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Niseko Freeride Tour

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8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Riding

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Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Sidecountry
Ability: Intermediate to Advanced
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share option.
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USD 2,036
This snowboarding tour takes in what many would argue are the best ski areas in Japan with a choice of up to 11 ski areas in the Niseko region. Home base is a nice hotel in Niseko so you have access to Niseko's vibrant nightlife. Have a guide to take you to the best powder stashes at each location.
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Niseko Freeride Tour

Most people have heard of Niseko and there’s good reason for that. This North-island powder magnet scores an average of 15 meters of cold dry powder each season. Niseko is a well-developed international ski resort, boasting an enormous amount of terrain and lift infrastructure to match. The village is hands down the best and liveliest in all of Japan with numerous restaurants, bars and shops all within walking distance.

This region also plays host to some quieter, and just as snowy resorts, which we take advantage of on this tour. Rusutsu, Moiwa, Kokusai, Teine, Tenguyama and Kiroro Snow World are all located close by and score similar, and sometimes even more, snow than Niseko.

The Niesko Freeride Tour is fully guided and hosted by a Mint Tours guide. The guides are passionate about riding deep, dry snow and aim to get you the best and deepest turns you’ve ever had!

Highlights Niseko Freeride Tour

  • Chase the big winter storms that Hokkaido is famous for
  • You’re guaranteed to ride the best snow every day with the flexible itinerary
  • The tour has access to 11 resorts, so you can expect to ride deep, untracked snow every day
  • Explore Hokkaido’s best resorts with 6 days of guiding
  • Beat the crowds as the guides show you the best zones
  • Ride with a small group of 6 people
  • Head off the beaten path and ride at some of the lesser known resorts
  • Stay in Niseko and enjoy the vibrant nightlife if you wish


Suitable for intermediate to advanced skiers and snowboarders. Some previous experience skiing powder is encouraged, but not necessary.

Potential Resorts Visited

Niseko, Moiwa, KiroroRusutsu, Sapporo Kokusai, Sapporo Teine, Asarigawa

Deep POW in the trees

New buddies to ride with

Plenty of stuff to huck-off


Day 1 – Arrival Day
This is just a sample itinerary because this is a powder chasing tour, so the actual itinerary will remain flexible.

You’ll be met at Sapporo Chitose Airport and transferred by bus to your hotel in Niseko. After checking into your hotel, you’ll have the afternoon free to explore the surrounding area. That night we’ll host you in the Always Niseko bar where you’ll meet our guides who will run you through the tour, weather, equipment and answer any questions you have.

Day 2 – Niseko
After breakfast at the hotel, the aim will be to get on the mountain by 8:30am. The group will load up the vans and make the short drive to either the Annupuri resort base or the Hanazono resort base so we can get first tracks. Your guide will run a thorough safety briefing in the morning. Your guides will show you around the Niseko United resort area which includes Hanazono, Hirafu, Niseko Village and Annupuri. You’ll spend a full day on mountain, and hunt out some powder stashes. After riding the group will stop off at one of the local onsens (natural hot springs) so you can rest the legs. After an awesome first day, the group will catch up at the hotel bar for après drinks and then visit one of our favourite local restaurants.

Day 3 – Rusutsu
Breakfast at the hotel. 40 minute drive to Rusutsu. While some of the more popular resorts in the region might become tracked out by lunch time, great lines can still be found here even a day or two after snow, making it perfect for days without fresh snowfall. Interestingly, even though it’s only a 40 minute drive from Niseko, the weather patterns can be completely different – it can be snowing heavily in Rusutsu but clear skies in Niseko (or vice-versa) so the guide will keep a sharp eye on the weather systems so the crew can find the best conditions on each day. You will spend the day guiding you through the trees and gullies of Rusustu. So many natural hits here and so few people which makes it a favourite. In the afternoon you’ll check out one of the secret local onsens and then head back to the hotel for après followed by dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 4 – Sapporo Kokusai / Teine
After breakfast drive towards the Sea of Japan for a visit to either Sapporo Kokusai or Teine. These resorts are located on the coast of Hokkaido and get the some of the most consistent snowfall on the island. You’ll be riding here mid-week, which means there will be lots of deep untracked powder on offer, both on and off-piste. Follow your guides into the trees to find some of the steepest tree runs in Hokkaido. After riding, you’ll head back to the hotel for après and dinner.

