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Nagano Powder Chaser

Nagano Powder Chaser5/525
Nagano Powder Chaser5 out of 5 based on 25 reviews
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Nagano Powder Chaser - Reviews

Nagano Powder Chaser - Reviews

Great tour!

Sakura She17/05/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    New Zealand
  • Month:
    March

Great tour!

Sakura She17/05/2019
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

Ewa27/03/2019
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  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    New Zealand
  • Month:
    March

Great trip

Ewa27/03/2019
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

Darren15/03/2019
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  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Aus
  • Month:
    February

Japan powder culture tours

Darren15/03/2019
Amazing. Well organised and plenty of action! I’ll be back ...

Great skiing in good company

Francois14/03/2019
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  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Canada
  • Month:
    January

Great skiing in good company

Francois14/03/2019
Great skiing in fresh powder every day, excellent guides and small groups that were fun and friendly. Highly recommended and addictive!!

Loved it - we'll be back

Amanda Falconer11/03/2019
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  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    February

Loved it - we'll be back

Amanda Falconer11/03/2019
We joined Jase and the crew this year for 5 days skiing and boarding and it was one of the best snow experiences we've ever had. We're novicey-intermediates and Jase had us with others that were about the same level, and with guides that gave us great tips and really built confidence. (Plus we loved our day with Jase and learning about the the 'whole pie' - more revealed there if you ever do this with him!) We also loved mixing it with the Japanese, a great group of skiers and boarders from around the world, going to different resorts, not having to wait in line and naturally, powder!!! (Queenstown: we're not coming back.) Not only that though: we loved the ryokan where we stayed, the food, the performances of martial arts, drumming and geisha songs (and games!); the visit to the biggest bloody sushi train we have EVER seen and of course wacky Kiwi humour and stories on the bus in the morning...We're now talking about making this an annual event; would highly recommend. Amanda and Michael

Excellent Powder

Andrea02/02/2019
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  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    United States
  • Month:
    January

Excellent Powder

Andrea02/02/2019
This was my second time and I had an awesome trip. We were ripping some knee to waist deep fresh lines for 3 days straight. The guides took us around a few different resorts through some secret spots that only our group was hitting. We got so many awesome fresh turns. They did an excellent job grouping people with the appropriate ability level (which I was a bit worried about cuz I like to hustle). The Ryokan was superb with its own relaxing onsen after a day of shredding the JAPOW! The food was great with many different options. The town is very cultural with an interesting samurai history. It was really cool to have experienced this trip over something more mainstream like Hakuba for example. I was a solo traveler and the guides did a wonderful job making me feel welcome and the other guests on the trip were really fun and friendly. Say yes to karaoke! Definitely a trip of a lifetime . I was lucky enough to be there when a good storm hit , but even if there wasn’t any “fresh” pow I have confidence the experience would still be amazing because of the guides knowledge of the surrounding area.

Super Cool Powder Chasing

John18/01/2019
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  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Holland / Germany
  • Month:
    January

Super Cool Powder Chasing

John18/01/2019
My 2 dutch friends and I spent 6 days of powder chasing with Japan Powder Culture Tours. As an advanced team we’ve been skiing together for over 15 years, searching for powder mostly in Europe and a bit of North America. The Japan snow is undoubtedly the best snow ever we have experienced. Jason and his team were able to give us everyday, no every run, some fresh powder lines. Over the time we had many guides but Jason is the guy that stands out. He showed us a combination of professionalism, a never ending motivation and this with a lot of humor and fun. It was nice to see that he took care of everyone during our stay. Being a beginner or advanced skier it did not matter. Even his team showed the same capacities.

The cool thing about the POW chasing was not only the skiing. Jason´s tour gave us a great insight in Japanese culture and food. Staying at the Ryokan was fun, especially taking a bath at the Hotel Onsen was a highlight. A great way to relax those leg muscles.

We can only say, if you are looking for a ski or snowboard adventure with perfect snow conditions and loads of fun, check out JPCT.

Last but not least, we surely have never sung so much during our stay. Singing along during the bus rides, karaoke or making lines in the gullies. It was great fun!

Fun powder filled times

Ellen23/04/2018
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  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    February

Fun powder filled times

Ellen23/04/2018
An amazing holiday filled with fun times, great new friends and some epic skiing! Mike was incredibly patient with our group of like minded enthusiastic amateur powder skiers and taught us all what we needed to know to be able to tackle the powder and trees safely (a very different skill to skiing on-piste!). The accommodation at the Ryokan was everything it needed to be with the onsite Onsens well used after a day on the slopes. The Japanese breakfast was delicious and the cultural activities were great fun. The flexibility to pick the best resort for the snow and weather conditions each day made the bus trip worthwhile (as did the music, banter and Jasons true stories!). Will def be back for more.

Champagne powder - Japan skiing

Lian Middleton26/02/2018
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  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    UK
  • Month:
    February

Champagne powder - Japan skiing

Lian Middleton26/02/2018
We skied with Epic Ski Adventures as a family in Japan this Jan (2018) and had the most amazing experience. The whole booking process was very simple and we immediately felt like we were in good hands. Jason responded to questions about our whole trip and helped us with advice for the parts before we skied with him. Arriving in Yudanaka, we felt comfortable and loved the village. The Aibiya was a brilliant place to stay and we would definitely recommend it for anyone travelling withJason. Jason’s tour was really well organised, he catered for us as more advanced skiers and our children as beginner/intermediate skiers and we all had the most amazing week. Everything ran like clockwork, evening entertainments added to our cultural programme and there isn’t anything that we would change if we were to return. The other aspect which we thoroughly enjoyed was meeting other people in Jason’s groups and socialising with them off the slopes. All round Epic ski (Jason) made our holiday amazing and we would definitely recommend him and are hoping to go back. ⛷😃

World Class Experience

Tim31/12/2017
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  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    December

World Class Experience

Tim31/12/2017
My three daughters and I spent 2 days with Jason and his team skiing the Shiga Kogen area. Our guide for the 2 days was Mike and he took 3 intermediate and an expert non-powder skier to the next level. Mike was patient and able to deal with a diverse set of skills and make all of us happy and better skiers. From the time you got onto the bus in the morning until you return back to the hotel, Mike sets a new standard for service. We skied two different areas in Shiga Kogen. In both cases the they were spectacular with very long runs, chest deep powder and no lift lines. If you love to ski you have to consider checking out Japan. The afternoon of the second day Mike asked Jason to take my expert skier off piece and she said it was simply the best day of skiing in her life. But Jason's tours aren't just about the skiing he makes sure you also get to experience the local Japanese culture. The area is well known for the hot baths (onsens) and Shibu Onsen is the area where the samurai recuperated after battles. You'll get addicted to the onsen after a day of skiing and wish your had them at home. Jason arranged for us to stay at the Ryokan Biyu , which is a good combination of a traditional Japanese ryokan with some western amenities. The food was great including a dinner with very fresh shitake mushrooms and thinly sliced beef, where the cows were fed only apples. Finally, Jason and his entire team including Mike, Gus and Jack set a new standard for a ski vacation that is likely never to be topped.
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