Hokkaido Storm Chaser5 out of 5 based on 21 reviews
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
Hokkaido Storm Chaser Enquire
7 Days | 6 Nights | 5 Ski Areas

Base/invoice currency is in yen not including 8% consumption tax.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p

Base/invoice currency is in yen not including 8% consumption tax.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 2,697
To be eligible for any advertised specials you must book & pay the required deposit by the last day of the promotion...no exceptions.
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Chase the storms and access the deepest and best quality snow conditions on the day in the Niseko United area and Central Hokkaido's world famous deep dry powder.
View Inclusions & Add-ons
  • Guided off-piste & orientation tours (max 1:6 ratio)
  • 6 nights 3 star accommodation (twin share)
  • Daily breakfasts
  • 5 days of lift passes
  • Transport to/from Chitose airport & ski areas
  • BACKCOUNTRY GUIDING: Guided backcountry isn't included in this trip. If you would like a day of guided backcountry, they can recommend a company that specializes in this service
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Sidecountry
Click here for rates, dates & availability
Future rates & dates are currently not yet available for this operator. Click here to enquire.

Storm Chaser Overview

The Hokkaido Storm Chaser tour is a fantastic Hokkaido ski and snowboard safari that chases the storms to get the best powder conditions. For the first part of the tour you'll stay around the Niseko area. In addition to checking out the Niseko Ski Resort, your guide will pack the van and storm-chase to find the good stuff at resorts such as Rusutsu, Moiwa, and Kiroro.

After sufficiently skiing the Niseko area, you will travel up to Central Hokkaido to the hidden gem of Japan's snow, the Asahikawa area. Haven't heard of it? Exactly. The snow quality is even better than Niseko and the runs will be yours as most Westerners don't stray this far from the safety of Niseko. From your centrally located lodging in a vibrant city, you will storm-chase each day and choose a different ski area depending on what the weather is doing. Ski areas visited might include Kamui Ski Links, Furano and Asahidake.

At the end of the day, you can soak in natural hot springs, treat yourself to delicious Japanese food, and think about how life couldn't get much better!


  • Storm-chase the best powder & conditions each day.
  • Stay in quality 3-star hotels.
  • Soak your powder-tired bones in outdoor natural hot springs aka "onsens".
  • Maximize the quality of your skiing by getting the scoop on powder stashes and get resort orientation from your guide who will accompany you on every leg of the trip.
  • The guide will take you off-piste and into the side country to show you the best kept powder secrets .
  • Venture out to resorts that most visitors don't get to.

Skier/Boarder AbilityThis trip is geared toward advanced to expert skiers and riders.

Given that this tour incorporates quite a bit of off-piste riding, avalanche safety gear is required which is provided by the guides.

The steep & deep in Niseko

Superb Japanese food

More Hokkaido POW POW

AccommodationAll of the accommodation on this trip is 3 star and based on twin-share. A single supplement is available for the hotel in Asahikawa.

Each of the rooms in this 3-star hotel contain a Japanese-style tatami mat room with futon as well as western-style beds. Each room has free Wi-Fi and 32-inch plasma TVs that are equipped with digital channels and DVD players. All units have kitchens with stovetops, full-sized refrigerators/freezers, microwaves, and coffee/tea makers plus a private bathroom with shower.

The hotel is located in the Niseko Moiwa area. The Niseko United resorts of Annupuri and Hirafu can be accessed easily by taking one run up Moiwa and skiing over to the Annupuri base or by a 5-10 minute shuttle bus ride. 

And at the end of the day that you're skiing at Niseko, take your last run and ski right to the base of the hotel before jumping into the hotel's own Onsen hot springs complete with both indoor and outdoor bathing areas.

The hotel in Asahikawa is great, full (Japanese) size, with a hot springs style bath free of use for an après-ski soak. Centrally located to the small downtown of Hokkaido's second largest city, you'll be within easy walking distance of everything a downtown has to offer including bars, restaurants, karaoke joints, street vendors, tako yaki stalls, and more.

About 1 hour away from some of the best snow in the world in any direction, this hotel is a great base to come back to before deciding where to storm chase the next day. The hotel's daily buffet breakfast, featuring many Hokkaido specialties, both Japanese and Western, is sure to give you the energy you'll need for the pow day.

Each room features free Wi-Fi. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and bidets.

