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Hokkaido Explorer Tour

Hokkaido Explorer Tour4.5/58
Hokkaido Explorer Tour4.5 out of 5 based on 8 reviews
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Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share option per person for last group tour for 2021-22 season.
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USD 3,959

FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED TOUR
12 Nights - 10 Ski Areas - 10 Days Skiing/Riding

Deposit must be paid by end of promo date to qualify for any discounts. See T&Cs re Covid 19 policy.
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Sidecountry
Ability: Expert
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share option per person for last group tour for 2021-22 season.
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese yen inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 3,959
Based in Niseko Hirafu then Furano then Otaru, chase the best conditions and snowfall in the side country at 7 of Hokkaido's best ski areas and lesser known ski areas including Niseko, Rusutsu, Moiwa, Furano, Asahidake, Kamui Links and Tomamu.
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 07 - Feb 19, 2022
Days: 13
Price: USD 4,186
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 21 - Mar 05, 2022
Days: 13
Price: USD 3,959
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Hokkaido Explorer Tour

The Hokkaido Explorer Tour heads to the best Hokkaido ski areas from 3 base areas: Niseko; Otaru near Sapporo; and Furano in Central Hokkaido. Designed for upper advanced to expert skiers and snowboarders who are keen to get into the sidecountry and backcountry of each resort, the Hokkaido Explorer Tour will show you all the best ski areas in Hokkaido. With only one rest day, you will be on the move and hunting for powder. 

With the Hokkaido Explorer Tour, you have the option of joining one of the fixed date group tours, or if you have your own group you can go on a customised private tour to suit your group's needs (you can enquire for a quote here).

Ride some of the deepest snow on the planet at Niseko, enjoy some of the best tree skiing at Rusutsu, and fall in love with the secret runs of Moiwa.

Head to the cute little town of Otaru and ride Kiroro, Kokusai or Teine. Marvel at the blue bird powder days at Furano, and head over the back of Tomamu for some solitary deep turns.

Take the ropeway to the backcounty powder paradise that is Asahidake and smash the trees and natural hits of Kamui

Two of the most experienced WRTs guides will be taking these tours and as the limit on this tour is 12 people you’ll have plenty of fresh lines at each resort. Each guide will be taking you to their favourite areas to ski or ride and in the best conditions possible.

This is an advanced-expert guided tour where the lifts are used to access the sidecountry of each resort in search of fresh & deep Hokkaido powder! There is the option for some touring to get even better powder but if you're looking for a road trip with a lot more touring, check out the Powder Belt Backcountry Tour.

The guides will not only show you the best terrain and powder in Hokkaido, they’ll also take you out to some of the areas amazing restaurants and bars. Cultural activities will be on offer and each tour will stop in Sapporo on the way between Otaru and Furano where you can experience the famed Snow Festival (depending on tour date) and Sapporo Brewery.

Ability

This tour is for upper advanced and expert riders only. You must be able to ski/board the whole mountain in all conditions confidently at speed and have advanced ability in powder, through trees in steep terrain and in variable conditions. Snowboarders in this level are able to keep speed in flat sections by planning ahead as well as hold a solid traverse line and be able to hop up and manoeuvre in a way as to not slow down the group. You must have a very good level of fitness.

Groups are split up into ski/board/ability levels and some groups we will be doing some hiking (traversing/bootpacking) to get the goods. Skins or split-boards are not specifically required but bringing your touring gear is encouraged.

If this tour isn't quite the right fit, check out the summary of other WhiteRoom Tours.

Itinerary

Travel Day

You'll be transferred from Sapporo's Chitose Airport to Niseko (or Furano or Otaru depending on weather and date of travel). On arrival at the hotel you'll be welcomed by the crew and checked in. You'll be hosted in Half Note or North Bar where you'll meet the lead guide and managers who will run through the tour, weather and answer any questions.

Day 1

First days on the Niseko mountain. Your guides will show you around Niseko United. The group will find the feet and hunt out some powder stashes. Celebrate your awesome first day with the Welcome Dinner Party.

Day 2

Day tour to Moiwa Ski Hill. Departing in the morning, we will spend the day guiding you through the trees and bowls of Moiwa. There is the option to link into the Niseko back bowls and finish soaking in a local onsen.

