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LOCAL GUIDED & HOSTED TOUR
4 Nights | 3 Days Skiing/Riding | Up to 3 Resorts
From price based on twin/triple-share room.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY inc. taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
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From price based on twin/triple-share room.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY inc. taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 986
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Get a taste of the powder in Furano & the Central Hokkaido region with this mini tour; the perfect add-on to your Japan ski holiday. Local guides will show you their way of life, skiing great powder, relaxing in onsens (hot springs) & the good times of eating & drinking at their favourite local Japanese restaurants.
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Inclusions
  • 3 days guiding & lift passes – max 1 guide to 6 guests
  • 4 nights twin or triple share accommodation with en-suite.
  • Daily breakfasts (continental)
  • 1 hosted dinner in town; welcome drinks at accommodation
  • All daily mountain transfers/shuttle
Add-ons
  • Avalanche gear rental 3 days JPY 12,000 (Beacon, shovel, probe and backpack)
  • Twin share (deluxe room) upgrade JPY 4,300 per person per night.
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Sidecountry
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Availability
Jan 10 - Jan 14, 2018
5
USD 986
Available
Jan 17 - Jan 21, 2018
5
USD 986
Available
Jan 24 - Jan 28, 2018
5
USD 986
Available
Jan 31 - Feb 04, 2018
5
USD 986
Available
Feb 07 - Feb 11, 2018
5
USD 986
Available
Feb 14 - Feb 18, 2018
5
USD 986
Available
Feb 21 - Feb 25, 2018
5
USD 986
Available
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Furano/Central Hokkaido Taster Overview

Furano/Central Hokkaido Taster is about sampling a few of the mountains in the Central Hokkaido region over your 3 days of skiing/riding. This tour gives you small taste of what this region has to offer which may leave you wanting more in the future. This tour focuses on picking the right resorts on the right days to get the best powder that the region has to offer. This means we may go to other mountains in the region not listed in the 3.

Furano Snow Tours is a small local guiding company in Furano. Our bilingual guides will surely give you the best experience skiing/riding in Furano and the Central Hokkaido region, as well as a real cultural experience going to some relaxing onsens (hot springs), and taking you out to some of their favourite local Japanese restaurants where few tourists go.

We will be based at the newly built boutique accommodation Element, 5 minutes drive from Furano town surrounded by the natural beauty of its rural location. Each morning we will head out to wherever the best snow will be that day, either Furano, Kamui, Tomamu, Sahoro or Asahidake.

Mixed GroupsThis tour can be for a private group or you can also join as a solo traveler or a couple/small group. Rooms are twin or triple with private bathrooms, or subject to availability, you may be able to upgrade to a private room as a solo traveler for an additional fee.

Tour Dates & DurationWhilst the sample pricing is based on the 4 night Taster package with 3 days of skiing/riding, there are 3 packages available for this tour of varying durations:

1. The Experience - 7 nights (in Sundays/out Sundays), 6 days skiing/riding (2 days Furano + 4 other nearby resorts)
2. The Taster - 4 nights (in Wednesdays/out Sundays), 3 days skiing/riding (1 day Furano + 2 other nearby resorts)
3. The Quicky - 3 nights (in Sundays/out Wednesdays), 2 days skiing/riding ( 1 day Furano + 1 other nearby resort)

All dates are fixed periods as per the "rates, dates & availability" tab above.

AbilityThis tour is for skiers/boarders who are high intermediate to advanced level in powder.

Avalanche safety equipment is a requirement as this tour focuses on lift-accessed skiing off-piste and backcountry terrain. Those without avalanche safety equipment can rent an avi pack from FST. Fat skis and long wide snowboards are recommended for skiing deep powder. Powder snowboard rentals are also available.

Lodging

You will be based at Element, a newly built boutique accommodation 5 min drive from Furano town surrounded by the natural beauty of its rural location.

Element hotel was architecturally designed, combining the vernacular barn style of Hokkaido, traditional Japanese architectural elements, and modern minimalism. The aim was to create warmth and tranquillity, with the use of raw materials like recycled timber, relaxing colour tones, and a mix of intimate and spacious rooms with views of the surrounding mountains and country-scape. The communal living room is designed to spark conversation and bring people together around the fireplace, whilst the Japanese style mezzanine space is perfect for solitary relaxation.

