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USD 3,745

MEGA POWDER CHASING ROAD TRIP
13 Nights | 11 Days Skiing/Boarding

early bird special requires payment before Sept 30. See T&Cs re Covid 19 policy.
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Sidecountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share option for 2023 season.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 3,745
A big tour for the adventurous that takes in the islands of Hokkaido and Honshu, exploring the areas of Central Hokkaido, Otaru then Tohoku staying in Hakkoda area and Morioka. The ultimate road tripping powder hunting tour.
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 21 - Feb 03, 2023
Days: 14
Price: USD 3,745
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 05 - Feb 18, 2023
Days: 14
Price: USD 3,955
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Inter Island Explorer Tour Overview

The Inter Island Explorer Tour is the big one! After years of planning and finding the best areas and snow that Japan has to offer, Whiteroom Tours can now bring you a tour of epic proportions. This Japan ski and snowboard tour takes in two islands and links Central Hokkaido to the main island of Honshu to Tohoku, a powder mecca! The Inter Island Explorer Tour is designed for skiers and snowboarders who want a true adventure.

Central Hokkaido has been famed for providing a truly Japanese experience away from the Western crowds that are now exploring other parts of Japan. With over 10 years experience operating in the region, WhiteRoom Tours have the area well and truly mapped out and know where to go to find the goods on any given day. This 13 night adventure will see you spend 5 nights in Furano at the beautiful Rising Sun B&B. With 4-5 days on snow you’ll have opportunity of skiing or riding on Hokkaido’s highest peak Asahidake as well as exploring the backcountry of Furano, Kamui, Tomamu, Sahoro and Pippu.

From Furano you’ll transfer to the powder capital of Hokkaido, Otaru for two nights and two days of the deepest snow of your lives at Kiroro, Kokusai or Teine. Staying in Otaru city you’ll explore the old European canals, enjoy a local brew or whiskey, and eat some of the freshest sashimi in all of Hokkaido.

You’ll transfer down to Hakodate in southern Hokkaido to explore the seafood markets and quaint European style Japanese town before jumping on a ferry across the Tsugaru Strait to Aomori, the northernmost city of the main island of Honshu. This untapped region is renowned for a mix of the new and old world and loads of untracked powder! Your first 2 nights will be on mountain at Hakkoda in a beautiful onsen hotel. Known for big snow, snow monsters and expansive backcountry, Hakkoda is a once in a lifetime ski experience.

You’ll then transfer for your last 4 nights in the lively city of Morioka. Each day you’ll head out to any of the resorts in this Iwate region including: Appi; Shizukuishi; Hachimantai; Tazawako; and Geto Kogen. At night your guides will take you out for delicious local food and the vibrant nightlife of Morioka.

The team of guides in both Hokkaido and Tohoku have lived and breathed these areas over the years exploring what they have to offer in anticipation of this epic inter-island tour. This road trip is one for the books and will offer everything a powder hunter will want out of a trip to Japan.

If you would like to book this trip or have any questions, you can make a booking request here.



No shortage of freshies..

...traditional dinners...

...gorgeous powder.

Ability Level

The required ability level is advanced and expert (in powder). You must be able to ski or ride 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 gear, the guides will happily take you deeper into the backcountry.


Powder at Geto Kogen

...powder Mecca...

...Tohoku skiing.

Itinerary

This itinerary is an example of tour #1. The tour will be run largely by the weather and each day will fit around where the best conditions are. This is the beauty of such a tour.

Tour #1 – Start Morioka / End Furano
Tour #2 – Start Furano / End Morioka

DAY 1 (arrival and check-in day)

Upon landing in Tokyo it is recommended you take the Shinkansen for a true Japanese travel experience up to the snowy city of Morioka. There you will be welcomed by your guides and driven to Morioka Grand Hotel where you will meet your fellow road trippers over dinner and drinks. Your guide will also will run you through the tour, current conditions and prevailing weather and answer any questions you may have. (NOTE: If you wish to organise rental ski/SB equipment and your tour is starting in Morioka we may be able to ship it down from Hokkaido. If your tours starts in Furano it is advised that you try to arrive with enough time on the arrival day to be fitted – seek advice from your consultant)

DAYS 2 – 3 (first snow days)

The beauty of staying in the city of Morioka is not only will you be able to enjoy the nightlife of a Japanese city but you will also be able to access multiple resorts, each affected by slightly different weather patterns. Every day your guide will be checking the forecast to see which resort has the best powder conditions. The guide will be able to choose from Appi Kogen, Hachimantai Shimokura, Tazawako, Geto Kogen, and Shizukushi. Each resort brings something different to your experience, with wide-open bowls, chutes, gladed trees, pillows and all-around fun-filled days. There are some great cultural sites and onsens on the way back to Morioka which the group may stop at to soak our muscles ready for the next day's adventure. Each night your guides will take you out to sample the delicious local cuisine and hang at some cool bars.

