Journey Into Japan

Overall Rating

Journey Into Japan

Journey Into Japan4.7/55
Journey Into Japan4.7 out of 5 based on 5 reviews
Beautiful Central Hokkaido Powder
Backcountry ski tour with JIJ
Journey Into Japan specialise in backcountry touring
The Powderhounds had a ball out skiing with JIJ
Backcountry Delights Tour
Journey Into Japan can show you the best of Hokkaido powder
You can check out the Powderhounds review of JIJ
Dinner in Furano
The Hokkaido ski tours will take you in deep
Kurodake is a powder hound playground
This could be you....
Great guides
Skinning up towards Black Peak
Sounkyo is the town at the base of Kurodake
The guides will find the great powder stashes
You want powder??
The fumaroles of Asahidake
More powder at Asahidake
Tim leading the charge
The guide showed us great spots at Asahidake

Journey Into Japan

Overall Rating

Journey Into Japan4.7/55
Journey Into Japan4.7 out of 5 based on 5 reviews

Journey Into Japan

Journey Into Japan (JIJ) is the original Hokkaido ski tour guiding pioneer. Company founder and president of Journey Into Japan, John Morrell, first went to Japan in 1981 to ski and he discovered the joys of Hokkaido snow and what has now shaped the nature of skiing and snowboarding in Japan. John lives in Japan and speaks Japanese, and he and his team’s enthusiasm and passion for skiing in Hokkaido continues unabated.

Journey Into Japan continues to offer innovative and unique Hokkaido backcountry skiing and snowboarding tours, resort adventures, and backcountry/resort combo trips in this powder skiing paradise.

With 30 plus years of Hokkaido ski guide experience, you are provided with the very best chance of uncrowded private stashes of powder whilst ensuring a safe riding environment. Journey Into Japan can also show you the best après ski entertainment and local and cultural attractions.

JIJ offers the Powder Road Trip which incorporates mostly lift-accessed powder skiing at various central Hokkaido ski areas, as well as the option to do a bit of touring (ideal for those new to touring). The Backcountry Delights Tour offers a little bit of lift access riding but mostly backcountry touring at various areas. The Asahidake Backcountry Powder Tour uses the ropeway for initial access, and the Tokachi Backcountry Powder Tour is fully backcountry touring. The tour dates are aligned so that you can combine the tours to make a longer tour and sample more of the famous Central Hokkaido powder!




Hokkaido Ski Tours & Snowboard Trips

Journey Into Japan (JIJ) Terms & Conditions

DEPOSIT & FULL PAYMENT

  • Deposit is $AUD250 per person.
  • All deposits are non-refundable.
  • Final balance due: 60 days prior to departure.
  • All payments are in Australian Dollars (AUD) or Japanese yen

CANCELLATION BY YOU

  • more than 60 days prior to departure, full deposit forfeited.
  • 60 to 30 days prior to departure, 50% of trip cost is forfeited.
  • Less than 30 days 100% forfeited.
  • JIJ insist you take out travel insurance at time of sending your deposit.

CANCELLATION BY JIJ
JIJ reserve the right to cancel any tour prior to departure. In this case you will receive a full refund. You will not be entitled to make any further claim for compensation, damages, expenses, loss of time or inconvenience.

GROUP SIZE 
Trips costs are based on optimum group sizes. If we don’t get the required number of people (4 for all trips), you will be notified as soon as possible and offered the choice of: 

a) A full refund of the money you have paid.
b) A transfer to another date at no cost to you.
c) Paying a surcharge.

ROUTE & ITINERARY CHANGES 
Due to various factors, such as weather, group ability, gov’t legislation affecting routes and other unforeseen circumstances we reserve the right to alter itineraries if necessary. In most cases itinerary alterations will be advised prior to depature.

ITEMS NOT INCLUDED
Please refer to specific trip descriptions for inclusions. Please note that emergency evacuation costs, visa/passport charges, extra meals, alcohol, all items of a personal nature or excess baggage charges are not included.

ITINERARY AND TRIP COSTS
Journey into Japan reserves the right to make any changes to trip dates, itineraries and costs without notice. 

Furano Guiding

James Wilson
26/02/2018
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Alpine Skier
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    4

Furano Guiding

James Wilson
26/02/2018
Furano Backcountry 1
Furano Backcountry 2
Furano Backcountry 3
Furano Backcountry 4
Furano Backcountry 5
Highly recommended. Three of us had a guide for two days and it was the highlight of our trip. Morven, Greg, Lyndell... thank you all for friendly welcome and especially Hiro, our guide, for two great and challenging days of riding.

Cant wait to go back!

2018 New Years Review of Hokkaido

Rios Boys
05/01/2018
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    N/A
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Alpine Skier
  • Month:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    1

2018 New Years Review of Hokkaido

Rios Boys
05/01/2018
Don’t believe the hype ‼️ We recommend YOU ALL stay home and never visit here...let us suffer all by ourselves. Arigato Gozaimas 😆

Great first experience in Japan

Doug Rault
12/02/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    Canada
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    3

Great first experience in Japan

Doug Rault
12/02/2017
Late January early February was good timing. It snowed everyday!
This was a perfect orientation tour to get to know the way the ski business works in Japan.
We went to 3 main areas (Asahidake, Furano, Tomamu). The terrain was comparable to skiing in the Okanagan valley of BC Canada.
Our group was a good blend and match of skier ability and experience so we made lots of tracks! Skinned and hiked to get to some great snow and had a very pleasant tourist experience in a new culture.

Phenomenal JAPOW

POWDERHOUNDS.COM
07/07/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    5

Phenomenal JAPOW

POWDERHOUNDS.COM
07/07/2016
It's all about earning your turns
More deep powder than we had ever skied before
The accommodation was generally simple but adequate
We visited some great authentic restaurants & bars
Oh and did we mention the powder!

The Powderhounds had an absolute ball out on tour with Journey Into Japan. The road trip headed to great destinations with phenomenal powder; some of it super deep. And it was great to get off the well-beaten path of Hokkaido skiing and enjoy some culture, amazing food, and lovely onsen soaks.
We’re generally not the most avid backcountry skiers (unless it’s cat skiing or heli skiing) for more than a day at a time, but we scored some amazing rewards for our touring efforts and it was ooooh soooo worth skinning up the hill to ski that amazing Japow!
We cannot recommend this tour enough – it was such a great experience. Get on the cross-trainer and start training now!

Professionalism:Admin was all well organised pre-trip and once on the road, the JIJ team worked very cohesively and professionally together and shared information to ensure we got the best out of the trip.

Lodging: We stayed in 4 different types of lodging. Two of the accommodations had shared bathrooms which is not our preferred type of lodging, but it was very adequate considering the cost of the tour.

Guiding: Across the tour we were guided or interacted with 3 guides who were all very different and all brought their own strengths to the company: incredible experience; Japanese cultural bridging; and charisma and attentiveness to clients. Our primary guide was an incredibly experienced mountaineer and his awareness of terrain and route finding was exceptional.

Destinations: An amazing strength of this tour was the variety of destinations visited, the great terrain, the awesome Central Hokkaido powder, and the cultural experiences.

Awesome trip!

Jake
22/01/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Month:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    1

Awesome trip!

Jake
22/01/2016
Had an amazing time on this trip, our guide was a top bloke and very knowledgable. We rode lift access backcountry/slackcountry every day and were lucky enough to have fresh lines all day with help by our guide knowing the spots. highly recomend this trip!
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