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Nagano Powder Chaser4.5 out of 5 based on 32 reviews
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Nagano Powder Chaser - Reviews

Nagano Powder Chaser - Reviews

Special times with Japan Powder Culture Tours

Paul Murray
03/03/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Beginner
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    4

Special times with Japan Powder Culture Tours

Paul Murray
03/03/2020
In early January 2020 my family of three including son, 20 years and daughter, 17 years enjoyed a brilliant and very special return trip of 5 nights/4 skiing days with Jase and his incredible team (gidday John, Fraser and Tyson) at Shiga Kogen / Japan Powder Culture Tours. We first enjoyed this trip with Jase in December 2017 so expectations ran high for a repeat of the perfect conditions and incredible cultural experience we enjoyed the first time around - and we were not disappointed. A highlight of both trips is the attention Jase and team gives to each of us in development of our skiing abilities. I’m a beginner and on both trips to Shiga Kogen the conditions were so great, I actually didn’t mind at all falling into the soft powder snow. Meanwhile my kids, both at intermediate level, greatly advanced in their abilities under the excellent tutelage of the team all of whom ably rotate through all skill levels and provide excellent skills development. The team go all out to make sure we always have the best conditions to ski, and have an enormous body of knowledge about where to go on any one day in search of bountiful powder and perfect conditions. On both trips we have found the accommodation at Hotel Biyu to be excellent, from the incredible culinary delights through to the magnificent on-site onsen, all of which provide an amazing and authentic Japanese cultural experience. Jase added a lot into the mix on each of the tours we’ve done making us feel at ease and most of all having a huge amount of fun and relaxation - the tour is truly great value in this regard without any worries at all from ski passes, to gear and equipment right through to restaurant recommendations and even karaoke. A very special delight for us is visiting the snow monkeys. Another highlight of our second trip was returning to favourite restaurants which we had been pining for since 2017 all of which were recommended by Jase. The tours are very special and I would highly recommend to any family or group of friends to enjoy the delights of Shiga Kogen, Yudanaka and Japan with Japan Powder Culture Tours. We will certainly be back and are making plans for next season on a third tour and extending to a bigger group by introducing some family friends to their first time skiing in Japan. I can’t wait to see what Jase and team will have in store for us next time.

Japan Culture and Powder Tour

Tim J Propeck
01/03/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    70+
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    United States
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    4

Japan Culture and Powder Tour

Tim J Propeck
01/03/2020
This was my first trip to Japan that was not for business and the best decision our group made was signing on with Jase and his team. They covered all the details that would have made the trip difficult had we been on our own: hotel, meals, transportation to the ski area, etc. In addition, our guides led us around a very large and potentially confusing ski area and showed us where to experience great powder off the groomed runs where I would not have ventured on my own. I got my first face shot in powder on one of those runs.
The Japan culture portion of the trip was also a lot of fun. I thoroughly enjoyed the one man show one night at the hotel that featured a former world champion Karate expert doing a demo, who also played the traditional 3 string Japanese guitar, beat the large drum, and did a lion’s dance with tremendous agility.
We also made a stop at a Buddhist Temple on the way back from the ski area one afternoon and everyone repeated a Japanese prayer for more powder. It snowed the next three and a half days.
On the day we departed we made the trek to the Snow Monkey preserve which was well worth the hike on a very slick trail. My favorite was a monkey sitting in a snow- covered tree above the trail who would shake the tree to dump snow on hikers passing underneath.
You never know quite what to expect from a trip like this, but I can honestly say it exceeded all my expectations and I will be back.
Tim Propeck, Advanced Skier, USA

Powder Everyday - even after a week of no snowfall

Shelton
27/02/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    4

Powder Everyday - even after a week of no snowfall

Shelton
27/02/2020
As Japan was having such a bad season and i was hearing stories about I was really worried that there wouldn't be any snow or that it would be really poor quality. Jase assured me there was powder to be had when arrived on my first night and he was right. On day 1 we were riding knee deep powder even though it hadn't snowed in over a week. This is because they know the terrain so well and are able to take you off piste and they know where the powder stashes are! They also have access to highest lifts in Japan so while it was raining on other places it was snowing in Shiga Kogen!!!

When it did snow on the second night thew third day was just amazing. It snowed about 40cm's and to my amazement there were still no lift lines and hardly anyone on the mountain. We were still doing powder runs at 2.30 in afternoon on marked runs. no going off piste!!!! Never have I seen fresh powder remain un-tracked for that long!

