Central Hokkaido Region




Choose from Furano’s 900m of epic fall line skiing and easily accessed backcountry or be wowed by Asahidake’s amazing fumaroles and light dry deep pow. In an hours drive there is also Kamui, Tomamu and Sahoro or further afield Pipu & Kurodake Ski Areas.

For those keen to hike, Furano is located across the valley from the Daisetsuzan mountain range where you can find some of the best backcountry touring in Hokkaido. Each area offers something different for every level of rider/skier and each has their own distinctive weather system, so if the weather is not cooperating in one ski area more often than not it will be either fine or at least manageable in another.

We offer three main products in Central Hokkaido:



If you are after a great day being shown all the best inbounds and slack country in Central Hokkaido then this is the product for you. We pick you from your accommodation and in our comfy 4WD vans and take you to the resort with the best conditions or if you have a specific ski area in mind we’ll show you around the whole resort orientating you and showing you all the best powder stashes. Each resort offers up loads of terrain that you wouldn’t even know about if you didn’t have a guide. Booking a guided day tour with us will make your ski holiday!

Ability recommendation – high-intermediate and up




If you want the goods but don’t want to work too hard for it, that is accessing the backcountry using the lifts, then this is the product for you. All the resorts in the Central Hokkaido region have some great backcountry that is easily access by the lift system. Knowing where to put a quick boot pack, hard traverse or short skin is the key to getting you fresh deep powder. If you have skins or a splitboard we can go even further ensuring you get fresh tracks all day! There are even a few road drops we can take advantage of for that special experience!

Ability recommendation – Advanced and up




Central Hokkaido has some of the best most easily accessed backcountry in Japan. Where we can go all depends on the weather and your fitness, the options are almost limitless! A short drive from Furano is the expansive Daisetsuzan Mountain Range. This includes Asahidake, Kurodake, Tokachidake, Furanodake and everything in between in its huge 2,268 km². There is nothing like hiking through pristine wilderness then enjoying a long soak in one of the many onsens dotted around the area. We can also use the lifts to tour into some amazing terrain.

Ability recommendation – Advanced and up with touring gear



STAFF TIP: Book a Backcountry Ski Guide in Furano and enjoy the best fall line skiing in Hokkaido (up to 900m), epic powder, and a distinct lack of crowds and easy access to other resorts and backcountry areas.

Furano is the best place from which to explore the Central Hokkaido region. Join on popular Central Hokkaido Tour or let us build your a personalised guided package including accommodation and all transportation across Japan. We’ve been doing it for 10 years and with support on the ground in Niseko, Furano and Tohoku we can provide personalised service at the best price.

If you reside in Australia we can also book discounted airfares.

Please contact us for a personalised quote.


PEAK SEASON – ¥78,000  (1-6 people)
(28DEC – 28FEB)

¥57,000 (1-3 people)
¥70,000 (4-6 people)
(10 – 27DEC / 1 – 28MAR)

Price includes: Furano, Kamui, Tomamu, Asahidake, Sahoro, Furanodake and Tokachidake and other gems.

Kurodake – on request (additional ¥5,000)

CAT SKIING OPTIONS – Price on application

Guided days include:

  • Your own qualified guide
  • Furano or Niseko Accommodation pick-up/drop-off (7:30-8am / 4-6pm) and transportation to the resort of choice
  • Flat rate – maximum of 6 clients per guide.
  • 7 people and above 2 guides needed. Tail guide ¥57,000 shoulder season/¥78,000 peak season

Guided days do not include:

  • Avalanche Safety Gear (beacon, shovel, probe and backpack)
  • Lift passes
  • Ski/SB equipment
  • Assurances on the days weather
  • Accommodation pick up from areas other than Furano. Extra charges will apply for additional travel.

NOTE: If you booked a certain ski resort and the lifts are shut that day we will offer up another resort. If all available resort options are closed we will try to reschedule another day (if available), or offer you a full refund

Furano is a country town of about 20,000 people with an awesome ski hill. With loads of bars and restaurants you be able to experience true Japanese hospitality . On the mountain you’ll enjoy some of the best tree skiing in Hokkaido, with easy to access steep faces, mellow glades, and gullies full of hits for skiers and snowboarders. The cold temperatures in Furano keep the 9-14 metres of annual snow light and dry and when its on, it is quite simply the best. Add to this the distinct lack of crowds and express lifts that take you to the top of 3.5km runs in a little over ten minutes and you have a recipe for leg burning skiing.

