trip duration TRIP DURATION
3 days
mountain range MOUNTAIN RANGE
-
max people per fuide MAX PEOPLE PER GUIDE
6 people
trip level TRIP LEVEL
Intermediate
best period OFFER PERIOD
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
type of trip TYPE OF TRIP
Not specified

Description

Welcome to the remote ski fields of Japan’s Tohoku region and enjoy a wonderful backcountry skiing experience!

Tohoku lies at the northeastern end of the main island of Honshu and it’s only 2 hours away from Tokyo by bullet train.

The starting point for our 3-day trip will be Morioka city. From there, I’ll take you to enjoy the mountains of the Iwate and Akita prefectures, both famous for their heavy snow.

I’ll choose the best location for each day depending on weather and snow conditions.

Besides, there are several historical and famous Onsen (hot springs) in these mountains, such as Matsukawa Onsen and Nyuto Onsen. Relaxing in this onsen every night after skiing will be an added bonus!

In addition, Morioka City has a variety of restaurants including traditional options and many other options, including religious and vegan options.

Some details about skiing in Tohoku

In Iwate prefecture we will ski mainly in the Hachimantai and Geto Kogen ski resorts. Geto Kogen is particularly famous for its deep and heavy snow!

  • Hachimantai area: 1 hr drive from Morioka city. We will hike up to the summit of Mt. Chausu (1578 m) and do some freeride skiing.
  • Geto Kogen ski resort: 1.5 hour drive from Morioka City. Hike up 20-30 mins from top of ski area for backcountry ski. This course includes tree runs. Skiers have to hike up again for 1 hr to go back to the start.
  • If the weather is not good, we will go ski in Shimokura Ski resort, Nawabari Ski resort and use the lifts and ski in the tree areas instead.
  • In Akita prefecture, we will go to the Mt. Akita Komagatake and Lake Tazawa ski resorts.
  • Mt. Akita Komagatake: 1 hr drive from Morioka City. Ascend using a caterpillar (3600 yen 1 person) to the top of the mountain and then hike up to the summit. Clear weather is rare in winter. So, if you are lucky, you can stand on the summit and enjoy the stunning views below.

Are you ready to explore these remote area in an exciting backcountry ski trip? Please contact me, I will be very happy to be your guide! 

For other ski trips in Japan, you should also take a look at this freeride skiing in Gunma & Nigata programme.

Price per person

1 Person167000JPY
Group of 283500JPY
Group of 355670JPY
Group of 451750JPY

Price includes

  • Guiding fee

Other details

Skill level required

Intermediate
?

Fitness level required

Occasional

Meeting point

Your hotel in Morioka City on the night prior to the ski tour next day for group briefing (if possible)
or Morioka Station

More info

Required level: able to ski in deep powder snow
Fitness level: able to skin up for 2 hours
Equipment: ski gear (skis with ski touring bindings, seal)
You can rent: avalanche safety gear (beacon, probe, shovel)
Excluded: Accommodation costs for ski tourists and guide. ski lift, caterpillar tracked vehicle fee (if we use)
Price for weekends: group of 1~5 JPY 50000 per day, 6 people JPY 60000 per day
Also if you have more than 5 people in your group, we have to rent-a-car. (excluded)

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