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Central Hokkaido Tour

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Hokkaido Ski & Snowboard Tour
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Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share group option for 25th Feb tour per person.
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese yen inc taxes.
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USD 2,958

FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED TOUR
10 Nights | 8 Days Skiing/Riding

Deposit must be paid by promotion close date to qualify for discount
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Sidecountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share group option for 25th Feb tour per person.
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese yen inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 2,958
Avoid the crowds and revel in the renowned high quality Central Hokkaido powder at Furano, Asahidake, Kamui Links, and hidden gems such as Pippu, Sahoro and Tomamu. Mostly lift accessed powder hunting, plus the option to do a little hiking to get more goods.
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 26 - Feb 05, 2022
Days: 11
Price: USD 3,322
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 05 - Feb 15, 2022
Days: 11
Price: USD 3,322
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 15 - Feb 25, 2022
Days: 11
Price: USD 3,322
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 25 - Mar 07, 2022
Days: 11
Price: USD 2,958
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Central Hokkaido Tour Overview

You might have been to Japan before and had a taste of the deep dry powder, but were not happy about having to share it with thousands of other skiers! The Central Hokkaido Tour takes you to some of Hokkaido's best ski areas and hidden gems. More importantly, Whiteroom Tours (WRT) have many years of experience exploring these Central Hokkaido ski areas and know exactly where to go to access the best untouched powder stashes.

As a solo traveller or small group you can join one of the scheduled group tours, or if you have your own group you can get a customised private tour to suit your needs, your desired trip duration, and even your lodging (you can enquire for a customised private tour here).

The itinerary is kept pretty flexible so the group can chase the storms for the best powder. From your base in Furano, you may head to Tomamu, Kamui, Sahoro, and Pippu and the backcountry paradise that is awaiting at Asahidake. The guides will also take you around the local Furano ski area where you can 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.

When you're not thigh deep in snow, WRT will take you to some of Furano’s restaurants and bars, ranging from small cafes and après ski bars, to charcoal BBQ restaurants and hidden hole-in-the-wall style bars.

This tour is fantastic value for money and the guides are sure you’ll leave with plenty of powder on your face!

Check out this great video which shows typical conditions on a Central Hokkaido Tour ....



Ability

The Central Hokkaido Tour is only for advanced and expert skiers and riders. 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. Please make a an honest assessment of your abilities whilst keeping fitness in mind as to not slow the group down.

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 rent equipment, the guides will happily take you deeper into the backcountry.

If you looking for a tour with a lot more lift accessed touring where you’ll use skins or split-boards to go deeper into the backcountry, check out the Powder Belt Backcountry Tour.

Terrain & Safety

As this tour incorporates off-piste and sidecountry/backcountry terrain, it is compulsory that you wear an avalanche beacon at all times and have a pack with a shovel and probe. If you do not have avi safety gear, your guide can provide you with it at the start of the tour.

Typical Itinerary

This itinerary is just an indication of proceedings. One of the huge benefits of this tour is that things are kept flexible depending on weather, so that you'll be riding the best possible snow in the best possible conditions.

Travel Day

Upon landing at Sapporo’s Chitose Airport you’ll be transferred to Furano by Resort Liner coach where you’ll be met by the team and settle into your comfy accommodation. You'll be hosted in the North Bar where you'll meet the lead guide and managers who will run you through the tour, weather and answer and questions.

If you wish to organise rental ski or snowboard equipment, it is advised that you try to arrive with adequate time on the arrival day to be fitted for gear. 

Day 1 - 2

First days on the Furano mountain. Your guides will show you around one of their favourite mountains - Furano. We'll find our feet and hunt out some powder stashes. Celebrate your awesome first day with the welcome dinner party - a Japanese nabe.

Day 3

Day tour to Kamui Ski Links. Departing in the morning, the group will spend a day exploring the trees and backside of Kamui. There is the option to stop on the way back to soak in a secluded volcanic onsen. Ask the guides for their recommendations for dinner tonight – there are some amazing local restaurants a short walk away or down in town. The guides can organise transport for yourself or the whole group. Or if you're too tired, eat in. It’s all up to you!

Day 4

Another day at Furano. We'll be out there with you to hike the peak and show you some of the more hidden areas of Furano. Finish one of the days with an amazing hot spring night tour.

Day 5

Travel to Sahoro to enjoy an awesome day of secluded tree skiing and a sneaky road drop. Tonight we will take you out to one of the many delicious restaurants in town.


It gets deep in Furano!

...Asahidake dry POW...

...Tomamu powder carpet.

Day 6

Rising early for the drive to Asahidake, your guides will show the goods of the highest mountain in Hokkaido. The ropeway does most of the hard work taking us to well above the tree line at 1,600m. From there you’ll spend your day exploring the ridges from the lift.