The side and backcountry of this resort is simply amazing. It’s been our secret for the past 10 years and we are now ready to share with you.


Tomamu strikes a cord with all who ride its mountains. With arguably the best in-bounds powder skiing in Hokkaido you’ll be wanting to come back for more. Mt. Tomamu at 1239m, offers skiers and snowboarders a wide variety of runs catering to all abilities. With 11 lifts, Tomamu has some great options. It also offers skiers and boarders an awesome park and off-piste section which is roped off from the rest of the crowd. Our guides will take you out the back which is always ridiculously deep as well as take you to some of the secret stashes in bounds. This place will not disappoint if you know where to go.


Kamui is a small ski resort set on its own, 50 minutes drive north of Furano. With 7 lifts accessing a network of wide open cruises as well as powder filled trees and gullies, you’ll feel like your riding your own private mountain as crowds here a virtually non-existent. Combine that with one of Japan’s most open ski area policies, and there is enough here to suit every kind of skier and boarder. Whiteroom Guides will take you off the back to explorer some of Kamui’s awesome powder. You’ll always ski a fresh line on this resort.


Asahidake is one of the most popular touring locations in Hokkaido, due to the easy access to above tree line terrain given by the Ropeway at the bottom of the volcano (top height 1600m) and the fame of the mountain itself, which at 2290m is the highest in Hokkaido. Short hikes are often required along the ridges at the summit and there is the option of hiking around the active volcano. Once at the bottom, all roads lead to the Ropeway but if you do happen to veer off the well groomed runs a short hike may be needed to return to the lift. This is a resort where a guide is a must. It’s best to stay in Furano to access Asahidake as the weather can be terrible. Our guides can pick the best day for you and show you the best there is. Be prepared to work for the goods here but it is completely worth it!


Tokachidake is the highest volcanic peak in the Daisetsuzan National Park standing at 2,077 metres. It has some of the best backcountry touring terrain in Hokkaido with easy access from a central road that takes you to the highest drivable point in Hokkaido. The something here for everyone with wide-open bowls, magical Japanese birch forests or steep chutes – one aptly named TGR. Furanodake is the most popular touring area with 3 main ridges easily accessible from the road giving you an expansive area in which to tour and ski. There are always fresh to be found in this zone and our guides know it better than most.


  • Expect an 8 am pick-up from your accommodation and drop-off at 4-5pm
  • Depending on the groups’ ability we will spend 90% off the day off-piste exploring the side and backcountry of Furano. However if your group just want to be shown around piste that’s fine too, but our guides won’t like it that much and really, what’s the point? By and large, we are guided by your ability and fitness and will match terrain choice to these attributes
  • Hiking is not expected but a short boot pack or traverse her and there can get you some pretty amazing lines, but that’s up to you! We are keen if you are!
  • Avalanche safety equipment is compulsory for this product.



  • Expect a 7:30-8am pick-up from your accommodation and drop-off at 5-6pm
  • The resort destination can be flexible so that you get the best conditions possible
  • If you booked a certain ski resort and the lifts are shut that day we will offer up another resort. If all available resort options are closed we will try to reschedule another day (if available), or offer you a full refund
  • Avalanche safety equipment is compulsory for this product.

Remember – lift tickets are not included but can be arranged



  • Expect a 7:30-8am pick-up from your accommodation and drop-off at 5-6pm
  • The destination can be flexible so that you get the best conditions possible
  • If you booked a certain area and the weather makes this objective impossible we will offer up another resort. If all available options are not possible we will try to reschedule another day (if available), or offer you a full refund.
  • Avalanche safety equipment and touring equipment is compulsory for this product.


When booking this service you are getting:

  • Your own qualified and experienced guide. This means you can have one person or up to six in the group. The fee remains the same so the more people you have the cheaper per person it becomes.
  • Furano area accommodation pick-up and drop-off and transportation to the ski area. Usually, you will have private transportation, but if we have another group heading to the same ski are that day you may need to share. We don’t want to add any more carbon than necessary to the atmosphere.
  • Note: extra charges may apply for transportation from areas outside of Furano.


