Tohoku Powder Tour
10 NIGHTS | 8 DAYS SKIING/RIDING |
¥440,000 ¥396,000 EARLY-BIRD*
FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED RESORT & SIDE-COUNTRY POWDER TOUR
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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.
After selling out again last season, this year we’ve tweaked it slightly having you now start the tour 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 it’s famous snow monsters, we will also seek out its epic pow.
Here we will explore the resort and slack-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.
The amazingly deep powder, delicious food and distinct lack of crowds makes this area of Japan very special
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 Aomori Springs deserted powder or head to the famous Hakkoda to ascending to the peak and explore the limitless backcountry possibilities amongst the snow-monsters! With two guides, two vans and a road that rings the mountains that makeup Hakkoda Ski Resort, we have the option of going wide and blasting fresh deep pow down the 654 meters of vertical to the road before pressing repeat!
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 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!
¥440,000 ¥396,000 EARLY-BIRD*
16 – 26 Jan 2021 – 12 SPOTS
28 Jan – 7 Feb 2021 – 6 SPOTS
7 – 17 Feb 2021 –
6 SPOTS 4 SPOTS LEFT!
Free cancellation up to 30th September, 2020. From 1st October onwards to 30 days prior to check in date, refund less ¥20,000 fee will apply if a COVID-19 travel ban or mandatory quarantine is in-force.**
6 to 1 Client to Guide ratio
12 people max per tour. 4 person minimum.
Skill Level: Advanced 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 23rd April 2020. LAND ONLY.
*10% EARLY-BIRD SPECIAL – Applies to all tours booked and pay in full by 30th September, 2020.
**Free cancellation for any reason up to 30th September, 2020. From 1st October onwards to 30 days prior to check-in date a refund (less ¥20,000 fee) will apply if a COVID-19 travel ban is in-force which stops outbound travel from your home country or inbound travel to Japan or you have to quarantine upon entry, you may cancel and receive a refund. (See our terms and conditions for full details)
- Fully guided & hosted
- Transfer from Yamagata station to Zao Onsen
- Transfer to Aomori train station or Aomori Airport
- 2 nights twin/triple share accommodation at Meitoya-So, Zao Onsen
- 5 nights twin/triple share accommodation at Hotel Grand Annex, Morioka
- 3 nights twin/triple share accommodation in Azumashiya, Kuroishi
- 8 days worth of lift passes and guiding 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 T-shirt
– Single share accommodation – ¥7500 per night
– Avalanche gear rental – ¥14,500 for 9 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 the tour. Firstly the group got on well and secondly the places we stayed at and the welcome and farewell meals were superb. Having a Japanese experience as well as ski was a highlight.
By far the most outstanding aspect of the tour was our guide Gareth. He was professional, fun but most of all, always had our safety as his number one priority. He planned our ski days around best options with snow conditions and made sure all of us got the most out of the day’s guiding. He boosted our confidence when we (especially me) needed it and he genuinely wanted everyone to have a good time. His sense of humour was legendary and both on and off the snow he went that extra distance to ensure our comfort. As the last tour and at the end of the season to maintain the enthusiasm for our group as if it was the first one of the season made our holiday fantastic. Please pass on thanks.
I’d like to also mention Graeme (consultant) who helped arrange the tour and whom we met (again he made the effort) and who was delightful. Also my experience with Whiteroom in Niseko (I stayed at the M Hotel for 5 days on their recommendation) and met some of the team there. Thanks Whiteroom. Hopefully will join another tour one day.
– Hilary Fine 2019
Absolutely awesome. The team was amazing. (i left my wallet on the train, they called up the next station, got my wallet back!) The culture tour was great. All of the spots they took us to on the mountains were incredible. Our guide took us to a ton of great local nightlife spots, a snowboard shop when we needed some gear, and over all just could not be any more accommodating. And ofcourse, the guiding on the mountain was amazing. Not just all of the fresh powder, but the education about riding in the conditions, what to look out for, tips and tricks, and the wide diverse experience of all different terrain/snow. It was the best trip of my snowboarding career and i will be back!
– Lev Katsouba 2019
I’ve been on a handful of different Japan tours with Whiteroom over the years, and this one had to be very close to the best – we were immersed in authentic Japanese culture the whole time, and were 100% welcomed everywhere we went. We rode a range of hidden gem resorts with minimal queues, minimal crowding, maximum snow quality, maximum terrain and great, untouched lines. The guides were awesome blokes, as were the crew that came along. Would have no hesitation recommending this trip!
David Coulton – 2018
The Tohoku region of japan truly does still offer the road less travelled from foreigners. The snow never let up while we were there and the crowds were non existent. Traveling with the Whiteroom crew gave us the flexibility to go where the snow was best each day and took the hassle out of having to organize anything. All I had to worry about was riding pow, eating great food and kicking back drinking beers with the crew at the end of the day.
They make it all too easy
– Carl Drechsler 2018
Loved the authentic accommodation at both ends of the trip. Fantastic locations with access to some really awesome terrain & no crowds. The snow quantity & quality were the best I have experienced during my quest for pow. The photos taken by both guides are priceless & offer a truly memorable holiday. Both guides provided invaluable experience & knowledge of the terrain & changing weather conditions
-Gregg Cambourne – 2018
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 save. Another great trip with heaps of memories that will last forever.
Gibbo – 2018
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MEITOYA SO RYOKAN
This is a tastefully renovated Ryokan with large Japanese and Japanese/Western rooms. Situated in the centre of Zao Onsen this traditional Ryokan is a highlight of the trip. The onsens along make it special as well as the delicious local food and inviting communal spaces. This is a lovely way to spend your last 3 nights on tour.
HOTEL GRAND ANNEX MORIOKA
Located right in the centre of town 10 minutes walk 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.
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.