I want to guide you on an unforgettable 8-day ski touring trip in Hokkaido, Japan.
There is nothing quite like ski touring in Hokkaido, Japan. You will get to enjoy some of the deepest and freshest powder in the world, while also experiencing Japanese culture. Hence making this trip a win-win tug of war between an amazing cultural experience and fantastic skiing.
The climate in Hokkaido is perfect for skiing because it is cold most of the year, which produces the kind of snow skiers dream of. As well, during your skiing adventures you will get to see so much. You will get to ski up the flanks of the cone-shaped Yotei-San volcano. You will get to ski off-piste in Niseko and Sapporo Kokusai. Finally, you will get to ski tour in Furano-dake, which is one of the most famous skiing spots in the entire country of Japan.
Aside from the skiing and the scenery, you will also get to enjoy beautiful, comfortable natural hot springs. You will also get to warm up in different bath houses, while having the chance to enjoy local cuisine. The guest houses where you will be spending the nights will also offer a taste of Hokkaido culture, from the slippers and paper walls to the futon beds and Yukata robes.
Not only is Hokkaido a unique skiing experience, it is also a complete one, full of rich tradition. And that is what makes this trip so amazing. So send me a message if you are interested in this snow filled adventure.
And if you want to experience a ski touring adventure in my native Iceland, you can also join me here.
Arrivial in Sapporo/Chitose Airport
After you arrive, you will take a 3-4 hour transfer to the Koikawa Ryokan guesthouse in Niseko, where you will spend the night.
Off-piste skiing in Niseko
For the first day of skiing, you will have the chance to explore the off-piste skiing opportunities near the Niseko resort area. You will spend the night again at the Koikawa Ryoko guesthouse.
On this day, you will enjoy a ski tour up the flanks of the Yotei-San volcano. You will spend the night for the third and final time at the Koikawa Ryokan guesthouse.
You will get to enjoy off-piste skiing with the help of lifts in what is often called Hokkaido’s deepest snow. You will spend the night at the Asari Onsen.
Kamui Links ski area
During the road trip to Furano-dake, we will stop at the Kamui Links ski area, where you will get to enjoy some skiing. Once we arrive at Furano-dake, you will spend the night in a wonderful lodge with access to hot springs.
You will get to enjoy ski touring in Furano-dake, which is one of Japan’s most famous spots for ski touring.
For the last day of skiing, you will have some time left to enjoy the marvellous snow of Furano-dake before we make our way back to Sapporo, where you will enjoy a fantastic local feast.
After you wake up, you will get a transfer to the Chitose airport, where you will catch your flight back to Japan’s main island before heading home.
Price per person
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- Guiding fee
- Half-board meals during trip
- Transport during the trip
Skill level required
Fitness level required
Koikawa guesthouse, Asari Onsen, and other wonderful lodges.
Minimum group size: 5 people.
Equipment: waterproof jacket, waterproof pants, down or fiber jacket, backpack (25-35L) with ski attachments, socks, base layer, fleece mid layer, ski pants, gloves, hat, neck gaitor, buff and or face mask, water container and thermos, personal medications and blister kit, ski goggles, sunglasses, sun and lip cream, camera, ski touring or telemark boots, skis with touring or telemark bindings or splitboard, ski poles, skins, shovel, probe, avalanche transceiver, winter boots, swimsuits, towel for onsen.