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11 Days | 10 Nights | Up to 8 Days Touring/Skiing
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USD 2,880
Ability: Advanced to Expert
The Backcountry Powder and Sushi Classic Tour is pure backcountry skiing at its finest at Asahidake & Tokachidake. Deep, deep dry powder and it's all yours!
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  • Experienced and qualified guide throughout (max 1:6 ratio)
  • 10 nights twin share accommodation (private room for couples)
  • All breakfasts & dinners
  • All transfers in a private 4wd minivan
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Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
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We try to keep the availability as accurate as possible however things can change regularly. The following statuses roughly equate to:
  • Available = 5 or more spots
  • Filling = 3 – 5 spots
  • Almost Full = 2 or less spots

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Jan 18 - Jan 28, 2018
USD 2,880
Feb 04 - Feb 14, 2018
USD 3,032
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Backcountry Powder & Sushi Tour

The fully guided Backcountry Powder & Sushi Tour (formerly 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 & Tokackidake.

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).


...powder playground...

...plenty of onsens to rejuvenate in!


This tour uses traditional Japanese-style accommodations so you can be assured of the chance to experience authentic local food and hospitality. The following properties are where the tours usually stay, however they may vary due to availability but these will be typical of the alternatives.

Lodge Nutappu is a family run property located just a short walk to the ropeway (cable car). It is a rustic log cabin with its own restaurant and bar and segregated men's/women's indoor and outdoor onsen. There are several other hotels nearby that also have some superb public onsens (but they do cost to get in) but worth a look!
Accommodation at Tokachidake is typically at Kamihoroso which is a lovely traditional Japanese mountain lodge. It has a superb outdoor hot spring with spectacular views and offers traditional Japanese multi-course cuisine for dinner and a western Japanese buffet breakfast in its dining area. Rooms are Japanese-style (futons on the tatami floor) with private ensuites. Free wifi is available in the common areas.

Typical Japanese-style room

...most accommodations have onsens..

...experience superb Japanese cuisine


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.

Day 1
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.

Day 2-5
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.


...more powder...

...plenty of pow!

Days 6-10
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.

Day 11
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.


  • Experienced & qualified guide throughout tour (max ratio 6 guests to 1 guide)
  • Transfer to and from Furano or Asahikawa & back to either Asahikawa or Chitose airports
  • 10 nights twin share accommodation (single room not available, private room for couples)
  • 10 breakfasts & 10 dinners
  • Private 4wd mini-van transport

Not Included

Optional Add-Ons
  • Ski touring gear hire (10% discount)
  • Avalanche safety gear hire


You will get plenty of this....

...Mt Asahidake...your playground...

...plenty of powder!
  • Experienced and qualified guide throughout (max 1:6 ratio)
  • 10 nights twin share accommodation (private room for couples)
  • All breakfasts & dinners
  • All transfers in a private 4wd minivan
Optional Extras
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Not Included
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Journey Into Japan (JIJ) Terms & Conditions


  • Deposit is $AUD250 per person.
  • All deposits are non-refundable.
  • Final balance due: 60 days prior to departure.
  • All payments are in Australian Dollars (AUD)


  • more than 60 days prior to departure, full deposit forfeited.
  • 60 to 30 days prior to departure, 50% of trip cost is forfeited.
  • Less than 30 days 100% forfeited.
  • JIJ insist you take out travel insurance at time of sending your deposit.

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.

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.

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.

Journey into Japan reserves the right to make any changes to trip dates, itineraries and costs without notice.