Japan Powder Tours

After the success of the Mountainwatch Japan tours in 2019 and 2020 we will again be running the tours in 2021! Come join us as we guide you through Japan’s best ski resorts, Myoko Kogen, Hakuba and Shiga Kogen. Open to solo travellers, couples and small groups, our guided tours are designed to fit your skill level (intermediate, advanced or expert) and show you the complete Japan experience!

During the tour our expert guides will pick the best resorts each day based on conditions and take you to the best spots across the mountain. Come for one week or all three, the choice is yours. If you join us for all three weeks you’ll receive a $200 discount off the total package. See an outline of each week below and if you have any questions get in touch.

  • Myoko Week
    31st Jan - 7th Feb 2021
    INCLUSIONS:
    • 7 nights accommodation twin share with en-suites
    • Daily breakfast
    • Onsen onsite
    • 5 day multi resort lift pass
    • 5 half days of mountain guiding
    • Transfers to resorts
    • Group dinner
    • Tour jumper
    • Transfer to Hakuba for those partaking in week 2
    Only $2090 AUD
  • Hakuba Week
    7th - 14th Feb 2021
    INCLUSIONS:
    • 7 nights accommodation at Nomad Lodge
    • Twin, triple or quad rooms with shared bathrooms
    • Daily breakfast
    • 5 day multi resort lift pass
    • 5 half days mountain guiding
    • Welcome drinks
    • Transfers to resorts
    • Group dinner
    • Tour jumper
    • Transfer to Shiga Kogen for those partaking in week 3
    Only $1990 AUD
  • Shiga Kogen Week
    14th - 21st Feb 2021
    INCLUSIONS:
    • 7 nights ski-in ski-out accommodation
    • Twin rooms with en-suites
    • Daily buffet breakfast (Western and Japanese)
    • 3 day Mt Yakebitaiyama lift pass
    • 3 day All Mountain lift pass
    • 5 half days mountain guiding
    • Snow monkey tour
    • Group Dinner
    • Tour jumper
    Only $1850 AUD

Myoko Week


About Myoko

If you’re after powder and lots of it then Myoko is the place to be. Myoko averages up to 15 metres of snowfall every season making it the snowiest resort in all of Japan. During the 2020 Myoko Mountainwatch Tour we received over 1.5 metres of fresh snowfall over the week making for some unreal skiing and boarding with the group. Myoko is a small traditional village with a selection of quality restaurants and bars to get you refuelled after a day on the mountain.

Taizan

The Kogen Taizan hotel is well located within the Akakura village and only 5 minutes walk to the nearest ski resort. The hotel is a traditional Japanese Ryokan style hotel with a mix of Japanese and Western rooms. The hotel also features a men’s and women’s onsen, sauna and jacuzzi as well as on onsite restaurant and bar.

Hakuba Week


About Hakuba

The Hakuba Valley is one of the most popular snow destinations in Japan and for very good reasons. The Hakuba Valley is made up of 10 ski resorts which can all be accessed on the one lift pass meaning there’s so much terrain to explore. When you’re off the mountain there is a vibrant après atmosphere across the three main areas; Happo, Echoland and Wadano with an extensive selection of bars and restaurants to enjoy.

Nomad Lodge

Set in the center of Echoland village in Hakuba, Nomad Hakuba is a great spot to stay in Hakuba. You’re just a short walk to some of Hakuba’s best restaurants and bars as well as access to Hakuba’s ski resorts. The rooms are traditional Japanese style with a combination of western beds and Japanese futons with shared bathrooms. Nomad Lodge also features a bar within the property and great communal areas perfect for relaxing after a day on the mountain.

Shiga Kogen Week


About Shiga Kogen

Shiga Kogen is the largest ski area in Japan with 21 interconnected ski areas to explore. Instead of a village, most facilities are contained within the accommodation.  For the Mountainwatch Tour you will be based at the bottom of the Yakebitaiyama Ski Area with ski in/ski out access.  Nearby to Shiga Kogen you’ll also find the Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park where you’ll be able to see Japanese macaque monkeys relaxing in natural hot springs.

Shiga Prince West

The Shiga Prince West building offers ski in/ski out access at the base of the Yakebitaiyama ski area. You will be staying in twin share rooms with all the facilities you need within the hotel.  The West building contains 3 restaurants or you can visit the South and East buildings for even more options.

You will be in very capable hands throughout the week with our guides. Our mountain guides have spent several seasons in Japan so know the area well and will be able to show you around all the best spots. Our guides will also be around to greet you on your arrival and be around to help you with anything you need when back at the hotel.

Our guides make calls on which resorts will be visited based on the best conditions. Calls can be made even the night before if there’s some unexpected weather conditions to be taken advantage of. Our rest day is also decided by the guides based on the weather conditions.

All the rooming is shared with other members on the tour. We aim to allocate rooms to guests of similar ages and genders. Breakfast is also included daily at all accommodations. Wifi is also freely available at all hotels/lodges.

