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 →

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 ski tourers … Continue reading →

Niseko Progression Tour

Niseko Progression Tour

Are you thinking of heading to Niseko but don’t have a lot of experience riding 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 with 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 →

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 →

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 →