Central Hokkaido Tour
10 NIGHTS | 8 DAYS SKIING/RIDING | from ¥305,000
GUIDED & HOSTED SKI & SNOWBOARD TOUR
BY FAR OUR MOST POPULAR GUIDED SKI & SNOWBOARD JAPAN TOUR – EXPLORE THE EPIC POWDER BELT OF HOKKAIDO!
Central Hokkaido is what skiing & riding in Japan is really all about – untracked powder, no crowds and a true cultural experience. You’ll get to ski/snowboard the in-bounds powder and backcountry of Furano, Asahidake, Kamui, Tomamu, Sahoro and Pippu! All of these resorts have different qualities, terrain and weather patterns, and we make the most of this by having a flexible itinerary allowing you experience the best conditions possible on this Hokkaido ski tour.
80% of the time we are off-piste in the lift accessed backcountry of each resort – the other 20% is to get to and from the lifts to the powder!
We’ve been running this tour for 12 years now and each year it gets better with new terrain to explore. The tour is limited to advanced skiers and riders (check ability guide here) and you have 8 guided days so that you can get the most out of Central Hokkaido’s epic terrain – It’s the ultimate Hokkaido Ski Tour.
Like all our guided tours you will ride in our comfy 4WD vans to whichever resort is best on any given day. Our guides work with you and the weather to make sure that you have the deepest time possible. At night we’ll take you to some of Furano’s great restaurants and bars where you can enjoy the delicious local cuisine and experience true Japanese culture.
Don’t just book a run of the mill ski package, book a guided ski/snowboard tour with us and have the best experience possible.
Are you looking for a tour that includes lift-accessed touring, where you’ll use skins or split-boards to go deeper into the backcountry? If so, check out our all-new Powder Belt Backcountry Tour.
Dates & Prices (Japanese Yen)
27 Dec 2019 – 6 Jan 2020 – ¥335,000 – 1 SPOT LEFT!
6 – 16 Jan 2020 – ¥335,000 – 5 SPOTS LEFT!
16 – 26 Jan 2020 – ¥335,000 – SOLD OUT
26 Jan – 5 Feb 2020 – SOLD OUT
5 – 15 Feb 2020 – ¥335,000 – 3 SPOT LEFT!
15 – 25 Feb 2020 – ¥335,000 – SOLD OUT
25 Feb – 6 Mar 2020 – ¥335,000 – 3 SPOTS LEFT
6 – 16 Mar 2020 – ¥305,000 – 7 SPOTS LEFT
6 to 1 client to guide ratio
MAX 12 people per tour
Skill Level: Advanced and above
You must be able to ski the whole mountain with confidence and at a reasonable speed in powder, through trees and in variable conditions. You must have a good level of fitness. Snowboarders in this level are able to keep speed in flat sections by planning ahead as well as hold a solid traverse line and be able to hop up and manoeuvre in a way as to not slow down the group. Groups are split up into ski/board/ability levels and some groups we will be doing some hiking (traversing/bootpacking) to get to the goods. Skins or split-boards are not required but if the group has touring gear or wants to hire we will happily take you deeper into the backcountry. Please make a an honest assessment of your abilities whilst keeping fitness in mind as to not slow the group down.
Prices are in Japanese Yen and include consumption tax. Correct as of 11th April 2019. LAND ONLY.
8 DAYS GUIDING & FULLY HOSTED
- Airport transfers with Resort Liner and free transport on guided days
- 10 nights twin/triple share accommodation at North Country Inn Furano
- 8 guided days at any of the following resorts: Furano, Asahidake, Kamui, Tomamu, Sahoro and Pippu
- 1 rest day (option free ski or cultural experience day)
- 8 days worth of lift tickets
- Welcome and farewell dinner
- Daily cooked breakfast
- Onsen (hotspring) tour
- Whiteroom T-Shirt
– Accommodation Upgrade: ¥ POA
– Discounted flights with Qantas
– Single share accommodation: ¥7500 per night
– Avalanche gear rental: ¥14,500 for 9 days
– Additional guided days (Kurodake)/Tokachidake backcountry guided day
NOTE: Avalanche safety gear is compulsory for all our tours. Please advise us upon booking if you have your own gear or will need to rent.
This itinerary is an example. The tour will be run largely by the weather and each day will fit around where the best conditions are. This is the beauty of such a tour.
Day 1 ( Arrival and check-in day)
Upon landing at Sapporo’s Chitose Airport you’ll be transferred by Resort Liner coach service directly to the door of North Country Inn. That night we’ll host you in the North Bar where you’ll meet our lead guide and managers who will run you through the tour, weather and answer any questions you have.
