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Hokkaido Backcountry Club

Winter Wonderland in Japan

Japan is the world’s powder capital. Hit with snow storms from Siberia, the region is dumped on almost every day. The constant flurries mean visitors practically never ride or ski over ice. Not only is Japan’s powder world class and mountains globally renowned, but its culture is also one of a kind. Japan sends an assault on all your senses, with sights, sounds, tastes, and experiences unlike you’ve ever had. We offer exclusive ski and snowboarding trips to Hokkaido, Hakuba and a range of other incredible resorts, and most importantly, have the knowledge to tailor the perfect adventure for you and your crew in powder wonderland Japan.

Can you ski here during COVID-19?

Disclaimer: We're trying our very best to keep up with the latest global travel restrictions. Our updates summarise changes reported by various sources, but with the ever-changing nature of the situation, please take this information as a guide only.

No restrictions
Residents of the following countries can enter without or just limited restrictions:
  • Currently there is no data about countries in this group.
Some restrictions
Residents of the following countries can enter, but with specific protocols:
  • Germany

    Entry Restrictions in Japan

    Based on the New Border Measures, from June 10, 2022, foreign nationals who apply for new entry into Japan based on either of the following categories (1), (2) or (3) below are regarded as those with “special exceptional circumstances” and are allowed for new entry into Japan in principle, if the receiving organisations located in Japan complete prescribed applications in the Entrants, Returnees Follow-up System (ERFS):

    • Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a short-term stay (less than three months) for purposes including business and employment (continued from March 1);

    • Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a short-term stay for tourism (only when a travel agency among others organising the trip serves as the receiving organisation of the entrants) (start from June10) (New);

    • Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a long-term stay (continued from March 1).

    Foreign nationals who have stayed in any of the following countries/regions listed below within 14 days prior to the application for landing are denied to enter Japan:

    • Latin America and the Caribbean: Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia;

    • Europe: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kyrgyz, Moldova;

    • Middle East: Afghanistan, Iraq;

    • Africa: Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Central Africa, Cote d’lvoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Namibia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

    Special exceptional circumstances apply.

    All passengers must have a negative COVID-19 test result. Tests accepted are LAMP, NEAR, Next Generation Sequence, quantitative antigen (CLEIA/ECLEIA), RT-PCR, Smart Amp, TMA or TRC. The test must:

    • Specify that it is based on nasopharyngeal swab, saliva, or nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab (effective 9 March 2022, nasal swab will be accepted); and
    • Be taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; and
    • Be in English.

    This does not apply to:

    • Passengers younger than 6 years;

    • Passengers with a diplomatic or an official visa issued by Japan;

    • US military personnel, civilian personnel, and their dependents. They must have SOFA status and have the required documents stipulated in Article IX of the US-Japan Status of Forces Agreement;

    • Passengers with a consular letter specifying why the test could not be taken.

    All travellers including Japanese nationals are required to pledge to be in quarantine at home or other designated areas, retain the location data, and provide it to the health centres or other institutions, if requested. They are required to sign and submit the Written Pledge (PDF) when entering Japan. In case of violation, they may be subject to detention.

    For all cross-border travellers and returnees from countries/regions where the Omicron variant becomes dominant, whether on-arrival test is required, the length of period when they are required to self-quarantine in places such as their own residence or accommodation after their entry into Japan, to follow-up health checks conducted by the Health Monitoring Centre for Overseas Entrants (HCO) and to refrain from using public transportation will be determined according to the grouping (“Red”, “Yellow” and “Blue” categories) of the countries/regions in which the entrants stayed before the day of return to Japan.

    • Red: on-arrival test is required. 3-day quarantine at a government-designated facility is required, however, those who obtain a valid vaccination certificate may have 7-day home quarantine (or 3-day home quarantine + negative result of a voluntary test) instead;

    • Yellow: on-arrival test and 7-day home quarantine (or 3-day home quarantine + negative result of a voluntary test) are required, however, those who obtain a valid vaccination certificate are not required to have on-arrival test, home quarantine and other measures;

    • Blue: Regardless of the vaccination status of the entrants/returnees, on-arrival test, home quarantine and other measures are not required.

