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Hokkaido Explorer Tour

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Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share option per person for group tour for 2019-20 season.
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese yen inc taxes.
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USD 3,777

12 Nights - 10 Ski Areas - 10 Days Skiing/Riding

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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 group tour for 2019-20 season.
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese yen inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 3,777
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 25 - Mar 08, 2020
Days: 13
Price: USD 3,777
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Custom Booking Period: Jan 01 - Mar 20, 2020
Min Days: From 5
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Hokkaido Explorer Tour Overview

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 backcountry 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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

2019/20 Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

415,000 JPY / Person

About Rates:


  • 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
  • 2 nights twin/triple share accom at the Grand Park Otaru
  • 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 1:6 ratio
  • Airport transfers & ground transport
  • Onsen (hot spring) tour
  • Sapporo cultural day trip
  • 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
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