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Epic Honshu Buffet (Snowboarders Only) - Reviews

EPIC FOR SURE

Braden Fox
29/05/2015
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    Canada
Was everything and more.. Amazing snow, new and different hills every day, made some new friends, guides were fun and kept things interesting..

The hotel selected near Shiga-Kogen was AMAZING, great on-sen, food, culture, THE REAL DEAL.! Definitely authentic Japanese.. Hotels in Japan in general have quite small rooms which was experienced, but definitely does not take away from what you get..

Snow conditions were great, sure you are at the mercy of mother nature but plans were made to make the best of different places on different days to compensate for this..

I plan on returning next year and really want to make this a regular trip for me.. Jason and his crew were great, can't say enough.!!!!

Awesome Powder!

John Rowe
24/05/2015
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Australia
This was my first trip to Japan to ski after many seasons in Europe and Canada/US. I was not disappointed! The powder was awesome, the group I skied with were fantastic fun and Jason was an excellent guide, taking us to places I don't think we could have found (or at least got out of easily!) without his knowledge of the mountains. Jason clearly knows these places well and we had fresh tracks virtually every single day. One day was chest deep, most others were top of boots, knee or waist. Everything they say about Japan powder is true. It's deep, there is a lot of it, and it snows constantly.

This was also my first time skiing with an organised tour and I loved it. Jason and his other guides (including his very funny son, Tom, who is also an awesome skier) were all fantastic. Very flexible and laid back but also very organised so everything happened when it should and how it should. Jason will also dig you out of the snow if you go in too deep! LOL!

The place we stayed at in Yudanaka (Ryokan Biyu) was awesome too. The food was incredible. Mushroom logs! I will definitely be back next year for more Japan powder and Japan food. I just hope Jason changes the music he plays in the van. I can even put up with him being a Kiwi.

Everything I Hoped For

Charlotte Barr
24/05/2015
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Australia
I decided to jump on board a tour for my first trip to Japan after doing some of the US on my own with the hopes of getting off the beaten track a bit, and learning how to ski powder better.

The Honshu Buffet did not disappoint. We skied some incredible snow on a variety of different mountains. Jason and his team made sure that we headed to where the snow would be best everyday so that we could get some of the untracked stuff, even if there hadn't been that much overnight. The guides clearly knew where they were going, and were very patient. They were able to split us into group with like-skilled people so that we weren't waiting too long for anyone at the bottom to get the most out of the trip. There were times where the powder was neck deep, most days knee deep.

I always felt safe, and this gave me the opportunity to get more confidence in the powder. The guides were able to give me pointers along the way to improve my skiing. The guides themselves are really cruisy, easy to get along with.
Jason has a bit of a 'no idiot' policy, and so everyone stays on track and together.
The accommodation was faultless. Inside and outside onsen, absolutely amazing meals at dinner time and traditional japanese ryokan bedrooms, which were warm, comfortable and the staff are super friendly.

I am hoping to go again next year on a bigger trip, and would recommend Jason's tours to anyone wanting to ski/snowboard great snow of variable abilities, on a variety of mountains, but maybe wants to get off the beaten track a bit, and not ski with a whole mountain of gaijins (foreigners), with comfortable lodgings and the trip really being about making the most of the snow.

Over The Top

Ian Bishop
04/10/2014
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Australia
What do you say to describe the best overall skiing experience I have ever had in 40+ years. Jason took us to the best snow on the best mountains, sleeping in the most amazing accommodation, eating the best Japanese food available and having the most fantastic time with a group of complete strangers for a very reasonable cost. This was reinforced to me on the flight home to Aus when I sat next to an NZ snow boarder who described his boarding adventure on Honshu as follows: poor quality snow, runs wrecked by the crowds, too many totally inexperienced people on the slopes, long queues and limited variety of mountain conditions.

If you want to learn to ski powder and enjoy it, this is the place to do it and Jason is the man BUT be prepared by achieving a reasonable level of fitness before arriving in Japan, bring the correct equipment with you eg. fat skis, suitable foot-ware and minimal clothing as there is a bit of travelling to be done and finally bring an open mind to receive new experiences and a sense of fun and you will have the time of your life.

Epic Adventure!

Alex Norman
06/05/2014
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Australia
I joined Jason for the first half of the Twin Islands Epic (on Honshu) and enjoyed the best week of skiing I have ever had! The powder was epic and Jason's guiding and instructing was excellent. He really knows his way around the resorts and showed us great spots and clean lines every day. I just wish skiing was always this good!

Accommodation was also fantastic - a real traditional Japanese experience, complete with fab food and plentiful Japanese onsen! As long as you are willing to get stuck in and experience some serious powder, you will love this tour!