    All passengers need to complete a Quarantine Questionnaire online. This will generate a QR code which you’ll need to present upon arrival.

    Passengers must install the "MySOS" mobile app.

    This does not apply to US military personnel, civilian personnel, and their dependents. They must have SOFA status and have the required documents stipulated in Article IX of the US-Japan Status of Forces Agreement.

    Updated on June 28th, 2022

    Germany - Japan Trip Specific Restrictions

    No country specific restrictions needed anymore. For most of traveler and destination countries, entry restrictions are the same. Please check your traveler or destination country for more details.

  • United Kingdom

    Entry Restrictions in Japan

    Based on the New Border Measures, from June 10, 2022, foreign nationals who apply for new entry into Japan based on either of the following categories (1), (2) or (3) below are regarded as those with “special exceptional circumstances” and are allowed for new entry into Japan in principle, if the receiving organisations located in Japan complete prescribed applications in the Entrants, Returnees Follow-up System (ERFS):

    • Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a short-term stay (less than three months) for purposes including business and employment (continued from March 1);

    • Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a short-term stay for tourism (only when a travel agency among others organising the trip serves as the receiving organisation of the entrants) (start from June10) (New);

    • Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a long-term stay (continued from March 1).

    Foreign nationals who have stayed in any of the following countries/regions listed below within 14 days prior to the application for landing are denied to enter Japan:

    • Latin America and the Caribbean: Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia;

    • Europe: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kyrgyz, Moldova;

    • Middle East: Afghanistan, Iraq;

    • Africa: Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Central Africa, Cote d’lvoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Namibia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

    Special exceptional circumstances apply.

    All passengers must have a negative COVID-19 test result. Tests accepted are LAMP, NEAR, Next Generation Sequence, quantitative antigen (CLEIA/ECLEIA), RT-PCR, Smart Amp, TMA or TRC. The test must:

    • Specify that it is based on nasopharyngeal swab, saliva, or nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab (effective 9 March 2022, nasal swab will be accepted); and
    • Be taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; and
    • Be in English.

    This does not apply to:

    • Passengers younger than 6 years;

    • Passengers with a diplomatic or an official visa issued by Japan;

    • US military personnel, civilian personnel, and their dependents. They must have SOFA status and have the required documents stipulated in Article IX of the US-Japan Status of Forces Agreement;

    • Passengers with a consular letter specifying why the test could not be taken.

    All travellers including Japanese nationals are required to pledge to be in quarantine at home or other designated areas, retain the location data, and provide it to the health centres or other institutions, if requested. They are required to sign and submit the Written Pledge (PDF) when entering Japan. In case of violation, they may be subject to detention.

    For all cross-border travellers and returnees from countries/regions where the Omicron variant becomes dominant, whether on-arrival test is required, the length of period when they are required to self-quarantine in places such as their own residence or accommodation after their entry into Japan, to follow-up health checks conducted by the Health Monitoring Centre for Overseas Entrants (HCO) and to refrain from using public transportation will be determined according to the grouping (“Red”, “Yellow” and “Blue” categories) of the countries/regions in which the entrants stayed before the day of return to Japan.

    • Red: on-arrival test is required. 3-day quarantine at a government-designated facility is required, however, those who obtain a valid vaccination certificate may have 7-day home quarantine (or 3-day home quarantine + negative result of a voluntary test) instead;

    • Yellow: on-arrival test and 7-day home quarantine (or 3-day home quarantine + negative result of a voluntary test) are required, however, those who obtain a valid vaccination certificate are not required to have on-arrival test, home quarantine and other measures;

    • Blue: Regardless of the vaccination status of the entrants/returnees, on-arrival test, home quarantine and other measures are not required.

    All passengers need to complete a Quarantine Questionnaire online. This will generate a QR code which you’ll need to present upon arrival.

    Passengers must install the "MySOS" mobile app.

