Southern Hokkaido Tour
FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED RESORT & BACKCOUNTRY POWDER TOUR
Join us on this epic powder hunting road trip! Starting in Otaru you will wind your way along then inland to Rusutsu, Niseko, Moiwa and down to Hakodate. This area of Hokkaido gets the most snow of anywhere on the island and you’ll be storm chasing the whole time so pack your snorkel!
This is a resort and backcountry tour where hiking is optional but encouraged!
If you want to get the best conditions day in day out our guides are there to show you the way and get you deeper in the white stuff than could be possibly imagined. All our guides have years of experience finding the best terrain and snow whilst keeping in mind your safety and maintaining the stoke on high! This is the true “whiteroom” experience.
From Chitose Airport you will arrive at the seaside city of Otaru where you will be based for the next 3 nights. From Otaru, you’ll ski the backcountry of Kokusai as well as Teine known for its steep terrain and amazing views across the water. Along the way, and we don’t advertise these for good reason, there are a variety of options pending conditions including road drops & short touring options are all possible.
If we need a rest or the weather doesn’t cooperate we will take you to the Yoichi Whiskey Distillery, soak in a natural onsen, feed you some delicious local sushi and recharge for the next 5 nights in the snowy Niseko area.
In Niseko, we’ll head straight through the gates and into the backcountry to experience why Niseko became the birthplace of the Japan powder revolution. From there we’ll head to Rusutsu to enjoy the perfectly gladded trees, deep pow and views to the sea. Moiwa is a small resort that packs a punch when it comes too easy backcountry access and deep snow accumulating in its back bowls. Next stop Kiroro and yes the rumours are true! The pow is deep, so deep it doesn’t see the sun for most of the season – you’ll love Kiroro.
Throughout the tour, your guides and hosts will make sure you get the best out of your ski holiday. After skiing all day you’ll be taken some of the best local restaurants and bars in both Niseko and Otaru. You can also choose to relax in front of the fire and eat in, enjoy a soak in the local onsen (hot spring) or just simply hang out with your new friends.
To round all this off we’ll then head down the south-west peninsular to Hakodate. Steeped in history, Hakodate was the first city to be opened to western trading in the late 1800s. It has a beautiful mix of Japanese and Western architecture and two great resorts nearby with great tree skiing, dry pow and not a gaijin to be seen expect your new tour friends! Each night you will return to Hotel Emi to soak in its natural onsen and relax.
On our last night, we will have a sashimi feast straight from Hakodate’s fish markets.
Finally, your guide will drive you to the new Hakodate Shinkansen station so you can catch the high-speed bullet train back to Tokyo or Sapporo, and head back to reality.
Our Japan Ski tours are designed for anyone who loves skiing or snowboarding, is keen to ride with like-minded individuals and wants to get the most out of their ski holiday.
THE POWDER IN SOUTHERN HOKKAIDO HAS TO BE SEEN TO BE BELIEVED! JOIN US AND EXPLORE ONE OF JAPAN’S SNOWIEST REGIONS STRETCHING FROM OTARU IN THE NORTH TO THE NISEKO REGION AND DOWN TO HAKODATE
Southern Hokkaido Powder Tour Details
- 3 nights twin/triple share accommodation at the Grand Park Otaru
- 5 nights twin/triple share accommodation at Full Note Pension in Central Hirafu
- 2 nights twin/triple share accommodation at Emi Hotel in Hakodate
- 8 day worth of lift passes and guiding
- Transfer to Shin-Hakodate train station & daily transport
- Welcome dinner
- Farewell Hakodate sashimi dinner party
- Daily cooked breakfast
- Onsen (hotspring) experiences
- Whiteroom t-shirt
" The best part had to be the 3 day add on to Otaru, lovely city, great meals and most of all we got some all time conditions at Kiroro, Kokusai then Sapporo-Teine. Everyday better than the last "
We take two things very seriously – safety on the mountain, and getting the most from each day. With qualified and experienced guides from all corners of the globe, we’ll show you some amazing places and get you deep into that famous Japanese powder.