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Price p/p Price per person based on 2025 tours
USD 4,699

GUIDED LIFT ASSISTED BACKCOUNTRY TOUR
8 Nights | 9 Days

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Price p/p Price per person based on 2025 tours
USD 4,699
This lift assisted backcountry tour takes in Myoko, Nozawa Onsen & Hakuba & is ideal for advanced to expert backcountry skiers and split boarders. These 3 areas are known for deep snow & epic tree skiing. Join as a solo, couple or small group; max 8 guests per tour.
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 25 - Feb 02, 2025
Days: 9
Price: USD 4,699
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 03 - Feb 11, 2025
Days: 9
Price: USD 4,699
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Myoko to Hakuba Backcountry Tour

The Myoko to Hakuba Backcountry Trip is a 9 day lift assisted backcountry tour that takes in the historically rich Myoko in snowy Niigata, Nozawa Onsen in Nagano, along with Hakuba in the stunning Japanese Alps known for its big mountain riding.

Myoko, Nozawa Onsen and Hakuba are known for epic tree skiing, bottomless powder and even deeper rooted culture. The sidecountry and backcountry terrain in these three areas is steeper than that typically found in Hokkaido.

Combining skiing or snowboarding in Myoko with the steep, resort accessed backcountry terrain of the Hakuba Valley, this lift assisted backcountry tour is sure to be an all time classic Japan powder chasing road trip.

Trip Highlights

  • Small group trip (maximum 8 guests) with certified ACMG ski guide + Japanese speaking guide
  • Explore Nozawa Onsen, Myoko and Hakuba in one trip - regions that are blessed with lots of snow
  • Relax in the soothing local hot spring baths (onsen) at the comfortable hotels.
  • Dine on traditional locally sourced meals, hosted by your guides every evening while enjoying the region’s beer and sake (rice wine).
  • A trip to Japan wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the beautiful local culture.

Who is the Tour Suited To?

The Myoko to Hakuba Backcountry Tour is ideal for advanced snowboarders and skiers keen on the steeper terrain of Hakuba and Nozawa and the big snow volumes of Myoko, accessed via a combo of ski lifts and backcountry touring. The heart of the program is backcountry powder skiing. The tours are geared toward fit adventurers who are willing and able to earn their turns. Expect deep powder snow, steep tree runs, bowls and uphill skinning to access the goods when the group leaves the resorts.

Information will be provided on equipment required for the tour. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Myoko Hotel + Welcome Dinner  

  • Airport: Fly into either Narita (NRT) or Haneda (HND) Tokyo Airports
  • Arrive in Myoko and check in to the hotel
  • Group and guides meet-and-greet at 6:00pm
  • Hosted welcome dinner with your guides

Day 2-4: Myoko & Nozawa Area

  • Fully flexible itinerary based around the best snow and backcountry touring conditions around Myoko/Nozawa
  • Daily group breakfast
  • 3 days chasing deep powder and lift assisted backcountry adventures based around best conditions in the Myoko Valley and Nozawa area visiting Myoko ski resorts, Nozawa Onsen, Lotte Arai and Madarao.
  • Relax in the muscle soothing onsen spa at the hotel
  • Hosted group dinners at the friendly local family run hotel

Day 5-8: Hakuba 

  • A new location and another 4 days of powder chasing adventures - flexible itinerary based on conditions in Hakuba.
  • Daily group breakfast
  • 4 days backcountry exploring based around the best powder conditions in Hakuba visiting: Happo-one, Goryu, Cortina, Hakuba 47, Iwatake, Tsugaike Kogen, and Norikura.
  • Relax in the muscle soothing onsen and sauna at the hotel
  • Hosted group dinners in favorite Hakuba restaurants

Day 9: Departure Day

  • After breakfast at the hotel it's farewell to the guides and new friends
  • Trip ends at the hotel. Return to the airport, Tokyo, or extend your stay in beautiful Japan

Lodging

Myoko

You will stay in a cozy family run lodge with Japanese style rooms featuring traditional futon beds + tatami flooring. The lodge is located in ones of the villages of Myoko Kogen, and it hosts a magical outdoor onsen (hot spring) and restaurant serving delicious local fare.

Hakuba

You will stay in a comfortable family operated hotel with onsen (hot spring) and sauna. The guest rooms have western style bedding and private bathrooms. Rooms typically come with twin beds, but double beds for couples or single upgrades may be arranged when available.

Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

Rates 2025

USD $4,699

  • Rates are per person, based on twin or double share occupancy, private bath
  • Solo travelers will be paired with another same gender guest in a twin share room
  • You can ask about the limited number of single rooms available for a $995 upgrade
  • Payment: A $600 deposit is required at time of reservation. Final payments 90 days before trip departure.
  • Base/invoice currency is USD
Inclusions
  • 2 full-time, certified, PowderQuest guides (Japanese & English speaking)
  • Transport for duration of the tour in a private 4x4 van
  • Lift tickets to access the backcountry
  • Daily breakfast
  • All dinners hosted by your guides at select local restaurants or the lodge
  • Beer & sake at dinner
  • Comfortable twin-share lodging with private bathroom
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These Terms will govern your trip with PowderQuest Tours, Inc. (“PowderQuest”). The individuals participating in a trip will be referred to as “Client” throughout the Terms. Any individual booking a trip offered through PowderQuest will be required to agree to the terms.

The following Terms apply to Clients joining our guided tours. We reserve the right to change these policies without prior notice.

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In addition to agreeing to the Terms below, the Client will be required to submit a deposit to PowderQuest. Most trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit at time of booking, plus any costs for optional extras. Examples of optional extras are room upgrades, equipment rentals, trip extensions etc.

You must purchase travel insurance after booking to cover you for trip cancellation.

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By agreeing to these terms, PowderQuest will charge your final balance to the credit card you provide. If the outstanding balance is not paid by this time, PowderQuest reserves the right to charge a $100 late fee or cancel the Client’s reservation. If a reservation is made less than ninety (90) days prior to trip departure date, the full balance of the trip is due at that time.

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Any cancellation by the Client must be made in writing via email. The date on which PowderQuest receives the Client’s written cancellation will determine the charges applicable. The policies outlined below take into consideration the costs PowderQuest incurs long before travelers ever depart. The schedule of Cancellation charges is as follows:

91+ days prior to trip: Non-refundable deposit 61-90 days prior to departure: 50% refund 60 or fewer days prior to departure: 100% Cancellation Fee

Travel Insurance

Our cancellation policy is strict. You are required to purchase trip cancellation/ interruption insurance that cover loss of effects, trip delay, cancellation insurance and all other expenses that might arise as a result of loss, damage, delay or inconvenience occurring to the Client.

In addition, it is mandatory for all Clients to provide evidence of insurance for ski travel that covers personal accident, medical expenses.

If you are joining our Off-Piste or Backcountry trips, you need to make sure your insurance covers off-piste and backcountry skiing and snowboarding in the countries you will be visiting. It needs to cover air ambulance (emergency evacuation).

For trips involving mechanized access in the backcountry (snowcats, snowmobiles, helicopters, boats etc.) be sure your policy covers these activities. Evidence of this insurance needs to be provided to PowderQuest. In the event evidence of insurance is not provided, PowderQuest reserves the right to cancel the Client’s reservation. 

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While the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer considered a global emergency, coronavirus disease still exists and people continue to get infected and sick. If you display flu or COVID-19 symptoms in the lead-up to your trip, please do not travel. To aid in arriving healthy, we recommend wearing a mask while en route to our trips, including on flights and public transit.

If a Client starts experiencing symptoms on the trip, we will ask them to take a test for COVID-19. If negative, we will take no further action. If the test is positive, that Client is unable to participate in the tour until they’ve isolated themselves from the group for a minimum of 5 days, are symptom-free, and have cleared all local protocols. Our team will help any affected travellers make alternative arrangements including securing a private room, mask purchases, testing, etc. Your required travel insurance can help cover these costs if you do test positive while traveling. In addition, if a test does come back positive, the guides will suggest mask wearing as a group especially when proper distancing is not possible (traveling in our vehicles for example).

Clients shall not receive a refund for any portion of the Trip price, used or unused. PowderQuest shall not be responsible for any additional expenses incurred by Client as a result of his/her illness. Additionally, PowderQuest shall not be responsible for any expenses incurred by Client as a result of any required or recommended treatment for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases including, but not limited to, transportation, accommodation, or medical expenses.

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Additional activities may be offered by PowderQuest during a trip. Client, however, will be responsible for all extra expenses incurred as a result of Client’s participation in the activity. Only those activities described in the trip description are included in the total cost of the trip. Client will be responsible for charges issued by any airline used while on tour for any or all of the following: Excess baggage, over weight, oversize, or ski and snowboard charges.

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Price Adjustments

PowderQuest reserves the right to adjust the price of a trip due to changes in exchange rates, inflation, increases in air fares or other transportation costs, taxes, or if government action should require us to do so. In the event the price adjustment is an increase, PowderQuest will be responsible for the first 2% of the increase and Client will be responsible for the balance.

Changes to Itinerary

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Travel Documents

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Equipment

Client agrees to arrive with required equipment as listed on trip packing list and that required equipment is in good working order and ready to use upon arrival. If Client does not have this equipment, Client agrees to contact PowderQuest to arrange appropriate rentals if available.

I understand that PowderQuest may rent or outfit me with equipment required for backcountry travel or other tour use. I agree to treat the equipment as if it were my own, and if damaged or destroyed, I am responsible for the cost of the equipment, to be paid immediately and that may include international shipping costs and additional taxes.