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Price p/p Sample price is based on 6 night package, twin-share room.
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese Yen
Price may vary slightly to actual due to exchange rate fluctuations.
USD 2,139

6 Nights Customisable | BC & Resort

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p Sample price is based on 6 night package, twin-share room.
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese Yen
Price may vary slightly to actual due to exchange rate fluctuations.
USD 2,139
This 6 night / 7 day tour offers skiers & boarders the opportunity to ride some of Japan's deepest powder in Hakkoda and Hachimantai + optional cat skiing. Tours can be customised from min 3 nights & start any day from early January to late March with a minimum of only 2 people required to run.
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Hakkoda & Hachimantai Tour - NEW for 2020!!

Get off-the-beaten-path this winter in the Aomori & Iwate Prefectures where you will experience rich Japanese culture and find endless untracked lines of powder and very few foreigners.

Hakkoda is located at the northern tip of Honshu in Aomori Prefecture and is renowned for its huge volumes of deep powder snow. Skiing / boarding is predominantly backcountry accessed via a ropeway and touring. Likewise, Hachimantai in the Iwate Prefecture in Tohoku (northern Honshu) also receives huge regular snow falls. There are many backcountry touring locations around the area and this tour includes a guided day in this area to check out this powder paradise.

It is important to note that this IS NOT a "hosted tour" but rather a package tour coordinated by the Tourism office (IGR Tourist). Transfers are provided by the ski resorts and hotels and guiding companies are independent operators. IGR Tourist will be available to assist you with their English speaking staff throughout your trip.

Who Is This Trip For?

Whilst there is an opportunity to ski for a day or two at a ski resort, this tour is mostly about backcountry so you must have the desire to earn your turns and you should have your own touring gear and avalanche safety gear for this trip.

You should be at least a strong intermediate (off-piste) with powder skiing/riding experience, some knowledge of ski touring and a good level of fitness.

Inclusions & Add-Ons

This package includes quality accommodation in 2 locations, daily breakfast & dinner, some lift passes for the Hakkoda ropeway, ground transfers between destinations and 3 days of guided backcountry skiing/boarding.

Amongst other activities, there is also the options of cat skiing (extra cost) or a day trip to Geto Kogen (extra cost).

Solo Travellers & Groups

Tours are based on private groups with a minimum of 2 people (and up to a maximum of 9) required to run a tour, and tours can start any day of the week for any duration from a minimum of 3 days/nights. 

IMPORTANT! The sample itinerary and pricing is based on the "fixed dates" as some of the services such as guiding and cat skiing may vary in pricing on different days and are subject to availability at the time of booking.

If you are a solo traveller register for one of the "fixed date" tours as they only require 2 guests to run the tour.

Bookings & Enquiries

IGR Tourist is a Japanese tourism organisation who can provide a quote for your specific needs and as you can see from the sample package, they offer exceptional value.

So jump on a fixed-date tour as a solo traveller, grab your partner, family or get a group together and head north to Tohoku for the adventure of a lifetime!

Enquire to get a quote specific to your group's needs.

Sample Itinerary

This tour starts at Aomori station in Aomori prefecture so you will need to take the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Aomori. You can find more details on travelling to Aomori here>>

Also note that the sample itinerary and pricing is based on the "fixed dates" as some of the services such as guiding and cat skiing may vary in pricing on different days and are subject to availability as the time of booking.

Day 1 - Arrival Day & Transfer to Sukayu Hot Spring Hotel

Upon arrival at Aomori train station, the hotel will provide a free transfer to the hotel where you will be welcomed by the hotel staff and checked in to your Japanese-style tatami room.

Once you are settled into your room, head to the famous hot springs (onsen) at the hotel.

In the evening you will be treated to a traditional Japanese set course meal.

Day 2 - Hakkoda Guided Day

After a scrumptious buffet breakfast, you will be transferred to the Hakkoda ropeway where you will meet with your English speaking certified backcountry guide to discuss the day's activities.

You will then spend the entire day with your guide exploring the backcountry in and around Hakkoda (which is made up of 8 peaks).

At the end of a full day exploring the mountain with your guide you will be transferred back to the hotel.

Before dinner head to the hotel's onsen to rejuvenate your muscles.

In the evening you will be treated to a traditional Japanese set course dinner at the hotel.

