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USD 1,317

HAKKODA & HACHIMANTAI BC
3 Nights | 2 Days Backountry Skiing

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Book by August 31, 2019 & get 10% off tour price. Discounted price displayed above.
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p Sample price based on twin-share accommodation.
Base/invoice currency is Japanese Yen & may vary depending on dates
Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 1,317
Experience a day of backcountry skiing at Hakkoda in Aomori and then a day of BC at Appi Kogen. Tour includes transport, accommodation, most meals & guiding. If the dates for the fixed date tour don't suit, you can book this as a private group tour for 4 - 10 guests (subject to availability)
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 22 - Jan 25, 2020
Days: 4
Price: USD 1,463
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Custom Booking Period: Jan 01 - Mar 10, 2020
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Northern Tohoku Powder Tour

If you are looking for a short backcountry tou to add to a visit to Tohoku, this 3-nigh/4-day tour might be ideal.

The tour starts in Morioka, heads to Hakkoda for a day of backcountry skiing and then to Appi Kogen for a half+ day of backcountry with a possible afternoon to ski the resort as well. On the last day you visit a sake factory and have lunch at a Soba restaurant before heading home or onwards.

The package represents exceptional value considering the package also includes daily breakfast, all evening meals and 1 lunch.

Group Type:

This is a mixed group tour meaning guests will be grouped with other guests to make up numbers for the tour. You can join a tour as a solo traveller or couple, however this tour requires a minimum of 4 participants to operate. Larger private groups are also welcome to book a private tour with only their own group. The maximum group size will be 10.

If your dates don't work for the mixed group, fixed-date tour and you have a group of 4 - 10, you can also request to book a private tour. This will however be subject to the availability of a guide and/or accommodation.

Ability:

This tour is ideal for advanced skiers and snowboarders with experience riding powder and backcountry but can be altered to suit less experienced riders with a minimum of strong intermediate ability, and good physical condition is a must as there will be a 2-3 hour hike upwards for the BC day-tour.

You don’t have to be a pro, you just need to have a sense of adventure and want to ride powder!

Guiding & Hosting:

The guided back-country skiing will be in the Hakkoda area and then somewhere in the Appi Kogen area. If your group is less than 9 members you may ski/ride with other guests.

While an attempt will be made to organise the most qualified guides with English ability for the tours, depending on availability, in some cases the guide at Appi Kogen might only have limited English. Please understand this is still a relatively untapped area for foreigners and one of the great reasons for visiting now.

Sample Itinerary

Whilst the follow itinerary is somewhat fixed, timings may change slightly due to weather and road conditions.

The tour commences and finishes at Morioka train station, Iwate.

Day 1 Arrival Day

Meet at Morioka station @ 14:30 travel by bus to Aomori Sukayu Onsen. Enjoy the ambiance of this lovely Ryokan and soak in the famous hot springs.

Day 2 Hakkoda Backcountry

After breakfast at the hotel you will head out with your qualified backcountry tour guide to experience the incredible backcountry at Hakkoda. After your day of BC you will travel by bus to Appi resort in Iwate and check into your hotel where you will stay for the next 2 nights.

Day 3 Appi Backcountry

After a hearty breakfast it's off for a half- day private powder BC tour in the Hachimantai area, with free time in the afternoon to ski/board at Appi Kogen or just chill out.

Day 4 Sightseeing in Morioka

After breakfast, depart your Appi Kogen hotel and take a tour of the Asabiraki Sake distillery before trying Wanko Soba for lunch. Arrive at Morioka Station around 14:00 for the conclusion of the tour.

Accommodation

Appi Kogen Accommodation

Accommodation at Appi Kogen will be at either Shirakaba no mori or Grand main building depending on availability at the time of booking.

Both properties are ski-in/ski-out and offer hotel-style accommodation with a large list of amenities.

Hakkoda Accommodation

Sukayu Onsen Ryokan: Located in Mt. Hakkoda, the hotel is convenient for sightseeing Lake Towada, Tsugaru Shimokita Peninsula and skiing in Mt Hakkoda. The hotel takes pride in their "hiba sennin-buro (large communal bath)" entirely made with hiba wood, one of the local specialties of Aomori Prefecture and is said to be able to hold up to 1000 people (it is a mixed bath for both males and females). There are also smaller baths that are separate for males and females. Breakfast is usually served buffet style.

Pricing and occupancy are based on shared twin rooms. This means you will be sharing a room with another person in the group, but yes you will have separate beds! If you are travelling alone and are uncomfortable being paired with someone else, please request a single room upgrade (subject to availability). Each room has its own toilet.

Dietary Restrictions

While all efforts will be made to accommodate your requirements if requested in advance, please understand that in some cases it may not be possible to cater for all dietary restrictions.

Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

Rates

Twin-Share: ¥159,000
Single Room: ¥177,000
  • rate is per person
  • base rate/invoice currency is Japanese yen
  • price may vary depending on booking period; request a quote
Inclusions
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation (twin share) at Appi Grand or Shirakaba
  • 1 night twin-share Sukayu Onsen (Japanese style rooms)
  • 3 dinners & 3 breakfasts + lunch on last day
  • Return bus transfers from Morioka Station to Hakkoda, Appi Kogen & back to Morioka
  • Lift pass for Appi Kogen for use after BC tour
  • Wanko Soba lunch on last day in Morioka
Add-ons
  • Private room upgrade for additional cost (Depending on availability)
  • Ski / snowboard rentals (Depending on availability)
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Northern Iwate Travel Terms & Conditions

Currency:
All payments to Northern Iwate Travel are in Japanese Yen (JPY).