Day 7

Head to Pippu and get the goods amongst the trees. No crowds here; just you and the untracked powder!

Day 8

Tomamu day tour. Today your guides will show you around the resort hill of Tomamu with its awesome powder, short hikes and deep north facing backside. There is some great skiing and boarding to be had here. At the end of the day you can check out the awazing indoor wave pool and possibly have an onsen.

Day 9

Ski your last day in Furano. End the tour with a karaoke dinner party.

Day 10

After all that it's time to say good bye and transfer to Sapporo and your flight home (or onwards!)

Lodging

Lodging is based in Furano at North Country Inn. It is conveniently located between the two sides of the ski hill giving you access by regular free shuttle to the Furano-side before anyone else! It has both traditional Japanese and Western style rooms with en-suites. Shared onsen style bathing is also available.

Facilities include: 2 restaurants, winery, lounge/bar with satellite TV, rental cars, foreign exchange, wireless internet, souvenirs, common laundry, ski rentals, and regular guest shuttle to the ski lifts.


Furano nightlife

...great authentic restaurants...

...North Country Inn.

Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

Inclusions
  • 10 nights twin or triple share accommodation at North Country Inn Furano
  • Daily hot breakfasts & welcome & farewell dinner
  • 8 days of lift tickets (in 6 different resorts)
  • 8 guided days with professional guides
  • Airport transfers & ground transport on guided days
  • Onsen (hot spring) tour
  • 1 rest day (optional free day or cultural experience day)
Add-ons
  • Avo gear rental - 14,500 yen for 9 days
  • Single supplement - 7,500 yen/night
  • Additional guided days at Kurodake and/or Tokachidake backcountry
  • Furano Physio massage session
  • Extra nights, other destinations
Not Included

COVID-19 Deposit and Cancellation Policy

In response to the current situation the following deposit and cancellation terms and conditions will apply:

MULTI-DAY TOURS

  • Free cancellation of all Whiteroom tours for any reason applies until official notice is given by the Japanese government that Japan’s borders will open for tourist travellers. This means all deposits or payments made will be fully refundable until we have received this notice and once we do we will contact you and give you the option to either receive a refund or travel with us to Japan. No professional fees will be applied. Note this does not apply to deposits paid to other third-party suppliers who may have non-refundable deposits or other stricter T+C’s.
  • DEPOSITS are required to secure your spot on a tour.
  • FINAL PAYMENTS – Whiteroom Tours will not be requesting any final payments unless it is known that borders are opening. If a third-party supplier has other policies in place regarding deposits we will advise you of this before any payments are made.
    • Whiteroom will only request final payment once we can confirm that Japan’s borders have opened. If they have not opened prior to 30 days before the tour start date we will cancel the tour and you will receive a full refund. We will be in touch regarding any change.
    • From 29 days prior to your check-in or tour start date if travel bans are put in place at the last minute due to COVID 20% of total booking value will be forfeited and 80% applied to any tour booking made within the next two seasons.
    • Please note that Whiteroom Tours reserve the right merged or cancel tours if they don’t meet minimum numbers up to 30 days prior to the tour start date, and may also cancel or amend tours or start dates due to guide availability. All clients will be given an option to join a similar tour or a different tour start date or be given a full refund.
    • WRTs advise that all tour clients do not book flights or if they must please book changeable/low fee fares. We will not be responsible for any change fees due to changed tour start/end dates.

DAY GUIDING PRODUCTS

  • Free cancellation of all Whiteroom guiding and associated Whiteroom products for any reason applies until official notice is given by the Japanese government that Japan’s borders will open for tourist travellers. This means all deposits or payments made will be fully refundable until we have received this notice and once we do we will contact you and give you the option to either receive a refund or travel with us to Japan. No professional fees will be applied. Note this does not apply to deposits paid to other third-party suppliers who may have non-refundable deposits or other stricter T+C’s.
  • A 20% deposit is required to secure your booking.
  • FINAL PAYMENTS – Final payment is due 30 days prior to your start date or 5 days from booking if less than 30 days. NOTE:
    • Whiteroom will only request final payment once we can confirm that Japan’s borders have opened. If they have not opened prior to 30 days before the start date we will cancel the guided or instructional booking and you will receive a full refund. We will be in touch regarding any change.
    • From 29 days prior to your start date if border closures are put in place at the last minute due to COVID 100% of total payments made will be applied to any guiding or instructional booking within the next two seasons.
    • Please note that we reserve the right to cancel any guided or instructional days or start dates due to availability. All clients will be given an option to move to another date or be given a full refund.
    • If borders are open for travel, normal terms and conditions apply (see below).

