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Hokkaido Ski & Snowboard Tour

Asahikawa Hokkaido
Asahikawa Hokkaido
Furariito Alley Asahikawa
Furariito Alley Asahikawa
Asahikawa City Japan
Asahikawa City Japan
The pedestrian street Asahikawa
The pedestrian street Asahikawa
Asahiyama Zoo Asahikawa
Asahiyama Zoo Asahikawa
Lots of cool little bars in Asahikawa
Lots of cool little bars in Asahikawa
Lots of Asahikawa dining options
Lots of Asahikawa dining options
Asahikawa Japan
Asahikawa Japan
Views from the JR Inn Asahikawa
Views from the JR Inn Asahikawa
Asahikawa has various ski areas nearby
Asahikawa has various ski areas nearby
Use Asahikawa as a base for Central Hokkaido ski areas
Use Asahikawa as a base for Central Hokkaido ski areas
Asahikawa Hokkaido
Asahikawa Hokkaido
Asahidake is close to Asahikawa
Asahidake is close to Asahikawa
Backcountry skiing in Central Hokkaido
Backcountry skiing in Central Hokkaido
You can day trip to Kurodake
You can day trip to Kurodake
Kurodake is an amazing powder destination
Kurodake is an amazing powder destination
Furano is close to Asahikawa
Furano is close to Asahikawa
Kamui Links is an Asahikawa ski area
Kamui Links is an Asahikawa ski area
Tokachidake
Tokachidake
Backcountry skiing near Asahikawa
Backcountry skiing near Asahikawa

Asahikawa

The city of Asahikawa Japan makes a great base to visit the various nearby ski resorts, either as part of a hosted multi-resort tour or a DIY trip.

Ski Areas Near Asahikawa Japan

Asahikawa ski areas include:

Kamui Ski Links is only 20 minutes from Asahikawa City (20km east) and is accessible via shuttle bus or car. Kamui Ski Links is a no-frills ski area with super cheap lift tickets. Another drawcard for powder hounds is that off-piste and tree skiing is permitted, and there are good sidecountry areas that are easily accessed from the lifts.

Asahidake is another no-frills ski area with inexpensive lift tickets. It’s about one hour drive from Asahikawa Japan (46km to the east). Asahidake is only suitable for advanced and expert riders because it is one big off-piste playground for powder hounds.

Furano ski resort is a mainstream resort with a wide range of on-piste terrain for all ability levels and it's an off-piste skiing haven. The lift infrastructure is good, and as such the lift tickets are a little more expensive than Kamui Links. Furano is 57km south of Asahikawa (about 1 hour drive).

Tengu cat skiing is located at the former Kitataisetsu ski resort, whilst NAC Cat Skiing on Otoeyama is 31km southwest of Asahikawa Hokkaido. The powder here is particularly delightful!

Kurodake is about 70km east of Asahikawa. Kurodake is an off-piste paradise akin to the ultimate slackcountry experience, and strangely for Japan, it has some steep gnarly terrain. The only downside is that the ropeway is only open for part of the season.

Tokachi-dake is about 57km southeast of Asahikawa. This is a backcountry ski area that offers the ultimate in deep, deep and deeper, but you have to earn your turns to reap the rewards.

Another Asahikawa ski area is the little Pippu ski area which is 25km northeast of Asahikawa City.

If you're up for a decent drive, Nayoro Piyashiri is 89km north of Asahikawa. You're unlikely to find any competition for the fresh powder at Piyashiri!


One advantage of staying in Asahikawa is that each morning you can check out the conditions at each resort and decide which one takes your fancy. Whichever one you choose, there’s a high likelihood of finding the great powder that Hokkaido skiing is famous for. And unlike Niseko and the ski resorts near Sapporo, these Central Hokkaido ski resorts aren’t near the ocean so the powder isn’t just dry; it's superb. These ski areas near Asahikawa provide Japan skiing at its finest.

Where is Asahikawa Japan?

The city of Asahikawa is located in the middle of Hokkaido, the north island of Japan. Asahikawa is northeast of Sapporo, approximately 1.5 hours by train.

Joining a guided multi-resort tour or renting a car provides the most flexibility to sample multiple Asahikawa ski resorts, but as an alternative there are shuttle buses or public transport options to get to some of the ski areas.

Asahikawa Hotels

Asahikawa accommodation consists primarily of hotels. There are various Asahikawa hotels that are located conveniently near the train station, the main shops and the restaurant district. Some of the Asahikawa hotels are very reasonably priced and there are also a couple of accommodation options for those travelling on a shoe-string.