DAY 4 Transfer day

It’s time to say goodbye to the Morioka region and head north to Hakkoda. On our way you may detour to a fun ski area few know about, boasting epic tree lines and road drops off the back. Hakkoda is famous for the epic amounts of snow that blanket the mountain. The terrain is epic and one of our favourites in Japan. The powder is ridiculously deep. For the next three nights we will be staying in the family run Hotel Azumashiya, a ryokan style guesthouse with lovely hosts, regenerative onsens, delicious food and the powder of Hakkoda and Aomori Springs a short drive away.

DAY 5 & 6

Hakkoda will blow you away, sometimes literally. Known for its temperamental weather and pea soup like visibility you’ll either have your best day on the trip or one of the toughest. With one ropeway (cable car) taking you right to the top, it is from here where you will enjoy Hakkoda’s epic backcountry terrain. It was mainly built for sightseeing and hiking in summer but stories of epic pow, snow-monsters and endless terrain made it a growing mecca for powder hounds and backcountry skiers. We will also head over to Aomori Springs. This little known resort has some fun powder filled terrain and the terrain off the back lift is Japanese tree skiing at its finest. If you have skins, the terrain above it extends the fun even further!

DAY 7 Transfer/rest day

After a relaxed breakfast and maybe a quick onsen the guide will drive north to Aomori City for the ferry over the Tsugaru Strait to Hakodate. Hokkaido’s southernmost city was once the first international trading port open to foreigners after the isolationist Edo period (from 1603 to 1867). As such, it has interesting Euro-Japanese style architecture in the old part of town along with a large port area, seafood markets and an extinct volcano Mt Hakodate. After some sightseeing you’ll transfer further north to the one of the snowiest cities in Hokkaido, Otaru. Here you will stay in Grand Park Otaru overlooking the sea for the next 3 nights.

DAY 8 – 9

After an awesome breakfast at the Grand Park Hotel you’ll jump in the van and drive to whichever resort is getting the goods – Kokusai, Kiroro or Teine. During the evenings you’ll wander along Otaru’s canals, and dine in one of its great seafood or BBQ restaurants – the sashimi is the freshest and most delicious you will taste in Hokkaido.

DAY 10

Time to check out and take the scenic transfer from Otaru to Furano. As it is a 3-4 hour drive this may be your rest day if you didn’t have a rest on the trip from Aomori to Otaru. If so we’ll stop in Sapporo on the way to enjoy Hokkaido’s capital, including the Sapporo Beer Hall or the Snow Festival. If the snow is dumping and you’ve had a rest day previously we can ski one of a few resorts on the way – Teine, Tomamu or Sahoro. That night you check into North Country Inn and enjoy a delicious dinner.

DAY 11 – 13

In Central Hokkaido we have five main resorts to choose from: Furano, Asahidake, Kamui, Tomamu and Sahoro. We’ll choose which has the best conditions each day, followed by relaxing soaks in the many onsen in the area. Asahidake is one of our favourites, rising 2,290m the ropeway does most of the hard work taking you to well above the tree line at 1,600m. From there you’ll spend your day exploring the powder-filled ridges and chutes from the lift.

DAY 14 (check-out and departure day)

All good things must come to an end. It’s time to check out and say goodbye to your new friends. After one last onsen you will check out by 10am and be picked up from the door for your transfer to New Chitose Airport and your flight home.

Lodging

NORTH COUNTRY INN FURANO
In Furano, you'll be staying 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 dining restaurants, winery, lounge/bar with satellite TV, rental cars, foreign exchange, wireless internet, souvenirs, common laundry, ski hire, and regular guest shuttle to the ski lifts.

GRAND PARK OTARU
This 4.5 star hotel is right on the water with views up and down the coast and on the other side of the hotel there are views to the hills you’ll be skiing over the next few days. You’ll stay in luxury here with all the comforts of home and then some. The breakfast is amazing and with a shopping centre, bars and restaurants below the hotel you’ll have plenty to do when you’re not skiing.

AZUMASHIYA RYOKAN 
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. This spot has been chosen 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.

HOTEL GRAND ANNEX MORIOKA
Located right in the centre of town. This hotel is the perfect base from 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 western beds and all that you’d expect from a 4 star hotel.

Rate Notes & Inclusions 2023

  • 535,000 to 565,000 yen
  • Base rate is in Japanese yen
  • Please enquire here for a quote for a customised trip
  • Max 6:1 client to guest ratio, 6-10 guests max on tour, 4 person minimum


Tohoku skiing

...deep powder...

...Tazawako powder
Inclusions
  • 13 nights accommodation: twin/triple share
  • Fully hosted. Guiding max 6:1 ratio
  • Chitose Airport transfer to Furano with Resort Liner & Morioka Station (or Hanamaki Airport) transfers & daily transport
  • 11 days of lift tickets
  • Welcome & farewell dinner
  • Daily breakfast
  • Ferry between Hokkaido & Honshu
  • Onsen (hot spring) tour
Add-ons
  • Avalanche safety equipment 16,500 yen for 12 days
  • Single share accommodation 7,500 yen per night
  • Tokyo stopover, Kyoto stopover
Not Included

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