Tohoku Powder Tour
10 NIGHTS | 8 DAYS SKIING/RIDING | $3990
FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED SKI & SNOWBOARD TOUR
NEW & UNIQUE FOR 2017! DESIGNED FOR THOSE SEEKING A BIT OF ADVENTURE…ON THIS 10 DAY POWDER ROAD TRIP YOU’LL GET TO ENJOY A PART OF JAPAN THAT FEW GET TO SEE.
This exclusive tour will be has you starting in the northern most town of Aomori on the main Island of Honshu and then road tripping south to the Morioka 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.
The Tohoku region collects ridiculous amounts of snow and we plan to have you deep in the whiteroom the whole time! For your first 3 nights you’ll be staying in the tranquil Jogakura Ryokan in Hakkoda. Here you will warm up on the lower lift before ascending to the peak to explore the limitless backcountry possibilities. With two guides, two vans and a road the rings the mountains that make up Hakkoda Ski Resort we have the option of going wide and blasting fresh deep pow all the 654 meters of vertical down to the road before pressing repeat!
After your fill of Hakkoda’s dry pow we’ll head down to the equally snowy Iwate and Akita Prefectures. From our base in Morioka city we’ll be able to pick and choose the best conditions from a variety of resorts such as Appi Kogen, Hachimantai, Shizukushi and Tazawako. Each resort offers loads of that famous Japanese powder you’ve come for with hardly any foreigners apart from yourselves partaking in its wonders. You’ll even have the option of a days Cat skiing on the old ski area next to Shizukushi. After a day spent deep in the whiteroom we’ll return back to the city where you can soak your sore muscles in the hotel’s onsen before our guides take you out to enjoy delicious local food at one of the many restaurants and bars in walking distance.
To finish off this whole experience your last 2 nights will be spent at Semi Onsen Ryokan soaking in one of its three Onsen’s and enjoying sumptuous Kaiseki dinners all after having your fill of powder at Geto Kogen ski area. Get Kogen is completely off the radar for most gaijin and suffers from attracting a ridiculous amount of powder.
This tour is a true powder road trip through some of the most spectacular areas of Japan, all with qualified guides, comfy 4WD vans and as much powder and onsens as you can handle!
Dates & Prices
4 – 14 Feb 2016 – 4 spots left
All Dates: AUD$3990*
Skill Level: Advanced and above only.
6 to 1 client to guide ratio
12 max per tour
This tour requires that you should be able to ski the whole mountain in all conditions confidently and at speed and have advanced ability in powder. 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. Bring your skins if you have them.
We are a fully licensed travel agent with wholesale fares and can organise discounted flights from any capital city. Ask for our ski and fly package.
*Prices correct as of 1st Aug, 2017. LAND ONLY
FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED
- Transfers from Aomori Airport
- 3 nights twin/triple share accommodation at Jogakura Hotel Hakkoda
- 5 nights twin/triple share accommodation at Hotel Route Inn Morioka
- 2 nights twin/triple share accommodation at Semi Onsen
- 8 days worth of lift passes in Tohoku area. This could include any of the following resorts: Hakkoda, Geto Kogen, Appi Kogen, Hachimantai Shimokura, Tazawako, and Shizukushi.
- 5 dinners showcasing the areas delicious food including a welcome & farewell dinner party
- Daily breakfast
- Transfer to Kitakami Station
- Whiteroom Hat, Bottle or T-shirt
– Single share accommodation
– Avalanche gear rental – $180
– International flights
– Tokyo stopover/Kyoto cultural side trip
HOTEL JAGAKURO HAKKODA
A beautifully appointed hotel located in the midst of a beach forest at the base of Mt Hakkoda. With sumptuous Japanese and Western rooms and beautifully appointed facilities including an amazing outdoor onsen you will love your stay here. Each night you will sit down to a Kaiseki meal of locally sourced food from season produce. Then relax in front of the fire with a beer and a sake – perfect!
HOTEL ROUTE-INN 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 3 star hotel. There is also a Onsen available to soak this sore skiing muscles.
SEMI ONSEN RYOKAN
Secluded next to a mountain stream only 10mins down the hill from Geto Kogen Ski Resort this traditional Ryokan will be a highlight of the tour. With 7 baths and 3 types of natural volcanic spring water you’ll be relaxed and ready for the deep powder that awaits just up the road. Each room is beautiful appointed with traditional tatami matt rooms giving you a true Japanese experience. At night you’ll enjoy a variety of fresh local delicacies and for breakfast Western or Japanese options are available.