Hakuba Backcountry Powder Tour

Country: Japan
Style: Guided Backcountry
Duration: 9 days
Limited to: 6 guests
Dates: FEB 3-11, 2021

Welcome to the ultimate guided advanced Hakuba backcountry tour. The stunning Japanese Alps and the Hakuba Valley is your base for 8 nights and home to some of the best ski and snowboard terrain in all of Japan.

Our fully hosted, small group guided ski adventure blends lift accessed off-piste freeriding, outstanding tree skiing, and backcountry ski touring led by our Association of Canadian Mountain Guide and Japanese-speaking tail guide. Hakuba seeped into skiers’ consciousness following the town’s hosting of the 1998 Olympics, but now it is considered one of the world’s greatest ski destinations, receiving an abundance of more than 35 feet of snowfall annually and with access to a staggering 11 resorts.

The Hakuba region is also known for mind-blowing backcountry terrain, incredible tree skiing, and as home to Japan’s steepest drops. We’ll get you to the goods with our fully flexible, powder-chasing backcountry adventure that allows for us to choose our destination daily based on snow conditions. The trip is balanced out with soul-satisfying, off-slope activities following our day in the mountains.

We will be based out of a comfortable hotel that puts us within walking distance to explore the Hakuba village, dine on traditional cuisine every evening, take a soak in a local volcanic hot spring, 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
  • Completely flexible itinerary based around best snow conditions and terrain
  • Discover up to 11 local ski areas and classic Hakuba backcountry touring access
  • Relax in traditional onsen spas and soothing hot springs
  • Stellar Japanese food and culture
  • Extend your trip in Japan with assistance from our local Japanese travel agency

Daily Itinerary


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

Pick-up Location: Hakuba

Pick-up Time: 6:00pm meet guides


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

Return to airport, Tokyo or extend your stay in beautiful Japan with help from our local agent.

  • Group and guides meet-and-greet
  • Hosted welcome dinner
  • Daily group breakfast
  • 7 days of off-piste and backcountry exploring based around best conditions in Hakuba and more secret Japanese Alps gems. Including but not limited to: Goryu, Hakuba47, Happo-one, Iwatake, Tsugaike Kogen, Norikura, and Cortina.
  • Relax in muscle soothing onsens
  • Hosted group dinners in our favorite select Hakuba Valley restaurants
  • After breakfast at the hotel it's Sayonara (farewell) to the guides and new friends

Is This Trip For Me?

Advanced snowboarders and skiers keen on the steeper terrain of Hakuba accessed via a combo of ski lifts and backcountry touring gear will love this trip. Geared toward adventurers who are willing and able to earn their turns. Expect deep powder snow, steep tree runs, alpine spines and bowls and uphill skinning to access the goods when we leave the resorts. 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 Hakuba restaurants
  • beer and sake at dinner
  • travel insurance
  • arrival and departure to/from Hakuba. Contact us if you need assistance.
  • lunches
View or download the packing list


ski lodge


Comfortable onsen style hotel with western style bedding, private bathrooms. Rooms typically come with twin bedding, but double beds for couples or single upgrades can be arranged when available.

Book Trip Now

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

  • $TBA 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 $TBD 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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