The Ryokan was awesome and worth the extra $$. Breakfasts and dinners as part of the package were amazing. The best part was having an onsen in the hotel, its truly is amazing after a long day on the mountain.

Certainly recommend and would will return in the future.

Well done JPCT!!!

Awesome trip

robert niles
27/02/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    4

Awesome trip

robert niles
27/02/2020
I recently took the powder chaser trip with Jase Caulton and company. It was an excellent trip and I plan to take it again. Jase took our tour group to the best snow available and he always found it. The one bad weather day we had ,we still managed to ski in the morning and visited local historical sites in the afternoon. The local culture is amazing and deserves a trip in itself. On the mountain, the instruction team of John, Fraser,and Tyson were invaluable. I’m 64 years old and just started skiing 4 years ago. The whole team helped me correct bad habits I tend to fall into if left alone.
The accommodations were excellent and the night life quite fun. Especially the karaoke. I recommend it highly. The overall trip was amazing. The local people are very friendly and helpfull. I plan to return next year. ✌️

caters for all level of skiers

10/02/2020

Jo-Ann Hope

Powder Puppy
Powder Puppy

Jo-Ann Hope

Powder Puppy
Powder Puppy
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    2

caters for all level of skiers

10/02/2020
This is my third year in a row skiing with Jason and his team. I started skiing with my daughter for the first time three years ago and have progressed from a never been on skies before to an intermediate skier. This is testament to Jason and his fun, patient and skilled team.

Shh keep Shiga a secret

31/01/2020

Steve

Powder Puppy
Powder Puppy

Steve

Powder Puppy
Powder Puppy
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    3

Shh keep Shiga a secret

31/01/2020
Even with one of the worse January snow packs on record Jase and the crew at Japan Powder Culture Tours managed to still deliver the goods. From finding sneaky fresh tracks a few days after the last storm to guided runs through Oku trees at Okushiga Kogen with 30cm of fresh on the ground they certainly know their stuff.
The fun wasn't just on the mountain as we explored some of the local cultural aspects plus enjoy local restaurants without another tourist in sight!
I'll definitely visit again and enjoy one of the best kept snow secrets in Japan.

Would go again!

Patrick
21/01/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    1

Would go again!

Patrick
21/01/2020
Jase was a great host and the whole crew worked hard to make our tour fun, even if we didn't get the snow we'd hoped for. Would absolutely consider touring with them again.

Great tour!

Sakura She
17/05/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    New Zealand
  • Month:
    March
  • Admin Rating
    3

Great tour!

Sakura She
17/05/2019
I got a last minute cheap flight to go to Tokyo and decided to wanted to do a snowboarding tour since i was on my own. Japan powder culture tours fitted my needs perfectly as they had accommodation sorted and guided skiing for as many days as you choose. I snowboarded for 4 days and had an epic time. The powder was unbelievable and I was impressed with Tyson’s knowledge of Shiga Kogen - he took us to so many different spots on and off-piste. He also took us to some great food spots as well. Hostel Aibiya was also an amazing hostel - super friendly hosts and really clean and nice accom - prob shouldn’t be called a hostel as it’s so nice.

Great trip

Ewa
27/03/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    New Zealand
  • Month:
    March
  • Admin Rating
    3

Great trip

Ewa
27/03/2019
We skied with Jase and Tyson in the first week of March. Our challenge was to find something suitable and fun for me (40 years on skis) as well as and my beginner husband. Jase and Tyson did a great job and we were able to ski to our abilities despite changeable weather and snow conditions.
Japan Powder Culture Tours crew know the ski resorts inside out and are able to lead the groups through different terrain, finding the best conditions depending on the weather, amount of snow and number of people on the lifts. They are great skiers/ boarders, and competent instructors who take the safety of the group very seriously.
They offer door to door service and help you negotiate Japanese customs and facilities. This is particularly valuable in Shiga Kogen area, which is not geared towards Western tourists and doesn’t hve much info in English.
Japan Powder Culture Tours also offer some evening activities - we particularly liked the teiko drum evening. They are also happy to recommend local restaurants and tourist attractions if you wish to have a day off the slopes.

Japan powder culture tours

Darren
15/03/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Aus
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    1

Japan powder culture tours

Darren
15/03/2019
Amazing. Well organised and plenty of action! I’ll be back ...
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