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Guided Niseko & Cat Skiing
6 Nights | 4 Days Guided | 1 Day Cat Skiing

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Sidecountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Price p/p From price is per person twin-share
base/invoice currency is USD
USD 6,950
This luxury 6-night, 7-day tour is ideal for advanced to expert skiers & snowboarders who want to maximise their time in Niseko with an experienced guide. The tour includes luxe lodging and a day of epic cat skiing.
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 12 - Jan 18, 2025
Days: 7
Price: USD 6,950
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 19 - Jan 25, 2025
Days: 7
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Niseko Ultimate Powder Tour

The Niseko Ultimate Powder Tour from Japow is a 7 day, 6 night, small group, luxury powder snow experience including 1 fully guided cat skiing day and 4 guided days in Niseko .

This tour is best suited to advanced skiers and snowboarders looking for the ultimate Japan powder experience. Stay in luxury lodging, eat amazing local Japanese food, relax in a Japanese onsen and experience wonderful Japanese hospitality. Ski and snowboard some of the best powder snow on earth with world class guides and enjoy the warm and friendly hospitality that Japan is famous for. 

Highlights

  • Ski and snowboard some of the lightest, driest, and deepest snow on the planet in Niseko, Japan
  • Cat ski amazing terrain and deep Hokkaido powder
  • Explore Niseko’s famous lift accessed deep powder side country with world class guides and hosts in a small group setting
  • Stay in luxury lodging at Setsu Niseko, winner of the “World’s Best New Ski Hotel 2023”
  • Enjoy the amazing local Japanese cuisine including fresh sushi, sashimi and local soba noodle dishes
  • Relax in a Japanese onsen (hot spring) after your day in the powder
  • Spend time with like minded people, meet new friends, and enjoy the warm and friendly hospitality that Japan is famous for

Discover Niseko – Japan’s Powder Capital

Located in Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, Niseko is a world class ski area and bucket list destination for any skier or snowboarder. Winter storms make their way from Siberia and pick up moisture crossing the Sea of Japan, dropping a mind blowing average 600 plus inches of light, dry powder snow in the Niseko region every year. Most of this snow arrives in the months of December, January, and February. Comprised of four interlinked resorts – Hanazono, Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Annupuri, the region is considered to be Japan’s powder capital. The tours are timed to coincide with the likelihood of the best powder snow conditions in the region and to avoid the busier weekends.

Luxury Lodging

You will be staying at Setsu Niseko, recipient of the “World’s Best New Ski Hotel 2023” award. This is a wonderful new luxury hotel with a great mix of contemporary and traditional Japanese design. It is located in Hirafu Village, just a few minutes walk to the center of town. It has four restaurants, public and private onsen, yoga room, spa, and private ski storage. A buffet breakfast is included. There is a private shuttle to take you to the gondola base, just a few minutes away. Lodging is based on twin share. Single rooms are available with an additional supplement. Please make contact for more information.

Great location

Luxury twin/double rooms

In-house onsen

Amazing Niseko Terrain

Set against the backdrop of the active volcano Mt Yotei, the Niseko ski area comprises of four interlinked resorts – Hanazono, Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Annupuri. Together these four resorts make up Niseko United. With wide open groomed runs, gladed tree runs, night skiing and riding, and of course world renowned sidecountry and backcountry terrain, Niseko is an unforgettable experience. The professional ski and snowboard guides will introduce you to the amazing lift accessed side country through the Niseko backcountry gate system. If conditions are favorable, expect to spend the majority of your time skiing and riding deep powder snow in these sidecountry zones. Expect some short boot packing and hiking to access the best sidecountry powder snow.

Cat Ski Hokkaido Powder

Cat ski the famous Hokkaido powder on a private resort overlooking the Sea of Japan. You will get 6 to 10 runs skiing and riding gladed old growth Shirakaba forests and wide open bowls. Enjoy a delicious lunch in a private lodge and share your stories at the end of your day over drinks in the lodge bar. This is likely to be one of the highlights of your stay in Japan.


Amazing cat skiing

Incredible untracked powder

Cozy private meeting area & bar

World Class Guides

Your professional English-speaking guides and hosts for this tour are some of the world’s best. Not only are they great skiers and snowboarders, they are also great people. Your safety is their priority, and they are sure to show you the best that Niseko has to offer. Your tour hosts will be onsite with you 24/7 to assist you with whatever you may need.

Friendly Small Group Setting

Japow provides personalized service in a small group setting. The maximum guide to guest ratio is 1 to 6. Each of the tours has a maximum of 12 guests, which is ideal for a personalized experience and also an opportunity for a fun and rewarding casual interaction within the group.

Delicious Japanese Cuisine

Ranging from casual eateries to Michelin-starred fine dining, Niseko serves up everything from traditional Japanese favorites, contemporary Japanese fusion, western style cuisine, and of course amazing fresh sushi and sashimi. Don’t forget the locally produced premium Japanese beer, sake and single malt Yoichi Whisky. The guides will introduce you to favorite local restaurants, cafes and late-night bars. You’re going to love the food just as much as the powder.

Wonderful Onsen / Hot Springs

The Niseko area is not only famous for its powder snow but also for its onsens, the natural Japanese hot springs that are specially designed to please the eye and soothe the mind. They contain natural mineral water which is both healing and relaxing. There are both public and private onsens available at your lodging at Setsu Niseko. This will very likely become part of your daily routine after a great day skiing and riding Niseko powder.

Warm Japanese Hospitality

While Niseko serves as a powder mecca for skiers and snowboarders from around the world, the friendliness of the local people and warm hospitality remains true to Niseko’s traditional Japanese roots. You will find Niseko to be a safe and friendly destination where traditional Japanese hospitality prevails.

