Backcountry Classic Tour
The fully guided Backcountry Classic Tour with Journey Into Japan
explores some of the best backcountry terrain in central Hokkaido.
This is not a lift-accessed sidecountry tour; whilst lifts might be used in some cases at Asahidake to get you to a higher point, this tour is predominantly backcountry touring and skiing. This tour visits Asahidake
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 is ideally suited to advanced skiers & snow boarders with a very good level of fitness
as there will be a lot of hiking/skinning involved. However it should be pointed out that there is quite a bit of traversing and flat-spots and unless you are an extremely fit and experienced snowboarder; these tours might not be for you.
With regards 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).
...plenty of onsens to rejuvenate in!
This tour starts in Asahikawa with a pick-up at the airport or station and ends in either Asahikawa Airport or Asahikawa Station or the Chitose Airport.
Meet at Asahikawa station at approximately 2:00 pm
where you will be picked up in a private 4wd minivan and driven to your first night's accommodation at Asahidake
. Experience your first night of amazing Japanese cuisine and squeeze in a relaxing bath in the indoor and/or outdoor hot springs.
For the next four days you will explore Asahidake
(Hokkaido's highest mountain/volcano). Here you will find some of the deepest, driest powder snow on earth! Each night you will stay at a rustic mountain lodge at Asahidake and have the opportunity to have a well-earned outdoor hot spring bath. There are also several other hotels in the area that have public onsens (some of the best in Japan!) as well as public bars; so feel free to share the love around the village.
...plenty of pow!
For the next five 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 evenings you will be spoiled with incredible cuisine and have several options for hot springs.
In the morning after breakfast you will transfer to your point of preference: Chitose Airport, or Asahikawa Airport or Station.
Tokachi..oh if you insist...
..and more sweet turns.
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.