Hakuba & Myoko Backcountry Quest

Country: Japan
Style: Guided Backcountry
Duration: 9 days
Limited to: 6 guests
From: $4399 USD
Dates: JAN 17-25, JAN 26-FEB 3

Get ready to ski some of the deepest powder of your life! Historically rich Myoko/Nozawa and the stunning Japanese Alps is your home base for the next 9 days, hosting some of the best ski and snowboard terrain in all of Honshu, Japan.

The Myoko/Nozawa areas of Japan are known for bottomless powder and even deeper rooted culture. Combining skiing in Myoko with the steep, resort accessed backcountry terrain of the Hakuba Valley, our latest tour to our guided Japan adventure line up is sure to become one of our all time classic Japan powder chasing road trips.

Guided by a certified Association of Canadian Mountain Guide and Japanese-speaking tail guide, this small group adventure gets you to ski lift accessed off-piste freeriding and beautiful backcountry ski touring zones away from the resort crowds.

The trip is balanced with soaks in muscle soothing onsen baths at our cozy lodges, and rich local history in both areas. Dine on traditional locally sourced meals every evening and enjoy the region’s sake and beer.

Trip Highlights​

  • 6 guests maximum per trip!
  • 2 certified guides. ACMG lead ski guide + Japanese speaking tail guide
  • Explore 2 classic ski destinations in Honshu known for deep powder and steeper terrain
  • Stellar off-piste tree skiing and backcountry touring access
  • Beautiful local culture and delicious dinners all included
  • Relax in our hotels soothing local hotspring baths and onsens spa
  • Extend your trip in Japan with assistance from our local travel agency

Daily Itinerary


Airport: Fly into either Narita (NRT) or Haneda (HND) Tokyo Airports

Pick-up Location: Iiyama (small town outside if Myoko)

Pick-up Time: 6:00pm meet guides at hotel in Iiyama


Trip ends at our Hakuba hotel after breakfast on day 9.

Return to airport, Tokyo, or extend your stay in beautiful Japan!

  • Arrive to hotel in Iiyama
  • Group and guides meet-and-greet
  • Hosted welcome dinner with your guides
  • Daily group breakfast
  • 3 days chasing deep powder and backcountry adventures based around best conditions in the Myoko Valley and Nozawa. Visiting: Myoko ski resorts, Nozawa Onsen, Lotte Arai and Madarao Kogen.
  • Relax in the muscle soothing onsen at our hotel
  • Hosted group dinners at our friendly local family run hotel
  • Daily group breakfast
  • 4 days off-piste and backcountry exploring based around best conditions in Hakuba. Visiting: Happo-one, Goryu, Cortina, Hakuba 47, Iwatake, Tsugaike Kogen, and Norikura.
  • Relax in the muscle soothing onsen at our hotel
  • Hosted group dinners in our favorite Hakuba restaurants
  • After breakfast at the hotel it's Sayonara (farewell) to the guides and new friends

Is This Trip For Me?

Geared toward advanced skiers and snowboard adventurers who are willing and able to earn their turns, even if you’ve never backcountry toured before. Expect deep powder snow, steep tree runs, alpine spines and bowls and uphill skinning to access the goods when we decide to leave the resorts off piste terrain. Make sure our Backcountry tours are for you via the Trip Finder Quiz

Trip Essentials

  • 2 full-time, certified, PowderQuest guides
  • lift tickets
  • private 4x4 van
  • comfortable hotel, private bath (Note: hotel rooms in Japan are generally smaller in comparison to North American lodging.)
  • daily breakfast
  • all dinners, hosted by your guides at select local restaurants or our lodge
  • beer and sake at dinner
  • travel insurance
  • arrival and departure to/from Iiyama and Hakuba. Contact us if you need assistance.
  • lunches
View or download the packing list
Getting to Iiyama/Myoko and out of Hakuba is very easy. There are different services available depending on where you plan to start and end your journey; Tokyo, Tokyo's airports, or other locations in Japan.
  • Option 1: We can pre-book transportation for you. Contact us to get started.
  • Option 2: Book directly online. Updated details will be published here shortly.
After booking your tour, you will receive additional useful logistics to help you prepare for Japan: Currency, SIM card rental, equipment rental, cultural etiquette and additional useful tips to save you time and money. (This info is delayed due to the pandemic. We expect to have this document ready in September/October.)


ski lodge


Comfortable family operated hotel with onsen spa. Western style bedding and private bathrooms. Rooms typically come with twin beds, but double beds for couples or single upgrades may be arranged when available.



A family run accommodation with comfortable Japanese style rooms. Located in the quaint village of Iiyama, the lodge hosts an onsen spa, restaurant and gift shop.

Book Trip Now

Nearly all inclusive. Expert guides. Reserve a spot today. Pricing Details at a Glance: (in USD)

  • $4399 per person, based on twin or double share occupancy, private bath
  • Solo Travelers: Will be paired with another same gender guest in a twin share room
  • Privacy Please: Ask about our limited number of single rooms available for a $695 upgrade
  • Payment: A $600 deposit is required at time of reservation. Final payments 70 days before trip departure
Questions? Call us at 1-888-565-7158 or contact us via email.

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