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Price p/p Price per person in Japanese yen based on 10 night tour for 2025 (undiscounted price).
USD 3,149

HOSTED (UNGUIDED) SAFARI - HOKKAIDO
10 Days | 9 Nights | 6 Ski Areas

You can secure your spot with a 50% deposit. The final deposit is due by December 1.
Book by Aug 31 & get 8% off advertised price
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Self-Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p Price per person in Japanese yen based on 10 night tour for 2025 (undiscounted price).
USD 3,149
Venture away from the masses on this 10 day hosted (unguided) powder trip in Central Hokkaido. This package takes care of all of the logistics including accommodation, most meals & private ground transport and more..
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Hokkaido Indy Trip

The 10 day Hokkaido Indy Trip visits the Hokkaido ski resorts that are on the Indy Pass, although it doesn’t matter if you don’t have an Indy Pass as you can pay for lift passes as you go. This is a hosted unguided tour, so you’ll have a host for the duration of the trip to help with the logistics, whilst exploration of the ski areas is up to you. You can stick to the groomers, hit the powder in the trees, or go touring. It’s totally up to you.

This road trip includes stays in the city of Asahikawa, the small city of Otaru, and the town of Furano. Rather than being based slopeside at resorts which are overly curated and expensive, this trip gets away from the tourist traps and stays in authentic Japanese towns and small cities.

The Indy Pass member resorts in Hokkaido are:

Kamui

Kamui is a small to medium sized ski area that’s a powder gem, although it’s starting to gain a little notoriety. It scores plenty of snow and often the temperatures are really cold, so it has quality powder. It offers some fun off-piste in amongst the trees, and those with backcountry know-how can explore the sidecountry areas. More information on Kamui Ski Links here.

Pippu

Pippu is a small ski area that’s ideal for just a day trip. In addition to a handful of groomed runs, it has some nice mellow off-piste skiing and easy to navigate sidecountry. More information on Pippu here.

Yubari (Mt Racey)

Mt Racey Ski Resort in the town of Yubari is mostly a locals’ ski area that’s not frequented by many international visitors. It’s small to medium sized by Japanese ski resort standards, and includes mellow piste as well as inbounds tree skiing.

Kiroro

Unlike the other Indy Pass ski areas in Hokkaido, Kiroro is a destination resort that has fancy hotels and amenities. More importantly for you, it is up there as one of the top Japan ski resorts for snow volumes, and powder hounds can play amongst the inbounds trees or sidecountry or go backcountry touring.

You can ski up to 7 days for free if you have an Indy Pass, and you’ll also visit Furano where you’ll need to purchase a lift pass, and you also have the option to visit the famed Asahidake whilst in Asahikawa which isn’t a Hokkaido Indy Pass area. If you don’t have an Indy Pass, budget ¥75,000 (approximately $490USD) for 9 days of lift tickets.

All you have to do for the Hokkaido Indy Trip is travel to the initial meeting point and your host will ensure smooth transitions to each accommodation and ski area, and provide support on how to get the most out of your time in Japan.

If you’d like to also use your Indy Pass at other Japan ski areas, check out the Tohoku Indy Trip which travels around the northern part of Honshu.

Itinerary for 8 Day Trip


There are two options for the meeting point:
1. Meet at the New Chitose Airport at 1pm on Day 1. Meet in front of MOS Burger on the 1st floor of the arrival lobby, next to arrivals gate #2
2. Meet in the lobby of the OMO7 Hotel in Asahikawa at 4:30pm on Day 1

Day 1 – Arrival

- Pick up at the New Chitose Airport or meet at the OMO7 Hotel
- Trip orientation will be provided by your host upon arrival at the hotel, providing details and framework for the trip flow, and how to be a great guest during your stay in Japan.
- Welcome dinner in the city of Asahikawa

Day 2- 4 – Ski Pippu, Kamui Ski Links & Asahidake

- Breakfast at the hotel
- The hotel has daily shuttles to Pippu and Kamui (on Indy Pass) and Asahidake. Choose which ski area you want to chase powder at.
- Dinner is up to you. The hotel is within easy walking distance of lots of eateries, so this will be an adventure in itself.