Day 3 - Hakkoda Guided Day

As per day 2 with a change of dinner location. Tonight you will have French cuisine at the Hakkoda Hotel.

Day 4 - Hakkoda Free Ride Day & Transfer to Appi Kogen

After another fabulous buffet breakfast you will spend another day at Hakkoda exploring the terrain and snow monsters this time without a guide.

After a full day at Hakkoda you will be transferred from the Sukayu Ryokan to the deluxe Appi Grand Hotel where you will spend the next 3 nights.

Relax in a western-style room with mountain or resort views.

In the evening you have the option of the Steak House, Japanese, Chinese, Korean or an international buffet.

Day 5 - Free Day

Today is all yours to enjoy as you see fit.

Relax around the hotel, ski/ride Appi Kogen ski area, take a cat skiing tour, take a tour to Geto Kogen (another fabulous ski area), take an onsen, or one of the additional activities.

In the evening you once again have the option of the Steak House, Japanese, Chinese, Korean or an international buffet.

Day 6 - Guided Ski Day Hachimatai Area

After a hearty buffet breakfast you will be transferred to a location in Hachimantai to meet your qualified local English speaking guide.

You will spend a full day in the backcountry in the Hachimantai area.

At the end of the day it is back to Appi Kogen where you can relax, partake in an onsen and then enjoy one of the many dinner options.

Day 7 - Departure Day - Possible Ski Day at Appi Kogen

After a buffet breakfast at your hotel you will check out by 10:00 am.

The hotel has bag storage so this could also be a great opportunity for a day of free riding at Appi Kogen before venturing home or on to your next adventure!


Hakkoda (3-nights)

Sukayu Hot Springs
This hotel is rich in history & has one of Japan's most famous mixed-onsens (there are also non-mixed onsens at the hotel). Rooms are tatami with private toilet/wash basin-no shower (everyone uses the onsen to bathe). Staying here will be a highlight of your trip!

Appi Kogen (3-nights)

Appi Grand Hotel 
Located ski-in/out at Appi Kogen, this hotel features several restaurants & bars, indoor swimming pool, gymnasium and much more. You will stay in a twin western room with private en suite and will have a choice of restaurants each evening for dinner.

Options are available for private room upgrades or upgrades to rooms of a higher standard.

Accommodation may need to be modified by IGR subject to availability at the time of booking however you will be informed at the time of quoting.

Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

Twin-share room - 230,000 yen
Private room - 265,000 yen

  • 6 nights twin-share accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts & 6 dinners
  • 5 single ride tickets for Hakkoda ropeway
  • 3 full days of guided backcountry by certified guide (as shown in itinerary)
  • Appi transfer on day 4 and chartered transfer on day 6
  • Private room upgrade + 35,000 yen
  • Additional guided days - +50,000 yen (for group of up to 4) Price may vary depending on destination / travel required.
  • Cat skiing day (4 runs) - 39,600 yen per person
  • Day trip to Geto Kogen from Appi - 7,000 per person (doesn't include lift ticket)
  • Return transfer to Matsukawa Hot Spring from Appi - 3,000 yen / person
  • Return transfer to downtown Hachimantai from Appi - 1,000 yen / person
  • Return transfer to downtown Morioka City from Appi - 4,000 yen / person
  • Other tours that are available include cross country skiing, Wakasagi (smelt fish), restaurant bookings+++
Not Included
  • Flights to Tokyo - search for cheapest flights here
  • Shinkansen Tokyo to Morioka
  • Travel insurance (compulsory) - buy online here
  • Lunch
  • Equipment rentals such as skis, snowboards, avalanche safety gear & touring gear
  • Taxi fees if required

IGR Terms & Conditions

Deposit :

  • ¥30,000 per person upon written confirmation.
  • All deposits are non-refundable.
  • Final balance due: 20 days prior to departure. 

Cancellation charge :

  • More than 20 days prior to departure - full deposit forfeited.
  • 20 to 8 days prior to departure - 20% of trip cost forfeited.
  • 1-7  days prior to departure - 30% of trip cost forfeited
  • 1 day before departure - 50% of trip cost forfeited
  • No-show - 100% of trip cost forfeited.

If IGR was to cancel a tour before the departure, a full refund will be provided.