    This does not apply to US military personnel, civilian personnel, and their dependents. They must have SOFA status and have the required documents stipulated in Article IX of the US-Japan Status of Forces Agreement.

    Updated on June 28th, 2022

    UK - Japan Trip Specific Restrictions

    No country specific restrictions needed anymore. For most of traveler and destination countries, entry restrictions are the same. Please check your traveler or destination country for more details.

  • United States

    Entry Restrictions in Japan

    Based on the New Border Measures, from June 10, 2022, foreign nationals who apply for new entry into Japan based on either of the following categories (1), (2) or (3) below are regarded as those with “special exceptional circumstances” and are allowed for new entry into Japan in principle, if the receiving organisations located in Japan complete prescribed applications in the Entrants, Returnees Follow-up System (ERFS):

    • Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a short-term stay (less than three months) for purposes including business and employment (continued from March 1);

    • Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a short-term stay for tourism (only when a travel agency among others organising the trip serves as the receiving organisation of the entrants) (start from June10) (New);

    • Foreign nationals newly entering Japan for a long-term stay (continued from March 1).

    Foreign nationals who have stayed in any of the following countries/regions listed below within 14 days prior to the application for landing are denied to enter Japan:

    • Latin America and the Caribbean: Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia;

    • Europe: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kyrgyz, Moldova;

    • Middle East: Afghanistan, Iraq;

    • Africa: Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Central Africa, Cote d’lvoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Namibia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

    Special exceptional circumstances apply.

    All passengers must have a negative COVID-19 test result. Tests accepted are LAMP, NEAR, Next Generation Sequence, quantitative antigen (CLEIA/ECLEIA), RT-PCR, Smart Amp, TMA or TRC. The test must:

    • Specify that it is based on nasopharyngeal swab, saliva, or nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab (effective 9 March 2022, nasal swab will be accepted); and
    • Be taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; and
    • Be in English.

    This does not apply to:

    • Passengers younger than 6 years;

    • Passengers with a diplomatic or an official visa issued by Japan;

    • US military personnel, civilian personnel, and their dependents. They must have SOFA status and have the required documents stipulated in Article IX of the US-Japan Status of Forces Agreement;

    • Passengers with a consular letter specifying why the test could not be taken.

    All travellers including Japanese nationals are required to pledge to be in quarantine at home or other designated areas, retain the location data, and provide it to the health centres or other institutions, if requested. They are required to sign and submit the Written Pledge (PDF) when entering Japan. In case of violation, they may be subject to detention.

    For all cross-border travellers and returnees from countries/regions where the Omicron variant becomes dominant, whether on-arrival test is required, the length of period when they are required to self-quarantine in places such as their own residence or accommodation after their entry into Japan, to follow-up health checks conducted by the Health Monitoring Centre for Overseas Entrants (HCO) and to refrain from using public transportation will be determined according to the grouping (“Red”, “Yellow” and “Blue” categories) of the countries/regions in which the entrants stayed before the day of return to Japan.

    • Red: on-arrival test is required. 3-day quarantine at a government-designated facility is required, however, those who obtain a valid vaccination certificate may have 7-day home quarantine (or 3-day home quarantine + negative result of a voluntary test) instead;

    • Yellow: on-arrival test and 7-day home quarantine (or 3-day home quarantine + negative result of a voluntary test) are required, however, those who obtain a valid vaccination certificate are not required to have on-arrival test, home quarantine and other measures;

    • Blue: Regardless of the vaccination status of the entrants/returnees, on-arrival test, home quarantine and other measures are not required.

    All passengers need to complete a Quarantine Questionnaire online. This will generate a QR code which you’ll need to present upon arrival.

    Passengers must install the "MySOS" mobile app.

    This does not apply to US military personnel, civilian personnel, and their dependents. They must have SOFA status and have the required documents stipulated in Article IX of the US-Japan Status of Forces Agreement.

    Updated on June 28th, 2022

    USA - Japan Trip Specific Restrictions

    No country specific restrictions needed anymore. For most of traveler and destination countries, entry restrictions are the same. Please check your traveler or destination country for more details.

