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Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share option for 2020 season.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 4,557

MEGA POWDER CHASING ROAD TRIP
13 Nights | 11 Days Skiing/Boarding

early bird special requires full payment before June 30
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Sidecountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share option for 2020 season.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 4,557
A big tour for the adventurous that takes in the islands of Hokkaido and Honshu, exploring the areas of Central Hokkaido, Otaru then Tohoku staying in Hakkoda and Morioka. The ultimate road tripping powder hunting tour.
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 18 - Jan 31, 2020
Days: 14
Price: USD 4,557
Availability: Almost Full
Fixed Date(s): Feb 02 - Feb 15, 2020
Days: 14
Price: USD 4,557
Availability: Sold Out
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Inter Island Explorer Tour Overview

The Inter Island Explorer Tour is the big one! After years of planning and finding the best areas and snow that Japan has to offer, Whiteroom Tours can now bring you a tour of epic proportions. This Japan ski and snowboard tour takes in two islands and links Central Hokkaido to the main island of Honshu to Tohoku, a powder mecca! The Inter Island Explorer Tour is designed for skiers and snowboarders who want a true adventure.

Central Hokkaido has been famed for providing a truly Japanese experience away from the Western crowds that are now exploring other parts of Japan. With over 10 years experience operating in the region, WhiteRoom Tours have the area well and truly mapped out and know where to go to find the goods on any given day. This 13 night adventure will see you spend 5 nights in Furano at the beautiful Rising Sun B&B. With 4-5 days on snow you’ll have opportunity of skiing or riding on Hokkaido’s highest peak Asahidake as well as exploring the backcountry of Furano, Kamui, Tomamu, Sahoro and Pippu.

From Furano you’ll transfer to the powder capital of Hokkaido, Otaru for two nights and two days of the deepest snow of your lives at Kiroro, Kokusai or Teine. Staying in Otaru city you’ll explore the old European canals, enjoy a local brew or whiskey, and eat some of the freshest sashimi in all of Hokkaido.

You’ll transfer down to Hakodate in southern Hokkaido to explore the seafood markets and quaint European style Japanese town before jumping on a ferry across the Tsugaru Strait to Aomori, the northernmost city of the main island of Honshu. This untapped region is renowned for a mix of the new and old world and loads of untracked powder! Your first 2 nights will be on mountain at Hakkoda in a beautiful onsen hotel. Known for big snow, snow monsters and expansive backcountry, Hakkoda is a once in a lifetime ski experience.

You’ll then transfer for your last 4 nights in the lively city of Morioka. Each day you’ll head out to any of the 5 resorts in this Iwate region: Appi; Shizukuishi; Hachimantai; Tazawako; and Geto Kogen. At night your guides will take you out for delicious local food and the vibrant nightlife of Morioka.

The team of guides in both Hokkaido and Tohoku have lived and breathed these areas over the years exploring what they have to offer in anticipation of this epic inter-island tour. This road trip is one for the books and will offer everything a powder hunter will want out of a trip to Japan.



No shortage of freshies..

...traditional dinners...

...gorgeous powder.

Ability Level

The required ability level is advanced and above. You must be able to ski or ride the whole mountain with confidence and at a reasonable speed in powder, through trees and in variable conditions. You must have a good level of fitness. 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. Groups are split up into ski/board/ability levels and some groups we will be doing some hiking (traversing/bootpacking) to get to the goods. Skins or split-boards are not required but if the group has touring gear or wants to hire gear, the guides will happily take you deeper into the backcountry.


Powder at Geto Kogen

...powder Mecca...

...Tohoku skiing.

Lodging

RISING SUN B&B FURANO
In Furano you will be staying with local hosts Gonzo and Yuka in their new and very comfortable Bed and Breakfast. Located in central Kitanomine you are surrounded by great spots to eat and drink, or you may like to stay in and be looked after by your wonderful hosts as they serve local produce in your own private restaurant/bar. Each room is spacious and beautifully appointed with large king sized single beds, couches, a huge TV, ensuite bathroom, laundry and tea and coffee making facilities. You’ll love staying here.

