Tohoku Backcountry Tour
FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED BACKCOUNTRY TOURING
After many years exploring the Tohoku region we have found some amazing backcountry terrain for you to enjoy. Like our popular Powder Belt Backcountry Tour you’ll be required to have touring gear but that doesn’t mean you have to hike all day.
The beauty of this tour is that you will use the lifts most days to gain vertical, smash the pow of the lifts and then once that’s done start touring into the backcountry to get more fresh tracks.
By having touring gear you have the flexibility to go where the snow is best, hike into and out of backcountry areas and get endless fresh JAPOW!
The starting point for this tour is the bustling city of Morioka, a quick two and a half Shinkansen train trip north from Tokyo. Sitting in view of Mt Iwate, Morioka gives us the flexibility of being able to do short day trips to the nearby ski areas of Geto Kogen, Appi Kogen, Hachimantai, Shizukuishi and Tazawako.
Each resort offers awesome terrain straight off the lifts as well as plenty of great backcountry touring. After a great days riding we’ll often stop at an onsen on the way home to sooth those muscles before heading out for dinner at one of the many amazing restaurants near your hotel as well as checking out some cool bars if you’re up for it.
With hardly any foreigners apart from yourselves in this area you’ll get to enjoy a unique Japanese cultural ski experience.
For the special experience, ask us about an optional Cat Ski day at either Shizukuishi or Hachimantai!
For the next four nights, you’ll travel up to northern Tohoku where you’ll enjoy Aomori Springs’ deserted powder or head to the famous Hakkoda, ascending to the peak to explore the limitless backcountry possibilities amongst the snow-monsters! This area has become one of our favourites and from our base in Kuroishi you’ll have the flexibility to either head up to Hakkoda or across the plains to Aomori Springs. Both ski areas have some amazing terrain straight off the lifts as well as vast easily accessed backcountry terrain.
At night you’ll relax in the warm and welcoming Hotel Azumashiya, soak in it’s lovely natural onsen and enjoy transitional Japanese cuisine cooked up by Fukushi-san and his family. It’s hotels like these that make staying in this barely explored part of Japan that little bit special. Fukushi-san will ensure your stay is one to remember and when you see him in the lift line at Hakkoda you will understand why he calls this area home.
Check out Graeme’s blog from his trip through the region!
What makes this tour special is the lack of foreigners, epic amounts of powder, quaint 1,900-year-old onsens, amazing local food and an overall unique cultural experience. This tour will not only take you to some awesome backcountry areas but will also leave you with a true Japanese experience that cannot be missed. See the video below from one of our private tours we took through the region and up to Hokkaido last year!
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!
8 NIGHTS | 7 DAYS
Secure your spot with a ¥20,000 fully transferable and refundable deposit
6 to 1 Client to Guide ratio
6-10 people max per tour. 3 person minimum.
Level: Advanced – Expert in powder (some touring experience)
NEW FOR 2021-22 SEASON – BY POPULAR DEMAND WE ARE BRINGING OUR POPULAR LIFT ACCESSED BACKCOUNTRY TOURS TO TOHOKU!
Tohoku Backcountry Tour Details
- Fully guided & hosted
- Transfer from Morioka station
- Transfer to Aomori train station or Aomori Airport
- 4 nights twin/triple share accommodation at Hotel Grand Annex, Morioka
- 4 nights twin/triple share accommodation in Azumashiya, Kuroishi
- 7 guided days at both resorts & backcountry areas
- Lift passes for any resort as required
- 5 dinners showcasing the areas delicious food including a welcome dinner party in Morioka
- Onsen (hot spring) tour
- Daily breakfast
- Whiteroom T-shirt
" Just wanted to say a big thanks for the awesome time we had in the Tohoku region in February. As always the guides were very experienced and went out of their way to ensure we had fun and stayed safe. Another great trip with heaps of memories that will last forever. "
Gibbo – 2018
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.