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From Zero to Hero – Making the Leap to Niseko Powder

Powder riding represents the holy grail of skiing and riding. Those who have experienced the free float of smooth turns through the weightless wonder that is an epic powder run are immediately converted to the church of POW. Each year the pow devotees make their annual pilgrimage to the land of the falling snow, Japan. But are you ready to float through the deep white fluffy powder that Japan produces or will you head off the piste ready for your first taste and be met with that sinking feeling as your nose digs in, your heels come up and you … Continue reading →

Tohoku – Japan’s Unexplored Powder Paradise

Being immersed in language, culture and food in lesser known areas is what drives us to travel further, enriches our experiences and leaves you with a much better and deeper understanding of the country you’re in. Northern Honshu, the Tohoku and Gunma areas have this is droves; your next ski destination in Japan is here.   This trip flew us from Haneda to our start in Akita, the town of wooden samurai mansions and lake Tazawa, greeted us with a Namahage monster on arrival before we headed off to our first mountain, Shizukuishi. A Prince Hotel resort with nice accommodation, … Continue reading →

Choosing the Right Gear for Backcountry Touring

Backcountry Essentials People have an innate desire to explore, and heading into the untamed backcountry satisfies this primal urge with the ultimate thrill, untracked powder! Backcountry equipment has seen an evolution over the last 10 years, gone are the days of following the empty scroggin packets for your nearest Dynafit stockist. Improvements in backcountry skiing and snowboarding equipment mean that it is now cheaper and easier to start earning your turns, but how do you choose the gear that is right for you? Choosing the right gear First things first, safety. Anyone looking to head into the backcountry needs to … Continue reading →

Why an Avalanche Course Could Save you Money and your Life

With too few hours that allow you to get out and enjoy the mountains it is often questioned why bother taking an avalanche course. Are they necessary? After all avalanches don’t really happen in Japan and they are unheard of in Australia, as the land of perpetual sunshine doesn’t really have mountains. The first thing to dispel is the thought that avalanches don’t occur in either of these two countries, a quick google search can set you straight on that fact. The second misconception can be that avalanche education is a tool to scare people out of the mountains and … Continue reading →

Top 5 Winter Festivals to Add to your Japan Ski Trip

Nozawa Fire Festival  – DosojIn Matsuri – January 15th   The Nozawa Fire Festival is one the three great fire festivals of Japan. This is the most popular and one of the most unique festivals during the winter season (although the naked man festival is pretty close). It is also the easiest to access for guests looking to add some Japanese festival excitement to their trip. Taking place on January 15th in Nozawa Onsen guests can stay at Nozawa or transport can be arranged from Hakuba and Myoko Kogen. The festival consists of a huge wooden pavilion being constructed on … Continue reading →

Love Ramen? Why Not Bath In It!

  After raving about the light, dry and deep powder travellers often return from a Whiteroom Tours Japan holiday with stories of two things: The Onsens and the amazing food, and one food stands above the rest – Ramen. This meal has been described as heaven in a bowl and has converted many travellers to the church of the salty soup and thick (or thin) noodle. Whilst Whiteroom Tours guests get to experience first hand some of the best ramen restaurants and Onsens in Japan, for those looking to take their obsession to new heights we have you covered. Yunessun Spa … Continue reading →

Qantas Launches Direct Melbourne Tokyo Flights from $840

From December 16th 2016 Qantas will begin direct flights from Melbourne to Tokyo Narita. No longer will Jetstar be the only choice for Melbournians who don’t want the hassle of having to transfer through Sydney or Brisbane. These flights will also offer a much smoother trip for those travelling from Adelaide or Hobart. And if direct flights from Melbourne to Tokyo on Qantas wasn’t enough to put a smile on your face then the price will! These quick and comfortable flights are starting from $840 per person!!! (Three exclamation marks are more than warranted… probably should of used four) That price … Continue reading →

Top Five Family Friendly Ski Resorts in Japan

  Japan is the perfect location for families wanting a little more from their ski holiday whilst paying a little less! Direct flights and only a 2 hour time difference mean that no one will suffer from the dreaded ‘jet lag’ that can ruin the first few days of a North American or European ski trip. And when you only have limited time to enjoy your family holiday why would you want to struggle with jet lag? Japan has over 600 ski resorts with many offering unique experiences, terrain and snowfall and with so many resorts finding the right one … Continue reading →

Are Record Snowfalls on the Horizon for Japan?

  El Nino and La Nina are alternating global weather patterns which when in effect can give or take life from Japan’s powder gods.  Last years El Nino was one of the strongest in the last 50 years and it was responsible for the uncharacteristically warm weather and lower than normal snow levels which affected some resorts in Japan. As we head towards the 2016/17 snow season will it be El Nino delivering another uncharacteristic season or will we be graced by La Nina and all her snowy goodness? Signs are looking good!   The Japan Meteorological Agency is forecasting a … Continue reading →