Niseko, Japan

Ski & Snowboarding

Trip Niseko
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$3,250 $2,850
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We are thrilled to launch a trip to the north island of Hokkaido, Japan. We'll stay in central Hirafu and explore Niseko and the surrounding resorts. Find out why this is the ultimate ski and snowboard destination.

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  • 1
    Arrive at New Chitose Airport on Saturday and take the hotel shuttle to Crown Plaza Ana Chitose. You'll check in and have the day to relax and explore Sapporo before meeting up with the group the next morning. This night is optional - you can also fly in on Sunday, Feb. 12th as long as you arrive by 8:00am (this option is difficult for most international flights coming from the US).
  • 2
    Wake up and eat breakfast before meeting up with the group in the hotel lobby at 9am. We will take a private coach to Odori Park to view ice sculptures at the annual Sapporo Snow Festival before continuing on to Hirafu and checking into the North Point Pension. We will unpack and enjoy lunch with a Hanazono Powderguide who will provide an area overview before heading out for afternoon and night riding at Grand Niseko Resort up the street. We will arrange for dinner reservations for small groups around 8:30pm. You will be responsible for your breakfast, snacks and dinner on this day.
  • 3
    Meet for breakfast at 7:30am to outline the day and get to know the group. Get ready and meet in the lobby by 8:30. For our first day of riding, we’ll head towards the Niseko United resort that's received the most snow. Folks are welcome to stay in the group or explore on their own. We’ll identify an optional meeting spot for lunch and discuss the plan to return to the lodge. You’ll have time to relax in the lodge or explore Hirafu. We will help the group make reservations for dinner. You will be responsible for your lunch and dinner bills on this day.
  • 4
    Repeat! This could be a great day to hike to the top of Mt. Niseko An'nupuri and catch the views of Mt Yōtei. After a hard day of riding, make a pit stop at a local onsen (traditional Japanese hot spring baths) to relax your aching muscles on your way back to the lodge. We will set up okonomiyaki dinner reservations where we will prepare our meal on personal tepans. You will be responsible for your lunch and dinner bills on this day.
  • 5
    Depending on the weather we may partner this day for a guided tour with Hanazono Powderguides. We will split into two group by interest and ability and explore Niseko back and slack country. We'll follow a hard day of riding with small group dinner reservations and finish the night with a round of drinks at Bar Gyu, the tiny and infamous "fridge bar". You will be responsible for your lunch and dinner as well as any cocktail bills on this day.
  • 6
    After so much riding, we'll give the group the option to relax. We will set up a day tour to see some a bit more of Hokkaido and stop for sake tasting. You will be responsible for your lunch and dinner bills on this day.
  • 7
    If the weather looks good, we will get up early today to head over to Kiroro or Rusutsu (about 45 minutes away) for a new adventure. Expect shorter lines and plentiful off-piste options at both of these resorts. After a day of riding, we'll head back into Hirafu for small group dinner reservations. You will be responsible for your lunch and dinner bills on this day.
  • 8
    This will be our final day of riding, so we will be on a powder hunt! Make the most of your last day's lunch with a big bowl of Niseko Ramen. Explore on your own or with the group to ensure you make the most out of this day. On your way back to the lodge, we recommend a stop for mini-cheesecakes made fresh from Hokkaido cows. We will make an optional reservation for the full group this evening. You will be responsible for your lunch and dinner bills on this day.
  • 9
    We'll wake up early and take a private coach straight to the airport. We will have two departures from Hirafu depending on your flight time. If you'd like to stay longer or add days to explore Sapporo, we are happy to help coordinate this and may have shipping options available for luggage.
Trip Package Includes
  • Eight nights in Japan (seven at North Point Pension, one night at Crown Plaza Ana Chitose) in a double room
  • Seven breakfasts, one lunch and one group dinner
  • Tranfser from New Chitose to Hirafu and back
  • Five and a half day lift tickets to Niseko United Resort (potentially one day at Kiroro or Rusutsu)
  • One day of guided riding with Hanazono Powderguides
Not Included
  • Airfare to New Chitose Airport. Our staff may be able to support you in selecting a flight.
  • Lunches and six dinners
  • Any additional guide or backcountry services
  • Travel Insurance (we recommend World Nomads

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Area Information
The Niseko Area

Niseko is located on Hokkaido, the north island of Japan. You will fly into the New Chitose Airport in Sapporo and we will make the two hour trek to one of the snowiest places in the world.  We will explore the Niseko United resorts as well as avoid the crowds at nearby Rusutsu and Kiroro. This is a perfect trip for powder-seekers - be prepared for heavy snow and low visibility. Hirafu offers plentiful restaurant and nightlife options to keep us busy on and off the hill.

