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
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.
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.