Ski Japan North Tohuku, 2018 13 Jan – 25 Jan 2017 £3450 (TBC)
Japan is an incredible place to ski. A once in a lifetime destination that becomes a annual powder addiction. After an incredible trip to North Tohuku in 2017 we have decided to return this year and add a couple of extra days skiing to make the most of this truly specical area. Tohuku is located at the North End of the Japans main island Honshu, just across the Tsugaru straits from Hokkaido. Westerners seldom visit this area, in 2017 we were only the second western guided group to visit the area, we were impressed with the lack of skiers compared to Hokkaido and Hakkuba.
The program proposed by our Japanese partners is outlined below. We plan to stay in 4 different locations sampling a variety of different ski possibilities, we have the option to use 3 different ski lifts to access off piste itineraries. The rest of the trip will be human powered skiing ascents are usually about 1000-1200m per day split into a number of laps. Don’t worry if this sounds a lot by alpine standards as we are skiing at close to sea level so you will feel super human.
We will be staying in very traditional Japanese Onsen, sleeping on futons and sampling amazing Japanese food. All our accommodation have hot baths (Onsen). Have a look at the links in the program to check out the accommodation – skiing this part of Japan is as much about sampling traditional Japanese culture as it as sampling their cold smoke powder.
We are always asked what ski kit to take on any trip to Japan. These trips are true back country adventures so we recommend skis with a minimum of 100mm under foot with touring bindings and skins. We are skiing on Dynastar Legend 106 skis which works for everything and can even cope with the hard windblown snow that is often found on the summits of some of the volcano’s we hope to ski. If you need any more information about this very special adventure then get in touch.
Dates and accommodation are correct but we will vary the program to make the most of the weather and conditions.
Day 1 Jan 13 Depart Europe
Day 2 Jan 14 The group arrive at Aomori airport and drive to Hakkoda, it is a 1 1/2 hour drive. Here we stay at Yashi Onsen
Day 3 Jan 15 Ski Tour on Local Volcanoes Stay Yashi Onsen
Day 4 Jan 16 Ski Tour on local Volcanoes Stay Yashi Onsen
Day 5 Jan 17 Ski Tour using Hakkoda Ropeway then move to Sukayu onsen, one of the most famous and old onsen in Japan.
Day 6 Jan 18 Ski Tour stay Sukayu Onsen
Day 7 Jan 19 Ski Ski Tour Iwakisan then stay Kojima Ryokan http://kojimaryokan.com/
Day 8 Jan 20 Ski Tour Iwakisan stay Kojima Ryokan
Day 9 Jan 21 Ski Tour in morning then drive to Hachimantai area (2.5 hours drive). We stay at very nice Japanese style onsen, Kyounso onsen.
Day 10 Jan 22 Ski Tour Hachimantai stay Kyounso onsen
Day 11 Jan 23 Ski Tour Hachimantai stay Kyounso onsen
Day 12 Jan 24 Ski touring from the top of Amihari ski area and drive to Sendai city to catch a flight to Narita next morning, only airport which connects to Narita in the morning. (3 hours drive) We will eat at a very local restaurant. We will enjoy good fish or Wagyu (Japanese beef) BBQ.
Day 13 Jan 25 Fly from Sendai to Tokyo then on to Europe
When looking at flights please note the different arrival and departure airports in Tohuku. Please confirm with Bruce before booking
Mountain Guides at a ration of 1:4
Half board accommodation
All land transfers and transport airport to airport
Drinks and Lunch