Japan Powder Culture Tours

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Japan Powder Culture Tours

Japan Powder Culture Tours4.8/5129
Japan Powder Culture Tours4.8 out of 5 based on 129 reviews
Wagner Custom Skis
Japan Powder Culture Tours use Yudanaka as home base
Yudanaka provides great cultural experiences
Traditional Japanese food at the ryokan
Powder chasing with Japan Powder Culture Tours
Nearby Shibu Onsen is very traditional
Japan Powder Culture Tours has a focus on providing cultural experiences
Traditional Japanese meal at the ryokan
Sake tasting with Jason at the sake museum
Traditional Japanese accommodation
The snow monkeys are close to Yudanaka
Powder by day
Onsen after skiing or snowboarding
You can walk to Shibu Onsen from the hotel
The monkeys come down to town
Nearby cultural activities
Ryuoo Ski Park
Japan Powder Culture Tours will show you powder stashes
Cultural experiences
You can visit the Jigokudani snow monkey park
The foot bath at the Ryokan Biyu No Yado

Japan Powder Culture Tours

Overall Rating

Japan Powder Culture Tours4.8/5129
Japan Powder Culture Tours4.8 out of 5 based on 129 reviews

Japan Powder Culture Tours

Japan Powder Culture Tours (JPCT) are all about designing lifetime memories, and if you go on one of their guided Japan ski tours, the trip will stay in your memory highlights for years to come. The Japan Powder Culture Tours speciality is Honshu ski tours and packages, particularly around the Nagano area.

Some of the JPCT Japan ski tours offer a powder progression element where you’ll receive ski or snowboard tuition to improve your confidence riding powder.

Where other companies may place the cultural experience in Japan as an optional extra, JPCT ensure they are a priority so you get to experience the real Japan.

Japan Powder Culture Touts (JPCT) Booking Conditions

DEPOSIT & FULL PAYMENT

  • Deposit is 20% of full tour price per person.
  • All deposits are non-refundable.
  • Final balance due: 30 days prior to departure.
  • All payments are in Japanese Yen (JPY) 

CANCELLATION BY YOU

  • more than 30 days prior to departure, full deposit forfeited.
  • Less than 30 days 100% forfeited.
  • Tour operator highly recommends you take out travel insurance at time of sending your deposit. 

CANCELLATION BY JPCT

JPCT reserves 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.

All bookings are subject to JPCTs terms and conditions and subject to availability at time of booking.

Other Important Information


Terrain & SafetyThe rules when skiing at resorts in Japan can be a lot different to what is experienced in Western resorts around the world. At a high percentage of the resorts in Japan, trail skiing is the norm and anything off the main marked trails is deemed "out-of-bounds". The out of bounds is not patrolled so as far as the resort is concerned; skiing there is at your own risk. The out of bounds skiing provided by ESA is deemed (what has been termed in Japan by westerners) “slack country” or “side country”. Many times these out of bounds areas are in between two marked courses so at the bottom of the run you meet up on a marked course to take you back to the lifts, hence the term “slack country”.

Some resorts are more lenient with "out-of-bounds" skiing and others very strict. Some will have signs that state "ski at your own risk" where others may not. JPCT consider everything that is not on a marked trail to be out of bounds. 

If you wish to experience the "out-of-bounds" (skiing off any of the marked trails) areas:
  1. You must carry the essential avalanche safety equipment (beacon, shovel, probe & backpack to carry such gear)
  2. You must be able to ski at a sufficient ability / level to manage the conditions on the day for any out-of-bounds runs
  3. You will need to undertake an safety instruction session on the use of your avalanche equipment (even if you already know how to use it)
  4. You will be required to sign a release of liability agreement prior to undertaking any out-of-bounds skiing with ESA
The JPCT team have the following credentials:
  • knowledge and experience at skiing the various resorts they visit in the Nagano and Niigata areas
  • accreditation and different combinations of instructors, ski patrol, avalanche awareness and first aid
  • ski instructors have a minimum of level 2 NZIAS certification
Exclusion of Liability & RiskAdventure sports activities involve many risks, dangers and hazards. These risks and hazards are outlined in the JPCT release of liability, waiver of claims, assumptions of risks and indemnity agreement which all participants are required to read and sign before participating in adventure sports activities. This agreement will affect your legal rights should you be involved in an accident.