MYOKO BASED SKI AND SNOWBOARD GUIDED POWDER HUNTER TOUR

Situated in Niigata, roughly 20 kilometres from the Sea of Japan is Myoko. This lively onsen town sits at the foot of the impressive Mt Myoko and thanks to its close proximity to the coast, it scores an average of 15 meters of snowfall a season. We base this tour at a small traditional lodge in Akakura Onsen, which is the main village in Myoko. Once you arrive and see the towering snowbanks surrounding the lodge, you’ll know that you’re in for a deep powder adventure. This tour is based in Myoko, but we have access to over 9 resorts in the region.

With a dedicated guide and private transport, you’ll be ahead of the pack and into the waist deep stuff while you explore the surrounding resorts, including Madarao, Tangram, Lotte Arai, Seki Onsen, Kuriohime, Suginohara, Akakura Onsen, Akakura Kanko, Ikenotaira and Togakushi. Each day our guide will assess weather and snowfall and drive to the best area for riding powder. With this flexibility, your guide can hunt down the best conditions all day, every day.

As Myoko is relatively easy to access from Tokyo, the Myoko Freeride Tour is a great option if you’re travelling solo or it’s your first time to Japan. Once your flight arrives in Tokyo, grab your bags and get the train to Myoko. This is the quickest and easiest option to reach the resort. Here our guides are on-hand to meet you. We’ll make a short door-to-door trip, from the station straight to our hotel. Grab a seat in our 4WD van and we’ll take you to our hotel, check you in, and make sure you’re set up for the adventure ahead. Alternatively you can upgrade to door-to-door bus transfers from Tokyo Narita or Haneda Airport.

Dates

24 January - 30 January, 2021
31 January - 6 February, 2021
07 February - 13 February, 2021
14 February - 20 February, 2021

Guest to Guide Ratio

6 guests : 1 guide

Price

AUD $1,990 per person

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Tour Type

Freeride - Be prepared to ride and ski in the trees

Why Travel With Mint

In a rapidly changing travel industry it’s important to know that your travel provider is accredited, accountable and responsible. We are a registered member of AFTA and IATA and conduct business in accordance with the ATAS Charter and Code of Conduct. When you travel with Mint you can have peace of mind that you are booking with a qualified and established travel operator with over 20 years of expertise. And as a full-service travel agent, we are able to take care of your flights, insurance, stopovers and pre or post tour arrangements.

Highlights

Flexible Itinerary

Our base for this tour is Myoko, which gives us easy access to over 9 resorts in the region including Madarao, Tangram, Lotte Arai, Seki Onsen, Kuriohime, Suginohara, Akakura Onsen, Akakura Kanko, Ikenotaira and Togakushi.

Highlights

Powder hunting

We have our 4WD van ready to chase the storms and shuttle you to the best resort each day. Storm chasing means we keep the itinerary flexible to find you the best snow.

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Traditional Accommodation

For an authentic Japan experience we stay in a locally owned, traditional ski lodge where you'll experience Japanese hospitality (omotenashi).

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Local food

Your tour includes expertly prepared dinners and breakfasts with the freshest local ingredients.

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Nitro Demo Boards

We've partnered with Nitro Snowboards so you can test-ride the latest powder shapes in the environment that they were designed for - DEEP MYOKO POWDER. We'll have a fleet of demo boards on-hand in Myoko for guests to use. And better still, this service is absolutely free.

Myoko Freeride Tour

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ABOUT MYOKO

Akakura Onsen, Kanko, Ikenotaira & Suginohara offer some of the best lift accessed freeriding in the region. It’s an area that is already on the radar for many skiers and riders, but as it’s remained relatively quiet, you can be sure that on a powder day the trees will stay untouched for long enough to tire you out!

POWDER HUNTER

With a dedicated guide and private transport, you’ll be ahead of the pack and into the waist deep stuff while you explore the surrounding resorts, including Madarao, Tangram, Lotte Arai, Seki Onsen, Kuriohime, Suginohara, Akakura Onsen, Akakura Kanko, Ikenotaira and Togakushi.

THE TERRAIN

Your guides have an in depth knowledge of the local area and will be able to find any type of terrain to suit your ability – whether that be riding mellow tree runs or chasing some of the deep powder that Niigata is renowned for. Most days you can expect to ride powder that’s anywhere from boot to waist deep.

PENSION STYLE ACCOMMODATION

For an authentic Japan experience, we stay in a locally owned ski lodge. Our Japanese hosts will blow you away with their hospitality. All guests have their own room, and each room has heating, TV, and free WiFi. Every morning you’ve got a hot breakfast to enjoy in the restaurant and each night you’ll enjoy a home cooked Japanese dinner.

PRE-TOUR SUPPORT

After you sign up for a tour, you will receive pre-trip emails with specific information about your tour, the arrival and departure day process, information about the destination, packing suggestions, and other relevant information to help you prepare for your trip. In addition to this, you have access to our customer care team who are just a phone-call away. And as a full-service travel agent, we are able to take care of your flights, insurance, stopovers and pre or post tour arrangements.