We conduct half day guiding to give you the opportunity to hit the slopes independently or with your new friends. Our guides usually conduct the mountain guiding in the morning to give you the rest of the afternoon to explore some further terrain, hit the powder stashes our guides have shown, or head back to town to enjoy an onsen or Asahi.

Approximately 2-4 weeks prior to your departure you will receive detailed information on your trip which includes your travel vouchers, airline and airport transfer information (if applicable), information on the respective resort, etc. You will also have access to our 24hour emergency number if for any reason something goes wrong in your journey to the respective resort.

The Mountainwatch Tour  is open to everyone, whether you’re traveling solo, with mates or with your family. The Mountainwatch tour is most suitable for intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders so you don’t get left behind with the guiding. After the half day of riding with the guides you can keep riding with the rest of the group or do your own thing, the choice is yours.

Mountainwatch can also add respective flights, corresponding airport transfers, Japan Rail Passes, etc. If you don’t have your own skis/snowboards or just prefer to travel without, we can arrange rentals in resort. And perhaps you would like to extend your stay at the resort, or explore a bit more of Japan such as Tokyo, Osaka or Kyoto, your consultant can assist with this and recommendations.

In advance of the tour we collect information relating to guests skiing/boarding levels, and the type of terrain they prefer to tackle. This information assists us in allocating guests into sub groups of usually 6-8 people. We aim to have guests of similar ability teamed together to maximise the experience on the slopes.

Our guides are on hand to assist with any queries/advice. We also set up a Whatapp group chat to liaise with each other during our time in Japan. We strongly recommend arranging a Japanese sim card, global roaming, or pocket Wifi so you have access to the Whatsapp group chat during your time on the slopes. At the end of each day we have a catch up with the group to go through the day’s adventures, and outline the next day’s resort to be visited. For those that miss the meeting we also send out the information through the Whatsapp group chat.

We highly recommend arranging travel insurance at the time of booking, so you are covered against cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances such as illness or accidents. We can arrange a quote for travel insurance so please contact your agent for further information. If you are using your own insurance please ensure it covers you for ski/snowboarding.

You will be in very capable hands throughout the week with our guides. Our mountain guides have spent several seasons in Japan so know the area well and will be able to show you around all the best spots. Our guides will also be around to greet you on your arrival and be around to help you with anything you need when back at the hotel.

The Mountainwatch Tour  is open to everyone, whether you’re traveling solo, with mates or with your family. The Mountainwatch tour is most suitable for intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders so you don’t get left behind with the guiding. After the half day of riding with the guides you can keep riding with the rest of the group or do your own thing, the choice is yours.

Our guides make calls on which resorts will be visited based on the best conditions. Calls can be made even the night before if there’s some unexpected weather conditions to be taken advantage of. Our rest day is also decided by the guides based on the weather conditions.

Mountainwatch can also add respective flights, corresponding airport transfers, Japan Rail Passes, etc. If you don’t have your own skis/snowboards or just prefer to travel without, we can arrange rentals in resort. And perhaps you would like to extend your stay at the resort, or explore a bit more of Japan such as Tokyo, Osaka or Kyoto, your consultant can assist with this and recommendations.

All the rooming is shared with other members on the tour. We aim to allocate rooms to guests of similar ages and genders. Breakfast is also included daily at all accommodations. Wifi is also freely available at all hotels/lodges.

In advance of the tour we collect information relating to guests skiing/boarding levels, and the type of terrain they prefer to tackle. This information assists us in allocating guests into sub groups of usually 6-8 people. We aim to have guests of similar ability teamed together to maximise the experience on the slopes.

We conduct half day guiding to give you the opportunity to hit the slopes independently or with your new friends. Our guides usually conduct the mountain guiding in the morning to give you the rest of the afternoon to explore some further terrain, hit the powder stashes our guides have shown, or head back to town to enjoy an onsen or Asahi.

Our guides are on hand to assist with any queries/advice. We also set up a Whatapp group chat to liaise with each other during our time in Japan. We strongly recommend arranging a Japanese sim card, global roaming, or pocket Wifi so you have access to the Whatsapp group chat during your time on the slopes. At the end of each day we have a catch up with the group to go through the day’s adventures, and outline the next day’s resort to be visited. For those that miss the meeting we also send out the information through the Whatsapp group chat.

Approximately 2-4 weeks prior to your departure you will receive detailed information on your trip which includes your travel vouchers, airline and airport transfer information (if applicable), information on the respective resort, etc. You will also have access to our 24hour emergency number if for any reason something goes wrong in your journey to the respective resort.

We highly recommend arranging travel insurance at the time of booking, so you are covered against cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances such as illness or accidents. We can arrange a quote for travel insurance so please contact your agent for further information. If you are using your own insurance please ensure it covers you for ski/snowboarding.

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