JAPAN 2020 with BTBOUNDS
9-day trip: niseko to tokyo
January 18-26, 2020
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 9 days, you'll explore the trails and trees of Hokkaido and then the bright lights and city streets of Tokyo as we travel to the Main Island of Honshu to experience all that this incredible city has to offer! 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: email@example.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 four or five 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 the cities! 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, it's off to Tokyo! A quick morning flight and we're in one of the most bustling cities in the world! For the next two and a half days, we will explore this unique place. The Harajuku District and the Robot Restaurant are on the schedule for the first day in Tokyo. For the second day, the owl cafe, some of Tokyo's most interesting landmarks, and a night of noodles and karaoke end the trip on an exciting note! The final day 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
- All transportation on Hokkaido and in Tokyo (to and from airport, resorts, subways, taxis, etc.)
- One bag (snowboard bag) checked at Narita airport during Tokyo stay
- Special activities, including Robot Cafe and Owl Cafe
- 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)
- Entertainment (alcohol, clubs)
- 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, 2018.
9-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 five 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! But, baring storms, we will head back to experience another Niseko United resort today, our final day of riding on the North Island before we head to the city! At night, we will drive to a traditional hotel in an incredible onsen town for dinner, drinks, and relaxing!
Day 7: We'll wake up and hop on a short flight to Tokyo in order to explore this incredible city in the afternoon. On the agenda over the next two days: the sights and sounds of the city including historic temples, the Harajuku District, karaoke in Shinjuku, traditional Japanese cuisine, unique experiences like owl cafes, and much more!
Day 8: A full day in Tokyo to explore and experience the magic of the city. We’ll continue taking in the bright lights and iconic experiences of this amazing place. We’ll continue the exploration started the day before, add in the Robot Cafe and end the night with Japanese karaoke!
Day 9: Breakfast and departure for home from Narita Aiport in Tokyo (NRT). You’ll arrive back home on the same day, Sunday, ready to start the week back in reality. Sigh.