SMALL GROUPS

We offer one of the smallest client to guide ratio’s in the industry which ultimately leads to a better experience for everyone. Our small groups allow greater manoeuvrability and ease of access to the best areas a destination can offer. When we are on mountain, our guest to guide ratio is 6 people per guide. This also makes for a more personal experience between our guests and guides.

Meet your expert team

MINT GUIDES

Professional, dedicated and very, very experienced. Not only do our expert guides know how to find the best snow and terrain, they also know how to pass on the benefits of that knowledge in a clear and comprehensive way to get the best out of you too.

Meet your expert team

Chuck Morin

One of our most experienced guides, Chuck moved to Revelstoke over 10 years ago from Canada's east coast and has been exploring the Revy backcountry ever since. Not only a sponsored rider, Chuck is a mountain guide both in Canada and Japan with Mint Tours. Nobody brings the hype quite like Chuck.

ESSENTIAL INFO

Tour Inclusions

YOUR TOUR INCLUDES

 

  • 6 nights Single Share accommodation (private room)
  • 5 days of on-snow guiding with professional Mint Tours guides
  • 5 days of private transfers in 4WD vehicles to & from resorts
  • 6 breakfasts prepared at the lodge
  • 6 dinners prepared at the lodge
  • Arrival and departure day bus transfers from Myoko Kogen Station to our lodge
  • Cultural excursions
  • Powder boards available to demo
  • Fully-escorted tour, guides on hand throughout the tour
Tour Dates

All our Japan Tours are 6 nights and run from Sunday to Saturday. You’ll ride every resort mid-week to maximise your time on-snow and avoid the weekend day-trippers. If 6 nights isn’t enough, then book one of our multi-tour combo’s. Join us in Myoko, then start a new tour in a different destination the following day. Ask us about tour combo ideas and multi-tour discounts.


WEEK 1    24 January – 30 January, 2021
WEEK 2    31 January – 6 February, 2021
WEEK 3    07 February – 13 February, 2021
WEEK 4    14 February – 20 February, 2021


PRO-TIP – GO PRIVATE!
Book this tour as a private departure – with your own guide and all the benefits of a Mint group tour – for any group, big or small (even just one traveller). Get in touch to discuss.

FAQ

WHY TRAVEL WITH MINT?
In a rapidly changing travel industry it’s important to know that your travel provider is accredited, accountable and responsible. Mint is a registered member of AFTA and IATA and conducts business in accordance with the ATAS Charter and Code of Conduct. When you travel with Mint you can have peace of mind that you are booking with a qualified and established travel operator with over 20 years of expertise. And as a full-service travel agent, we can take care of your flights, insurance, stopovers and pre-or post tour arrangements.


WHAT HAPPENS IF BORDERS ARE CLOSED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
The global health crisis has impacted everyone enormously, so we want to make sure your future travel plans are safe and reassure you that we are committed to supporting our customers in the best way that we can. You can view our latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates HERE


WHAT IS A FREERIDE TOUR?
Our Freeride Tours offer you the best chance to ride deep, Japan powder. Our experienced guides have an in-depth knowledge of the resorts we visit, which gives you the ultimate advantage when your chasing deep, un-tracked snow. We’ll aim to ride and ski a lot of powder, glades and trees so please be prepared to ride and ski in the trees for 5 days straight. Of course weather and conditions are impossible to predict so guests must be prepared to ride or ski anything.


WHAT HAPPENS ON ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DAY?
Once you’ve signed up for the tour we will send you through a comprehensive guide with details about the tour including the arrival and departure day process, a map of where we meet, recommended arrival and departure times, flight options, Visa requirements and transportation information.


WHAT IF I’M TRAVELLING SOLO?
About 99% of our guests are travelling solo, so you’ll be in good company. Our groups generally mix well due to a shared interest in snowsports and an eagerness to explore all that Japan has to offer.


HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ON THIS TOUR?
Each tour is different, but we know that by offering one of the smallest client to guide ratio in the industry allows you to ski or snowboard at your preferred pace, and ultimately leads to a better experience for everyone. When we are on mountain, we have a maximum of 6 people per guide. This ensures you get the most out of your time with us, and keeping the groups small means less time waiting and more time riding powder.


IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR ME?
This tour is best suited to skiers and snowboarders who can link turns in powder snow, can make a variety of turn shapes and can traverse and hold speed. If you’re not sure, give us a call. Weather and ski conditions are impossible to predict so guests must be prepared to ride or ski anything. If you have never ridden in powder or shy away from it at your local resort, this is not the tour to learn. Myoko terrain has lots of glades and trees – please be prepared to ride and ski in the trees.


WHICH RESORTS WILL WE VISIT?
We keep the tour itinerary flexible so you can ride at the best resort on the day. Each day your guide will make the decision on which resort to ride based on a number of factors including weather, snowfall, group ability and interest. Incredibly, the Myoko region has dozens of ski resorts we can access within easy reach of our centrally located hotel with terrain ranging from wide-open pistes, perfectly crafted terrain parks to deep untracked tree riding and skiing.


