Japan Trip? Check This Guided Hokkaido Backcountry Tour

We have a very cool trip we are getting behind with Mint Tours we feel suits our customer's to a tee.  Mint Tours is an Australian company based in Melbourne that specializes in guided snow Tours to some of the most amazing places in the World.  Why Mint?  They are great friends of Twelve but more importantly the do an amazing job.  It's all about great snow, great people and an unreal experience.


JANUARY 27, 2019 TO FEBRUARY 02, 2019


Get off the beaten path and explore Hokkaido’s best backcountry zones, local onsens, and culture. We’ll have our local guides Shinya Nakagawa and Gaku Nagai leading the way. Shinya and Gaku are not only qualified backcountry guides, but they are also pro snowboarders who grew up in this region and are some of the most experienced and qualified professionals working in Hokkaido. Shinya and Gaku have a lifetime of experience riding in these areas as well as reading the conditions and terrain. Outside of the riding, we will visit authentic onsens throughout the region to give you a local Japanese experience. Being off the beaten track you will also experience real Japanese cuisine and hospitality.



Our base for this tour is Asahikawa, This city is the second largest in Hokkaido and is not on the usual tourist path. It’s a buzzing lively city with great restaurants, bars and shops and from here we can easily access the Daisetsuzan National Park, home to the tallest and wildest peaks on the island of Hokkaido. The terrain out here ranges from big mountain alpine lines to undulating tree riding, accessed by tramways or from roadside locations. We keep the itinerary flexible so we can find the best conditions and terrain on the day.


Here’s what to expect on the Hokkaido Backcountry Tour:

  • Watch the highlights from our last tour HERE
  • You’ll spend 5 days exploring Central Hokkaido’s secret backcountry zones
  • You’ll get to experience snowboarding culture in Hokkaido while traveling with our local Japanese guides.
  • You’ll sample many of the local onsen at the end of each day.

Snow & Conditions
January is the best time of year to experience snowboarding in Hokkaido. What you can expect is light dry, deep snow, perfect for riding powder. Temps will be cold, with temperatures ranging from -10 to -25 degrees Celsius. Days will be short, with an average of 6 hours of sunlight per day.

Daily Onsen Visits
At the end of each day, we’ll be heading to one of the local onsen (hot springs) to soak in the mineral-rich, geothermal waters. For millennia the culture of onsen (hot springs) has been rooted in the Japanese way of life. Hot springs have been cherished not only as a way to gain relief from fatigue, but also as a place to cleanse the body, treat illness, or just to interact with other people.

Small Group Sizes
Our guide to guest ratio is 1: 4. We keep our group size to a maximum of 8 people for a more personal experience between our guests and guides. This ensures you get the most out of your time with us.

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