Inter-Island Explorer Tour
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FULLY REFUNDABLE ¥20,000 DEPOSIT REQUIRED
BOOK BEFORE 28TH FEBRUARY 2021
13 NIGHTS | 11 DAYS SKIING/RIDING |
FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED RESORT & SIDE-COUNTRY POWDER TOUR
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A TOUR OF EPIC PROPORTIONS. LINKING CENTRAL HOKKAIDO AND OTARU 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 of 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 comfy North Country Inn. With 4-5 days on snow, you’ll have the opportunity of skiing or riding on Hokkaido’s highest peak Asahidake as well as exploring the slack-country 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 just below the epic Hakkoda mountain in a lovely 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, Getto Kogen and a couple that are a bit more hard. 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 two seasons! 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!
7 – 20 Jan 2022
22 Jan – 4 Feb 2022
6 – 19 Feb 2022
21 Feb – 6 Mar 2022
*10% Super-Duper Earlybird discount price. ¥20,000 fully transferable and refundable deposit. Book before 28th February
6 to 1 Client to Guide ratio
6 people max per tour. 4 person minimum.
Skill Level: Advanced to expert in powder
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.
We are a IATA registered travel agent with wholesale fares and can organise discounted flights from anywhere in Australia. Ask for our ski and fly packages.
Prices are in Japanese Yen and include consumption tax. Correct as of 11th Dec 2020. LAND ONLY. (See our terms and conditions for full details)
- Fully guided & hosted
- Coach transfers from Chitose Airport Furano
- Private transfers to Morioka Station
- Twin/triple share accommodation throughout
- 5 nights accommodation in Furano at North Country Inn
- 2 nights accommodation in Otaru at Grand Park Hotel
- 2 nights accommodation in Kuroishi at Azumashiya including dinner
- 4 nights accommodation in Morioka Grand Hotel Annex
- 11 days of passes and guiding in the Tohoku region.
- Ferry from Hokkaido to Honshu Islands
- Welcome & farewell dinner parties
- Daily breakfast
- Onsen (hotspring) tour
- Whiteroom T-shirt
– Single share accommodation – ¥7500 per night
– Avalanche gear rental – ¥16,500 for 12 days
– Discounted flights with Qantas ex Australian capital cities
– Tokyo stopover
– Kyoto cultural side trip
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.
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Loved every minute. Great trip. Great guide. Great group. Great experiences. Great food. Great riding.
Highlights were the onsen hotel in Hakoda, the ferry trip, all the different ski areas we visited and the onsen and the great food. No improvements…
Excellent planning and logistics.
– Will Davies 2020
GB (guide) was very good! High focus on safety! Social and knowledge about Japan. Could read the group well and was a great off-piste guide. Very easy going and good communication. He gave us just the right amount of information to know what we had to do.
– Magnus Norrström 2020
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 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 en-suites. Shared onsen style bathing is also available. Facilities include 2 dining restaurants, winery, lounge/bar with satellite TV, rental cars, foreign exchange, wireless internet, souvenirs, common laundry, ski hire, and regular guest shuttle to the ski lifts.
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.
A lovely accommodation run by a friendly and welcoming family. You’ll feel right at home at this hotel overlooking the river and onsen town of Kuroishi. We have chosen this spot for not only the great food and lovely hosts but also it’s perfect location between Hakkoda and Aomori Springs ski resorts. It boasts a large outdoor onsen relaxing lounge space and large Japanese ensuited rooms with optional western bedding.
HOTEL GRAND ANNEX MORIOKA
Located right in the centre of town 1 minute from the train station. This hotel is the perfect base in which to explore the city of Morioka as well as having easy access to the surrounding ski areas. You’ll love being in the centre of town with all the great restaurants and bars within walking distance. Each room is comfortably appointed with twin beds and all that you’d expect from a 4-star hotel.