Tohoku Powder Tour
FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED RESORT & BACKCOUNTRY POWDER TOUR
After our sold out 2019-20 season, we’ve tweaked this popular tour slightly for 2022-23 and have you now starting (or finishing) amongst the amazing snow monsters in Zao Onsen!
From Tokyo, you’ll be whisked away at 300km/hr on a Shinkansen train up to the snow city of Yamagata. From there you will be met by your guide and driven to the beautiful Meitoya-So Ryokan for your first two nights nestled below one of the most beautiful resorts in the Tohoku region, Zao Onsen. Many skiers travel here seeking out its therapeutic onsens or to see its famous snow monsters, we will also seek out its epic pow.
The amazingly deep powder, delicious food and distinct lack of crowds makes this area of Japan very special
Here we will explore the resort and side country by day and wander the streets at night, dropping into a local brewery and sake bar. After your first days skiing, we will be taking you to Yamagata town where we you’ll be treated to amazing Kaiseki dinner at a traditional Japanese restaurant, complete with a private Maiko performance.
After your fill of snow monster powder, we’ll head up to Morioka city for 5 nights in the middle of a very cool city. At night you’ll get to check some cool bars and amazing restaurants and during the day we’ll be able to pick and choose the best conditions from a variety of resorts such as Geto Kogen, Appi Kogen, Hachimantai, Shizukuishi and Tazawako. Each resort offers loads of that famous Japanese powder you’ve come for with hardly any foreigners apart from yourselves.
For your last three nights, you’ll travel up to northern Tohoku where you enjoy the deep powder of Aomori Springs or head to the famous Hakkoda and explore the limitless backcountry possibilities! Expect long runs from the peak after we traverse out wide and blasting fresh deep pow down the 654 meters of vertical to the road before pressing repeat!
At night you’ll relax in the warm and welcoming Hotel Azumashiya, soak in it’s lovely natural onsen and enjoy traditional 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!
Expect to see very few foreigners, enjoy epic amounts of powder, relax in 1,900-year-old onsens, and be blown away by unique cultural experiences and of-course amazing food. 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.
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!
10 NIGHTS | 11 DAYS
Secure your spot with a 20% deposit. See our Terms & Conditions for more information.
6 to 1 max client to guide ratio
6-10 people max per tour. 4 person minimum
Ability Level: Advanced in powder
DESIGNED FOR THOSE SEEKING SOMETHING UNIQUE WITH THAT PERFECT TWIST OF ADVENTURE. THIS 10 DAY POWDER ROAD TRIP WILL HAVE YOU ENJOYING A PART OF JAPAN THAT FEW GET TO SEE.
Tohoku Powder Tour Details
- Fully guided & hosted
- Transfer from Yamagata station to Zao Onsen
- Transfer to Aomori train station or Aomori Airport
- 2 nights twin share accommodation at Meitoya-So, Zao Onsen
- 5 nights twin share accommodation at Hotel Grand Annex, Morioka
- 3 nights twin share accommodation at Azumashiya, Kuroishi
- 8 days worth of lift passes in the Tohoku region
- 5 dinners showcasing the areas delicious food including a welcome Kaseki dinner party in Yamagata complete with Maiko performance
- Onsen (hot spring) tour
- Daily breakfast
- Whiteroom merch
" 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. "
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.