Volcanoes, powder and hot thermal springs. This is a Japanese backcountry experience which will tantalize the senses.
Starting in the Niseko area, spend four days skiing some of the area’s dormant and not so dormant volcanoes. Then travel inland to Japan’s largest national park and ski the highest volcanoes in Hokkaido.
On 3 nights you will stay in a traditional hot spring lodge in the mountains and experience the Japanese culture of hot-spring bathing and staying in rooms with tatami flooring and futon bedding. This will be a truly memorable Japanese backcountry ski journey and one we hope you can join us on.
Niseko region is in the west of Hokkaido and is renowned for huge accumulations of snow and for exceptional tree skiing. The Daisetsuzan National Park is in Central Hokkaido and contains the highest peaks in Hokkaido.
Backcountry focus trip. Up to 1,200 meter vertical ascent days with 2 days of lift accessed backcountry.
Terrain and Snow
Expect to be skiing alpine and tree skiing terrain. Low humidity levels produce some of the lightest consistency powder in the world.
Please enquire with your preferred dates and accommodation preference. We also organise airport transfers, ski and equipment rentals as part of the package.
From Sapporo’s Chitose Airport you will travel to Niseko.
Niseko region averages 16 meters of snowfall a season. The first day we will have some easy touring from a resort where there are stunning views of Hokkaido's Mt Fuji.
You will be riding an area closer to the ocean than Niseko and so gets more accumulations of snow. The tree skiing is some of the best in the region. Finish the day soaking in one of the area's oldest hot thermal springs.
Travel to the coast to an isolated backcountry destination today with views over the Sea of Japan. Dinner in a seafood barbecue restaurant by the ocean.
The last day in the area, climb the ‘Fuji San of Hokkaido,’ the first of the volcanoes, a huge cone shaped mountain. On a fine day ski in to the crater, then one of the longest vertical descents in Hokkaido. Dine in a local micro-brewery.
You will travel to Daisetsuzan National Park for the next three days where you will be based in a hot springs mountain lodge. This area is sometimes referred to as ‘Playground of the Gods.’
Today’s backcountry tour is a favorite for the local backcountry community. It is an area that has been immortalized in magazines with pictures of skiers trying to keep their heads above the snow.
We ski the the Daisetsuzan Volcano. The day will finish with a soak in a forest hot spring which is reputed to have healing qualities.
Our last day we travel to the third of our volcanoes which is Asahidake. On clear days you can see plumes of white smoke billowing from its many vents. Transfer to Furano to celebrate the last night. Dine in a local traditional izakaya restaurant to celebrate the end of the trip.
Farewell and airport transfer.