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Geography & Climate

  • Japan consists of four main islands and hundreds small islands. It is mostly mountainous and many peaks are of volcanic origin or active volcanoes.
  • The summer months are hot and humid, but the fall and the spring are cooler and drier. Winds from Sibiria provide arctic temperatures during the winter.
  • Typhoons are a constant threat during the summer months.


    • Japan’s most famous back country skiing lie in Hokkaido and in the Japanese Alps (Honshu) around Hakuba.
    • Hokkaido is mostly covered by forests, Hakuba offers more alpine ski touring.
    • Volcanoes like Mt. Yotei or Mt. Fuji are very exposed to winds.

    • Trekking is a national sport in Japan. Equipment and infrastructure in National Parks prove it.
    • The Japanese Alps, Hokkaido and Kyushu are the best places for trekking. Mt. Fuji is maybe the most popular hiking spot in Japan, and so the busiest (in summer).

    • Sea Kayaking along the coast is another great activity to learn more about Japan’s nature and diversity.

    Tour idea – Bento Box Ski touring

      • Where: Hokkaido, Japan
      • Itinerary: Otaru-Rusutsu-Daisetsuzan
      • Activity: Ski touring
      • Season: February to March
      • Length: 6 days / 5 nights

      • Day 1: Arrival in Sapporo, Transfer to Otaru, short tour in the afternoon
      • Day 2: Tree runs all day in the back country of Otaru
      • Day 3: 3 peaks in a row – back country skiing close to Niseko
      • Day 4: Ascent of Mt. Yotei, transfer to Chitose and pick up of your rental car
      • Day 5: Drive to Furano, freeriding in the ski area
      • Day 6: Ascent of Mt. Asahidake, return to Chitose and drop off your rental car

      Skitouren in Hokkaido

      Skitouren in Hokkaido

      • Base for the calculation: 2 persons
      • Costs per person: 700 Euro
      • Accomodation with breakfast (6 days), ski guide and transport (day 2 to 4) included
      • Transfer from Sapporo to Otaru included
      • Not included: plane ticket, transport from Airport Sapporo Station, rental car (days 5 and 6) and meals
      • The prices depend from the booked services and can be arranged individually.
      • This tour and the price is given as an orientation to you.

      • This tour idea is just one of many possibilities. You don’t need a guide, but only a car? Or just some equipment for rent? We can organize everything…
      • Send us your request and we can answer your questions immediately.

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