Renaissance Rider (Nth & Sth Islands) - Reviews

Renaissance Rider Jan 6th - 20th 2017

Mark White
24/01/2017
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    January
As a first timer in Japan I found the mix of skiing and touring/sightseeing on this tour to be well balanced, giving your body time to recover from the skiing sessions with city sightseeing and transit days.

The accommodation was of a high standard varying from traditional ryokan inns to business class hotels and the restaurants provided a good introduction to a variety of Japanese cuisines.

Honshu host (Luke) & Hokkaido host/guide (Daniel) were both very professional and know their stuff. Daniel provided us with many challenging off piste/tree routes but still within the capabilities of the group and when he was not sure of conditions would do a recci run first to check snow conditions and runouts. I our 6 skiing days in Hokkaido we managed to ski most of the major areas (Niseko, Rusutso, Kiroro, Furano, Asahidake, Kamui) and had some great weather, perfect groomers and japow from boot to waist deep.

With 8 scheduled skiing days (I did an extra day in Hakuba bypassing the snow/onsen monkeys, paying for the extra lift ticket) over the 14 days, if you just want to ski continuously there would be better value in some of the other itineraries but if you want an introduction to Japanese culture with your japow I can thoroughly recommend this tour.

P.S. Many thanks to Luke for providing a partial refund of fees for my wife's unplanned cancellation at late notice despite not being contractually obliged to do so.

Fantastic Trip

Charis
18/02/2016
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    United States
  • Month:
    February
One of the best guided tours we have been on! We were inspired to ski in Japan after seeing Warren Miller's No Turning Back Japan hence “Japow”. The footage from the film was from Niseko, which we visited on the Renaissance Rider
13-Days, at least 7 ski hills was fantastic, but visiting the little resorts in the area proved to be richer in untouched powder and culture. The Guiding was top notch, finding untouched pow, avoiding long walks and traverses was fantastic!
The cultural experience was equally as fun. Many hours of scouting went into finding restaurants, shrines, distillery tours and other fun activities like visiting the snow monkeys, to do throughout the entire trip. My husband and I have severe food allergies and were able to enjoy the local cuisine with confidence. Furthermore, the ease of transition from location to location was seamless. We really appreciate the time and energy that Brent and Luke put into our trip. Definitely an experience of a life time.

Japan: Another Dimension

Adam Saunders
30/05/2015
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Canada
Japan Ski Adventures delivers the white gold and an astounding cultural journey through Japan. The unsurpassed service of the guides Brent and Luke provided an excellent experience. This tour will get you skiing deep Japan Pow and all the secret stashes. Good balance of resort and backcountry options. The guides are fully bilingual Japanese and English which assists immensely. The tour is great value for your dollar, well planned, organized, personalized to cater everyones needs and offers freedom to explore.

AMAZING TRIP!

Jalyn
05/05/2015
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    United States
This was one of the best trips I have ever taken, and totally affordable for all that is included! I am not usually a big fan of organized, guided tours and prefer to explore on my own and be on my own schedule. But after extensive research, I realized that there was no way to see all of the cultural sites and snowboard at all of the best mountains in this amount of time on my own without huge hassles when it comes to transportation, the language barrier, and the cost.

This trip was the perfect mix of experiencing Japanese culture and food, epic snowboarding, and enjoying nightlife. Every single day was amazing and they had every aspect covered down to the last detail. Having a local who is familiar with each city we went to was great because they knew the best restaurants to eat at and the best sites to check out and could lay out all of the options for us. Being with Brent and Luke who spoke the language fluently was also a huge help, as you don’t run into too many people who speak English in many of the places, and the bus/train system is a bit confusing.

Brent knew exactly where to get the best snow in terms of which mountains to hit, as well as all the secret hidden powder stashes once you get onto each mountain. He is an amazing back country guide, going above and beyond what I expected in making sure that everyone was safe, aware of all of the dangers, and ensuring that everyone got to make fresh tracks in the best snow. I have been snowboarding all over the U.S. and Europe and have never seen snow that deep! I definitely had some of the best days of riding I’ve ever experienced in my life.

It was invaluable having the guides shuttle you around from place to place in their van. They offer options every day on things to do, but are totally fine with you going off and doing your own thing if you want to stray from the group.

Both Brent and Luke went out of their way to make sure that everyone was happy and had everything they needed at every step. I was the only female in the group, and the guides always offered me the option for my own room for an extra cost to make me feel more comfortable.

If you are going on this tour, don’t skip the snow monkeys! They are amazing (Just don’t try to hug them. That doesn’t end well.) If you are contemplating this trip, do it! Get ready for some shreddy shreddy gnar gnar!

Japow

Todd Elligson
04/03/2015
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Canada
This is a 5 plus star adventure. Brent and Luke go above and beyond on both the skiing and culture. They even got us last minute tickets to Sumo which is rare and a feat in it self.

All in all an AWESOME 2 weeks in Japan. I will be back and highly recommend Japan Ski Adventures!

Best of japan

dave
02/03/2015
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    new zealand
The idea behind this tour was what really appealed to me at first "Japan is a long ways to come to only ski. With this tour, skiing and sightseeing aren't mutually exclusive and I was not disappointed with either aspect other than wishing it was longer.

Brent and Luke went above and beyond to make this an awesome 2 weeks from the insightful guiding visiting some of the great sights in Kyoto and Tokyo through to Brent's on mountain advice for where to ski to find the best powder stashes (deepest snow I've ever skied).

Whilst not the cheapest option if you only care about the skiing, it was more than made up for by the full service and quality of the tour. All accommodation was of a high standard and the small group size and the great selection of food and cultural activities combined to give you a great taste of what the country of japan is truly like rather than just dropping you at the resorts.

Would 100% recommend

shreddy shreddy nar-nar