CAN I ARRIVE EARLY OR STAY ON AFTER THE TOUR?
For most tours you can arrive earlier or stay later. We can tailor the trip to suit your travel plans. Speak with one of our tour specialists when you are booking and they will be more than happy to assist.


WHO ARE THE GUIDES?
All of our tours are guided by friendly, knowledgeable and expertly trained guides who are passionate about the mountains. Most of our guides work for us season after season. If you have a preferred Mint guide, just let us know and we’ll be able to tell you which tours they are leading.


CAN YOU BOOK FLIGHTS?
Yes. Let us take the hassle out of selecting the right flights for the tour. We can book you the best flight options for the tour, with no booking fees.


ARE FLIGHTS INCLUDED?
No, flights are not included. If you need assistance booking flights, we can book you the best flight options for the tour, with no booking fees.


DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?
Yes. All guests on tour need to be covered by comprehensive travel insurance. Once you have booked on the tour, we strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. We offer all of our tour guests discounted snow specific travel insurance.


WHAT HAPPENS ONCE I’VE BOOKED?
Once you’ve booked your spot on tour, we will send you through a booking confirmation and provide updates about the tour including the arrival and departure day process, a map of where we meet, recommended arrival and departure times, flight options, Visa requirements and transportation information. We will send out a Pre Departure Guide 30 days prior to departure. Prior to the tour commencing we will invite you to a group chat which is managed by your tour manager and guides.


CAN I BRING MY PARTNER WHO DOESN’T SKI OR SNOWBOARD?
Of course! We can tailor the tour to suit your non-skiing or snowboarding partner. Speak with one of our tour specialists when you are booking and they will be more than happy to assist.


HOW DO I CHECK MY ABILITY LEVEL?
The best way to check if a tour is suited to your ability is by speaking with one of our tour specialists. They will be able to determine if the tour you have selected is a good fit for your ability, as well as suggesting other tour options.


HOW DO I GET TO MYOKO?
We’ll provide you with a guide with options to get to Myoko. If it’s your fist time to Japan or if you’re unsure about travel arrangements, often we can link you up with other tour guests to travel with.


HOW DO I CHECK AVAILABILITY?
Speak with one of our tour specialists. As this is a small group tour with limited availability, it’s best to get in touch early to avoid disappointment.


DO YOU TAKE SKIERS & SNOWBOARDERS?
Yes! We are ski and snowboard friendly. Please note that the majority of our tours are led by snowboard guides.


CAN I RENT EQUIPMENT?
Yes! We can arrange rental equipment for most destinations, however we do recommend bringing your own equipment. We do recommend bringing powder boards or ski’s for all our Japan tours.


WHAT EQUIPMENT SHOULD I BRING?
Japan can be a cold place in winter, with temperatures typically ranging from 0 to -10. We strongly recommend that guests dress in clothing specific for traveling in backcountry areas. We recommend that guests have a good quality waterproof jacket and pants, lightweight insulated layer, merino base layers, merino gloves and waterproof gloves, goggles with low light & high light lenses, sunglasses, balaclava, beanie, and helmet. We recommend that all guests bring their own ski or snowboarding equipment for the tour (board, boots, bindings & outerwear). Powder boards and ski’s are recommended.


WHO WILL BE ON MY TOUR?
Your group will be made up of travellers from diverse backgrounds and will be varied in age. Our groups generally mix well due to a shared interest in snowsports and an eagerness to explore all that Japan has to offer.


ARE LIFT TICKETS INCLUDED?
There is no single lift ticket that covers the resorts we ride; and we don’t want to lock you in to pre-purchasing lift tickets where you have to ride at certain resorts. We can travel far and wide to score you the best snow; from the major resorts, to the smaller hidden gems. You can just purchase a lift ticket on the day, wherever we may end up. Lift tickets in this region are inexpensive and can cost as little as JPY 2,100 per day (approx. AUD $30)


HOW DO I DEMO A POWDER BOARD?
We have a fleet of powder boards from Nitro Snowboards that are available to demo. Speak with your guides to arrange a demo. Demo boards are available for guests to demo for a single day only and are not available to rent. You will need to use your own bindings on the demo boards.

Price and Payment

PRICE PER PERSON
The Myoko Freeride Tour is AUD $1,990 per person

Pricing is in Australian Dollars. Please contact us if you would like a quote in your local currency. We can accept payments in USD, AUD, NZD, GBP, CHF, EUR, JPY, CAD.


RESERVATION AND DEPOSIT
To secure your spot on tour, a non-refundable 25% deposit is payable within 3 days of booking. The balance is due 90 days prior to tour departure. You can view our terms and conditions HERE and COVID-19 policy HERE

Enquiries and Bookings

If you would like some more information or a quote for the tour you can contact us by:

1. ONLINE
Enquire below. Once we receive your request one of our Japan Tour Specialists will be in touch with a with a quote, availability and further details about the tour.

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2. OVER THE PHONE 
Call us and follow the prompts to speak to one of our Japan Tour specialists.

Within Australia (03) 8563 9437
International +61 (03) 8563 9437

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