Hokkaido's 3 Volcanoes
Volcanoes, powder, hot thermal springs and sushi
; this is a Japanese backcountry experience which will tantalize the senses.
Starting on the coast in the Niseko
area, which is one of the world’s snowiest resorts, you will spend four days skiing some of the area’s dormant and not so dormant volcanoes.
You will then travel inland to the Daisetsuzan National Park
which is Japan’s largest national park to cap off the trip by skiing the highest volcano in Hokkaido
On 3 nights
you will stay in traditional hot spring lodges
in the mountains and experience the Japanese culture of hot-spring bathing and delicious Japanese cuisine
, staying in rooms with tatami flooring and futon bedding.
This has all the makings of a truly memorable Japanese backcountry ski and snowboarding journey.
The Ski Areas
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 that average 2,000 meters of alpine and tree skiing
. Low humidity levels produce some of the lightest consistency powder in the world.
In order that participants are of similar abilities, you should be an advanced to expert skier or boarder
and have some experience in the backcountry
. As each day will require some skinning and hiking
, you should also have a good level of aerobic fitness
Terrain and Snow
You'll ride a combination of alpine and tree skiing, although you will often be skiing in the glades due to frequent storms. Expect to be skiing verticals of 500 to 900 meters
. The Hokkaido snowpack is deep and generally very stable.
Ride with friends new & old..
..experience steaming volcanoes...
..ski where few people ever go
This tour starts in Niseko and ends in Furano.
From Sapporo’s Chitose Airport you will get a schedule bus transfer to Niseko
The first day you will be utilizing the lifts to access the ski resort boundaries to sample some of Niseko’s famous powder
. Niseko averages approximately 16 meters of snowfall per season. From the tops of the cone shaped mountains there are stunning views of the Sea of Japan. You will ski to the '5 Colors' hot spring at the end of the day.
Ski Niseko's volcanic mountains
amidst fumaroles and boiling ponds. You will ski back to the hot springs in the area with a volcanic mud-bath.
Today you will travel to an isolated backcountry destination
which sits closer to the ocean than Niseko and gets even more accumulations of snow. Once again you will finish in the area’s hot spring that has a luxurious falling water bath.
The last day’s plan for this area is to climb Mt Yotei
, the ‘Fuji San of Hokkaido,’ the first of our volcanoes. It is a huge cone shaped mountain that rises from just above sea level to 1,898 meters and is 9th on the list of ‘Hyakumeizan,’ or Japan’s 100 most famous mountains
. If you are lucky and have a fine day you will be able to climb to the rim of the crater before descending the longest vertical in Hokkaido.
You travel to Daisetsuzan National Park
for the next three days. Along the way you will stop at some historical sight-seeing spots
. Your base will be a hot springs mountain lodge
. The indigenous people of Hokkaido refer to these mountains as ‘Kamui Mintara,’ or the ‘Playground of the Gods.’ There is amazing backcountry skiing right outside the front door.
Today’s backcountry tour is to some of the finest tree skiing in Hokkaido
and a favourite for Central Hokkaido’s backcountry community. It is an area that has been immortalized in magazines with pictures of skiers and snowboarders all trying to keep their heads above the snow.
You will ski the front side of the Daisetsuzan Volcano
and if you are brave enough, a highlight is to touch the volcanic steam that billows out of its great vent. The day will finish with a soak in a forest hot spring which is reputed to have healing qualities.
Your last day you travel to the third of the volcanoes
which is Asahidake
in the northern part of Daisetsuzan National Park. It is the highest mountain in Hokkaido at 2,290m
and another member of the Hyakumeizan. On clear days you can see plumes of white smoke billowing from its many vents. A cable-car gives lift access to the tree line providing for 600 meters and then a 700 vertical meter ascent to the roof of Hokkaido. Transfer to Furano to celebrate the last night.
Airport transfer from Furano to either Asahikawa airport or Chitose Airport or continue on with your Japan adventure
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Stay in traditional Japanese rooms
..eat superb Japanese cuisine..
..and soak in natural hotsprings
- twin share per person
- based on min 5 people on trip
- max guide:guest ratio (1:6)
- Private transport on guided days
- 7 days guiding fees and expenses
- Accommodation in twin rooms (9 nights) with daily breakfast at family operated pension in Niseko; hot-spring hotel in Tokachidake and hotel in Furano (NB for Feb 12 tour the accom in Niseko is at a hot spring hotel)
- 2 lunches, 3 dinners during stay at Tokachidake (NB the Feb 12 tour date includes 4 additional dinners in Niseko)
- Lift tickets (2 days)
- Private transfer from Niseko to Tokachidake with some sightseeing stops
- Schedule bus airport transfers (Chitose Sapporo to Niseko/Furano to Asahikawa Airport)
- 8% consumption tax