SASS Global Travel Japan
This trip to Japan is a fully guided experience with a flexible itinerary, you can be sure to find the best spots with the experienced SASS team!
Skiing and Riding in Japan
Skiing and riding in Japan is one of the most unique experiences on Earth, with crazy pillows, cliff drops, completely untouched trees, and quite possibly the best night skiing on Earth. Options range from in-bounds and “slackcountry” tours at local resorts like Rusutsu and the infamous Teine Highland. Depending on the resort, your SASS Global Travel guides will help you explore the gnar in-bounds, out-of-bounds, off the road, off the back of the resort, up skin tracks, whatever and however much riding you can handle.
SASS Global Travel programs, depending on length and snow conditions, usually explore multiple resort areas. Those clients joining us for a single week can experience incredible conditions and skiing on Hokkaido, specifically around Niseko and Sapporo. Multi-week itineraries include more distant areas, including Asahidake and a variety resorts on Honshu (including the resorts in the Hakuba Valley), located just a short train ride from Tokyo.
Niseko and Hirafu, Hokkaido
Famous for its epic pillow lines and abundant nightlife, Niseko is the epicenter of the Japanese ski and snowboard world. Located on the island of Hokkaido, its mountains have been featured in countless ski and snowboard films. Due to the likelihood of excellent snow conditions and access to spectacular below-treeline, many of our programs include at least a week in this area. Located a short drive from the gateway city of Sapporo and the New Chitose airport, Niseko offers some of the best skiing and riding in Japan, coupled with world-class lodging, amenities and infrastructure.
Sapporo Area Mountains
Sapporo is the largest city on the island of Hokkaido, and is a large, modern Japanese city. Although a far cry from the immense metropolis of Tokyo, clients can expect to find a full sampling of Japanese culture and city life. Most SASS Global Travel small group itineraries will have one to two nights in Sapporo, including skiing or riding at the mountains nearby. The mountains in region are known for being steeper and more technical than the resorts of Niseko.
Asahikawa and Asahidake
Less than 90 minutes from the city of Sapporo, the town of Asahikawa offers easy access to the mountain of Asahidake and the little-known Kamui. This is included on many SASS Global Travel two-week itineraries, and will usually feature one night of lodging at the base of Asahidake, or in the town of Asahikawa nearby. The terrain is among the most technical in the region, and offers an open backcountry policy that allows our groups to explore the best Hokkaido has to offer.