Japan Guided Freeride- Tohoku Road Trip

Ski Japan's last ski frontier

Ski Japan's last ski frontier of Northern Honshu. This area is otherwise known as Tohoku, the rugged north eastern region of Japan. On this trip, you will ski Tohoku's eastern Iwate resorts, before journeying to the remote western region of Akita.
You will stay at ryokan hotels and experience 'Omotesando,' which is the Japanese tradition of true hospitality. Of course any ski trip to Japan would not be complete without the steaming hot springs and delectable local cuisine synonymous with Japan.


Tohoku has this in spades.

The Area
Iwate prefecture is on the Pacific Ocean side of Tohoku. Iwate's resorts are located in the Kitakami Range which run from north to south. These are capped by the live volcano of Mt Iwate. Akita prefecture is located on the Japan Sea side where the predominant snow comes from. 

Terrain and Snow
Tree skiing terrain. Expect deep powder.

Trip Type
Side-country areas will be accessed initially from lifts and then some skinning in to out of bounds terrain.

Please contact us with your preferred dates and accommodation preference.  We also organize airport transfers, ski and equipment rentals as part of the package.


Typical Program

Day 1

Arrive by bullet train or flight to Iwate. Check in to your hotel and enjoy a hot spring before a traditional Japanese dinner. The hot spring is reputed to have a 1,200 year old history.


Day 2

Ski the largest resort in northern Honshu. The resort is spread over two mountains which provides for accessible side-country.  We will have a hot spring locally and dine at a renowned sushi restaurant on the return journey.


Day 3

We travel north again to a local's ski area, to some of the best quality snow in Tohoku. It's location on the lee side of 'Nambu Fuji,' or Mt Iwate provides good protection on windy days. We finish the day in a cave-like hot spring pool built into the side of a mountain.


Day 4

We will be skiing a nearby resort known for deep accumulations of snow. In the evening, we will be eating a traditional style of noodles called 'wanko soba.' Legend has it that this local eating custom originated from the visit of a territorial lord to the area in feudal times.


Day 5

Our destination resort for today sits on the flank of 'Nambu Fuji.' You will ski through widely spaced forests of beech typical of Tohoku forests. A short tour will take us down to a forest shrine, then finishes at a local hot spring. 


Day 6

We will relocate to Akita prefecture and ski a resort by the side of a caldera lake. The volcanic area is surrounded by hot springs. Our traditional accommodation has four baths with different mineral properties. You will sleep in tatami rooms on soft futon bedding. 


Day 7

On our last day we will travel to one of the more isolated resorts in northern Japan. The resort only has three lifts, but accesses great tree skiing. We celebrate our last night over a delicious traditional meal featuring the local specialties. 


Day 8

We transfer you to Morioka for your return journey.


2020 Dates



Please inquire with group size and accommodation preference for private.