Powder Extravaganza Tour
The Powder Extravaganza Tour with Journey Into Japan
is a superb combination of backcountry skiing and lift-accessed resort skiing in Central Hokkaido. It is two tours in one: the Backcountry Powder & Sushi Tour
(Asahidake and Tokachidake); and the Powder Road Trip
This fully guided ski/snowboard tour explores some of the best (if not the best) backcountry terrain and ski areas in Central Hokkaido.
The tour visits Asahidake
and the lift-accessed side-country and piste
and a night in Asahikawa
For the backcountry days, this is not lift-accessed sidecountry touring; whilst lifts might be used in some cases to get you to the highest point in a ski area, these days are predominantly backcountry touring and skiing.
Transport throughout is via private 4WD mini bus
providing complete autonomy and the freedom to vary the daily skiing schedule should the snow conditions and weather dictate a change in the daily itinerary.
This tour ideally is suited to advanced skiers & snow boarders with a good level of fitness
as there will be a bit of hiking/skinning involved. However it should be pointed out that there is quite a bit of traversing and unless you are an extremely fit and experienced snowboarder; these tours might not be for you.
With regard to gear, you will need climbing skins and climbing style telemark or alpine touring bindings
plus avalanche safety gear.
If you are a snowboarder you will need either a split-board and skins or snowshoes with risers. If you don't have your own gear you can rent it through the JIJ shop (however they don't currently offer split boards).
Deep in Furano....
...Asahidake ropeway sunset...
...freshies in the BC
Morning transfer to Asahidake
(Hokkaido's highest mountain/volcano). Here you will find some of the deepest, driest powder snow on earth! Tonight you will stay at Asahidake and will have the opportunity to have an outdoor hot spring bath at your accommodation.
Tour #1 transfers from Furano and picks up the group from tour#2 at Asahikawa station (approx 2pm).
For the next four days you will explore the amazing terrain of Asahidake
(with the assistance of a ropeway - 100 person cable car) and each night at the Japanese log-style mountain lodge. The lodge has a small onsen and there are several hotels nearby that have some of the best onsens you will find in Japan. They are well worth a visit and a great daily ritual! Dinner is served each night at the lodge, as is breakfast each morning. A packed lunch is also provided each day whilst at Asahidake.
You will explore the massive area of the Tokachidake range
which is also renowned for its deep and consistently dry powder snow. There is no lift assistance here. You will earn your turns from start to finish each day and will be rewarded with some of the most incredible skiing you will have ever experienced. The hot springs at Tokachi are also fabulous so this is likely to become part of your daily ritual.
See more information about Tokachidake here
..and become an onsen addict...
..earn some turns!
In the morning after breakfast you will transfer to Sounkyo Gorge
(via the Outdoor shop in Asahikawa
where you will be able to pick up more BC supplies if needed), arriving late afternoon for check-in (to a very traditional Japanese-style hotel with superb hot springs) and dinner. After dinner there will be an opportunity to visit the local ice festival
Overnight: Sounkyo Gorge
Early morning departure to Tomamu
(approx 90 mins) for a full day of skiing at Tomamu ski resort
. After skiing you will be chauffeured to Furano to your accommodation and dinner.
You will chase the powder. Your guide will decide on where the best conditions are each day at one of the following locations; Furano, Asahidake, Tomamu, Tokachidake or some other nearby area that might have some secret stashes on/and/or off-piste. Each night will be back in Furano where you can party on or put your feet up for a well-earned rest.
Early morning departure from Furano to either Asahidake
(depending on where the best conditions are). After skiing you will head to Asahikawa
for a final farewell dinner and the opportunity to let your hair down in one (or more) of the hundreds of bars in town.
After breakfast (mid morning), you will depart for Asahikawa station or airport
by private bus.
NOTE: make sure your departure from Asahikawa is no earlier than midday and/or your departure from Chitose is no earlier than 1:30pm.
- Experienced & qualified guide throughout tour
- All transfers to and from Furano
or Asahikawa & back to either Asahikawa or
- 17 nights twin share accommodation
- 17 breakfasts
- 13 dinners
- 3 full day lift passes
- Private 4wd mini-van transport
- Compulsory travel insurance
- Lunches, dinners (apart from those mentioned in the inclusions), alcohol and snacks
- Ski gear and avo safety gear rentals (10% discount available)
- Some additional lift passes will need to be purchased as you go
- Ski touring gear hire (10% discount available)
- Avalanche safety gear hire
Journey Into Japan (JIJ) Terms & Conditions
DEPOSIT & FULL PAYMENT
- Deposit is $AUD250 per person.
deposits are non-refundable.
- Final balance due: 60 days prior to
- All payments are in Australian Dollars (AUD)
CANCELLATION BY YOU
- more than 60 days prior to departure, full
- 60 to 30 days prior to departure, 50% of trip cost is
- Less than 30 days 100% forfeited.
- JIJ insist you take out travel
insurance at time of sending your deposit.
CANCELLATION BY JIJ
JIJ reserve the right to cancel any tour prior to departure. In this case you will receive a full refund. You will not be entitled to make any further claim for compensation, damages, expenses, loss of time or inconvenience.
Trips costs are based on optimum group sizes. If we don’t get the required number of people (4 for all trips), you will be notified as soon as possible and offered the choice of:
a) A full refund of the money you have paid.
b) A transfer to another date at no cost to you.
c) Paying a surcharge.
ROUTE & ITINERARY CHANGES
Due to various factors, such as weather, group ability, gov’t legislation affecting routes and other unforeseen circumstances we reserve the right to alter itineraries if necessary. In most cases itinerary alterations will be advised prior to depature.
ITEMS NOT INCLUDED
Please refer to specific trip descriptions for inclusions. Please note that emergency evacuation costs, visa/passport charges, extra meals, alcohol, all items of a personal nature or excess baggage charges are not included.
ITINERARY AND TRIP COSTS
Journey into Japan reserves the right to make any changes to trip dates, itineraries and costs without notice.