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The Legendary Roadie

The Legendary Roadie4.5/56
The Legendary Roadie4.5 out of 5 based on 6 reviews
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The Legendary Roadie - Reviews

The Legendary Roadie - Reviews

Cooper

Born
28/10/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    5

Cooper

Born
28/10/2019
If you want the best powder, best guides, most laughs and a true Japanese cultural experience, then Japan Powder culture tours (JPCT) is the best operation in Japan.
I was fortunate enough to do the legendary Roadie tour with Jason, plus some other little adventures into some new prefectures in Japan. Jason is so good at what he does, we call him the Snowlord. The pricing is amazing for all that you get in the tours but most importantly, you are getting expert local knowledge and access to the best powder japan has to offer. I could not recommend JPCT highly enough and I will be a customer of theirs for life.

I have done several tours and just keep coming back!
Imagine waking up after a great sleep in your amazing Ryokan, having a morning Onsen that has inside and outside options, then enjoying your choice of Japanese or western breakfast, while your guides are scoping the weather and picking the best mountain to venture to for the day.
Your boards/ski’s are loaded onto the bus and then its off to the mountain with great music and laughs on the way. The focus is on finding the best powder and having fun! Riders are allocated into intermediate, beginner or advanced so you are always riding with similar ability people. If your legs are spent, you can just drop down a group in the afternoon and take it easy. There is some amazing off piste riding and Jason and his team are Masters at finding untracked powder, even after many days without snow. Riding through fresh powder in the Japanese forests is an ethereal experience. The guides are amazing. Everyone stays together, it is very safe and caters to all abilities of riders.
When the day is done, it is back to the Ryokan for another amazing Onsen and then onto the nights activities. There are many group cultural nights where we will do Geisha nights, Japanese drums, karate displays and go to great local restaurants in the area.
I attended the tour the first time as a solo rider and have made some amazing lifelong friends, and we all now catchup with JPCT and enjoy the amazing Powder Jason and his team find us.

Simply the best!!

Benito Drovandi
26/10/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    4

Simply the best!!

Benito Drovandi
26/10/2019
I’m not one to write reviews but every so often a product is so good it deserves to shared with other like minded people. I have been lucky enough to share such an experience with Jason and his crew at JPCT. Twice actually..

Beyond his ability to always find snow days even after it snowed, it’s the lengths he and his team go to off mountain that makes him the best operator in Japan. The activities and ammenities provided are top class. The Ryokan Biyu is amazing and its onsen truly become a way of life. Activities like the lion dance help build a great group dynamic, not to mention the obligatory karaoke session. Despite being a solo traveller, I have made amazing friendships that last well after the snow melts.

And then there’s Tenjin. This place is nuts!! Best snow of my life but be warned, it’s not for the keyboard warrior. It’s the real deal so be honest with your ability.

I cannot recommend his tours highly enough!! If the snow lord ever starts tours in the Southern Hemisphere I’ll be sure to book those as well.

The roadie tour

Carlo
23/10/2019
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  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    Uk
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    3

The roadie tour

Carlo
23/10/2019
I’ve been on this tour twice now and despite mother nature not being on our side, Jason and the crew managed to get us some sick lines in powder that nobody knew about. Thing is we can do nothing about mother nature, and had we not been on the tour this year we probably would of had the most awful time looking for snow but we got the goods. This of course is all down to the knowledge and the experience of Jason and his crew despite mother nature not being on our side. Jason and the crew managed to get us some sick lines in powder that nobody knew about.

There is simply no better way to experience Japan and doing this tour you will get to experience not only the best snow but the best time. Jason runs a tight ship and I laugh this year as I did last with my crew on the no dickhead‘s policy... lol .... though this is always quite funny to hear it’s actually such a great part of the trip because even the rowdiest bunch will be tamed in the interest of safety and enjoyment for the rest of the group and other groups which also are on the tour.

The bus is full every night taking us to various places and even on our nights off we will teamed up. The atmosphere was great and everybody seems to join in. I can’t recommend this tour highly enough.

I’ve been snowboarding all over the world for the last 25 years-ish. I’ve been with other companies and they were okay but there is nothing better than a tour like this and with the type of guys hosting .....

The other thing more than anything else is the share value for money. The accommodations are spot-on, lift passes included, and all your transportation... insane !!!!!!! ENJOY !!!!