Bookings:
The Contract is not concluded at the time of subscription, and the Traveler shall submit an Application Form and Application Fee within the period as designated by us.

In cases where the Traveler fails to submit the Application Fee within the period specified we shall consider such a subscription as not having been received and treat it accordingly.

Deposit/Application Fee:
By making a payment on a booking you agree to Northern Iwate Travels booking conditions as listed in full on our website. A Traveler who wishes to subscribe for our Package Tour Contract shall fill in the necessary information on the Application Form and shall submit it to us together with the required Application Fee payable in the amount specified separately by us within the limit of 20% or less of the Tour Price.

Expenses incurred as a result of special arrangements made at the request of the Traveler shall be borne by the Traveler.

Tour Confirmation:
We shall promptly deliver to the Traveler, a document detailing the itinerary, contents of Tour Service, Tour Prices, and other conditions of the Tour, as well as matters concerning our responsibility with regards to the Tour, after the Tour Contract has been concluded. The scope of the Tour Service involving our responsibility in making arrangements and administering itineraries under the Package Tour Contract, shall be based on details stated in this document.

The Traveler shall pay to us, the amount of the Tour Price as specified in the Contract Document, on or before the date specified in the Contract Document, and prior to the starting date of the Tour.

Alterations:
In cases where unusual and unforeseen circumstances arise due to reasons beyond our control, including, but not limited to acts of God/providence, acts of war, civil commotion, suspension and/or closure of Tour Services such as transport and accommodation facilities, exercises and/or orders from government and other public agencies, the need to use transport services not based on our original transport plan, and such circumstances affect the safe and smooth implementation of the Tour, we may be required to change the itinerary contents of the Tour Service, and other contents of the Package Tour Contract by promptly informing and/or explaining to the Traveler beforehand, reasons for the nature of such circumstances being beyond our control, and the correlation between such circumstances and subsequent changes. This shall be the case except at the time of an emergency, where the Traveler is informed and/or receives an appropriate explanation after such changes have been made.

Change of Traveler:
A Traveler who has concluded a Package Tour Contract with us, may assign his/her status under said Contract to a third party, subject to our consent. In cases where the Traveler wishes to obtain our consent as provided for in preceding paragraph, said Traveler shall fill in the necessary information on a form as designated by us, and submit it with the handling fee of a designated amount, to us. The assignment of said status under the Contract, shall take effect when approved by us. After such approval, the third party who has acquired such status under the Tour Contract, shall inherit all rights and obligations concerning said Package Tour Contract as originally concluded by the Traveler.

Cancellation of the Contract by traveller:
The Traveler may, at any time, cancel the Package Tour Contract by paying to us the cancellation fee as specified by us. In cases where said Traveler wishes to cancel the Communication Contract, we shall accept and process payment of the cancellation fee by using the card of our Affiliated Company without obtaining said Traveler's signature on the designated voucher.

Cancellation fees as % of total trip cost:

  • 20+ days from date of travel = 20%
  • 7-20 days from date of travel = 30%
  • 1-6 days from date of travel = 40%
  • On start day = 50%
  • During trip or no show = 100%

As with all tours it is recommended that participants take out travel insurance to cover for cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances.

Our Right to Cancel the Contract:

We reserve the right to cancel the Package Tour Contract before the start of the Tour by explaining to the Traveler about the reason for the cancellation, in the following instances.

(1) In cases where it becomes known that the Traveler does not meet the conditions required of Tour participants, such as age, sex, qualifications, skills, etc., as specified by us beforehand.

(2) In cases where the Traveler is considered unable to participate in said Tour due to illness, the absence of a necessary aide/helper and/or other such causes.

(3) In cases where the Traveler is likely to create a nuisance for other Travelers and/or hinder smooth implementation of the Tour as a group.

(4) In cases where the Traveler requests extra burden in regards of the contents of the Contract beyond a reasonable extent.

(5) In cases where the number of Travelers participating in the Tour does not reach the minimum number of participants for the Tour as specified in the Contract Document.

(6) In cases where it is extremely likely that Tour conditions required for implementation of the Tour as described at the time of the conclusion of the Contract, such as the amount of snowfall necessary for a ski Tour, shall not come into being.

(7) In cases where unusual and unforeseen circumstances arise due to reasons beyond our control, including, but not limited to acts of God/providence, acts of war, civil commotion, suspension and/or closure of Tour Services such as transport and accommodation facilities, exercises and/or orders from government and other public agencies, and other such circumstances that affect the safe and smooth implementation of the Tour as scheduled according to the itinerary described in the Contract Document, or that have increased the potential of disabling the tour to an extreme extent.

(8) In cases where the Communication Contract has been concluded, and the Traveler is unable to settle in whole or in part, the liability related to his or her Tour Price, etc. as stipulated in the card membership rules of the Affiliated Company. Such reasons may be due to, but not limited to, the credit card as held by the Traveler in question, being invalid.