Ski and snowboard trip Niseko, Japan | Epique - Mountain Adventures

Freeriding in Niseko, Japan


Hokkaido, Japan’s northern island, is ideally located on the path of cold air from Siberia. This causes the ski areas on this island to be covered in a thick layer of snow – snow known for being incredibly dry. During this trip we stay overnight near Niseko, christened ‘Powder Capital of the World’ and Japan’s most famous ski destination. Sometimes it seems like it never stops snowing here. From Niseko we can easily reach the most beautiful freeride areas of Hokkaido.

Freeriding in Japan

To get the most out of a ski or snowboard trip to Japan, we want to be flexible. We want to be where the snow falls, be the first at the lift and have tour ski equipment with us to reach first tracks all day long. We spend the night in a central place, close to traditional restaurants and onsen (Japanese hot springs), but especially within driving distance of the most beautiful freeride areas.

In addition to this trip, we are organizing a road trip through Japan. A longer trip where, in addition to Niseko, we also visit the ski areas that are more off the beaten track.

“In Japan, it turned out once again that the level of knowledge and expertise of Epique is unmatched in the Netherlands. Everything is organized smoothly, people know the way to the right places and have good tips. Skiing in Japan is special! Skiing in Japan with Epique is more special!” – Eagle

Destination Price
Niseko, Japan € 2,495
Travel period(s) 7 to 16 Jan. 2022
What levels is this trip for?
descent technique
descent condition
Ascent technique
Ascent condition

Epique - freeride freetour niseko Japan

Why this trip?

  • 7 days of freeriding in 5 different areas
  • experience the famous Japanese powder snow
  • A flexible program with your own vans
  • Combination of lift-access freeriding and freetouring
  • Guidance by guides who have years of experience in Japan
  • We take you to the best Japanese restaurants
  • Ascent and descent of a dormant volcano

An unforgettable journey

The culture, the delicious food, the lovely people and the amazing snow conditions make the perfect combination for an unforgettable ski or snowboard trip. We spend the night in Kutchan, away from most tourists but close to small and traditional restaurants and bars. Our hotel (with its own onsen) is the perfect combination of Eastern atmosphere and Western luxury and is centrally located between the best freeride areas of Hokkaido. The ski resort of Niseko is nearby and a nice side effect is that Moiwa, Rusutsu, Kiroro and Furano can be reached within an hour.

Ski en snowboard Japan. Eten en cultuur

Program – 7 days of freeriding in Japan

During this trip we have our own vans at our disposal. This way we are flexible and we can tailor the program to the weather, snow and the wishes of the group.

Day 1 & 2 – Travel to Hokkaido

On Friday afternoon we gather at Schiphol and fly to Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido. Upon arrival, the vans are ready and we drive to Niseko in two hours. We check in and discuss the program for the coming week in one of Kutchan’s restaurants.

Day 3 to 8 – In search of the Japanese powder snow

For the next six days, we’ll be looking for the best and deepest powder snow in Japan. Depending on weather and snow, we visit the most beautiful freeride areas of Hokkaido. In the morning we mainly go lift-access freeriding to make as many runs as possible. We can make a short tour to score untracked descents even in the afternoon. We end a long freeride day with a drink in one of the nice bars or with a visit to a traditional onsen.

Climbing Mount Yotei

Weather permitting and everyone is up for a challenge, we can climb Mount Yotei – a dormant volcano of almost 1,900 meters. A tough climb that is rewarded with an impressive view and an unforgettable descent.

Day 9 – The last freeride day

We drive back to Sapporo and visit Teine, the Olympic ski area. At the end of the afternoon we drive into the metropolis and check in at a hotel in the center. We end the trip in style – in a good restaurant and the vibrant nightlife of Sapporo.

Day 10 – Back home

Unfortunately, there is no time to sleep off our daze. Our flight leaves early and arrives in Amsterdam on Sunday afternoon.

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Who is a trip to Japan for?

A trip to Japan is about more than just powder snow. The friendly people make you feel immediately welcome, the Japanese cuisine is a feast every night and after a long day of freeride it is wonderful to relax in a traditional onsen. A unique journey for avid freeriders who want something different.

What a great experience with Epique (Michiel & Rik) in Hokkaido. Skiing on a completely different continent, landscape and culture. After a positive experience with Epique guide Sale, in 2017, it was clear, I want such an experience again. Read more…

Level of this trip

No ski touring or split boarding experience is necessary for this trip. You do need a good condition and experience with off-piste skiing or snowboarding (or: you must have a good condition …). This means that you can also descend in a controlled manner in difficult snow. During this trip there are usually several groups so that we can make a classification according to level. Look at the our levels for a detailed description. Do you doubt your skills? Feel free to contact us, we are happy to advise.


During this trip we will spend the night in a modern and comfortable hotel. You spend the night in a double room or, at an additional cost, in a single room. The stay includes breakfast and the hotel has its own onsen .

Included in this trip:

  • 7 days program with ski or snowboard guide
  • Maximum 5 participants per guide
  • 7 nights in a hotel including breakfast
  • 1 night in a hotel in Sapporo
  • Local transport with own vans
  • Transfer from and to airport
  • Contribution SGR and Calamity Fund
  • Contribution Trees for All (compensate for the CO2 emissions of your trip)

The preparation

We ensure that you appear perfectly prepared at the start. You will also receive a training plan from us to get fit and an extensive material guide for the right gear. We make sure that you can carpool and if you want we can book your flight tickets.

epic training plan

If you start training on time, you will benefit from this in the snow. Once you have booked, you will receive the Epique Training Plan from us. Through a number of self-tests you can easily choose the schedule that suits you best.

Material guide and packing list

Well before the start of your trip, you will receive an equipment guide that covers the most important details of all ski, snowboard and mountain bike equipment. You will also receive a packing list that contains exactly what you need for your trip.

Meet & greet

Well before departure we organize a Meet & Greet at our office in Utrecht. Here we discuss the journey and most important details with you again. We answer all your questions and you can already meet your travel companions.


Contact us for all the details, or to reserve a place without any obligation. This trip tailor-made for your own group? We would like to hear your wishes and expectations and together we will look for the ideal trip.

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In Japan it turned out once again that the level of knowledge and expertise of Epique is unparalleled in the Netherlands. Everything is organized smoothly, they know the way to the right places and have good tips. Skiing in Japan is special! Skiing in Japan with Epique is more special!

My first time heli-skiing - Gwen

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