No travel allowed from these countries
Residents of the following countries are currently not allowed to enter:
  • Currently there is no data about countries in this group.
For more information please check our COVID-19 info page or visit the official website
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What our customers say

"I didn’t ever see so much snow like here!!! I ride snowboard in Chile off piste long time on big mountains. This experience I wanted to feel much much powder everywhere. It comes true! In Japan I ride 1,5 m deep powder close to ski lift. It’s close and amazing...."

Marcelo
(Black Diamond Tours)

"We had a great vacation with these awesome Guys. Everthing worked really well. Our Guides were fantastic, very friendly and helped in every situation! So, we can definitley recommend the Goodguides!!!"

Christian
(Goodguides - Honshu Backcountry Tours)

"Japan is simply AWESOME. The snow and the slopes are easy for beginners but there are some slopes that are challenging even for advanced skiiers oder snowboarders! But that's the challenge I wanted to have! Great work Guys"

Richard
(Rising Sun Guides)

"I always wanted to explore the Japan Mountains and I finally did it with Hokkaido Backcountry Club and it was amazing. Japan got my heart and I will be back for sure."

Jasmine
(Hokkaido Backcountry Club)

Five Reasons Japan is the Perfect Winter Wonderland

01

The world’s best powder is in Japan

If you love powder skiing, Japan should be at the top of your must-visit ski destinations list. Due to weather systems flowing over the mainland and islands of Japan, and cool winds from Siberia crossing over the Sea of Japan, you can expect to dip your skis or board into plenty of white stuff. On the island of Hokkaido, where many of Japan’s leading ski resorts can be found, the impressive annual snowfall sometimes totals as much as 20 meters. The snow in Japan isn’t just famous for its quantity though. It has a reputation for outstanding quality. On a snow trip to winter wonderland Japan, you can expect to satisfy your snow addiction with loads of dry, fluffy powder.

02

Japan has affordable travel options

Don’t be fooled into thinking skiing in Japan is expensive. It’s an affordable option compared to skiing at many leading resorts throughout Europe and North America. At LUEX, we offer both budget and medium-priced ski trips. Accommodations for our Japan ski trips range from rustic hostel-style lodgings to digs which royalty would envy. We know how to cater to those with deep pockets and travellers with light wallets. To find out how we can tailor a trip to your budget, get in touch today.

03

World class terrain and resorts for snow trips in Japan

Sure, the typical Japanese resort will get over 500 feet of snow every year, but let’s not forget about this country’s incredible terrain. Japan will give you open spaces to play, steep and deep runs to shred and awesome tree skiing and epic cliff dropping to jack your heart rate. Lifetime memories are the standard for every winter punter. Japan is famous for the quality of its backcountry. If you’ve had enough of the crowds, and looking to escape the madness of waiting in long lines, Japan is the place for you. At LUEX, we pride ourselves on the best service for winter adventures in Japan, especially for backcountry enthusiasts. So get in touch today to find out how we can bring your Japanese ski dreams to life.

04

Ticks every box for a winter getaway

This exciting country, known in some ways as one of the most modern and innovative places on earth, provides the perfect setting for the skiing or snowboarding cultural adventure of a lifetime. Japan is a unique part of the globe which infuses a contemporary lifestyle with centuries-old traditions. When you add it all up - some of the biggest annual snowfalls in the world, affordable trip prices and countless ways to have a great time - you’ll understand why this place really is the global snow community’s destination number one. Or as the Japanese would say, “Ichiban!”

05

Japan is more than just snow

A Japanese ski trip is usually all about the powder. But your trip can be a lot more than just experiencing world-class snow, with incredible cuisine, nightlife, and entertainment the norm. If you want more than just a ski trip, Japan is your perfect getaway. A great place to immerse yourself in a new culture, from attempting the language and tasting new foods, to seeing new sights and breathing in unique Japanese culture, there’s plenty to learn and love about Japan.

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