You will be sharing a twin or triple room which has 120cm wide beds. All rooms have en-suite with toilet and shower. At the hotel there is also a shared Japanese bathroom with a special timber Japanese bath to relax in.


Element Furano

Cozy common lounge area

Japanese bathroom with tub

Itinerary

This itinerary is a guide. The tour is dictated by the weather each day and your guide will decide where to go for the best powder conditions.

Day 1
Welcome to Furano, a town of about 25,000 people with many great local restaurants and an international ski field which has hosted 12 FIS world cups. Your guides/hosts will pick you up either at Furano JR station or at the bus stop to drive you to Element, a boutique accommodation where you will be staying. That evening we will have a few welcome drinks at the hotel to get to know your guide and others on your tour.

Day 2
Furano, the biggest ski resort in Central Hokkaido, has 2 sides of the mountain and terrain in between to explore. Furano has opened up the off-piste areas with gates to serious back country terrain for those with all the safety equipment and knowledge. Your guide will sign the group in with Ski Patrol in the morning and sign the group out at the end of the day letting them know all is good.

Day 3
Kamui, located 1 hour 10 minute drive northwest of Furano, is a funky resort well known for its liberal off-piste policy. There is good tree skiing and nice pillows to be enjoyed here. On the way we will come across a giant Kannon sama (buddah) statue towering over the town of Ashibetsu. On the way back we will swing by a great local onsen (hot spring) in Ashibetsu. That evening it’s the Furano Snow Tours dinner in town at one of our favourite local Japanese restaurant where few tourists go.

Day 4
Asahidake located 1 hour 20 minutes northeast of Furano is a real gem! It's the highest mountain in Hokkaido, and with volcanic steam coming out the top of the mountain it makes this special. One cable car will get us to the top, no piste skiing here, just advanced off-piste skiing and 2 main cat tracks to get us back to the cable car station. After a great day of skiing we will go to our guide’s favourite onsen in Asahidake which just happens to be the family home of Japanese female alpine racer Tomoka Takeuchi who won silver at the last Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Day 5
Departing Furano. The time has come to say good bye to our lovely hosts at Element and to your Furano Snow Tours guide. You will be dropped off at the station or the bus stop taking with you memories of good times on and off the mountain.

Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

Tour Prices (Japanese Yen)

 Prices are per person in Japanese Yen
 Tour (In/Out) Includes  Price per person
 Experience (Sunday to Sunday) 7 Nights / 6 Days Skiing/Riding  213,000
 Taster (Wednesday to Sunday) 4 Nights / 3 Days Skiing/Riding  110,800
 Quicky (Sunday to Wednesday) 3 Nights / 2 Days Skiing/Riding  80,500
  • rates are per person
  • based on twin/triple-share room
  • base/invoice currency is Japanese Yen
  • include all taxes
Inclusions
  • 3 days guiding & lift passes – max 1 guide to 6 guests
  • 4 nights twin or triple share accommodation with en-suite.
  • Daily breakfasts (continental)
  • 1 hosted dinner in town; welcome drinks at accommodation
  • All daily mountain transfers/shuttle
  • 2 hot springs visits
Optional Extras
  • Avalanche gear rental 3 days JPY 12,000 (Beacon, shovel, probe and backpack)
  • Twin share (deluxe room) upgrade JPY 4,300 per person per night.
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Terms & Conditions

DEPOSIT & FULL PAYMENT

  • A 20% deposit of the tour price is required to confirm your booking.
  • All deposits are non-refundable.
  • Full payment is due 30 days prior to the start date of the tour.
  • Full payment is required for tours booked within 30 days of the tour start date.
  • All payments are in Japanese Yen (JPY)

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • Cancellation fee for cancellations 30 days and more is 20% of the tour cost.
  • Cancellation fee for cancellations under 30 days is 100% of the tour cost.

METHOD OF PAYMENT

  • Payment is made by credit card. We will email you an invoice for credit card payment.

TOUR SIZES

  • Minimum of 4 people are required for a tour to commence.
  • Tour sizes will be no more than 12 people with a ratio of 1 guide to 6 people max.

WAIVER FORM

  • A waiver form must be read and signed before your tour commences.
  • Customers 18 years and under must have a parent or legal guardian sign their release of liability.

BACKCOUNTRY SAFETY EQUIPMENT

  • Backcountry safety equipment is a required for this tour.
  • Backcountry safety equipment can be hired which includes, beacon, shovel, probe and backpack.