20 years. Altitude Physio look forward to helping you get the most out of your ski or snowboard holiday. Whether you’re experiencing aching legs, or a stiff neck or back the team at Altitude will get you back into the powder. Most visitors find that their bodies are in need of a massage after they first get into Furano’s amazing powder. To get the most out of your … Continue reading →

9 Things To Do Before Your Japan Ski Tour this Year

Asahidake Pillow

Already thinking about the holidays? If you’re planning a ski trip in Japan, Niseko is the number one must-experience and must-go-to destination thanks to its famous amounts of soft powder snow. Before you book a flight, here are 9 things you should tick off your check list first to ensure you have a fun, safe and enjoyable ski trip to Japan: 1. Book your Niseko Ski Tour Early Avoid all possible disappointments and book that tour as early as possible. December is usually the start of the ski season in Japan, especially Niseko. You can expect many ski-fanatics to jump … Continue reading →

Summiting Asahidake – Skiing and Splitboarding the highest peak in Hokkaido

Whether it’s summit fever, deeper powder, great views or just enjoying being out in the mountains, the team at Whiteroom Tours all love a good backcountry adventure. The peak of Asahidake does a great job of drawing you in, with stunning views from the top of the ropeway. The impressive steam vents in the centre of a huge horseshoe shaped bowl make for a unique landscape, and give a clear indication you are standing on an active volcano. Anyone who has skied or snowboarded here has no doubt looked up and imagined gliding down through the steam vents (or ‘fumaroles’, which emit a … Continue reading →