(NOTE: If you wish to organise rental ski/SB equipment it is advised that you try to arrive with enough time on the arrival day to be fitted - seek advice from your consultant)
Day 2 – 4 (snow days)
After a hearty buffet breakfast, you’ll suit up and be issued any avalanche rental gear then we’ll take you through our safety briefing. We usually spend the first two days guiding you around one of our favourite mountains – Furano. We’ll get our feet and hunt out some powder stashes. After the first day of skiing, we’ll celebrate with a delicious Japanese Nabe Welcome Dinner Party.
Day tour to Kamui Ski Links. Departing in the morning, we will spend a day exploring the trees and backside of Kamui. We may stop on the way back to soak in a secluded volcanic onsen. Your guides will take you out in town to experience a delicious meal. Furano is known for its fresh local food.
Travel to Sahoro to enjoy an awesome day of secluded tree skiing and a sneaky road drop! Tonight we will take you out to another of Furano’s many delicious restaurants.
Day 5 (optional cultural / rest day)
Rest those legs or head out and hike the peak to show you some of the more hidden areas of Furano. Finish one of the days with an amazing onsen night tour. Ask our guides for their recommendations for dinner – there are some great local restaurants a short walk away or down in town.
Day 6-10 (snow days)
Rise early for the drive to Asahidake. Your guides will show the goods of the highest mountain in Hokkaido, Asahidake 2290m. The ropeway does most of the hard work taking us to well above the tree line at 1600m. From there you’ll spend your day exploring the powder-filled ridges and chutes from the lift.
Head to Pippu and get the goods amongst the trees. No crowds here – just you and the powder. We can organise transport for yourself or the whole group. Or if you’re too tired eat in. It’s all up to you!
Tomamu day tour. Today, your guides will show you around the resort hill of Tomamu with its awesome powder, short hikes and deep north-facing backside. There is some great skiing and boarding to be had here. At the end of the day, you can check out the bizarre indoor wave pool and maybe have an onsen.
Ski your last day in Furano. We might hit our favourite lines or take you on a mission into the backcountry. Get those vocal cords warmed up for our all you can drink karaoke dinner party!
Day 11 (Check-out and departure day)
After all that it’s time to say goodbye to your new friends and transfer to Sapporo’s Chitose Airport with memories to last a lifetime!
What an epic skiing adventure…and what a beautiful Country!!
This tour offers an excellent mix of the best of everything you’d expect when seeking a super exciting JAPOW experience……excellent resort skiing, run after run of guided ‘out-of-bounds’ trecks to secret and untracked areas, challenging Alpine Touring days where you (and your guide and mates) have an entire section of a huge mountainside and/or volcano to yourself……I could go on and on and on.
Then there’s the culture, the food and the Japanese people……’beautiful’ is the only single word to describe all three! I cannot talk this tour and Whiteroom Tours up enough (our guide Sam…a professional at all times, a super knowledgeable guy and and very very cool dude; and General Manager Emily and her team…always there to help or answer any question proptly…a really nice bunch of people).
In summary, I found Whiteroom Tours did an impeccable job to ensure the experience you seek is as perfect as one can be, the natural beauty of Japans landscape and its people is absolutely unique, and the powder is simply insane 🇯🇵👌👌👌👌👌
– Martin Phipps, 2019
The tour was great. Ryan was fantastic with his guiding. He was always considered in what we tackled and always listened to the group and tried to incorporate our wishes. Please pass on my regards and thanks to Ryan, he certainly was a highlight of the trip.
The accommodation at Niseko and Otaru was great, no problems there. The only issue was having to go down 2 flights of stairs at One Note to the showers after a day on the slopes. The knees are not what they used to be. No problem really.
The welcome dinner and farewell dinner especially were good experiencing some genuine Japanese cuisine. As for improvements, there is none really. The snow, accommodation, group was all great.
I will certainly be recommending Whiteroom.
Thanks Whiteroom for an epic trip.
– Andrew Sutton, 2019
The tour was great fun and surpassed expectations. Special mention needs to go out to Zeno who was absolutely awesome and managed to be both professional and safety conscious while fun loving and with an infectious enthusiasm for showing us around these great mountains. He really made the difference between a good tour and a great tour.
– Paul Mollard, 2018
It was good wholesome fun with Julian and Taneli, two very professional guides and good fun to hang out with!
– Simone Kaiser, 2018
Awesome trip all around! Ronan was so helpful answering questions before booking and coordinating details of the trip. Julian and Taneli were AWESOME! They went above and beyond to make sure we found fresh powder every day, which was no small feat considering there was a stretch of 2-3 days when it didn’t snow. Appreciated them coordinating group dinners, ‘onsending’, and ‘cultural’ 7-11 stops making sure we had fun off the slopes too. Overall an awesome experience and can’t say enough positive things about it!
