Japan Guided Backcountry-Hokkaido's Three Volcanoes

Hokkaido, Tokachidake skiing
Ascending Mt Tokachi in the Daisetsuzan National Park

The ultimate Hokkaido backcountry road trip

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. We ski isolated backcountry terrain accessed by snowmobile across the island.

 

You will stay in a traditional hot spring hotels and experience the Japanese culture of hot-springs and tatami rooms with futon bedding.

 

This is the ultimate Hokkaido backcountry road trip.


 The Area

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 volcanoes in Hokkaido.

 

Trip Type

Backcountry focus trip. 1200 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.

 


Typical Program

Day 1

From Sapporo’s Chitose Airport you will travel to Niseko, the high snowfall region of Hokkaido. Arrive to a town with massive snowbanks by the side of the road and most likely, falling snow. 

 

Day 2

Shake off any jet lag with a lift accessed backcountry day to one of the four accessible resorts. All receive different snow amounts depending on the wind direction. 

  

Day 3

Ever skied in to a volcanic crater? Mt Yotei is referred to as the 'Mt Fuji of the North' and the first of our volcanoes. Our plan is to ski in to the crater and then down the other side. Finish the day at a local micro-brewery.

 

Day 4

We travel to a secluded backcountry destination accessed by snowmobile. The leeward terrain provides deep powder skiing and is one of our favorite spots. Transfer to a traditional ryokan hotel by the coast.

 

Day 5

Snowmobile tow in to start the day. Ski terrain with fantastic views over the Sea of Japan. Finish at a renowned sushi restaurant after skiing. 

 

Day 6

Travel day to Central Hokkaido. Treat your palate with a stop at a whiskey distillery and then on to a port town for lunch in an old wharf warehouse. The isolated hot spring hotel for the evening is ideally located for the next day's skiing.

 

Day 7

You will ski beautiful open north facing ski terrain which we access by snowmobile. After skiing, transfer to a hot spring hotel in the heart of Daisetsuzan Range. These are the highest mountains and volcanoes on the island.


Day 8

Today's route today will take you through a primeval spruce forest. From here there are three ridge-lines with superb skiing on either side. Retire to the outdoor hot spring at the end of the day.

 

Day 9

Ski the live volcano of Mt Tokachi. Peer in to the crater before skiing one of the gully runs feeding from the summit. Finish the day in a spring in the middle of a magical primeval forest. 

 

Day 10

Ski Asahidake, the highest mountain in Hokkaido. On clear days you can see plumes of white smoke billowing from its volcanic vents. Celebrate the last night in a traditional restaurant. 


Day 11
Farewell and airport transfer.

 

2020 Dates

TBA

 

Price

Please inquire with group size and accommodation preference.

Example price : 347,500 yen/person (5 people group) includes middle priced B&B and hot-spring hotel accommodations