And thanks again to Jason ..... when you get on the bus tell Jason Carlo sent you and there will be a gift waiting 👍🏼

Second consecutive year with JPCT

Daisy
23/03/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    Canada
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    4

Second consecutive year with JPCT

Daisy
23/03/2019
This is the second consecutive year with Jason and his team. We recently finished the Ultimate Roadie with the addition of a new area Aizu. What an epic adventure!

First I'd have to say how well organized these tours are. The JPCT team is extremely good at what they do. From avalanche safety gear and training to finding the best snow and terrain every run of the day. There is no other resort area in the world I've snowboarded where the last run of the day is the best run of the day other than in Japan. What is also great is the group size usually maxing out at six guests per guide and all with similar experience levels. This makes for plenty of runs per day. On average I tracked us doing 5000 vertical meters (16000+ feet) and our best day we rode just over 7000 vertical meters (23000 feet)!!! This is much more than I have ever seen cat boarding.

Not only does the JPCT team provide the best possible snow conditions, terrain and lack of crowds but the accommodations and cultural evenings are also an awesome experience. From soaking up the onsen after a great day of riding to sushi train to karate night to geisha games the crew will keep you well entertained! The food at both the hotel and in town at local restaurants is amazing. If you experience a down day or have a rest day you must check out the snow monkeys it really is worth the visit, just make sure you go early before the crowds show up.

To sum it up not only does Jason and the crew provide the best powder riding experience but with the great accommodation, variety of food, cultural events and value for $$$ it's really a no brainer. If you have been looking for a guided pow riding trip to Japan I suggest you give this one some serious thought. I also suggest you check out the "Week With JPCT" video on the website. It should give you a good idea what to expect.

To Jason, Gus, Tyson, and George thank you for another amazing adventure!!!

Great trip

Stephen
20/03/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    New Zealand
  • Month:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    4

Great trip

Stephen
20/03/2018
My son and I went on the first 'Legendary Roadie' that Jason had run and it was very good. There were six of us plus one guide in the van which is a bit of a challenge if the vehicle is not quite big enough! We started with three days in the Shiga Kogen valley staying at Hostel Aibiya in Yudanaka. Yoshi & Seongmi were terrific hosts and the hostel is great with plentiful continental breakfast and great local eggs! We joined in with others for these three days which was fine. No great quantities of new snow but although I had been there before, my son had not so we covered a fair bit of terrain. Highlights include a visit to the highest lift accessed point in Japan. Jason and his other guides have an excellent, detailed knowledge of all the resorts and the many runs on offer. Yudanaka is a wonderful local town about 20 min bus ride from the Shiga resorts and only 45 min by local train from Nagano. We then travelled to Tenjin for three nights which is a great out of the way place/resort with awesome terrain and low numbers of skiers/boarders. I had heard a lot about Tenjin and was not disappointed. The side/back country is very easily accessed and provides challenging terrain. Jason teamed up with local guide Kieran from Tenjin Lodge to provide experienced local knowledge which I believe is the way to go. We skied/rode at Tenjin for two days and Okutone for one day which is close by. the Tenjin lodge is more than adequate but the best part was a visit to nearby Minakami village for local dinners and also there is a great onsen complex nearby. Van trips are great but one of the important considerations is having the group compatible with each other and Jason was quite particular in trying to achieve this. We managed a half day ski at Madarao on the way back to Yudanaka. this was not officially part of the trip but since they had had new snow and was on the way we fitted it in. I have been to Japan five times in total and been on "Roadie' trips before, and I would say that this trip was up there in terms of overall quality. Jason has been running trips of various types in Japan for quite a while now and this showed in the overall quality of/inclusions in, the overall package. Thrown in also were things like a Karaoke evening, trips to Sushi train restaurants, visit to Snow Monkey Park and the like.

The Legendary Roadie and Mt Tenjin

Fraser Hannon
18/03/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    New Zealand
  • Month:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    3

The Legendary Roadie and Mt Tenjin

Fraser Hannon
18/03/2018
Thoroughly enjoyed the roadie trip with Japan Powder Culture Tours. After spending our first week or so skiing at the resorts like Shiga Kogen around Yudanaka we headed to the Tenjin Lodge to ski Mt Tenjin and other resorts in the vicinity. Our first 2 days skiing on the roadie were at Mt Tenjin itself and there was a massive storm that hit us during those two days. The snow was unreal and the terrain in the slack/backcountry there was great. Very steep in places with great spacing between the trees which made for long runs without stopping. Also even though we were getting dumped on and the powder was close to waist deep there was no more than 50-60 people aprox on the mountain each day which was awesome. I would definitely go back on a trip to Mt Tenin if I get the chance and recommend to go with Japan Powder Culture Tours.