Inter-Island Explorer Tour
13 NIGHTS | 11 DAYS SKIING/RIDING | 2019/20 tour pricing and dates to released by April 12
FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED SKI & SNOWBOARD TOUR
THIS IS IT THE BIG ONE, AFTER YEARS OF PLANNING AND FINDING THE BEST AREAS AND SNOW JAPAN HAS TO OFFER WE CAN NOW BRING YOU A TOUR OF EPIC PROPORTIONS. LINKING CENTRAL HOKKAIDO TO THE MAIN ISLAND SNOW MECCA THAT IS TOHOKU, THIS TOUR IS DESIGNED FOR THOSE THAT WANT A TRUE ADVENTURE.
Central Hokkaido has been famed for providing a truly Japanese experience away from the Western crowds that are now exploring other parts of Japan. With over 10 years experience operating in the region, we have the area well and truly mapped out and know where to go to find the goods on any given day.
This 13 night adventure will see you spend 5 nights in Furano at the beautiful Rising Sun B&B. With 4-5 days on snow you’ll have opportunity of skiing or riding on Hokkaido’s highest peak Asahidake as well as exploring the backcountry of Furano, Kamui, Tomamu, Sahoro and Pippu.
From there you’ll transfer to the powder capital of Hokkaido, Otaru for two nights and two days of the deepest snow of your lives at Kiroro, Kokusai or Teine. Staying in Otaru city you’ll explore the old European canals, enjoy a local brew or whiskey and eat some of the freshest sashimi in all of Hokkaido.
This is the ultimate Japan Ski Tour – Powder, Cultural & Adventure all in one!
After a whirlwind 7 nights in Hokkaido you’ll transfer down to Hakodate to explore the seafood markets and quaint European style Japanese town before jumping on a ferry across the Tsugaru Strait to Aomori, the northernmost city of the main island of Honshu.
This untapped region is renowned for a mix of the new and old world and loads of untracked powder! Your first 2 nights will be on mountain at Hakkoda in a beautiful onsen hotel. Know for his snow monsters and expansive backcountry Hakkoda is a once in a lifetime ski experience.
You’ll then transfer for your last 4 nights in the lively city of Morioka. Each day you’ll head out to any of the 5 resorts in the region, Appi, Shizukuishi, Hachimantai, Tazawako and Getto Kogen. At night your guides will take you out for delicious local food and the vibrant nightlife of Morioka.
Our team of guides in both Hokkaido and Tohoku have lived and breathed these areas over the years exploring what they have to offer in anticipation of this epic inter-island tour. This road trip is one for the books and will offer everything a powder hunter will want out of a trip to Japan.
Check out the vid below showing one of our private tour groups doing this tour last season! It was epic to say the least!
If you’d like to read about taking the train from Tokyo to the north island, check out our blog article on the journey from Tokyo to Hokkaido by Shinkansen Bullet train!
Dates & Prices (Australian Dollars)
2019/20 tour pricing and dates to released by April 12
Skill Level: Advanced and above
5 to 1 Client to Guide ratio
10 people max per tour. 4 person minimum.
This tour requires that 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. 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. Check your ability level here.
We are a fully licensed travel agent and can organise flights from any capital city. Ask for a ski and fly package.
*Prices in Australian dollars correct as of 27th April 2018. LAND ONLY
FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED
- Chitose Airport & Morioka Station transfers & daily transport***
- Twin/triple share accommodation throughout
- 5 nights accommodation in Furano at Rising Sun B&B
- 2 nights accommodation in Otaru at Grand Park Hotel
- 2 nights accommodation in Hakkoda including dinner
- 4 nights accommodation in Morioka at The Hotel Metropolitan
- 11 days worth of flexible lift passes
- Ferry from Hokkaido to Honshu Islands
- Welcome & farewell dinner party
- Daily breakfast
- Onsen (hotspring) tour
- Whiteroom T-shirt
– Discounted flights with Qantas
– Single share accommodation
– Avalanche gear rental – $210
– International & Internal flights
– Tokyo stopover
– Kyoto cultural side trip
*Prices in Australian dollars correct as of 27th April 2018. LAND ONLY
**2018/19 – SUPER Earlybird specials require full payment by 30th June
***Transfers from Moiroka Station to Tokyo or Haneda or Narita Airport are not included. We can help you purchase a rail pass or advise the best train for your journey
Furano is a country town of about 20,000 people with an awesome ski hill. With over 100 bars and restau- rants 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.
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.
Kamui is a small ski resort set on its own, 1.5 hours north of Furano. With 7 lifts accessing a network of wide open cruises 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. 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 active volcano. Once at the bottom, all roads lead to the Ropeway but if you do happen to veer off the well groomed runs a short hike may be needed to return to the lift.
To list all the resorts of this regions would create a pretty long list and regardless we don’t really want to let anyone know about them. This tour is taking you to some completely unknown resorts and we would like to keep it that way.
Call us and we will divulge more 03-9639-0372
In Furano we are staying with local hosts Gonzo and Yuka in their new and very comfortable Bed and Breakfast. Located in central Kitanomine you are surrounded by great spots to eat and drink, or you may like to stay in and be looked after by your wonderful hosts as they serve local produce in your own private restaurant/bar. Each room is spacious and beautifully appointed with large king sized single beds, couches, a huge TV, ensuite bathroom, laundry and tea and coffee making facilities. You’ll love staying here.
GRAND PARK OTARU
This 4.5 star hotel is right on the water with views up and down the coast and on the other side of the hotel there are views to the hills you’ll be skiing over the next few days. You’ll stay in luxury here with all the comforts of home and then some. The breakfast is amazing and with a shopping centre, bars and restaurants below the hotel you’ll have plenty to do when you’re not skiing.
TBC…rest assured that you will be bedding down in 3-4 star hotels and traditional Japanese Ryokans.