Tohoku Powder Tour
10 NIGHTS | 8 DAYS SKIING/RIDING |
FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED SKI & SNOWBOARD TOUR
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 last season, this year we’ve added more dates so you too can enjoy our new favourite part of Japan – Tohoku!
From Tokyo you’ll be whisked away at 300km/hr on a Shinkansen train up to the snow city of Morioka. From there you will be met by your guide and driven to the beautiful Semi Onsen Ryokan for your first two nights nestled below one of the snowiest resorts in the Morioka region, Getto Kogen. After each days skiing you’ll return to enjoy a long soak in one of its three Onsen’s and then a sumptuous Kaiseki dinner. Getto Kogen is completely off the radar for most gaijin and suffers from attracting a ridiculous amount of powder.
The amazingly deep powder, delicious food and distinct lack of crowds makes this area of Japan very special
After your fill of Getto’s dry pow we’ll head back up to Morioka city for 5 nights where 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. You’ll even have the option of a sunrise Cat Ski day on the old ski area next to Shizukushi. After a day spent deep in the whiteroom we’ll return back to the city for a night of delicious local food at one of the many restaurants and bars in walking distance.
For your last three nights you’ll travel up to Hakkoda where you will ascending to the peak to explore the limitless backcountry possibilities and dodge the snow-monsters! With two guides, two vans and a road that rings the mountains that make up 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 vid 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!
Dates & Prices (Japanese Yen)
EARLYBIRD – GET ¥20,000 OFF !
15 – 25 Jan 2020 – SOLD OUT!
26 Jan – 5 Feb 2020
6 – 16 Feb 2020
17 – 27 Feb 2020
6 to 1 Client to Guide ratio
12 people max per tour. 4 person minimum.
Skill Level: Advanced and above.
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.
Prices are in Japanese Yen and include consumption tax. Correct as of 11th April 2019. LAND ONLY.
*EARLYBIRD offer requires full payment by 30th August 2019
**The Currency Exchange widget provides an indicative market rate. Please ask your consultant for a quote in your home currency.
FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED
- Transfers from/to Morioka and Aomori train stations & daily transport
- 2 nights twin/triple share accommodation at Semi Onsen including dinner
- 5 nights twin/triple share accommodation at Hotel Grand Annex Morioka
- 3 nights twin/triple share accommodation in Hakkoda
- 8 days flexi lift passes in Tohoku area. This could include any of the following resorts: Hakkoda, Geto Kogen, Appi Kogen, Hachimantai Shimokura, Tazawako, and Shizukushi.
- 3 dinners showcasing the areas delicious food including a welcome & farewell dinner party
- Onsen (hot spring) tour
- Daily breakfast
- Whiteroom T-shirt
– Discount flights with Qantas
– Single share accommodation
– Cat Skiing at Hachimantai Resort
– Avalanche gear rental – ¥14,500
– International flights
– 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.
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
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 GRAND ANNEX 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 4 star hotel.
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.