Things to remember:

  • Avalanche safety equipment. You will need this equipment. This includes a transceiver, probe and shovel. You can hire this equipment from us and you will be instructed how to use this equipment and be given a safety briefing before each days riding. The gear issued to you is your responsibility and if it is lost or damaged you will pay for a new replacement.
  • This is a private booking. You will only have those in the group that you yourself have booked. If it’s you and your three friends then that’s who’s in the group. If it is just you then awesome. You book and we guide – no blow-ins.
  • We can only guide to the lowest ability in the group. If you have a friend that’s slow and the rest of your group is fast then you may have some issues getting as much out of the day as you’d hoped. You either need to be happy that you are going slowly and accessing mellow terrain or you need to quietly ask your friend/partner to go have a beer or hot chocolate so that you can hit some more challenging terrain. Beware that we aren’t going to get into group politics so please sort out everyone’s expectations before the guided day and we’ll all have a lot more fun.
  • Mixing skiers and snowboarders – whilst we don’t really mind guiding mixed groups this can limit your terrain choice and prefered line. Skiers can of course traverse hard, step up and pole out of flat spots so this opens up larger areas of terrain, especially on Asahidake. Conversely, snowboarders read a mountain differently and want to smash long wide open turns and hit drops and features.
  • We do not guide beginners or low-intermediates. Sorry, but we don’t see the point in guiding someone on the piste. If you are this ability level we recommend booking a private instructor as you’ll get so much more out of a day instruction than a day guiding.
  • Asahidake is for advanced skiers and boarders only. Some hiking is involved and if you are a boarder you need to be able to keep your speed. There is no ski-patrol and the entire mountain is off-piste.


Extra transportation charges

Greater Furano or Niseko area (outside of Hirafu and immediate surrounds and outside of Furano and immediate surrounds) requiring approximately one-hour extra travel – client pays ¥10,000 extra. For example, picking up in Rusutsu and taking to Kiroro.

For Asahikawa, pick-ups then on to Asahidake or Kamui/Pippu it is 2 hrs extra travel on top of  3hrs regular driving to Asahidake. 5hrs of driving plus guiding = a very long day. If clients are staying in Asahikawa clients they will be charged an extra ¥10,000 and must also pay for the guide’s accommodation either before or after the guided day.

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Guide Bookings Confirmation & Payment Cancellation Policy

Please note that Guide bookings are NOT CONFIRMED until a 20% deposit has been paid. Final balance is due 30 days prior to the start of your booking.

You must complete our booking form and Registration/Waiver from before your guided day. Failure to do so will result in the cancelation of your booking.


Guide Bookings Cancellation Policy

Your 20% deposit is non-refundable unless we cancel the guided day due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather or guide injury.

Whiteroom Guides will refund your full payment less the 20% deposit if notice is given 30 days prior to your booking date commencement.

Whiteroom Guides will refund 50% of your full payment if less than 30 days but more than 7 days notice of cancellation is given.

Whiteroom Guides will provide no refund for cancellations less than 7 days prior or a no show on your booked day.

If Whiteroom Guides has to cancel your guided day due to adverse weather or other unforeseen circumstances you will be offered another date or a 100% refund.


Backcountry Safety Equipment Requirements

Backcountry safety equipment is compulsory for all participants on any guided day. All of the necessary equipment (transceiver, shovel, probe and backpack) is available to hire. Please advise us if you need this equipment when booking. You may also bring your own gear to use.

If your Backcountry trip requires Alpine Touring equipment, split boards or snowshoes we will advise & recommend where the equipment can be rented from if you do not already have your own.


Pre Purchasing Lift Tickets

For day trips we recommend against purchasing lift tickets in advance, as there are no additional cost savings. Pre-purchasing lift tickets may only serve to limit your flexibility. Due to localized weather patterns, conditions can often be much different at nearby resorts & may influence the final destination decision.


Ski / Snowboard Ability Requirements

We recommend that you try to have everyone in the group at a similar ability level.

