Backcountry Delights Tour
The fully guided 8-day Backcountry Delights ski & snowboard tour with Journey Into Japan
explores some of the best backcountry secrets in central Hokkaido.
This tour includes lift access and backcountry skiing at Tomamu
, Yubari Range, Kuro Dake
(Sounkyo) and Kitami Pass (see our video of a day at Kitami Pass with Journey Into Japan below).
Both Tomamu and Furano have excellent lift serviced access to nearby backcountry bowls, where you can climb & ski wilderness runs in superb terrain.
From there you travel to the stunning Sounkyo Gorge in the north of Daisetsusan National Park. There from your small inn in this hot spring village, your guide will choose from either the nearby slopes and peak of Kuro Dake or the rarely skied area of 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 very good level of fitness
as there will be a lot of hiking/skinning involved. There is quite a bit of traversing so snowboarders, unless you are an extremely fit and experienced snowboarder; this tour 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).
A little walk up the hill....
...and you get rewarded with this...
...and more amazing Japow!
This tour starts in Tomamu and finishes in Asahikawa.
Meet at Tomamu train station (approx 3:30 pm) where you will then be transferred to your accommodation for dinner (just a few minutes away from the station).
Today ski the Tomamu backcountry, depending on snow conditions and group size, you will get your legs by using the lifts for some sections.
Choose from another day at Tomamu, or travel
to a nearby remote backcountry area, based on snow
& weather conditions. Evening transfer to Furano.
Stay in a variety of accom....
...powder skiing like this...
Ski the backcountry of the Yubari range, on
the southern end of the Furano ski ground. You'll use
the lifts to gain the high point, check in with the patrol,
and then head for the spectacular summit of Nishi
Dake or nearby slopes.
Early morning departure from Furano for Kitami Pass
by private mini bus (approx 2 hours). We spend the rest of the day skiing near the pass to some very
accessible powder bowls. After skiing, transfer to the accommodation in Sounkyo Gorge (approximately 35
minutes). In the evening, view the Sounkyo ice festival.
Overnight: Sounkyo Gorge
Today the group has the option of skiing at the base
of Kuro Dake, in the Sounkyo Gorge, or returning to
nearby Kitami Pass, depending on snow & weather
conditions. After skiing transfer to Asahikawa
After a leisurely breakfast, depart for Asahikawa Station or airport by bus.
..the touring is relatively low angle..
..ahh and more delightful BC rewards.
- Experienced & qualified guide throughout tour (max 6:1 client/guide ratio)
- Transfer from Tomamu station to accommodation
- 7 nights twin share accommodation (single room supplement if available, couples get a private room)
- 7 breakfasts
- 4 dinners
- 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)
- Ski touring gear hire
- Avalanche safety gear hire
- Single room supplement (subject to availability)
... amazing Japow!
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.
A little walk up the hill....
...Sounkyo near Kurodake...
...and amazing Japan powder!