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Tohoku Yuki

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Powder Odyssey - chase the powder in Northern Honshu
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Price p/p From price is based twin/triple-share and some dorm rooms (no private room upgrade option)
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese Yen inclusive of tax
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USD 2,688

GUIDED ROAD TRIP NORTHERN TOHOKU
8 Nights | 7 Days Skiing | Up to 7 Ski Areas

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p From price is based twin/triple-share and some dorm rooms (no private room upgrade option)
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese Yen inclusive of tax
*Display price may vary slightly due to fluctuation in exchange rates.
USD 2,688
This hosted & guided road trip travels to the northern reaches of Tohoku and includes off the beaten track powder resorts such as Zao Onsen, Tazawako, Appi Kogen, Geto Kogen, Aomori Spring & Hakkoda.
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 17 - Jan 25, 2020
Days: 9
Price: USD 2,688
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Custom Booking Period: Jan 05 - Mar 31, 2020
Min Days: From 5
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Tohoku Yuki Tour

The Tohoku Yuki Tours takes in many of the best ski areas in the Tohoku region in Northern Honshu. Chase the powder in the off-piste and lift-accessed side country areas. This tour gets off the beaten path where you will find plenty of untracked deep pow!

Hokkaido Mountain Experience (HME) has been operating in Japan for 10 winters and is based in Niseko & Nozawa Onsen. HME provides professional private ski and snowboard lessons, guided resort tours, guided backcountry tours, and guided custom tours in Japan.

Group Type

The tour is for mixed groups so you can join as a solo traveler, a couple or small group. There is a minimum of 4 guests required for the tour to run and up to a maximum of 12.

Or if you have your own group, you can request a private customised trip, from 5 Jan - March 31 2020 (excluding Jan 26 - Feb 6 2020 CNY).

Locations

Zao Onsen - one of largest ski resorts in Japan, quaint mountainside village in the Yamagata prefecture, and home of the snow monsters.

Geto Kogen - King of snow in the Iwate prefecture, known for little crowds, lots of snow and great trees.

Tazawako - Quiet and fresh powder snow awaits you here.

Appi Kogen - A surprisingly big mountain with a long consistent fall-line. Great trees and open piste runs to let your equipment run.

Aomori Spring - Sitting at the base of Mt Iwaki in the Aomori prefecture, this resort is a freestyle focused mountain with world class halfpipe and terrain park features of all sizes, plus some amazing powder riding.

Hakkoda - Tramway to snow monster heaven and gladed bowls of powdery goodness.

Ability

You should be as a minimum, a strong-intermediate (off-piste) skier or rider that is very comfortable and fluid in well spaced trees and off piste terrain.

Terrain

The terrain for this tour is resort on/off-piste and lift-accessed sidecountry and backcountry.

Avalanche safety equipment is essential and must be used and is available to rent for the entire tour.

You will be trained on how to operate a transceiver, probe & shovel at the beginning of the week and this will be checked daily.

Guiding & Hosting

The tour will have 1 guide for up to 6 guests and will have a tail guide if there are 7 guests on the tour.

Guides hold the following qualifications: ARM Level 5; Stage 1 Avalanche; Level 3 Snowboard Instructor and Trainer level 2 Ski Instructor; plus they have Wilderness First Aid. The guides also have many years of experience driving in blizzard conditions in Japan and hold Heavy Vehicle License and a Hazardous Area Authority.

Bookings

Don't hold back as there are only limited spots and one date so enquire here today>>

Itinerary

Day 1 (Arrival Day) Kitakami:

Make your way from Tokyo via Shinkansen from Ueno to Kitakami Station and be picked up by your guide in the 10 Seat 4wd van and taken to Geto Kogen for check-in to the dorm accommodation. Please plan to arrive at Kitakami from 10am before 4pm (if not possible please let us know in advance). Settle in, organise your gear and be ready for the next days ahead. Grab a quick bite or have an onsen or catch up on some rest. Dinner is included.

Day 2 (GETO KOGEN Warm up Day)

You are up early for an onsen and breakfast. From 8:30am you will be shown around Geto Kogen's best mountain areas, grab some lunch at the base and make your way around the best runs whilst getting the body and mind right for the days ahead. Hit the road for Morioka.