GRAND PARK OTARU
This 4.5 star hotel is right on the water with views up and down the coast and on the other side of the hotel there are views to the hills you’ll be skiing over the next few days. You’ll stay in luxury here with all the comforts of home and then some. The breakfast is amazing and with a shopping centre, bars and restaurants below the hotel you’ll have plenty to do when you’re not skiing.

HAKKODA
TBA

HOTEL METROPOLITAN MORIOKA
Located right in the centre of town. This hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the city of Morioka as well as having easy access to the surrounding ski areas. You’ll love being in the centre of town with all the great restaurants and bars within walking distance. Each room is comfortably appointed with twin beds and all that you’d expect from a 3 star hotel.

Rate Notes & Inclusions 2020

  • Base rate is in Japanese yen
  • Please enquire here for a quote for a customised trip
  • 6:1 client to guest ratio, 12 guests max on tour, 4 person minimum


Tohoku skiing

...deep powder...

...Tazawako powder
Inclusions
  • 13 nights accommodation: twin/triple share
  • Fully hosted. Guiding max 6:1 ratio
  • Chitose Airport & Morioka Station transfers & daily transport
  • 11 days of lift tickets
  • Welcome & farewell dinner
  • Daily breakfast
  • Ferry from Hokkaido to Honshu
  • Onsen (hot spring) tour
Add-ons
  • Avalanche safety equipment 16,500 yen
  • Single share accommodation
  • Tokyo stopover, Kyoto stopover
Not Included

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Currency All payments to Whiteroom Tours are in Australia Dollars (AUD).

Rate & Price Variation:Whiteroom Tours reserves the right until final payment has been received in full, to vary prices & rates in the event of changes in currency exchange or price increases made by our suppliers or airlines. If the cost of any service increases due to exchange rate fluctuations, tax changes, price increases or any other reason, you are required to pay the increase when notified by us. If you choose not to pay the increased price you may choose to cancel the booking. Please note that cancellation charges will apply.

Whiteroom Tours is not liable for any price increases. Rates quoted are correct for each product at time of quoting; however these rates may change prior to your final payment date. All prices are subject to availability & can be withdrawn or varied without notice. Airline & airline taxes remain subject to change at all times until payment has been received in full & your tickets have been issued. Whiteroom Tours reserves the right to correct prices & rates in the event of consultant error.

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A deposit of 20% of the total booking value is required for guiding only bookings. All other bookings require a minimum deposit of $600.00 per person within 7 days from booking confirmation. 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.

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Cancellations by the traveller:Any cancellations must be received in writing. Minimum fees are:

  • Up to 60 days prior to departure – full deposit will be forfeited.
  • Between 30 and 59 days of departure – 50% of total paid will apply.
  • Within 30 days of departure – 100% of total paid will apply.
  • 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, services or any component of the tour not utilised. Please note these conditions apply to Whiteroom Tours land content only.

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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.

$30.00 Booking Amendment: charged per amendment once a booking has been confirmed.
$100.00 Booking amendment inside 14 days: charged per amendment for changes inside 14 days of departure.
$50.00 Late booking: charged for bookings made inside 21 days of departure.
$30.00 Late payment: charged per week for any final payments not received by the due date.
$50.00 Travel document re-issue: charged per person in addition to supplier re-issue fees.
$50.00 Additional administration: such as special receipts or invoices for claiming deductions etc.

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Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is highly recommended for all holiday packages. We recommend you take our travel insurance upon booking and paying deposit, to cover you for cancellation fees in the unfortunate event of a cancellation.

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.

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  • Ensure correct spelling of names for persons travelling is advised to Whiteroom Tours at time of booking on the booking form & correctly shown into your itinerary.
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