The Hakkoda Mountains are composed of more than a dozen volcanoes and stretch across the Aomori Prefecture in northern Honshu. For those who want to head out into the backcountry, but escape the crowds that congregate in other well-known resort areas, then Hakkoda is the place.
The Towada-Hachimantai National Park is a particularly popular spot for backcountry skiers. In the Hachimantai section of the national park Mount Hachimantai, Mount Iwate, Tamagawa Onsen and Akita Komagatake are all particularly popular destinations.
Away from the national park, Mount Odake, which is the highest peak in the range, is also a popular spot for intrepid backcountry skiers. While the Hakkoda Mountains may not be the best place to learn the sport, they are among the best to challenge yourself.
Winter in Hakkoda is cold, but snow conditions are some of the best in the world. Mountain temperatures in winter sit slightly below freezing. Expect plenty of snowfall throughout the winter months.
Most trips to the Hakkoda Mountains will begin with a fight into the Aomori Airport (AOJ), which offers direct flights from most major Japanese airports as well as South Korea. From here, it is easiest to rent a car and drive into the mountains to the start fp the trip.
January to April
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