Travel Made Easy

Traveling in Japan can sometimes be challenging. Pre-departure support is provided to give personalized guidance on flights, travel, visas, Tokyo stopovers, extending your stay, and anything else you may need to make your Niseko experience seamless and stress free.

Who Is This Tour Best For

The Niseko Ultimate Powder Tour is best suited to advanced and expert skiers and snowboarders looking to experience the amazing side country terrain and deep powder snow that Niseko is famous for. If you are confident making turns off-trail in powder snow and in trees on advanced terrain, this is a good fit for you. If you have questions about the suggested ability level for this tour, please contact us.

Itinerary

Day 1

The tour begins with a meet and greet at Sapporo Chitose Airport (CTS). Your guide and host will meet you at the arrivals area and once the group is assembled, you will travel to Niseko via private transfer (approximately 2.5hrs). Once in Niesko you will get checked into your room at Setsu Niseko. After a short break to get settled and organize your gear in your private ski locker, the group will head out for dinner to a favorite local restaurant where you will get to know your guides and the rest of your tour group.

Day 2

You will start the day with a delicious buffet breakfast at Setsu Niseko and meet up with your guides. You’ll then head to the Hirafu Gondola just a few minutes away via the private hotel shuttle. From here you will explore the Grand Hirafu and Hanazono resort areas with your guides. The group will stop for lunch at an on-mountain restaurant and then in the afternoon ski and ride the best terrain depending on conditions. After a little après to celebrate your first day skiing and riding in Japan you will want to relax in the wonderful onsen at Setsu Niseko. For dinner you are free to explore the many restaurant options just a short walk from your hotel. You may want to finish up the evening with a nightcap at one of the unique local bars such as Bar Gyu.

Day 3

After your buffet breakfast at Setsu Niseko you will rendezvous with your guides and head up to the Hirafu Gondola to explore more of the Niseko terrain. Options could include the Annupuri area or a hike to the “peak” via the single (pizza box) chairlift. You will stop for lunch at an on-mountain restaurant and then in the afternoon ski and ride the best terrain depending on conditions. After a few optional Sapporo Classics at the end of the day you will want to relax in the onsen at Setsu Niseko, now your regular routine for skiing and riding in Japan. For dinner you are free to explore the many restaurant options just a short walk from your hotel. Then maybe finish up the evening with a local single malt Japanese whiskey or cocktail at Mini Mini.

Day 4

You will start the day with breakfast at Setsu Niseko and then will take a 45 minute drive to the northwest coast of Hokkaido for a day of snowcat skiing/snowboarding. You will get ready in the lodge, do a safety briefing with your guides, and then you’re on your way by 9am. Around 10:30am you will have a snack and coffee or water, then lunch around 12:30pm. The cat skiing typically consists of 6 to 10 runs in for the day. You will finish up around 3:30pm after which time you can relax in the private lounge at the lodge and enjoy the après before heading back to Niseko. For dinner your guide will make a reservation at one of their local favorite izakaya restaurants. You are welcome to join the group for dinner or make your own dinner plans.

Day 5

Breakfast again at Setsu Niseko, then you will head up to the Hirafu Gondola with your guides. If conditions are favorable, the group will head out of the Niseko gate system to explore more great sidecountry areas. You will stop for lunch at an on-mountain restaurant and then in the afternoon ski and ride the best terrain depending on conditions. By now you know the drill, après onsen, dinner. Tonight, you are free to explore the many great restaurant options just a short walk from your hotel, then perhaps a nightcap at one of the local bars.

Day 6

You’ve got the routine down by now, breakfast, gondola, ski and ride great powder. Depending on conditions, today could include another hike to the peak, exploring sidecountry terrain accessed by the Annupuri gates, or even a run down the Back Bowl if the weather is favorable. You will have lunch at an on-mountain restaurant then spend the afternoon skiing and riding the best snow available to us. We will finish the day with a little après followed by…you guessed it, a relaxing onsen. The guide will make dinner reservation at one of their favorite local restaurants and you are welcome to join the group for dinner and celebrate a great week skiing and riding powder in Japan. Alternatively, you are welcome to make your own dinner plans.

Day 7

Today is the day to say goodbye to Niseko. After breakfast you will check-out of your room at Setsu Niseko and say goodbye to your guides. The private transfer will transport you back to Sapporo Chitose Airport (approximately 2.5 hrs) where you can connect with your onward travel back home.

Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

2025 Rates

USD $6,950 p.p.

About rates:
  • base/invoice currency is USD
  • prices are per person twin-share
Inclusions
  • 6 nights luxury twin share lodging at Setsu Niseko
  • 1 day of fully guided cat skiing/snowboarding in the Niseko region including lunch, with a maximum guide to guest ratio of 1:6
  • 4 days fully guided skiing and snowboarding in the Niseko region with a maximum guide to guest ratio of 1:6
  • Professional English speaking ski and snowboard guides with a maximum guide to guest ratio of 1:6
  • Niseko United 4-Mountain lift pass
  • Buffet breakfast at Setsu Niseko
  • 1 group dinner on arrival and 2 optional group dinner reservations during your stay
  • Access to private and public onsens at your lodging
  • Meet and greet at Sapporo Airport Chitose
  • Private group transfer from Sapporo Airport Chitose to your lodging and return
  • Your tour host will be onsite with you 24/7 to assist you with whatever you may need.
  • Pre departure and on route travel assistance and support
Add-ons
  • Single room upgrade - $inquire
Not Included
  • Travel insurance - see options here
  • International flights to/from Chitose (CTS) - see options here
  • Some lunches and dinners
  • Ski and snowboard equipment
  • Avalanche safety equipment