Day 5 – Kamui & Transition to Furano

- Breakfast at the hotel
- Check out of the hotel
- Ski at Kamui
- Depart at 3pm to be driven to Furano
- Check into hotel
- To celebrate the new location, a big group dinner in Furano

Day 6 -7 – Ski Furano

- Breakfast at the hotel
- Ski at Furano (not on Indy Pass) or spend the day as you wish
- Dinner is up to you

Day 8 – Transition to Otaru via Yubari

- Breakfast at the hotel
- Check out of hotel
- Host will drive you to Mt Racey Ski Resort (Yubari)
- Ongoing transport to Otaru where you’ll check into the hotel
- Group dinner in Otaru

Day 9 – Ski Kiroro

- Breakfast at the hotel
- Ski at Kiroro
- Group dinner in Otaru - sushi meal which is Otaru is renowned for

Day 10 – Ski Kiroro

- Breakfast at the hotel
- Ski at Kiroro
- Transport to the airport after skiing for a drop off at 5:30pm
- You should not get a departing domestic flight that leaves earlier than 6:45pm or an international departing flight that leaves earlier than 7:45pm.
- If you want to continue to ski Niseko at the end of your trip, you can catch a 5:54pm train from CTS Airport that gets into Kutchan Station (Niseko's main train station) at 8:46pm.

Lodging

On the Hokkaido Indy Trip, you will stay in western-style modern, clean accommodation which is centrally located and walking distance to downtown amenities. This makes a quick nightcap or a local karaoke session a breeze. The hotel rooms are quite spacious by Japanese standards and the large daily buffet breakfasts feature Hokkaido specialties with both Japanese and western options available.

  • Trip price is based on twin share accommodation (in separate beds) or single share accommodation is possible (pending availability) as an upgrade
  • Each room has its own private toilet and shower
  • Daily buffet breakfasts featuring western and Japanese options
  • Two of the hotels feature in-hotel Onsen (hot springs)

Asahikawa Hotel: OMO7 by Hoshino

This hotel has been recently renovated. It’s very centrally located to the restaurant and bar district. The hotel has public spa-style hot springs. More information and our review of OMO7 is here.

Furano Hotel: La Vista Furano Hills Hot Springs

La Vista Furano Hills is located in downtown Furano, close to various restaurants. The hotel boasts lovely onsen, with views across the mountains. More information and our review of La Vista Furano Hills Hot Springs here.

Otaru Hotel: Hotel Nord

This hotel is centrally located in Otaru and road across the road from the historic canal, and in the sushi restaurant district.

Food

This trip includes daily breakfast which is served at the accommodation. It also includes 4 dinners-out along the way. Constant group dinners can get tiring so we've arranged for there to be five nights where you're free to adventure out and get dinner on your own!

Meals included in this trip are the welcome dinner on the first day, another welcome dinner when we first arrive in Furano, and then both nights spent in the quaint port-side town of Otaru. The culinary highlight of the trip is Yakiniku (grilled Japanese BBQ) and high quality sushi in Otaru. Dinner locations and menu are subject to change depending on the restaurant schedules.

The food options will not only satisfy but also leave you feeling healthy and well taken care of.

2025 Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

Rates

  • Full price from Sept 1: ¥492,000 (≈ US$3,150)
  • Earlybird Price until Aug 31: ¥452,000 (≈ US$2,900)
About Rates:
  • Based on twin share
  • Base / invoice price is in Japanese Yen
  • Price includes 13% tax
Inclusions
  • 9 nights accommodation twin share, in hotel accommodation with private bathroom
  • 9 breakfasts at hotels
  • 4 off-site dinners with Japanese cuisine
  • Door to door private transportation to/from New Chitose Airport
  • Daily shuttles to ski areas are provided by the hotel or by your host
  • Hosting to provide support during trip
Add-ons
  • Avalanche safety gear rental (beacon, shovel, probe)
  • Guiding ($inquire)
  • Single room (subject to availability) - ¥140,000 per person
  • Indy Pass - ¥20,000 JPY per person
Not Included
  • Flights to New Chitose Airport & any domestic travel required to get to meeting point - book flights here
  • TRIP INSURANCE: Highly recommended, as all subsisting costs will be charged in case of absence. Payment by credit card, Visa Premier or Gold MasterCard, may provide cancellation insurance. Check your contract. - buy online here
  • POWDER SKIS & POWDER BOARDS: It is highly recommended for maximum enjoyment that you have appropriate skis and snowboards for deep, deep powder
  • LUNCHES, DINNERS & DRINKS: only those meals stated above are included in the price
  • Indy Pass or lift tickets
  • Ski guiding
  • Furano lift passes

Japan Ski Tours (also known as JST) Terms & Conditions

Updated for 24/25 Season

Please carefully read the policies below before you make a reservation.

Payments

A 50% deposit will secure your reservation. Once the deposit is received, the remaining balance must be paid within two months of the trip departure date. Once we receive your full payment, we will email you a copy of the receipt.

Credit card payments may be made through our secure website via Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

Cancellation

Once we receive written notification that you are canceling your trip the following fees will apply.

  • Of the total price of the reservation, a fee of 25% will be charged for all cancellations made more than 4 months before the start of your trip.
  • Cancellations made between 2 and 4 months prior to the start of your program will be charged a 50% fee.
  • Cancellations made with less than two months of advanced notice will not be refunded.