– Lisa Wilson, 2018
Dear Paul I just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed the Ski trip with Whiteroom Tours enormously, a great bunch of Guest’s and you should be proud of your Crew! Ken, Daniel and Jason were terrific.The Program was well thought out, i.e. the Mountains we traveled to and the two Dinners, I can recommend your Co. anytime! Kind Regards Erich Aldinger
Hi Paul , Hey mate just wanted to say thank you so much for an amazing time away. Well done on coordinating such awesome conditions!!!!! It was pretty hectic leaving and I didn’t have a chance to express my appreciation for such a great job done (just made the bus after hitting the dam run numerous times). I trust all is well with you and your still smashing fresh pillows!!!! All the best mate, and good luck with the engagement/wedding. Regards Matt Martin
Hi Paul Just returned from Furano on Saturday and apart from leaving my mobile in Narita it was a great trip. Just wanted to let you know what a great few days we had with Ross McSweeny as our guide – looked after us very well and gave lots of assistance with skiing tips Ross is a great assett for your tours. Keith
Hi Paul, Just got back from our Central Hokkaido Tour. Thanks for everything, it all went smoothly and Ken and Ross were great to ski with with. Hope to go again next year and will be in touch if I do. Regards
– David Bartley
Furano Ski Resort
Furano is a country town of about 20,000 people with an awesome ski hill. With over 100 bars and restaurants you be able to experience true Japanese hospitality . On the mountain you’ll enjoy some of the best tree skiing in Hokkaido, with easy to access steep faces, mellow glades, and gullies full of hits for skiers and snowboarders. The cold temperatures in Furano keep the 9 metres of annual snow light and dry and when its on, it is quite simply the best. Add to this the distinct lack of crowds and express lifts that take you to the top of 3.5km runs in a little over ten minutes and you have a recipe for leg burning skiing. The backcountry here is epic – 900m of fall line vert filled with pillows!
Tomamu strikes a cord with all who ride its mountains. With arguably the best in-bounds powder skiing in Hokkaido you’ll be wanting to come back for more. Mt. Tomamu at 1239m, offers skiers and snowboarders a wide variety of runs catering to all abilities. With 11 lifts, Tomamu has some great options. It also offers skiers and boarders an awesome park and off-piste section which is roped off from the rest of the crowd. However it’s Tomamu’s backcountry which makes it special.
Kamui Ski Links
Kamui is a small ski resort set on its own, 1 hour north of Furano. With 7 lifts accessing a network of wide open cruisers as well as powder filled trees and gullies, you’ll feel like your riding your own private mountain as crowds here a virtually non-existent – unless school kids on the beginner lifts count. Combine that with one of Japan’s most open ski area policies and there is enough here to suit every kind of skier and boarder.
Asahidake is one of the most popular touring locations in Hokkaido, due to the easy access to above tree line terrain given by the Ropeway at the bottom of the volcano (top height 1600m) and the fame of the mountain itself, which at 2290m is the highest in Hokkaido. Short hikes are often required along the ridges at the summit and there is the option of hiking around the volcano. Expect chutes, alpine bowls, massive pillows and epically deep powder. Once at the bottom, all roads lead to the Ropeway.
Tokachi Sahoro Resort
Sahoro is a resort full of surprises. From short fun shots between the lifts to full vert tree runs down to the road, it’ll sure put a smile on your dial! It’s well protected and is a good option when the weather has come in.
A quiet mountain and a good option when the storms are coming in. Plenty of trees to ski through, good pitch and no people off-piste. This is a great mountain when everywhere else is busy or clapped out due to low vis or high winds.
In Furano we are staying at North Country Inn. It is conveniently located between the two sides of the ski hill giving you access by regular free shuttle to the Furano side before anyone else! It has both traditional Japanese and Western style rooms with ensuites. Shared onsen style bathing is also available. Facilities include 2 dining restaurants, winery, lounge/bar with satellite TV, foreign exchange, wireless internet, souvenirs, common laundry, ski hire, and regular guest shuttle to the ski lifts.
UPGRADE OPTION – $/¥ TBC
Hotel Munin Furano is a brand new boutique hotel located in the middle of Kitanomine close to restaurants and bars. With well appointed rooms, a sumptuous lounge and a lovely onsen, this Hotel will make the Central Hokkaido Tour that little more special.
5FEB Tour Hotel upgrade is Hitohana Winery Hotel, a modern, comfortable and newly finished accommodation located a short 400m from the Kitanomine gondola of Furano ski Resort. The hotel offers a shuttle to the resort. The communal areas are warm and inviting, with guest lounge equipped with fireplace.