Day 3

Day tour to Rusutsu Resort. Departing in the morning, you will spend the day guiding you through the trees and gullies of Rusustu.

Day 4

Transfer to Otaru. You can use this as a rest day or ride at Kiroro in the epic backcountry if the weather is cooperating. It's up to you. Otaru is a cute fishing town with amazing seafood and fun bars to explore.

Day 5

You'll head in the van to either Sapporo Kokusai, Kiroro or Sapporo Teine, depending on which resort has got the best conditions.  You'll head to a great Otaru seafood restaurant for a feast!

Day 6

Check out and transfer from Otaru to Furano. We’ll stop in Sapporo on the way to enjoy Hokkaido’s capital, including the Sapporo Beer Hall or the Snow Festival. If the snow is dumping and you’ve had a rest day previously we can ski a few resorts on the way – Teine, Rusutsu or Yubari. That night you check into North Country Inn and enjoy a 4 course dinner.

Day 7

Your Furano guides will show you around a great ski resort - Furano. You'll get to see the whole mountain on the first day as well as some of those secret spots only the locals know about.

Day 8

Rising early for the drive to Asahidake. Your guides will show the goods of the highest mountain in Hokkaido, Asahidake 2,290m. The ropeway does most of the hard work taking us to well above the tree line at 1,600m. From there you’ll spend your day exploring the ridges from the lift.

Day 9

Day tour to Kamui Ski Links. Departing in the morning, we will spend a day exploring the trees and backside of Kamui. We'll stop on the way back to soak in a secluded volcanic onsen.

Day 10

Tomamu day tour. Today your guides will show you around the resort hill of Tomamu with its awesome powder and park. There is some great skiing and boarding to be had here. At the end of the day you can check out the amazing indoor wave pool!

Day 11

Ski your last day in Furano. We'll be out there with you to hike the peak and show you some of the more hidden areas of Furano. Finish the day with a amazing hot spring night tour.

Day 12

After all that it's time to say good bye and transfer to Sapporo and your flight home.

NOTE: This itinerary is an example. The tour will be customised depending on the weather and each day will fit around where the best conditions are. This is the beauty of such a tour.

Lodging

In Niseko you’ll be staying at the lovely Pension Full Note. It is a Japanese-style bed & breakfast inn with a warm and cosy country atmosphere. We love this place for its location in the center of town, lovely staff and comfort.

In Furano you will be are staying at North Country Inn. It is conveniently located between the two sides of the ski hill giving you access by regular free shuttle to the Furano side before anyone else! It has both traditional Japanese and Western style rooms with en-suites. Shared onsen style bathing is also available. Facilities include 2 dining restaurants, winery, lounge/bar with satellite TV, rental cars, foreign exchange, wireless internet, souvenirs, common laundry, ski hire, and regular guest shuttle to the ski lifts.

For the Jan 10-22 tour you'll be staying in the lovely Rising Sun B&B instead. Located in central Kitanomine, you are surrounded by great spots to eat and drink or you may choose to stay in at the private restaurant/bar. Each room is spacious and well appointed with large king single beds, couches and an ensuite bathroom.

In Otaru you will be staying at the Grand Park Otaru. This hotel offers amazing views of the coast and views up to the hills.

2021/22 Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

390,000 to 435,000 JPY / Person depending on tour date

About Rates:

Accommodation

  • 4 nights twin/triple share accommodation at Full Note Pension in Central Hirafu (Niseko)
  • 6 nights twin/triple share accommodation at North Country Inn Furano except for Jan 9 tour which stays at the Rising Sun B&B
  • 2 nights twin/triple share accom at the Grand Park Otaru
Inclusions
  • 12 nights twin or triple share accommodation
  • Daily cooked breakfast & 2 dinners (welcome & farewell)
  • 10 lift passes at different ski areas
  • 10 days guiding by professional guides max 1:5 ratio
  • Airport transfers & ground transport
  • Onsen (hot spring) tour
  • Sapporo cultural day trip
Add-ons
  • Single share accommodation
  • Avalanche gear rental 16,000 yen for 11 days
  • Tokyo stopover/Kyoto cultural side trip
  • Accom upgrade for Niseko and Furano
  • Extra nights accom & ski days in Niseko/Furano
Not Included