Unfortunately, due to the time sensitive nature of our business, and the difficulty in re-booking a trip close to the departure date, we cannot make exceptions to this policy.

Responsibility and dependence on suppliers

Japan Ski Tours cannot be held responsible for snow conditions. Trips cannot be cancelled or amended on the basis of snow conditions. No refunds will be made if you voluntarily leave a trip for any reason after the trip has begun. Refunds will be at the discretion of JST if you are involuntarily forced to leave a trip for any reason. No refunds will be given for any accommodation, transport, sightseeing, meals, services, lift tickets or any component of the trip not utilized. JST acts only as an agent for the other companies providing or offering accommodation, lift tickets and other services and as such has no control over any services or products provided by these supplying companies.

All bookings made are subject to the booking terms and conditions under which these services are provided. JST and its suppliers reserve the right, without liability or right of compensation, to prohibit or restrict any activity, or cancel or alter any service or itinerary component, without notice.

JST will not be held responsible for the inability of the suppliers to comply with any special request relating to age, medical conditions, physical ability or disability, dietary requirements, allergic conditions, smoking or non-smoking accommodation.

Cancellation by JST

JST reserves the right to cancel any trip prior to departure, including a confirmed trip, due to circumstances beyond our control. If this occurs you will be given the option of changing to another trip or receiving a full refund. JST is not responsible for any incidental expense you have incurred as a result of your booking (i.e., airline tickets, equipment purchase or third party equipment rentals, hotel reservations, etc). If you choose an alternative trip and it is at a lower value than your original trip you will be refunded the difference. If the alternative trip is of a higher value then you will pay the difference in price.

If Japan Ski Tours cancels a trip due to an act of God such as a natural disaster, volcanic eruption, or other unforeseeable naturally occurring event which impedes the safety of our program, the terms under the section, “In the event of an act of God such as a natural disaster, or any other unforeseeable naturally occurring event that destabilizes or otherwise makes skiing unsafe” will apply.

What Storm Chasing means

While we do "storm chase" as much as possible, we are constrained by the limitations of our itinerary and hotel reservations. There may be instances where we have to leave our base accommodation and move to the next area as soon as a storm is coming in. If you're not willing to run the risk that the timing of the itinerary might not work with the storm systems during your trip, your best bet is to rent a Camper Van and travel around in real-time with the storms. Since our trips aren't Camper Van based, we'll be following our itinerary as described on our website and storm chasing within those limitations.

Change of Date

Date changes are subject to availability. Date changes may be requested at anytime up to 2 months prior to your departure date. Date changes made between 2-3 months prior to the trip will be charged a ¥15,000 fee per person. A ¥10,000 fee will be charged per person for all date changes made more than 3 months prior to the trip.

Medical and Emergency Evacuation Insurance

Due to the inherent risk involved in alpine pursuits, and in the interest of your safety, Japan Ski Tours strongly recommends all participants to bring insurance that provides full medical and emergency evacuation coverage. Japan Ski Tours will NOT provide insurance for participants on any JST trip. If a participant does not have proper insurance documentation he/she will be liable for her own medical and emergency evacuation expenses and will receive no refund, date change, or any kind of compensation from Japan Ski Tours. Please take this seriously and lean on the side of caution.

Hazard Management and Skier Responsibilities

Managing risk is JST’s number one priority. Our guides manage significant hazards inherent to sidecountry pursuits (e.g. avalanche, inclement weather, tee-accidents, rock fall, and high winds) but they cannot eliminate them. Please clearly understand that skiing in bounds and out of bounds is an inherently hazardous sport and both actions are only undertaken with the full knowledge and consent from the participant that these are inherently dangerous activities. You are choosing to engage in an activity in which skiers have been injured and worse. While these accidents are indeed infrequent, they may occur at any time and be out of our control. We ask that participants acknowledge that risk, and make their own choices about whether or not to engage in this activity. We ask that each participant is physically and mentally fit, is properly attired and equipped, and continues to assess him/her-self throughout the trip to ensure as safe a time as possible. We ask that participants honestly and accurately describe themselves, in terms of fitness, health and skills, and their equipment to their guides, and that they adhere to the advice of their guide.

In the event of an act of God such as a natural disaster, or any other unforeseeable naturally occurring event that destabilizes or otherwise makes skiing unsafe

Other natural disasters or naturally occurring disruptive events: In the event of any other natural disaster or unforeseeable act of God which makes skiing in Japan unsafe, impedes or cancels transportation or route infrastructure on, to, or from partner ski resorts or Japan, all cancelled clients will receive a 50% refund or a 75% credit towards a future trip when skiing in Japan is made safe again.