Whiteroom Tours Terms & Conditions

Rate & Price Variation:

Whiteroom Tours reserves the right until final payment has been received in full, to vary prices and rates in the event of changes in currency exchange or price increases made by our suppliers or airlines. The total shown on this statement is based in Japanese Yen for the land package, with the indicative AUD, USD, GBP, CAD, NZD, EURO currency amount based on the exchange rate at the time of quotation/booking. Final payment is required in the currency you confirmed the booking in and cannot be changed after a deposit payment. The final due amount will be calculated using the exchange rate on that day. This means that any increase or decrease in the exchange rate will affect the total of your package and final due amount of your package. Whiteroom Tours is not liable for any price increases. Only payment in full will lock in the exchange rate. If you plan to make the full payment at the time of booking or before the final due date you must notify your consultant who will re-calculate using the inter-bank exchange rate on that day.
If your booking has increased in price due to an exchange rate fluctuation and you do not pay the increased price your booking will be subject to cancellation. Please note that cancellation charges will apply. All prices are subject to availability & can be withdrawn or varied without notice. Airline taxes remain subject to change at all times until payment has been received in full and your tickets have been issued.

Quotations and Validity:

All prices quoted are valid at time of quote. All quotes are subject to confirmation of the components at time of booking. All components of your quote are subject to availability at time of booking request. The prices listed are based on the costs and exchange rate at the time or printing or creation of the quote. Whiteroom Tours reserves the right to alter these prices at any time due to exchange rate fluctuations, rate change by a supplier or error.

Bookings:

When you have advised Whiteroom Tours that you wish to go ahead with a booking we will then seek confirmation from our suppliers. If there is no availability for some/all of your components we will advise you of this & offer an alternative where possible. The alternative product offered may be a different price. Prices will be adjusted accordingly.

Deposit:

By making a payment on a booking you agree to Whiteroom Tours booking conditions.
A deposit of 20% of the total booking value is required for all bookings. Some properties may require an additional deposit to secure the booking as outlined on your quote or advised by your consultant. All deposits are non-refundable once received. Whiteroom Tours will/may/might forward deposits to suppliers to secure accommodation & or services. Payment of deposit acknowledges acceptance of all booking conditions.

Final Payment:

Is due no later than 70 days prior to departure, or 5 days from booking confirmation if booking is within 70 days. Should airlines impose ticketing time limits, fare withdrawal, fare or tax increase, full payment of fare & taxes may be required before this time. Failure by the client to pay the outstanding balance by the due date may cause the auto-cancellation of the booking whereupon the deposit paid by the client shall be forfeited. Final documents will not be released until the booking is paid in full. Late payment fees may be incurred on your booking.

Payment Options:

By making a payment on a booking you agree to Whiteroom Tours booking conditions. Direct deposit: check with your consultant to confirm which currencies you can receive your invoice in.

Credit Card

Credit card payments are made through our online Stripe/Xero invoice portal and are available in all major currencies. Please notify your consultant your intention to pay by credit card and your preferred currency. Australian VISA, Mastercard and AMEX attract a 1.8% surcharge. International VISA, Mastercard & AMEX attract 3% surcharge. International Japanese Yen payment by VISA, Mastercard & AMEX attract 4% surcharge.

Payments from overseas

If you choose to pay directly into our AUD or JPY account from an overseas institution you are required to cover any applicable fees. This is usually a fee on your end and a $15 or ¥3,000 fee when the funds land into our account. If we have been charged any fees for accepting such transactions these fees will be passed on in full.

Cancellations by the traveller:

Any cancellations must be received in writing. Minimum fees are:

  • Up to 70 days prior to departure – full deposit will be forfeited.
  • Between 30 and 69 days of departure – 50% of total paid will apply.
  • Within 30 days of departure – 100% of total paid will apply.
  • Supplier cancellation fees will also apply if applicable.
  • Whiteroom Tours cannot be held responsible for snow conditions. Holidays cannot be cancelled or amended on the basis of snow conditions.
  • No refunds will be made if you voluntarily leave a tour for any reason after the tour has begun. Refunds will be at the discretion of Whiteroom Tours if you are involuntarily forced to leave a tour for any reason. No refunds will be given for any accommodation, transport, sightseeing, meals, service or any component of the tour not utilised. Please note these conditions apply to Whiteroom Tour land content only.

Cancellations by Whiteroom Tours:

Whiteroom Tours reserves the right to cancel any tour before it is confirmed to run. A tour is confirmed to run once it has reached the minimum participants required as defined by Whiteroom Tours. This applies to all tours. Whiteroom Tours reserves the right to cancel any tour prior to departure, including a confirmed tour, due to circumstances beyond our control. If this occurs you will be given the option of changing to another tour or receiving a full refund. Whiteroom Tours is not responsible for any incidental expense you have incurred as a result of your booking. If you choose and alternative tour and it is at a lower value than your original tour you will be refunded the difference. If the alternative tour is of a higher value then you will pay the difference in price.

