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Hachimantai Cat Ski Trips

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Price p/p Price per person for 2 days skiing & 2 nights at Mountain Hotel twin-share accommodation. Base currency in Japanese yen.
USD 1,163


Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Price p/p Price per person for 2 days skiing & 2 nights at Mountain Hotel twin-share accommodation. Base currency in Japanese yen.
USD 1,163
Score yourself some Hachipow with 1 day of Hachimantai cat skiing + 1 day of snowcat assisted backcountry. Add a couple of days on the snowcat to your Iwate itinerary or make it your main reason to head to the region.
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Fixed Date(s)
Fixed Date(s): Feb 05 - Feb 07, 2023
Days: 3
Price: USD 1,163
Availability: Available
Fixed Date(s): Feb 12 - Feb 12, 2023
Days: 1
Price: USD 1,163
Availability: Available
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Hachimantai Cat Ski Trip

Score yourself some famed Iwate powder out snowcat skiing. Head to Iwate to get away from the crowds, where you have to share the cat skiing slopes with only 7 others! Add a couple of days of Hachimantai cat skiing to your Iwate itinerary or make it your main reason to head to the region.

The Hachimantai Cat Ski Trips include 2 days of guided snowcat skiing where you can revel in amongst the famed Iwate powder (approx. 6-8 runs per day). Ride up the slopes in the comfort of a pimped out snowcat and ride down the powder, with open bowls and ridges and super spaced tree skiing.

The Hachimantai Cat Ski Trips with JST also include 2 nights of lodging. You can choose from 2 options: a high end hotel with an onsen and rooms with ensuite bathroom (western rooms or Japanese tatami rooms) and mega buffet meals; or the full Japanese experience in a ryokan with outdoor onsen (hot spring) and gorgeous multi-course traditional kaiseki dinners.

Breakfast and dinner are provided at the hotel, whilst lunch is a bento box which can be eaten inside the snowcat or outside (pending nice weather).

See the Hachimantai cat skiing overview for information on the terrain and location.


Day 1: Meet and Greet

  • 2:45pm - Pickup at Hanamaki Airport (HNA)
  • 3:45pm - Pickup at Morioka Station South Exit
  • 4:45-5:30pm - Arrive at accommodation
  • 6:30pm - Dinner at your hotel 

Day 2: CAT Ski Hachimantai and Onsen Hot Springs

  • 7:00am - Hearty skiers’ breakfast
  • 7:30-8:30am - Depart for Hachimantai CAT ski zone
  • 9:00am - All day CAT ski, usually 6-8 runs in the day
  • 12:00pm - Lunch on the hill or in the CAT. Bento boxes are provided for lunch
  • 3:00pm - Pack up the CAT and head back down the mountain for an after-CAT soak in one of Hachimantai's famous onsen hot springs
  • 6:30pm - Multi-course dinner at your hotel

Day 3: CAT Ski Hachimantai and Departure

  • 7:00am - Hearty skiers breakfast
  • 7:30-8:30am - Depart for Hachimantai CAT ski zone
  • 9:00am - This is a Cat-accessed backcountry ski day. We usually take the Cat up once to gain our elevation, snow shoe or skin a scenic flat one hour traverse, then ski a long, wide area on a different aspect.
  • 12:00pm - Lunch in a mountain hut, provided by the guide
  • 3:00pm - Pack up the Cat and head down the mountain to Morioka Station or Hanamaki airport
  • 4:30pm - Arrive Morioka Station (or arrive Hanamaki Airport at 5:30pm)


There are three choices for accommodation on the Hachimantai cat ski trips. Pricing is based on twin share accommodation, and a single room can be requested (single supplement) and is contingent on availability.

Club Man Lodge
This local gem has been at the heart of the Hachimantai ski scene for a few decades. Loved by locals and "core" riders across the country, this accommodation provides the essentials and more with incredible food, shared bathrooms, and a communal bathing area.

Mountain Hotel
This high end western-style hotel (located at Panorama ski area) has everything you would expect from a great ski hotel, with an incredible on-site hot spring. Each room has an ensuite bathroom/shower, with both Western and Japanese style rooms available.

Kyounso Ryokan
Located at the end of a windy mountain road. This mystical Ryokan is traditional and high end, with a delightful outdoor hot spring (onsen). Meals are multi-course and on par with high standards which ryokans have become internationally famous for.

Rates 22/23

Option #1: Mountain Hotel ¥153,000

Option #2: Kyounso Ryokan ¥163,000

  • price is per person
  • base currency in Japanese yen
  • tax not included
  • 1 day cat skiing, 1 day snowcat access backcountry
  • 1:4 guide/client ratio with an English speaking guide (max 8 guests)
  • 2-nights lodging (different options) – twin share
  • 2 dinners, 2 lunches and 2 breakfasts
  • Vehicle transfers to/from Morioka Station (or Hanamaki Airport) & other ground transport
  • Single room supplement
  • Avalanche safety gear 3,000 yen for 2 days
Not Included
  • International flights - see flight options
  • Train to/from Morioka
  • Travel insurance - mandatory to participate
  • Snacks & alcoholic beverages
  • Tax