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USD 4,202

7 Nights | 8 Days | 6 Days Skiing/Riding

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Price p/p Price is per person based on twin or triple-share rooms
Base/invoice currency is CAD
Displayed price may vary slightly to actual due to exchange rate fluctuations
USD 4,202
Get away from the crowded Hakuba ski hills & explore the renowned backcountry. Lift assisted backcountry trip where the lifts will be utilised to gain some ascent, but expect to also ascend via ski touring/ splitboarding 1,500 to 2,500 metres per day.
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 07 - Jan 14, 2024
Days: 8
Price: USD 4,202
Availability: Sold Out
Fixed Date(s): Jan 14 - Jan 21, 2024
Days: 8
Price: USD 4,202
Availability: Available
Fixed Date(s): Jan 21 - Jan 28, 2024
Days: 8
Price: USD 4,202
Availability: Sold Out
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Hakuba Backcountry 

If the Hakuba backcountry is not on your bucket list, it should be! Hakuba has big mountain lines and deep powder in Japan’s ski and snowboard Mecca, the Northern Japanese Alps. Hakuba definitely lives up to the hype as the biggest steepest mountains in Japan. Imagine skiing deep powder, hitting the large peaks in the Japanese Alps, soaking in natural hot springs, and enjoying great authentic Japanese food. The amazing skiing and cultural experience will make this the trip of a lifetime.

The Hakuba Backcountry Tour is a lift assisted backcountry trip where the lifts will be utilised to gain some ascent, but expect to also ascend via ski touring/splitboarding 1,500 to 2,500 metres per day. Don’t expect to be skiing in one place for the entire trip. The group will be traveling to the absolute best locations around Hakuba. The main goal is to take you away from the crowded ski hills and explore the backcountry where even the locals rarely ever go. A partnership with local companies ensure seamless logistics and very convenient lodging. With this team of experience working to your benefit, you’ll be sure that you will be skiing the best and the deepest powder that Honshu has to offer.

The guides have over 10 years experience of skiing in central Japan, giving them an intimate knowledge of the local mountains, weather patterns and local culture. All guides are professionally trained and qualified and are in the field everyday and know the conditions and terrain inside out. The group size will be 4-6 people, with a maximum guide to guest ratio of 1:6.

Hakuba conditions are historically best in January when the temperatures are cold and the snowfall more consistent. Later in the year there is a greater risk of possible rain which can add a weak layer in the snowpack and increase the avalanche hazard.

If you have any questions or want to double check availability, please make a booking request

Ability & Fitness

This tour is suited to high-intermediate to advanced/expert skiers & snowboarders (in powder, not on-piste) who are happy to earn their turns. Whilst lifts will be used in some cases to gain elevation, this is primarily a backcountry tour.

Participants should have a very good level of fitness and be able to achieve 1,500-2,500 metres of vertical ascent per day and ideally have some backcountry experience.

All participants must have their own equipment and know how to use it. 

Sample Itinerary

The following itinerary is a sample only. This tour is designed to be flexible to chase the best possible conditions each day.


The tour van will pick you up at Hakuba Station in the afternoon on the first day. From there you'll head to Wakuraba Lodge where everyone can get settled into their rooms and enjoy the private onsen at the house to wind down after their travels.

The group will have dinner together at the lodge where you can get to know each other and go through a briefing about the week ahead.


Safety first! A detailed safety briefing and thorough rescue training session will prepare you for the coming week. The first day will not be strenuous at all. The guide wants to gauge your ability and will most likely take you for a tour off the ski hill, followed by a soak in a natural hot spring (onsen). The group will eat dinner at one of the many restaurants located in the surrounding area.

DAY 3-7

Breakfast at the lodge every morning, and then off to ski. You'll use the lifts at the different resorts in the Hakuba Valley to access the backcountry where the snow is going to be the best. After skiing you can either head back to the lodge for an onsen or go to one of the many public onsens before heading out for dinner. On the last night together the group will have a nice ”family” dinner together at the house.


Airport transfer day. Guests will need to depart the lodge by 11am. Your guide will drive you to airport bus shuttle stop or the train station.


You will be staying at a private lodge with a spectacular view of the Hakuba Valley.

The lodge has 4 bedrooms, three king bedrooms (beds can be split into 2 singles) and one bunk bedroom that fits 4 people.

Breakfast will be served in the kitchen every morning and there is the opportunity to cook if you don’t feel like going out to a restaurant.

The lodge has beautiful open communal spaces where you can relax and its own onsen bath.

Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons


CAD 5,795

  • Price is based on a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 people
  • Canadian's are subject to paying tax
  • Base/invoice currency is CAD
  • 6 days of lift assisted backcountry skiing
  • 7 nights accommodation in a private mountain chalet
  • Transport whilst in Hakuba
  • Daily breakfast
  • Lift tickets
  • ACMG or NZMGA certified ski guide
  • Local Knowledge. Don't waste your precious time trying to figure out where to go.
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Not Included
  • Flights (to/from Tokyo) - see flight options here
  • Lunches, dinners & alcohol
  • Equipment & avalanche gear
  • Transportation to Hakuba from airport
  • Travel insurance

Booking and Cancellation Policy

All trips must be secured by deposit or full payment. Full payment is due 10 weeks before the trip start date. If your initial booking is less than 10 weeks before your start date then full payment is required to secure your booking.

All payments are conditionally non-refundable. We highly recommend purchasing trip cancellation insurance to protect your investment.

All cancellations must be received in writing by email.

If you need to cancel your trip more than 10 weeks before the start date your deposit becomes forfeit. However, here are 2 scenarios where you many not lose your deposit.

1. We can transfer your trip to a later date within the season, if it is available.

2. If your trip gets sold to another person at full price...

a) Your deposit may be refunded back to you minus a 10% admin fee. 10% of the deposit.

b) 100% of your deposit may be used to book another trip with Aurora Backcountry for the following season. Deposits will become forfeit if not used within 1 year.

If notice is received less than 10 weeks prior to the starting date, no money will be refunded.

There is no refund for leaving early or arriving late.