Day 3 (APPI KOGEN)

Today you will get a bit more adventurous and explore the mountain of Appi Kogen. Lunch on the mountain finish mid afternoon. Back to Morioka for dinner and some well needed rest.

Day 4 (Shimokura)

Breakfast, and head out to Shimukura or Appi Kogen or where the best snow is on the day. Find an onsen and enjoy dinner in the local town of Obuke for Japanese cuisine of your choice then head back to Morioka for some well earned rest.

Day 5 (Tazawako)

Breakfast will be at 7am sharp for some side country adventures and plentiful powder runs and no crowds. Lunch on the mountain and continue until the afternoon. Move up the road to Aomori Spring.

Day 6 (Aomori Spring)

Get out and about early to get the fresh tracks and then enjoy a free ride day or get some more freestyle coaching in the park or have a rest day. Off to Hakkoda in the afternoon.

Day 7 (Hakkoda)

Hakkoda for the last 2 days of your trip, and your most intense backcountry experience of the tour. Meet your local Japanese guide and head up the ropeway to explore the amazing terrain. Snow-shoes and hiking poles will be provided if you don’t have your own gear. Avalanche safety equipment is compulsory. After riding, have an onsen and dinner. You will stay at the Hakkoda Resort Hotel.

Day 8 (Hakkoda - Last Day on Snow)

You will once again be guided by the local guide around different zones dependent on the snow. It is the last day, so make the most of it. Finish the day will some well earned celebration, stories, dinner and drinks.

DAY 9 (Aomori Station)

Check out by 10am and you'll be driven to head to Aomori Shinkansen Station for your journey back to Tokyo (or north to Hokkaido). Say goodbye to your guide and enjoy your time left in the beautiful Japan.

Accommodation

All accommodations are either Japanese style/futon rooms, dorm or hotel style, and all are warm and comfortable.

Geto Kogen - Geto Camp 88 17 - 18 Jan

Morioka - Morioka New City Hotel 18-22 Jan

Hakkoda - Hakkoda Resort Hotel 22-25 Jan 

Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

Rates 2020

¥379,000

  • rate is per person based on twin/triple share accommodation (some dorm accom at Geto Kogen) for scheduled date group tour
  • for a private customised trip for your group, please enquire for a quote
  • rates are in Japanese yen. Payment in other currencies is possible. Convert to your currency here>>

Inclusions
  • 8 nights accom twin/triple share Japanese tatami room & dorm & hotel
  • All lift passes
  • Guided days - 7 on snow guided days (1 day local Japanese guide at Hakkoda)
  • Transport : Pick-up from Kitakami Shinkansen Station. All ground transport to various resorts.
  • Farewell dinner, welcome dinner, all breakfasts
  • Park & pipe coaching at Aomori Spring
  • Tour T-Shirt
Add-ons
  • Avalanche safety equipment rental ¥15,000 per pack for entire tour
  • Cat skiing day
Not Included
  • Flights - search for best flights here
  • Shinkansen Rail pass (bullet train to Kitakami Station on 17th January 2020 & Depart From Aomori Shinkansen Station on the 25th January 2020. JR EAST TOHOKU AREA PASS ¥20,000 - see details here
  • Travel insurance that covers skiing/snowboarding off-piste - see options here & buy online
  • Ski/snowboard gear and ski clothing
  • Breakfast, Lunches, Dinners (apart from those listed in inclusions) and Alcohol
  • Extra activities, souvenirs
All pre-booked tours. Payment of 20% of the balance is due within 14 days of booking confirmation being sent. The balance is due in full by Dec 1 2019.

Cancellation by the customer after 20% deposit is paid will result in loss of deposit. Cancellation after full balance has been paid and prior to 30 days of commencement of tour will result in loss of 50% of total price of tour.

Changes due to conditions and weather maybe alter the itinerary to increase participant enjoyment.

Additions or upgrades outside the agreed price, will be invoiced separately.

Please note that a cancellation on medical grounds prior to the tour will require a doctor's note confirming that you are in an unfit condition to participate in any snow sport activity. If you cannot provide a doctor's note then no refund will be offered.

Tours cancelled by the operator while highly unlikely will be refunded in full.