Asahikawa Hotel Listings

Asahikawa Activities

The city has a population of about 360,000 so the downtown area is small enough to largely access on foot, yet the city is big enough to be vibrant and exciting. Asahikawa is full of restaurants, bars, and department stores that will delight any shopping-loving female (who’s less than a size 10!). There are various activities to do in and around Asahikawa for those who don’t want to play on the snow, including the renowned Asahiyama Zoo.

Culture

Asahikawa Japan not only provides access to great skiing and snowboarding, but the city also allows visitors to experience Japanese culture that hasn’t been “resortified”. Outside your hotel, don’t expect many people to speak English beyond a couple of basic greetings, and don’t expect to see too many other Westerners. Some may view this as a bit of a travel inconvenience, but for adventurous travellers the huge advantage is that you’ll find the genuine Japan in Asahikawa.

Weather

Asahikawa holds the record for the coldest temperature in Japan with a chilling -41degrees C in 1902. Thankfully it’s not always that cold in winter! Average low temps are about -14 degrees Celsius however when we've visited, it is always really cold with temperatures around minus 25. And even though we’ve seen it many times before in Japan, we've been continually amazed and entertained by the local girls walking around in their short skirts with bare legs! The stilettos accompanying the outfits are also amazing, considering the slippery roads and footpaths on which our Sorrel (Caribous) boots struggle to keep grip.

Why Stay in Asahikawa on a Ski or Snowboard Holiday?

Asahikawa provides a great base to sample multiple ski resorts, some of which have fantastically cheap lift tickets. And at night time you can hang out in a great city where you’ll find plenty of authentic Japanese culture, and an abundance of dining and drinking options.

Tours That May Include Asahikawa

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
Hokkaido Storm Chaser DETAILS
GUIDED STORM CHASING SAFARI
7 Days | 6 Nights | 6 Ski Areas

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USD 2,552
Book before Aug 31st to receive 40,000 yen discount off the advertised price
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Chase the storms and access the deepest and best quality snow conditions on the day in the Otaru area and Central Hokkaido's world famous deep dry powder.
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Hokkaido Unplugged DETAILS
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY ADVENTURE
10 Days | 9 Nights | 7 Ski Areas
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USD 3,159
Ability: Advanced to Expert
So you have had a taste of Japan powder and you are now ready to get away from the crowds and find the best of Hokkaido. This tour visits some epic sidecountry and backcountry areas in Hokkaido.
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Powder Road Trip DETAILS
HOSTED & GUIDED ROAD TRIP
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Skiing
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USD 2,605
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Journey into central Hokkaido to visit ski areas such as Furano, Tomamu, & Asahidake. Ideally suited to those who mostly want to ride lift accessed powder at the ski areas and also have the option to do a bit of touring or a full day of touring at Tokachi-dake.
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Backcountry Skiing Tours
Backcountry Delights DETAILS
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY TOUR
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing
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USD 2,904
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Journey into Central Hokkaido on this incredible backcountry tour. Some days will include a little lift access otherwise you earn your turns at Tomamu backcountry, Yubari Range, Furano, Kitami Pass and Kurodake.
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Powder Extravaganza DETAILS
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY & OFF-PISTE TOUR
18 Days | 17 Nights | 5+ ski areas
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USD 5,192
Ability: Advanced to Expert
The aptly named Powder Extravaganza Tour offers a mix of pure backcountry skiing at Asahidake & Tokachidake combined with lift-accessed piste & off-piste skiing at ski areas like Tomamu, Furano & Kamui. By the end of this 17 day trip you will have had your annual powder fix & will be ready for a tropical holiday!
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Ultimate Backcountry Tour DETAILS
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY TOUR
18 Days | 17 Nights
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USD 5,016
Ability: Advanced to Expert
The Ultimate Backcountry Tour is aptly named! Earn your turns on this Central Hokkaido tour which takes in Asahidake, Tokachidake, Tomamu backcountry, Yubari Range, Kitami Pass and Kurodake.
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Cat Skiing Tours
Otoe Day Cat Skiing DETAILS
DAY CAT SKIING PACKAGES
Mixed Group or Private Group
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USD 370
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Amazing Central Hokkaido powder and only a max of 11 other guests to share all the powder with. The Otoe cat tour package includes a full day of guided cat skiing and transport to/from Furano (if required)
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