Ultimate Backcountry Tour
The aptly named Ultimate Backcountry Tour with Journey Into Japan
explores the best backcountry spots in Central Hokkaido. This ultimate tour is a combination of the Backcountry Delights Tour
and the Backcountry Classic Tour
This is not a lift-accessed sidecountry tour; whilst lifts might be used in some cases to get you to the highest point in a ski area, this tour is predominantly backcountry touring and skiing.
This tour visits Asahidake
, Tomamu Backcountry
, Yubari Range & Kitami Pass.
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 dont have your own gear you can rent it through the JIJ shop (however they don't currently offer split boards).
The natural beauty....
...the daily hot springs ritual...
...plenty of this!
The itinerary below provides an outline of how the tours run however the first and third tour commences in Asahikawa
(as shown below) and the second tour starts in Tomamu
and has a slightly different itinerary but it covers mostly the same areas.
Afternoon transfers from Asahikawa station OR airport to your accommodation at Asahikawa
. You are free to explore Asahikawa City and its many restaurants & bars.
Morning transfer to Asahidake
(Hokkaido's highest mountain/volcano) for a full day of riding. 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 a well-earned outdoor hot spring bath.
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.
For the next four days 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. See more information about Tokachidake here
In the morning after breakfast you will transfer to Furano where you will have free time for lunch or a quick ski at the resort. At approximately 1pm you will then transfer from Furano to Tomamu (about 1 hour away) to your accommodation in Tomamu.
Today you will ski the Tomamu backcountry
, and depending on snow conditions you will use the lifts for some some sections with the aim of ultimately reaching Tomamu summit. Overnight in Tomamu.
..true wilderness skiing.
This is the day for a spectacular high mountain traverse
with full day-packs
starting at the top of the Tomamu lifts. You will make your way across the summit ridge to the Ochiai peak
before descending to the town of Ochiai
. You will then do a transfer to Furano (approx 60 mins by road). Overnight in Furano.
Today you will ski the backcountry of the Yubari range
(on the southern end of the Furano ski field). You will use the lifts to gain the high-point
and check in with ski patrol and then head for the spectacular summit of Nishi Dake
. Overnight Furano.
Another full day in the Yubari range
(or an option to ski at Furano ski resort). Today, based on snow conditions, decide whether to take the route through either of the valleys near Nishi Dake or further down the valley where you can climb to the summit of Mt Ashibetsu
. Overnight Furano.
Early morning depart from Furano for Kitami Pass
(approx 2 hours). You will spend the rest of the day climbing near the pass to some very accessible powder bowls
. After skiing you will transfer to your accommodation at Sounkyo Gorge
(approx 35 mins away). Evening view of the ice festival.
Today you will have the option of climbing and skinning at the base of Kurodake
in the Sounkyo Gorge or returning to nearby Kitami Pass
(depending on the snow and weather conditions). After skiing you will then transfer to Asahikawa for your last evening where you have the option to rest or hit the town with your new found ski buddies.
After breakfast, you will depart for Asahikawa station or airport by private bus.
- Experienced & qualified guide throughout tour
- All transfers during tour and to and from Tomamu or Asahikawa & back to either Asahikawa or Chitose airports or Asahikawa Station
- 17 nights twin share accommodation (single room supplement available, private room for couples)
- 17 breakfasts
- 13 dinners
- Compulsory travel insurance
- Lunches, dinners (apart from those mentioned in the inclusions) and snacks
- Ski gear and avo safety gear rentals
- Ski touring gear hire (10% discount available)
- Avalanche safety gear hire
- Single room supplement AU$490 (subject to availability)
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.