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Japan – Hakuba

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Location: Hakuba, Japan
Duration: 7 Days
Cost: $5099 CAD
Dates: Jan 3-11 | Jan 11-19 | Jan 19-27 | Jan 27-Feb 4 | Feb 4-12, 2024
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Japan – Hakuba

Trip Dates:
January 3 - January 11


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January 11 - January 19


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Trip Dates:
January 19 - January 27


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Trip Dates:
January 27 - February 4


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January 3 - January 11 8 $5099 Contact us 2 Spots Left
January 11 - January 19 8 $5099 Contact us 4 Spots Left
January 19 - January 27 8 $5099 Contact us 6 Spots Left
January 27 - February 4 8 $5099 Contact us 6 Spots Left
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Bottomless Powder

Epic terrain, wicked pow, delicious food and unique culture. Go deep into Japan.

Experience seven days of skiing immersed in some of the best snow conditions on earth. The Japanese Alps deliver when it comes to steep chutes and deep trees. Our Hakuba trip is the powder trip of a lifetime.

On this guided Japan backcountry skiing and snowboarding trip, you’ll explore the epic Hakuba backcountry with our certified guides. Days range from lift-accessed touring to human-powered ascents. Our seven-day Hakuba backcountry package lets you choose what works best for you and your skiing and riding needs.

In addition to highly curated itineraries, we will be staying at one of several private Morino Chalets, offering some of the best lodgings in the area.

Days of bottomless pow, peaceful onsens and some of the best food in the world. Domo arigato.

Our trips to Japan are built for intermediate to advanced skiers with moderate to good fitness. We will be ski touring (mainly resort accessed touring) and skiing deep snow for seven days, meaning your legs will feel it!

Basic backcountry skills are required for this trip and we will review avalanche skills on the first day.

On this trip, we will be staying in one of two Morino Lodge Chalets. Both chalets, Alps View and Alps Retreat, have prime locations just above the village of Happo and are both a short walk to the base of Happo resort, one of the largest resorts in the region.

The larger village of Hakuba is about a 5 min drive from the Chalets. Each offers twin/double western-style rooms with shared bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens, spacious living rooms, drying rooms and views of the surrounding mountains

We provide all transport around the Hakuba Valley, to and from the resorts and touring locations.

Trip Package Includes
  • Accommodation in a Morino Private Chalet
  • Breakfast and lunch in Hakuba
  • Morino Chalet Pizza on your arrival night
  • Transportation while in Hakuba
  • Lift Passes
  • Guiding by certified U.I.A.G.M / A.C.M.G Whitecap guides
  • Help with transport arrangements to and from Narita or arrival/destination airport
  • Consultation with Whitecap to find the best group for your experience level.

Not Included
  • Airfare to/from Narita, Japan
  • Transportation costs from Narita airport to Hakuba
  • Lodging before or after the trip (depending on flight schedules it may be recommended that you spend a night in Tokyo)
  • Dinners excluding your arrival day.
  • Alcohol
  • Guide gratuities
  • Travel insurance

Ski Equipment

  • 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)

Ski Clothing

  • 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

Other Important Stuff

  • 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)
  • Personal liquor supply, wine preferably in boxes (due to weight restrictions, beer is available at Lodge)
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Reading materials, notebook, pencil, map of Area (small one provided for use)

We will help pair you with the group that best fits your needs.

Group offerings include young active groups, a women’s only group hosted by Girls Do Ski, a mature active couples group, mid 30’s mixed-gender groups and more.

Don’t see a group that fits your needs? Just ask, and we will try and find a space for you. Whitecap also offers private buyouts for six people.

Please check with us for availability. Due to the shared chalet accommodations, single rooms may not be available.

We partner with EVO for all backcountry rentals.  Email us for more information,

On this trip, you have a few options based on your arrival time in Japan. Please provide your flight info to us, and we will help you find the best transfers and options for you. Please also remember that transfer costs to/from Hakuba are not included in the package.

Depending on the travel method, the travel time between Narita/Tokyo and Hakuba is roughly 3.5-6 hours. Some people opt to spend one night in Tokyo or near the airport after they arrive and take the following day to make their way to Hakuba. Others who fly in prior to 3 pm chose to depart the same day to Hakuba.

Transportation ranges from private shuttles to a combination of trains and taxis. Your guides can meet you at the Hakuba station or at the lodge, depending on your arrival time and transportation method. Depending on your budget, flight times and preferences we will help you find the best route.

Breakfast and lunch will be organized at the Chalet each morning for ease and efficiency of getting out to the snow.

Apres and dinner will be a combination of local restaurants. You can choose to sample the amazing Japanese cuisine (Sushi, Soba, and Kobe), or spend some nights in the chalet to maximize your chill time after skiing. If you are averse to cultural food, fear not; there are many western options, vegetarian, gluten-free, etc.

Breakfasts, lunches, and dinner on the first night are included in the price of the trip. The rest of your dinners and alcohol are not included. We advise on the best locations, assist in arranging your reservations, and provide transport to and from each venue.

It is difficult to avoid gluten in Japan, but it is possible. We recommend that you bring your own soy sauce and some snacks, as you will eat a lot of rice dishes. Being a vegetarian in Japan is easy, avoiding meat, but eating fish is even easier.

Dinners typically range between $10-35 USD please provide your budget to your guide and they will give recommendations accordingly

Yes, you can submit a 50% non-refundable deposit. The remaining balance will be due 10 weeks prior to departure.

There is a maximum of six guests per trip. Due to the flexible nature of the groups, please check with us to see what dates are available.

Yes, please let us know if you will be using your Epic pass and receive up to $300 off!

Whitecap and Whitecap International cannot make exceptions to the 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 $550 booking fee per space booked

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

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

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 Global Rescue for our international insurance needs. They provide comprehensive medical, evacuation and repatriation coverage.

Please go to our Whitecap link here. Read 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.

Have Questions?
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