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 occuring 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 →

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 →

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 →