COVID-19 Deposit and Cancellation Policy

In response to the current situation the following deposit and cancellation terms and conditions will apply:

MULTI-DAY TOURS

  • Free cancellation of all Whiteroom tours for any reason applies until official notice is given by the Japanese government that Japan’s borders will open for tourist travellers. This means all deposits or payments made will be fully refundable until we have received this notice and once we do we will contact you and give you the option to either receive a refund or travel with us to Japan. No professional fees will be applied. Note this does not apply to deposits paid to other third-party suppliers who may have non-refundable deposits or other stricter T+C’s.
  • DEPOSITS are required to secure your spot on a tour.
  • FINAL PAYMENTS – Whiteroom Tours will not be requesting any final payments unless it is known that borders are opening. If a third-party supplier has other policies in place regarding deposits we will advise you of this before any payments are made.
    • Whiteroom will only request final payment once we can confirm that Japan’s borders have opened. If they have not opened prior to 30 days before the tour start date we will cancel the tour and you will receive a full refund. We will be in touch regarding any change.
    • From 29 days prior to your check-in or tour start date if travel bans are put in place at the last minute due to COVID 20% of total booking value will be forfeited and 80% applied to any tour booking made within the next two seasons.
    • Please note that Whiteroom Tours reserve the right merged or cancel tours if they don’t meet minimum numbers up to 30 days prior to the tour start date, and may also cancel or amend tours or start dates due to guide availability. All clients will be given an option to join a similar tour or a different tour start date or be given a full refund.
    • WRTs advise that all tour clients do not book flights or if they must please book changeable/low fee fares. We will not be responsible for any change fees due to changed tour start/end dates.

DAY GUIDING PRODUCTS

  • Free cancellation of all Whiteroom guiding and associated Whiteroom products for any reason applies until official notice is given by the Japanese government that Japan’s borders will open for tourist travellers. This means all deposits or payments made will be fully refundable until we have received this notice and once we do we will contact you and give you the option to either receive a refund or travel with us to Japan. No professional fees will be applied. Note this does not apply to deposits paid to other third-party suppliers who may have non-refundable deposits or other stricter T+C’s.
  • A 20% deposit is required to secure your booking.
  • FINAL PAYMENTS – Final payment is due 30 days prior to your start date or 5 days from booking if less than 30 days. NOTE:
    • Whiteroom will only request final payment once we can confirm that Japan’s borders have opened. If they have not opened prior to 30 days before the start date we will cancel the guided or instructional booking and you will receive a full refund. We will be in touch regarding any change.
    • From 29 days prior to your start date if border closures are put in place at the last minute due to COVID 100% of total payments made will be applied to any guiding or instructional booking within the next two seasons.
    • Please note that we reserve the right to cancel any guided or instructional days or start dates due to availability. All clients will be given an option to move to another date or be given a full refund.
    • If borders are open for travel, normal terms and conditions apply (see below).

Whiteroom Tours Terms & Conditions

Rate & Price Variation:

Whiteroom Tours reserves the right until final payment has been received in full, to vary prices and rates in the event of changes in currency exchange or price increases made by our suppliers or airlines. The total shown on this statement is based in Japanese Yen for the land package, with the indicative AUD, USD, GBP, CAD, NZD, EURO currency amount based on the exchange rate at the time of quotation/booking. Final payment is required in the currency you confirmed the booking in and cannot be changed after a deposit payment. The final due amount will be calculated using the exchange rate on that day. This means that any increase or decrease in the exchange rate will affect the total of your package and final due amount of your package. Whiteroom Tours is not liable for any price increases. Only payment in full will lock in the exchange rate. If you plan to make the full payment at the time of booking or before the final due date you must notify your consultant who will re-calculate using the inter-bank exchange rate on that day.
If your booking has increased in price due to an exchange rate fluctuation and you do not pay the increased price your booking will be subject to cancellation. Please note that cancellation charges will apply. All prices are subject to availability & can be withdrawn or varied without notice. Airline taxes remain subject to change at all times until payment has been received in full and your tickets have been issued.