This is very important as experience shows that no one wants to be in over their head, holding up a group or alternatively waiting for others to make it down the mountain.

However, if you are all happy with a mixed ability group because you are all friends or family members then that is of-course fine with us.


Ski / Snowboard Instruction

Many of our Whiteroom Guides are also qualified instructors but the format of our trips is to ensure you ski great lines, great snow and incredible terrain. All our Guides are happy to offer advice and tips to help you improve your skills, but except for our Powder Progression Tour, we do not offer straight ski or snowboard lessons.

If you are interested specifically in instruction to improve your skills we can recommend booking a ski lesson with some exceptional instructional schools in your area.


Extra transportation charges

Greater Furano or Niseko area (outside of Hirafu and immediate surrounds and outside of Furano and immediate surrounds) requiring approximately one-hour extra travel – client pays ¥10,000 extra. For example, picking up in Rusutsu and taking to Kiroro.

For Asahikawa, pick-ups then on to Asahidake or Kamui/Pippu it is 2 hrs extra travel on top of  3 hrs regular driving to Asahidake. 5hrs of driving plus guiding = a very long day. If clients are staying in Asahikawa clients they will be charged an extra ¥10,000 and must also pay for the guide’s accommodation either before or after the guided day.


Ian (Guide) was very knowledgable and accommodating. He took our pre-questionnaire seriously when we said we wanted to be challenged and took us on two big tours, showing us new zones each day. He was knowledgable about the snow conditions and cautious about avalanche signs. Great guide, great attitude, very skilled skier and a fantastic companion for our two days!

Yuko (travel consultant) is a lifesaver. She assisted with our Guide booking as well as other accommodation and rental car requests. Yuko went above and beyond to help us, and was incredibly responsive to every email. I am very grateful that we had her help, and so glad we went through Whiteroom for our first Japan visit.

– Kelly Bleck, 2020

Jere (Guide) was extremely professional and taught us about the local avalanche conditions as well as best practices while guiding. Great guide experience and would recommend to anyone.

– Paul Rivenburgh, 2020


Thanks Ross , our group of 9 thoroughly enjoyed the trip , our time in Furano & other areas was great with a good selection of skiing for our group , guides were thorough & professional – always on time – transport was excellent , our accommodation – Wonderland in Furano & Sheraton in Kiroro was very good , have stayed there before , flights & transport all good. One of our best trips thanks again Ross & the Whiterooms team

– Steve Maish

We booked a guided tour for a day at Asahidake. Lexi was a great guide, very helpful, knowledgeable, fun, and easy to get along with. She made our first day in Asahidake a great learning experience that allowed us to make the most of the rest of our time there! Many thanks Lexi & Whiteroom!

Great tour to Asahidake with Adam. We had initially arranged a lift accessed tour in Furano but changed last minute to go to Asahidake thanks to Stef letting us know about the impending bluebird day. We had had an epic trip and Adam picked a great mix of terrain that suited our mixed group. will definitely be back!

– Pat

Excellent day, with a knowledgeable and relaxed guide. Blackie was able to quickly identify the most likely terrain for awesome snow, and was able to match the pace of the day with our levels of fitness and ability perfectly. Keep up the good work, hope to see you next year for a longer tour

– Alex

We had Julian to Asahidake and Paul at Furano. Excellent! is the only word that describes the two day we spent with you guys. Keep up the good work!

– Lars

We had 3 awesome guided days. Wyatt took us to Kiroro and we had a great day skiing areas we may not have explored on our own. We were 100% happy with Wyatt and would go guiding with him anytime. We had 2 days guiding with Brett at Asihadake and Tomamu. We had 2 awesome days with Brett and the Tomamu backcountry experience was amongst the best ski days we have ever had. Our Whiteroom guides were great and we would have no hesitation to tour with them again

– Lyle

Greg in Niseko and Zach & Brooke in Furano were so cool guides. We loved to snowboard with them and it was really perfect. I have absolutely nothing to add – we had perfect conditions, the guides were great..very polite with perfect guide skills and always the nose for fresh japow! Thanks and we will come back for the next round

– Marc

Zach was fantastic – went out of his way to make sure we had the best couple of days possible. Definitely hope to come back and do more guided days with him in coming years!

– Nick