Day 5 – Kiroro
After an early breakfast at the hotel, you'll head northeast to ride at a resort which will likely be the highlight of the tour – Kiroro. Pack your snorkel as this powder gem scores some of the highest snowfall in Hokkaido. In Kiroro you’ll take advantage of the new gate system and epic terrain it accesses. You will have access to steep untracked tree runs and gullies that run back into the resort. After a long day in the trees, you’ll stop off at a local onsen and then head back to the hotel for après and dinner.

Day 6 – Otaru Tenguyama
After breakfast, drive towards the Sea of Japan to the local port town of Otaru. Here you will ride at Otaru Tenguyama which is just a short 10 minute drive from the city centre. The resort has a cable car, which gives us access to this great little local secret! On a clear day this resort has amazing views down to Otaru city and out to the Sea of Japan, but don’t bank on too many clear days because this place gets regular snow all season. In the afternoon you’ll head into the town centre so you can view the historic Otaru Canal which is now lined with cafes and shops in converted old warehouses. For anyone wanting to sample the freshest seafood in Japan, we’ll make a stop at one of the famous sushi restaurants. If there's time on the way home the group will stop at an onsen and then head back to Always Niseko for dinner and drinks.

Day 7 – Moiwa
After breakfast set out for the final day riding. The group will stay close to home and ride Moiwa. This smaller resort is part of the Niseko range but not connected to the Niseko United area by lifts. Moiwa is serviced by just 3 lifts but the has a reputation for the powder hungry. We will spend the day riding the epic trees and powder bowls before checking out one of the amazing onsens close by. The hot springs out this way are by far some of our favourites in Japan! After riding you’ll stop off at one of the local outdoor onsen so you can rest the legs. For the final night the group will head into the local town of Kutchan for dinner at one of the best izakayas around. Followed by some drinks and karaoke at one of the great local bars.

Day 8 Departure Day
All good things must come to come to an end, and after an epic week riding deep, Japanese powder the guide will transfer you back to the airport and say goodbye.

Please note the itinerary above is just a guide as weather and snow conditions might alter where the best place is to visit on any given day.

Accommodation: Always Niseko

The lodging for the Niseko Freeride Tour is at a new boutique hotel, Always Niseko, in twin share accommodation. A great buffet breakfast is included.

The comfortable twin share rooms are equipped with 2 single western beds and can offer glimpses of Mt Yotei that will have you feeling zen in no time. Each room has great heating, a private bathroom with shower and bath tub, TV, storage and free high speed WiFi.

The hotel also has a large drying room, laundry facilities, and most importantly a great restaurant and bar which serves up all our favourite Japanese food and great local craft beers. Join the crew each afternoon for Happy Hour in the bar.

Here is more information on Always Niseko.

Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

2019/20 Rates

AUD $2,950 per person
  • Women's Only Week: 19 Jan - 26 Jan 2020
  • Base/invoice currency is Australian Dollars (AUD)
  • Prices are per person including tax
  • Price is based on twin-share accommodation
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  • 7 nights twin share room with en suite at Always Niseko
  • Daily western buffet breakfast
  • 6 days of guiding to get away from the crowds & ski the best snow
  • Airport transfers to/from Sapporo Chitose & between resorts each day
  • Maximum group size 6 guests
  • Visits to local onsens & restaurants
  • Avalanche safety briefing
  • Access to fleet of powder boards from Nitro Snowboards
  • Avalanche safety gear rentals (required)
  • Day of cat skiing
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Mint Tours Terms & Conditions

A $500 deposit per person required to secure booking with balance payable 60 days prior to departure.

All bookings are subject to Mint Tours terms and conditions and subject to availability at time of booking.