Quotations and Validity:

All prices quoted are valid at time of quote. All quotes are subject to confirmation of the components at time of booking. All components of your quote are subject to availability at time of booking request. The prices listed are based on the costs and exchange rate at the time or printing or creation of the quote. Whiteroom Tours reserves the right to alter these prices at any time due to exchange rate fluctuations, rate change by a supplier or error.

Bookings:

When you have advised Whiteroom Tours that you wish to go ahead with a booking we will then seek confirmation from our suppliers. If there is no availability for some/all of your components we will advise you of this & offer an alternative where possible. The alternative product offered may be a different price. Prices will be adjusted accordingly.

Deposit:

By making a payment on a booking you agree to Whiteroom Tours booking conditions.
A deposit of 20% of the total booking value is required for all bookings. Some properties may require an additional deposit to secure the booking as outlined on your quote or advised by your consultant. All deposits are non-refundable once received. Whiteroom Tours will/may/might forward deposits to suppliers to secure accommodation & or services. Payment of deposit acknowledges acceptance of all booking conditions.

Final Payment:

Is due no later than 70 days prior to departure, or 5 days from booking confirmation if booking is within 70 days. Should airlines impose ticketing time limits, fare withdrawal, fare or tax increase, full payment of fare & taxes may be required before this time. Failure by the client to pay the outstanding balance by the due date may cause the auto-cancellation of the booking whereupon the deposit paid by the client shall be forfeited. Final documents will not be released until the booking is paid in full. Late payment fees may be incurred on your booking.

Payment Options:

By making a payment on a booking you agree to Whiteroom Tours booking conditions. Direct deposit: check with your consultant to confirm which currencies you can receive your invoice in.

Credit Card

Credit card payments are made through our online Stripe/Xero invoice portal and are available in all major currencies. Please notify your consultant your intention to pay by credit card and your preferred currency. Australian VISA, Mastercard and AMEX attract a 1.8% surcharge. International VISA, Mastercard & AMEX attract 3% surcharge. International Japanese Yen payment by VISA, Mastercard & AMEX attract 4% surcharge.

Payments from overseas

If you choose to pay directly into our AUD or JPY account from an overseas institution you are required to cover any applicable fees. This is usually a fee on your end and a $15 or ¥3,000 fee when the funds land into our account. If we have been charged any fees for accepting such transactions these fees will be passed on in full.

Cancellations by the traveller:

Any cancellations must be received in writing. Minimum fees are:

  • Up to 70 days prior to departure – full deposit will be forfeited.
  • Between 30 and 69 days of departure – 50% of total paid will apply.
  • Within 30 days of departure – 100% of total paid will apply.
  • Supplier cancellation fees will also apply if applicable.
  • Whiteroom Tours cannot be held responsible for snow conditions. Holidays cannot be cancelled or amended on the basis of snow conditions.
  • No refunds will be made if you voluntarily leave a tour for any reason after the tour has begun. Refunds will be at the discretion of Whiteroom Tours if you are involuntarily forced to leave a tour for any reason. No refunds will be given for any accommodation, transport, sightseeing, meals, service or any component of the tour not utilised. Please note these conditions apply to Whiteroom Tour land content only.

Cancellations by Whiteroom Tours:

Whiteroom Tours reserves the right to cancel any tour before it is confirmed to run. A tour is confirmed to run once it has reached the minimum participants required as defined by Whiteroom Tours. This applies to all tours. Whiteroom Tours reserves the right to cancel any tour prior to departure, including a confirmed tour, due to circumstances beyond our control. If this occurs you will be given the option of changing to another tour or receiving a full refund. Whiteroom Tours is not responsible for any incidental expense you have incurred as a result of your booking. If you choose and alternative tour and it is at a lower value than your original tour you will be refunded the difference. If the alternative tour is of a higher value then you will pay the difference in price.

Tours & Ability:

Whiteroom Tours reserves the right to remove a client from any tour if he or she is of an ability not suited to that tour. No refund will be due for any unused portion of the tour. The client takes full responsibility for the self-categorisation of their ability.

Professional fees:

Whiteroom Tours charges the following non-refundable fees. These professional fees are in addition to any fees which may be charged by airlines, accommodation providers, transfer suppliers or any other supplier.
¥3,000 Booking Amendment: charged per amendment once a booking has been confirmed.
¥20,000 Booking amendment inside 14 days: charged per amendment for changes inside 14 days of departure. ¥3,000 Late payment: charged per week for any final payments not received by the due date.