Moiwa (Niseko) accommodation

Your room in Moiwa (Niseko)

Hotel Asahikawa
Day 1: Travel to Niseko & Meet & Greet
We meet at 2pm in Sapporo's Chitose Airport (CTS) which is the main airport in Hokkaido Island. If you are unable to arrive by 2pm at the airport, you will either need to arrange a shuttle to Niseko (at your own expense) or arrive a day before and meet the group at CTS on day 1 of the trip. Alternatively you can meet at the Hirafu Welcome Centre at 5:00 p.m.

Day 2-4: Ski Niseko and storm chase nearby resorts
Depending on weather and snow conditions, your guide will decide which ski area to head to each day. Resorts may include Niseko, Moiwa, Rusutsu and Kiroro.

Each night you can soak the weary muscles in the onsen then enjoy dinner at one of the Japanese restaurants your guide has picked out for you. These will be restaurants with high quality and authentic food, including sushi, shabushabu, and izakaya style food.

Day 5-6: Storm chase Asahikawa ski areas
Depart for Hokkaido’s best kept ski secret—Asahikawa.

Unlike Niseko and Hakuba, Asahikawa isn’t frequented by foreigners and maintains a traditional Japanese feel. Asahikawa is a vibrant city with easy access to no less than six different resorts which get vastly varying amounts of snow depending on what the weather is doing. From this central location, you’ll storm chase the best possible snow you can get depending on what the weather is doing that day. Ski areas may include Asahidake, Kamui and Furano. Depending on where we ski, the drive to the resorts will be between 30 minutes and 1.5 hours. 

And that’s not all. If you can believe it, the snow in the Asahikawa region is even lighter than anywhere else in Japan including Niseko. The area around Asahikawa is truly the crème de la crème—the best of the best lift accessed snow on earth.

You can have a soak in the onsen each night at the hotel.

Asahikawa downtown

Chest deep at Asahidake

Ahh, the feeling of turning in POW

Day 7: Transfer to airport 
Day 7 marks the end of the trip. You have a few options here depending on your time frame: 
  • Leave in the morning in the van and get dropped off at Sapporo's Chitose Airport by 11am
  • Get dropped off at Sapporo Teine Ski hill at noon for a half day of skiing (return transportation and lift ticket not included)
  • Get dropped off at Sapporo Station 

2018 Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

290,000 yen + tax per person for a group tour

Private tour bookings price per person:

  • 1 person on tour - 1,300,000 yen plus tax
  • 2 people on tour - 700,000 yen plus tax
  • 3 people on tour - 500,000 yen plus tax
  • 4 people on tour - 390,000 yen plus tax
  • 5 people on tour - 240,000 yen plus tax
  • 6 people on tour - 290,000 yen plus tax
  • Price is per person
  • Base invoice currency is Japanese Yen. Convert here
  • Price does not include tax 
  • Lodging is twin share in separate single beds
  • Single supplement applies for Asahikawa hotel
  • 50% deposit required to secure booking
  • Balance due 1 month before trip
  • Guided off-piste & orientation tours (max 1:6 ratio)
  • 6 nights 3 star accommodation (twin share)
  • Daily breakfasts
  • 5 days of lift passes
  • Transport to/from Chitose airport & ski areas
  • Native English-speaking guide
  • Avalanche safety gear (shovel, probe, beacon)
Optional Extras
  • BACKCOUNTRY GUIDING: Guided backcountry isn't included in this trip. If you would like a day of guided backcountry, they can recommend a company that specializes in this service
Not Included
  • Flights in/out of Chitose Airport (CTS) - search for cheapest flights here
  • Ski travel insurance - buy travel insurance online here
  • LUNCHES, DINNERS & DRINKS: only those meals stated above are included in the price
  • POWDER SKIS & POWDER BOARDS: It is highly recommended for maximum enjoyment that you have appropriate skis and snowboards for deep, deep powder

Japan Ski Tours Terms & Conditions

Deposit and Full Payment

  • Deposit is 50% of the trip cost
  • The remaining balance is due one month before trip departure
  • Credit card payments may be made via Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express

Cancellation Policy

  • 30% cancellation fee for cancellations made more then 3 months before the start of your trip
  • 50% cancellation fee for cancellations made between 1-3 months before trip departure
  • No refund for any cancellations made less than one month before trip departure 

Cancellation by Japan Ski Tours
Japan Ski Tours reserves the right to cancel any program due to weather or route conditions. If a tour is canceled before commencing, due to weather or route conditions, then a full refund will be given; however, JSA is not responsible for any additional expenses incurred in preparing for the program (i.e., airline tickets, equipment purchase or rental, hotel reservations).