Tours & Ability:

Whiteroom Tours reserves the right to remove a client from any tour if he or she is of an ability not suited to that tour. No refund will be due for any unused portion of the tour. The client takes full responsibility for the self-categorisation of their ability.

Professional fees:

Whiteroom Tours charges the following non-refundable fees. These professional fees are in addition to any fees which may be charged by airlines, accommodation providers, transfer suppliers or any other supplier.
¥3,000 Booking Amendment: charged per amendment once a booking has been confirmed.
¥20,000 Booking amendment inside 14 days: charged per amendment for changes inside 14 days of departure. ¥3,000 Late payment: charged per week for any final payments not received by the due date.


Responsibility:

Whiteroom Tours acts only as an agent for the companies (Principals) providing or offering the means of travel, accommodation and other services and as such has no control over any services or products provided by these Principals. All bookings made are subject to the booking terms and conditions under which these services are provided. The Company and its Principals 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. Whiteroom Tours will not be held responsible for the inability of the Principals to comply with any special request relating to age, medical conditions, physical ability or disability, dietary requirements, allergic conditions, smoking or non-smoking accommodation.

Travel Insurance:

Whiteroom recommends purchasing travel insurance when you pay your deposit as that way you may be covered for accidents that prevent you from travelling as well as for your holiday.

Transfers:

Any transfers missed or not utilised by the client are non refundable. The cancellation policy of each service provider will determine whether a missed transfer can be moved to an alternate time/date. Whiteroom Tours reserves the right to amend departure times & service providers at our discretion. You will be notified by Whiteroom Tours should this occur.

Lift Passes:

Any lift passes not utilised for any reason by the client on any of our tours are non refundable.

Airfares:

Can be purchased through Whiteroom Tours as part of your travel package. The conditions for the purchase of the airfare will be dependent on the airline & airfare that you are booked on and will be advised to you by Whiteroom Tours at time of quotation and confirmation. All fares quoted remain subject to availability at time of booking. Price may vary until fully paid and ticketed.

Privacy:

Whiteroom Tours collects information about you in order to book components of your travel package. You authorise Whiteroom Tours to provide this information to suppliers who require this information before they will provide products or services to you.

Security bond & passport details:

Your credit card details may be required as a security bond on the potential cost of property damage &/or expenses incurred. Japanese law requires that accommodation providers take a copy or make notes of your passport details. By signing this form you agree to provide a copy of your credit card if requested and supply your passport details if required.

Booking form:

A booking form is required for each passenger booked to travel. For group bookings, it is the responsibility of the person whose name holds the booking, to ensure that each member of their group is aware of the booking conditions and completes and returns a booking form. Booking forms are required at the time of booking deposit or flight reservation. The information provided on your booking form is essential for your booking details and travel arrangements. This information is required for your booking to proceed. Whiteroom Tours will not book any component of your travel package without receiving a signed booking form from you.

Refunds:

If you are eligible for a refund once a booking has been cancelled, the balance less any non-refundable amounts & cancellation fees will be forwarded to you upon receipt of the refund from the supplier or airline. Whilst Whiteroom Tours will endeavour to get your money to you as soon as possible, some refunds can take up to 12 weeks to process.

Liability:

I acknowledge & understand that skiing & snowboarding are sports that are hazardous and have inherent risks of injury &/or death. I voluntarily agree to assume all risks of injury or death that may result to me from skiing or snowboarding. I hereby release Whiteroom Tours & their employees & agents of any obligation to advise me in relation to the dangers obvious or not, inherent in the sport. I accept that I will participate in such sport(s) of my own free will & never at the direction of Whiteroom Tours &/or their employees and agents. I voluntarily take full responsibility for any damage or injury to myself or which I may cause to others.

Japanese accommodation:

Some Japanese properties may differ from those encountered in Western ski resorts. Whilst hospitality & service levels often surpass Western standards, rooms generally have less furniture & hanging/storage space. Ensuites are generally smaller & are of a modular design. Some Japanese properties also allow smoking in common areas & guest rooms. Traditional Hotels or Ryokans often have rooms with Tatami Matt flooring and futon beds. Some rooms will not have ensuites and instead will have shared bathing in segregated bathrooms or onsens. We will inform you of these cultural differences and you may be pleasantly surprised by how easily you can adjust to the Japanese way of life. If not please request a western style accommodation.

Waiver:

If you are participating in a Whiteroom Tour or are being guided by Whiteroom Guides you will need to read and sign our wavier and send this back to us before participation. Failure to do so will result in you not being able to accompany our guides on any activity.