Responsibility:

Whiteroom Tours acts only as an agent for the companies (Principals) providing or offering the means of travel, accommodation and other services and as such has no control over any services or products provided by these Principals. All bookings made are subject to the booking terms and conditions under which these services are provided. The Company and its Principals reserve the right, without liability or right of compensation, to prohibit or restrict any activity, or cancel or alter any service or itinerary component, without notice. Whiteroom Tours will not be held responsible for the inability of the Principals to comply with any special request relating to age, medical conditions, physical ability or disability, dietary requirements, allergic conditions, smoking or non-smoking accommodation.

Travel Insurance:

Whiteroom recommends purchasing travel insurance when you pay your deposit as that way you may be covered for accidents that prevent you from travelling as well as for your holiday.

Transfers:

Any transfers missed or not utilised by the client are non refundable. The cancellation policy of each service provider will determine whether a missed transfer can be moved to an alternate time/date. Whiteroom Tours reserves the right to amend departure times & service providers at our discretion. You will be notified by Whiteroom Tours should this occur.

Lift Passes:

Any lift passes not utilised for any reason by the client on any of our tours are non refundable.

Airfares:

Can be purchased through Whiteroom Tours as part of your travel package. The conditions for the purchase of the airfare will be dependent on the airline & airfare that you are booked on and will be advised to you by Whiteroom Tours at time of quotation and confirmation. All fares quoted remain subject to availability at time of booking. Price may vary until fully paid and ticketed.

Privacy:

Whiteroom Tours collects information about you in order to book components of your travel package. You authorise Whiteroom Tours to provide this information to suppliers who require this information before they will provide products or services to you.

Security bond & passport details:

Your credit card details may be required as a security bond on the potential cost of property damage &/or expenses incurred. Japanese law requires that accommodation providers take a copy or make notes of your passport details. By signing this form you agree to provide a copy of your credit card if requested and supply your passport details if required.

Booking form:

A booking form is required for each passenger booked to travel. For group bookings, it is the responsibility of the person whose name holds the booking, to ensure that each member of their group is aware of the booking conditions and completes and returns a booking form. Booking forms are required at the time of booking deposit or flight reservation. The information provided on your booking form is essential for your booking details and travel arrangements. This information is required for your booking to proceed. Whiteroom Tours will not book any component of your travel package without receiving a signed booking form from you.

Refunds:

If you are eligible for a refund once a booking has been cancelled, the balance less any non-refundable amounts & cancellation fees will be forwarded to you upon receipt of the refund from the supplier or airline. Whilst Whiteroom Tours will endeavour to get your money to you as soon as possible, some refunds can take up to 12 weeks to process.

Liability:

I acknowledge & understand that skiing & snowboarding are sports that are hazardous and have inherent risks of injury &/or death. I voluntarily agree to assume all risks of injury or death that may result to me from skiing or snowboarding. I hereby release Whiteroom Tours & their employees & agents of any obligation to advise me in relation to the dangers obvious or not, inherent in the sport. I accept that I will participate in such sport(s) of my own free will & never at the direction of Whiteroom Tours &/or their employees and agents. I voluntarily take full responsibility for any damage or injury to myself or which I may cause to others.

Japanese accommodation:

Some Japanese properties may differ from those encountered in Western ski resorts. Whilst hospitality & service levels often surpass Western standards, rooms generally have less furniture & hanging/storage space. Ensuites are generally smaller & are of a modular design. Some Japanese properties also allow smoking in common areas & guest rooms. Traditional Hotels or Ryokans often have rooms with Tatami Matt flooring and futon beds. Some rooms will not have ensuites and instead will have shared bathing in segregated bathrooms or onsens. We will inform you of these cultural differences and you may be pleasantly surprised by how easily you can adjust to the Japanese way of life. If not please request a western style accommodation.

Waiver:

If you are participating in a Whiteroom Tour or are being guided by Whiteroom Guides you will need to read and sign our wavier and send this back to us before participation. Failure to do so will result in you not being able to accompany our guides on any activity.