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Price p/p Displayed based on 4 days per person if 3 in a group 1-3 People: ¥55,000JPY flat rate per day plus tax 4-5 People: ¥65,000JPY flat rate per day plus tax 4-6 People: ¥55,000JPY flat rate per day plus tax
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AUD 988

IWATE SKI & SNOWBOARDING TRIPS
PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p Displayed based on 4 days per person if 3 in a group 1-3 People: ¥55,000JPY flat rate per day plus tax 4-5 People: ¥65,000JPY flat rate per day plus tax 4-6 People: ¥55,000JPY flat rate per day plus tax
Base/invoice currency is Japanese Yen
*Displayed price may vary slightly due to currency fluctuations
AUD 988
If you are heading to the Iwate & Akita regions these PRIVATE guiding trips will maximise your Tohoku powder experience. Minimum 4 days. In-resort powder hunting, lift-access sidecountry & backcountry touring options. Resorts include Shizukuishi, Geto Kogen, Tazawako, Ani, Hachimantai, Amihari & Appi Kogen.
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Iwate Guided Trips

Please note: these tours are for PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY i.e. you cannot join a group as a solo / small group. Pricing is a fixed rate per group for 1-3 people and 4-6 people. Private Tohoku guiding requires a minimum booking of 4 days.

Ski areas in the Iwate region and Akita Prefecture are generally on the smallish side (apart from Appi Kogen & Shizukuishi which are moderately sized ski areas) and these can get a little boring just skiing in the resorts for several days. However with little competition for the fresh powder, the ski areas in the region are fabulous for a day or two and particularly good if you have a guide that knows where to find the endless powder stashes.

Any experienced Japow skier will tell you that resorts in Japan can be extremely strict about off-piste skiing or lift-accessed backcountry; JST has exclusive permission at certain resorts to access terrain that's banned for individual skiers.

So if you are with your family or group and want to experience some of the best skiing in the area, a bespoke tour of northern Tohoku will be the goods.

Guiding Options

Depending on your group's abilities, fitness level and preferred skiing/riding style, JST offer a variety of options for your epic adventure.

Resort Powder Guiding: If you're looking for a day of being shown all the best lift-accessed and easily skiable powder with very little effort, this product is for you. Local knowledge from the guides will open up the best stashes and hidden lines that you wouldn't even know existed without a guide! Booking a day trip will get you familiarized quickly with the resorts and save you lots of time!

Lift Accessed Backcountry: This option is all about accessing the best possible powder using existing lift infrastructure. A little work will be required here and there, but generally this type of guiding is all about maximising your off-piste vertical and minimizing your hiking. The powder stashes you can find with just a bit of effort might surprise you!

Backcountry Touring: Iwate provides plentiful backcountry touring options, especially in the secret nooks and crannies that make this region so special. Unlike many other regions in Japan, Iwate has a surprising amount of wide open backcountry, leaving skiers to make big lines independent of trees. Since there's so many options, it mostly depends on weather and your level of fitness.

Snowcat Skiing/Riding: As an add-on you can include some guided snowcat skiing at Hachimantai Cat or Shizukuishi Cat.

Resorts Visited

JST operate out of a base in Hachimantai however they will make decisions at the last minute based on weather & snow conditions as to where to ski on that day. If the conditions are ripe at Appi Kogen, why travel when you can get the best right at your doorstep?!

Options include:

Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

2020/21 rates

  • 1-3 People: ¥55,000 flat rate plus tax
  • 4-5 People: ¥65,000 flat rate plus tax
  • 6+ People: TBD 
  • Accommodation pickup/drop off from the Hachimantai and Appi Kogen areas. Pickups in Morioka city incur an additional ¥10,000 per day fee as it's a toll way and a haul to get there.
  • Farther afield destinations that require long drives do incur an extra transportation fee to cover extra costs--the costs are flat-rate per group: Tazawako is ¥5,000, Geto Kogen is ¥10,000, Ani Resort is ¥12,000.
  • Private Tohoku guiding requires a minimum booking of 4 days
Inclusions
  • Qualified English speaking guide (max group of 6)
  • Accomodation pickup/drop off (ex Appi, Hachimantai City, and Shizukuishi area)
  • Flat rate, maximum 6 clients per guide
  • Avalanche safety gear if you don't have your own
Add-ons
  • Pickups in Morioka city incur an additional ¥10,000 per day fee
  • Farther afield destinations that require long drives - extra fee costs are flat-rate per group: Tazawako is ¥5,000, Geto Kogen is ¥10,000, Ani Resort is ¥12,000.
  • Cat skiing
Not Included
  • Lift passes
  • Ski/snowboard equipment

Japan Ski Tours Terms & Conditions

Updated July 28, 2020:

Here at JST HQ, we understand that due to continuing developments of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, you may be experiencing some concern and uncertainty with regards to your winter travel plans. JST is now offering flexible booking options so you can book your ski trip with confidence. The following COVID-19 terms and conditions will apply to bookings for the 20/21 winter season.

The special COVID-19 cancellation policy will apply under the following circumstances:

• If you cannot leave your home country or enter into Japan due to COVID-19 travel restrictions and/or,
• If quarantine measures are in place at the time of your trip (either on arrival in Japan or return to your home country).

Under the above COVID circumstances, the following options are available for cancellation requests up until 60 days prior to the start of your tour date.

• Option 1: Receive a 100% credit towards a future trip with Japan Ski Tours. Credits do not expire.
• Option 2: Receive a 90% refund

Under the above COVID circumstances, the following options are available for cancellation requests up until 30-60 days prior to the start of your tour date.

• Option 1: Receive a 75% credit towards a future trip with Japan Ski Tours. Credits do not expire.
• Option 2: Receive a 50% refund

Instead of the usual 50% deposit, this year a 25% deposit will secure your reservation. Guests can cancel by August 31 with a no questions asked full refund. To stay reserved, guests will be notified and the card-on-file will be charged an additional 25% on September 1. The final 50% is due two months prior to your booking start date.

While our trips don't usually have a minimum group size requirement, for the 20/21 season, JST reserves the right to cancel a trip if it does not have a minimum of four guests reserved by 60 days before the trip's departure date. If a trip is cancelled due to insufficient guest numbers, a 100% refund will be provided to all members of the cancelled trip.