Trip Planning

Trip Planning

Due to the epic snowfall in Japan, we suggest packing powder skis or boards. It can get pretty cold and windy as well, so be sure to bring layers and be prepared for heavy winter conditions. Off of the mountain, bring comfortable layers for sitting seiza-style and slippers as the lodge will not allow shoes inside.
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  • Can I choose my roommate?
    Yes. If you have a roommate request, please let us know. By default, we will place two people per room, but we may have the ability to place 3 or 4 together as well.
  • Can I book a private room?
    Unfortunately single rooms are not available for this trip. We may be able to accommodate a group of three, but we will not have private rooms this time.
  • I am a beginner / intermediate / advanced level of skier / snowboarder. Will there be terrain for me?
    Yes. All levels of skiers and snowboarders are welcome. You don’t need to be an advanced or expert skier or snowboarder to have a good time on this trip. However, if you are an expert you won’t be disappointed because there is terrain for everyone. Ski the resort, the parks or if the conditions are right there are plentiful backcountry options. Spend time with the group or do your own thing.
  • Are rentals available or do I need to bring my own equipment?
    We recommend that you bring your own gear. There are rentals available at a local snow shop and at the mountain, unfortunately there is not a list of rental equipment available and we cannot guarantee that you will have access to specific sizes or brands. Avalanche safety equipment is required for backcountry riding and rentals are available as well.
  • Can I (or my partner) come even if I don’t ski or snowboard?
    Yes. The primary activity on these trips is skiing/snowboarding; however, there may be options if you or your loved one does not currently participate. There are English-speaking ski schools in Niseko and you can sign up for lessons and rentals (we can help book this). For folks not interested in learning to ski / snowboard, we may be able to help coordinate other activities, such as visits to a spa, yoga or snow shoeing.
  • What is included in this trip?
    This trip includes: Transportation by private coach from the Chitose hotel to Hirafu and back to the airport. Seven nights stay at North Point Pension, one night stay at Crowne Plaza Ana Chitose. All breakfasts at North Point Pension and one group lunch and dinner. Five days of skiing at an area resort with one day of guided riding. While evo will typically suggest one for the group to visit based on the weather and terrain, you will have your own option each day. Recommendations for food / drink and entertainment in Hirafu.
  • What is NOT included in this trip?
    Airfare – you will cover your own airfare for the trip, you must arrive by 10am at New Chitose Airport (CTS) on Sunday, February 12th. If you arrive on Saturday, we will provide a room for you at Crowne Plaza Ana hotel in Chitose. Most lunches and dinners – we will provide recommendations and help arrange reservations.Taxi rides or any transportation outside of scheduled group travel. We recommend that you purchase travel insurance to protect your flight and belongings as well as cover medical expenses. We recommend planning to spend $300-$500 on meals, drinks, entertainment and gifts.
  • I am going to come early / stay longer; can I do something with my gear?
    Japan has an incredible luggage delivery service (Black Cat) that you can take advantage of for about $50. If you arrive early, you can send your snow gear to the lodge from the airport. If you are staying longer, you can have your luggage delivered to the airport ahead of your arrival. We can give you all the information to coordinate this.
  • I am gluten-free / vegetarian / halal/kosher… will there be food options available for me?
    Yes, and… For meals provided by the lodge/evo (breakfasts and one dinner), there will be options available. Gluten Free: It is difficult to avoid gluten in Japan, but it is possible. We recommend that you bring your own soy sauce and some snacks, as you will eat a lot of rice dishes. Being a vegetarian in Japan is easy. We will provide you with a card that will alert restaurants/grocers to your needs and most locations will be accommodating. Halal & Kosher while there are a limited number of Halal and Kosher restaurants in Japan, there will be many meal options available by avoiding meat. For all dietary restrictions, we recommend that you bring some snacks just in case.
  • What if I need to cancel?
    - The deposit for the trip is non-refundable and cancellations will be subject to a cancellation fee (see policy below). For this reason, we recommend you consider purchasing travelers insurance, which will cover the cost of your trip in extenuating circumstances. - All cancellations must be submitted to the Company in writing, are effective as of the date we receive them according to our internal records, and will be subject to a cancellation fee as follows (amounts are per person and only apply to amount paid after the non-refundable deposit amount): - Cancellation 60 days or more prior to trip departure - Non-Refundable Deposit - Cancellation between 30 and 59 days prior to trip departure - 50% of total booking cost - Cancellation less than 30 days prior to departure - 100% of total booking cost - Cancellation policy for custom trips may differ from these terms and will be communicated prior to booking - No refunds will be made if you voluntarily leave a trip for any reason after the trip has begun. The same applies if you leave a trip or cannot fully participate in a trip due to injury or illness. Refunds will be at the discretion of the Company if you are involuntarily forced to leave a trip for any reason. No refunds will be made for any accommodation, transport, sightseeing, meals or services not utilized.
  • Can I just pay the full amount now? // When is the full amount due?
    Yes. You can pay the full amount now, but we will consider $1,000 to be a non-refundable deposit in accordance with the contract. The full payment is due 60 days prior to departure.
  • When and how do I meet up with the group?
    You are responsible for booking your own travel and you must arrive a New Chitose Airport or Crowne Ana Plaza Hotel by 10am on Sunday. The group will be waiting just outside of customs with an evoTrip sign.
We developed this trip because so many evo employees and friends came back from Niseko raving about their experiences. After my first visit last year, I knew that we needed to add a trip in 2017. I can't wait to explore the north island with evo guests!
Ashley Miller
evoTrip Manager

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