Japan·February 3 - 12 2023

HOKKAIDO JAPOW SKIING TRIP

Experience the best powder snow by sliding on Japanese volcanoes for 7 days. 

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Overview

Japan's northernmost island, Hokkaido is considered by many to be the ski capital of Japan. With its massive powder dumps in Niseko, Rusutsu, Kiroro, Sapporo, and the renowned dry powder of central Hokkaido, there aren't too many places in this world which beat the lift accessed powder provided by this Japan's snow world! Our friends from Avalco Travel Team and Berglin will guide you to this beautiful and unique trip! If there is one word that sums up central Hokkaido’s most important feature and it is this, uniqueness. Many places in the world and throughout Japan have great powder snow. What sets central Hokkaido apart from the pack though, is that the odds here favour deep, light, soft, powder snow. Powder snow is the norm here!

Local Partners

Viaggi Sport

Viaggi Sport

The Viaggi Sport Team is an Italian tour operator and our collaborator for the trip to Japan!! Is a team of travellers and sporty people that put their experiences in you service to give the best experiences ever!

The Experience

This is the schedule for the trip to Japan! The program can change depending on the weather conditions and what you decide to do as a group with the guide. In the FAQs, you can find possible variations of the schedule.

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DAY 1

Ready to go!

This day will be the day that you will depart from your hometown to get to Tokyo! Your first stop by plane! 

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DAY 2

Arrive in Niseko

After arriving at the international flight in Tokyo Narita, you'll need to take another domestic flight to Sapporo Chitose. From that, you'll be transfer to Niseko to start your trip!

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DAY 3

Niseko off-piste!

You will stay in the Niseko resort territory that offer largest amount of off-piste trails in Hokkaido!

You will be skiing in one of the world's top powder destinations! Go Go Go!

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DAY 4

Up to the Mt. Yotei

Today you'll be reach the Mt. Yotei up to 1898 mt. It is a large volcano that offers a long and steep descent!

 (NB: to be tackled only in favorable weather conditions.)

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DAY 5

Skiing between Otaru & Mashike!

During the fifth and the sixth day you'll do different tours peaks up to 1300 mt to 1600 mt elevation on the north coast between Otaru and Mashike. These are uncrowded elevations where beautiful virgin snow descents with ocean views are guaranteed! 

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DAY 6

Skiing between Otaru & Mashike!

During the fifth and the sixth day you'll do different tours peaks up to 1300 mt to 1600 mt elevation on the north coast between Otaru and Mashike. These are uncrowded elevations where beautiful virgin snow descents with ocean views are guaranteed!

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DAY 7

Daisetsu-san Peaks!

On the seventh, eighth and ninth days of this super trip, the guide will take you to discover one to the most interesting peaks in the Daisetsu-san range, east of Furano, including Asahi-dake 2290 m, the highest elevation on the island!

This area has several active volcanoes and offers beautiful open slopes! 

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DAY 8

Furano day exploring!

On the seventh, eighth and ninth days of this super trip, the guide will take you to discover one to the most interesting peaks in the Daisetsu-san range, east of Furano, including Asahi-dake 2290 m, the highest elevation on the island!

This area has several active volcanoes and offers beautiful open slopes!

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DAY 9

No time to relax! GO GO GO!

On the seventh, eighth and ninth days of this super trip, the guide will take you to discover one to the most interesting peaks in the Daisetsu-san range, east of Furano, including Asahi-dake 2290 m, the highest elevation on the island!

This area has several active volcanoes and offers beautiful open slopes!

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DAY 10

Goodbye Japan!

Time to say goodbye to this beautiful land! You'll return to Chitose and board for your  return flight. 

The program is very flexible to take into account weather conditions, climbing level, and endurance of the group

Hokkaido, Japan

Welcome to the ski capital of Japan!

Niseko is the largest skiable resort in Japan: 58 lifts, 79 slopes, and elevation differences between 256 and 1156 m. The slopes mainly descend the eastern slope of Annapuri volcano, where there are 5 main zones: Moiwa, Niseko Village, Annapuri, Hirafu, Hanazono, all skiable with the same ski pass.
On the north side, it is possible to descend wild off-piste lines with arrival on the Moiwa - Hanazono road.

On average there are from 8 to 15 metres of powder snow. The mountains are not high, between 1200 and 2200 m, but you ski from altitudes as low as 300-400 m, often a short distance from the sea!
Welcome to the ski capital of Japan!

Hokkaido, Japan

Basecamp

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Niseko lodge

Niseko lodge

Our base camp will be a lodge in or around Niseko. Each day, depending on the weather and mountain conditions, we will choose to go on sealskin rides or freeride! 

At the end of the day, for those who wish, the legendary onsen and hot spring water pools in the best Japanese tradition are available on-site :)

What's Included

What's Included

7 days of skiing

8 nights at the mountain lodge in Niseko

Certified Mountain Guide for the entire duration of the trip

Van/Car rental

Pre-departure online meeting with the entire group

Insurance

What's Not Included

Flights

Restaurants and bars

Anything not detailed in the "What's included" section

More Info

Ski level

Ski level

Due to the nature of this course previous freeride or backcountry skiing experience is required, and it is essential that you are confident riding on black slopes. A good level of fitness is recommended.

Liability

Liability

Mapo Tapo selects local partners with the utmost care. For any inaccuracies, however, we can not accept any liability. Ski touring is a risky sport that takes place in nature. Ultimately, you are fully responsible for the choices you make. Mapo Tapo recommends that anyone who does not have sufficient knowledge and skills not go outdoor alone. All our trips include a local certified guide who will take care of your group. Enjoy your adventures safely with first-hand information from the locals.

Travel

Travel

Please DO NOT book your flights until this trip is confirmed. Most of our trips require a minimum number of participants to run. Wait for the status of the trip to be confirmed and for more information go to the "How it works" section

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FAQs

Endless variations to the program are possible, for example, by visiting one or more of the following areas:

  • Skikotsu Lake, south of Sapporo, offers beautiful trips, including Mt. Eniwa, 1320 m;
  • Southwest sector of the island (Oshima);
  • Eastern sector: there are several mountains over 1000 m, but not many have ski interest; the most attractive targets are the volcanoes between Akan National Park and Shiretoko Hanto Peninsula;
  • Wakkanai Peninsula (northeast): there are peaks around 1,000 m, then in the far north, the unique Rishiri Island with its namesake peak, a spectacular target offering steep lines of great interest;
  • The Hidaka Range, south of Furano, is rarely visited in winter and has no lifts.

The minimum number of participants for this trip to run is 3, and the maximum number of skiers 6. 

HOKKAIDO JAPOW SKIING TRIP

Japan· February 3 - 12 2023· 10 days

FROM$2885/pp