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Japan Roadtrip: Hokkaido

The Details

Location: Hokkaido, Japan
Duration: 12 Days
Cost: $6800 CAD
Dates: January 12-24, 2019
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Hokkaido Untracked

Hittin’ the road in Hokkaido! Our Hokkaido Road Trip delivers the quintessential Japanese ski experience: deep snow, onsens, amazing food and a cultural experience to remember.

We will meet at the airport in Sapporo, Japan on January 12 to kick off ten days of exploring Central Hokkaido and it’s blower pow. The goal is to chase the best conditions in more secret zones of the region while staying away from the busy areas in Niseko and Sapporo.

This trip has room for 6 people.

Whitecap and Whitecap International cannot make exceptions to this cancellation policy for any reason, including personal emergencies and weather.

All cancellations must be received in writing. If we receive your cancellation more than 10 weeks prior to the start of your trip, you have two options:

a) We are happy to rebook your reservation if you find an alternative date of the same season at Whitecap and McGillivray Pass Lodge, or Whitecap International.

b) We provide a full refund, less a $400 administration fee

If notice is received less than 10 weeks prior to the starting date, no money will be refunded.

For more information about our cancellation policy, please contact us by calling toll-free at 1.604.862.9757 or by email at info(at)

We strongly recommend that all guests purchase trip cancellation insurance and most importantly trip medical and evacuation insurance.

We also do recommend that all guests purchase medical insurance and evacuation insurance if you
do not already have a policy. The specific is evacuation and repatriation insurance coverage, most travel policies do not cover this, please check with your provider to see if you are covered. If you are injured while skiing in Japan and need to be evacuated to a higher level of care, the evacuation expense is to be covered by the injured party. Basic travel insurance does not cover this and we want to ensure that you are adequately protected in the event of an injury.

We highly recommend our insurance partner https://www.globalrescue.comfor our international insurance
needs. They provide comprehensive medical, evacuation and repatriation coverage. Please go to our Whitecap link here: through the information and details and lock in a policy that works for you. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Passport and photocopy duplicate
  • Visa if required and photocopy duplicate
  • Local currency min amount equivalent of 300$ CAD
  • International drivers license if necessary for country
  • Trip itinerary
  • Local contact numbers for Trip Coordinator
  • Transport and contact for initial arrival
  • Airline policy on sports equipment and extra baggage
  • Bring ski boots as carry on (essential if skis and other items are delayed)
  • Local electrical adaptor for charging smartphones and other electronic devices
  • Food items if not available in country (coffee, trail snacks and bars)
  • Inform Trip Coordinator of any known food/beverage allergies

  • Ski boots (well-fitting, ski-touring boots recommended)
  • Skis or splitboard snowboard
  • Ski poles (adjustable type recommended)
  • Adhesive climbing skins (Fitted to width and length of your skis/board)
  • Backpack capacity: 30-40 litre (2000-2400 cubic Inches)
  • Avalanche probe
  • Snow Shovel
  • Avalanche Transceiver (457 KHz single frequency)
  • Spare transceiver batteries (purchase new ones & check for correct size)
  • Ski goggles
  • Glacier glasses/sunglasses
  • Insulated water bottle (Camelback or other hydration system)
  • Small thermos (optional)
  • All-weather ski pants (Schoeller type fabric)
  • Long underwear, shirt and bottoms (poly-pro/wool blends)
  • Fleece tops and bottoms (wind-stopper)
  • Warm socks (3 Pair)
  • Ski gloves / Mitts / Waterproof Outers (2 pair)
  • Gore-tex outer jacket / parka (with hood)
  • Gore-tex over pants
  • Down/Synthetic jacket (warm, “puffy” type jacket)
  • Neck gaiter/tube
  • Toque (ski hat)
  • Sun hat (baseball cap or sombrero) & bandana
  • Personal first-Aid & blister Kit (second skin, compeed, athletic tape, personal medications, Ibuprofen, etc…)
  • Earplugs
  • Sun block (high SPF rated or zinc-type ointment)
  • Camera & film (spare camera batteries and/or charger for digital cameras, plus USB connector)
  • Repairs & spares kit (for own model of A/T, telemark, or snowboard binding Systems)
  • Headlamp or flashlight

The skiing we do in Japan is human powered, for this reason and the fact that the days are long, we recommend this trip to experienced backcountry skiers with intermediate to advanced skiing/snowboarding abilities and good fitness levels.  Ideally, you have been ski touring throughout the winter to be comfortable on a number of full days out!



Transportation (excluding flights)

Lift Tickets

Breakfasts & Lunches

*Dinner and alcohol are not included so we are free to explore the best cuisine the area has to offer.


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