8-day trip: The North Island

January 4-11, 2019
Price: $3250
Save your spot with a $500 deposit.

Japan is known for having some of the deepest, fluffiest snow on the planet. The mountains are rolling, the landscape is gorgeous, and the resorts offer endless stashes of Japanese powder, better known as Japow! Following up on the successful launch of BTBounds Japan in 2018, we are excited to return to the North Island of Hokkaido in January 2020!

This trip focuses on in bounds and out of bounds (conditions permitting) at Niseko United (home to multiple resorts like Niseko Village and Grand Hirafu) and Rusutsu. Each mountain has its own personality, snowpack, and epic views. Over the course of 8 days, you'll explore the trails and trees of Hokkaido's mountains as well as explore the gems of this beautiful place (Relaxing onsens, 99-cent Yen stores, special snowboard showroom, Japanese whiskey tasting--just a few ideas.) For this trip, we have built in six days to snowboard in case we experience a weather day to ensure we get five days on hill. The sixth day can be a weather day, rest day, activities day, or more snowboarding, depending on your personal preferences. Check out what to expect, information about what is included in the price, and get an idea of our itinerary. Have questions? Please don't hesitate to email us: info@btbounds.com.

What to expect:
Land at New Chitose airport in Sapporo and head to Niseko to post up in plush accommodations for the week of snowboarding. Niseko is home not only to beautiful mountains, but also is known for its luxurious onsen. It's the perfect place to make powder turns during the day and relax during the evening. While in Niseko, we will immerse ourselves in traditional Japanese culture through sights, sounds, and culinary experiences. Did we mention the ramen and sushi? For five or six days, we will follow the snow, riding at different resorts and getting as much powder as possible! Learn about backcountry safety from your guides who will prepare you for resort-accessed out of bounds terrain. Whether you are familiar with your beacon, shovel and probe, or new to the off piste, BTBounds will help you to grow your knowledge and spend time in the mountains as safely as possible. Once we've gotten plenty of powder slashes, it's time to head to to Sapporo. We will spend a night in an onsen village in an incredible traditional setting, enjoying a delicious meal and trying out different types of sake. The following morning, we enjoy breakfast and a few last glimpses of Japan before boarding our flights home.

We can help you find the best airfare, help with rentals or purchase of backcountry gear (beacon, shovel, and probe), and assist in any way you need!

Included in price:
- Airport pick up and all ground transportation
- Lodging (3-4 stars, both Western and traditional)
- Lift Tickets
- Breakfast and Dinner
- Professional coaching and guiding
- Professional snowboarding and lifestyle photos
- Goodie Bag loaded with gear from BTB sponsors to enhance your trip

Not included in price:
- Airfare (to/from Japan and from Sapporo to Tokyo)
- Lunch
- Entertainment (alcohol, bars)
- Avalanche equipment (beacon, probe, shovel)

Payment can be made in full or a spot will be held with a $500 deposit. Full payment must be completed by November 1, 2019. Please contact us with any questions about payment specifics.

8-Day Tour Schedule:
Day 1: Arrive in Sapporo at the New Chitose Airport (CTS) in the evening. Meet BTB staff at Sapporo airport and make the mellow drive to Niseko, our home base for the week. We will check into our chalet, grab our first Japanese dinner and rest up for the first day of snowboarding!
Day 2: Rise and shine in the beautiful ski town of Niseko! After a traditional Japanese breakfast, we will head to one of the four individual resorts of Niseko United (which one will depend on snow and weather conditions). After riding, we will relax in the onsen and enjoy more traditional Japanese food for dinner. After dinner, the choice is yours: rest and relaxation or enjoy some late night sake.
Day 3: Hopefully Mother Nature is sending some Japow our way! We will head again to Niseko United, this time riding at a new resort with the best snow of the day. Grand Hirafu, Annupuri, Niseko Village, or Hanazono—we will find the best conditions and make pow slashes all day! In the evening, after more time relaxing in the onsen and trying out local sake, we will head to a special dinner!
Day 4: More of the same is never a bad thing when you’re in Japan! Today we will head 30 minutes away to Rusutsu, a nearby resort, and explore new terrain! After a long day of riding and hopefully scoring great snow, we will return to our hotel in Niseko to relax, enjoy dinner and either rest up or enjoy the Niseko nightlife, your call!
Day 5: We'll be watching the forecasts to make sure we score the best snow possible and today we will head to the resort with the best conditions. This could be back to Rusutsu or more riding at Niseko--there's so much terrain at each resort to explore, we'll find plenty of new lines and powder stashes! In the afternoon and evening, there are onsens to check out, a local snowboard store and other spots for shopping, and dinner at an incredible sushi restaurant.
Day 6: We’ve built in six days of snowboarding, just in case we have a weather day and to provide an optional rest day if anyone would like one, as riding lots of powder can be very exhausting! Today you can choose what you would like to do: relax at the chalet, head to the Sea of Japan and explore a distillery, go shopping in Niseko and Kutchan, or head back on hill and get more turns in! There is also a possibility of a day catboarding with a local operation for an additional fee.
Day 7: For our final day of snowboarding, we will watch the weather patterns and partake in powder turns at whichever resort has the best conditions! After riding, we will drive to an incredible onsen town outside of Sapporo for dinner, drinks, and celebration of a week well-spent!
Day 8: Breakfast and departure for home from New Chitose Airport in Sapporo (CTS). You’ll arrive back home on the same day, Sunday, ready to start the week back in reality. Sigh.