The Hakuba Short and Sweet Tour is a backcountry tour of the Hakuba area to accommodate those that would also like some freedom to explore by themselves. Get to know the area with goodguides and then return to your favorite spots by yourselves! The Hakuba Short & Sweet trip can cater to strong intermediate riders as well as advanced/experts skiers and snowboarders, and the tours will split the ability level accordingly.


Ski touring and ski mountaineering at Japan’s mecca, the Northern Japanese Alps, is a fabulous destination to push your limits and ski the deep and steep back country that is hands down the best big mountain skiing that Japan has to offer. GoodGuides have over 10 years experience of skiing in central Japan giving them an intimate knowledge of the local mountains, weather patterns and local culture. Owner and operator Jerry Williams has fluency in the Japanese language, and his love of Japanese culture will ensure you get a well rounded trip with the absolute best in both skiing and culture.

All guides are professionally trained and qualified and are in the field everyday and know the conditions and terrain inside out. Our guides also have an extensive network in the local community enabling them to access local knowledge and information from the surrounding snow community.

Tours are aimed at skiers and riders who are strong intermediate riders wanting to gain more backcountry experience, and advanced to expert to riders.

You will have avalanche safety gear supplied as part of the package, however you will also need touring gear which could be skis with touring bindings & skins, split board with skins and/or snow shoes.

  • NZMGA or equivalent qualified professional mountain guide– 1:5 ratio
  • 4 days of guided ski touring/lift access back country
  • 4 days of lift passes
  • 7 nights twin share accommodation
  • Daily breakfasts
  • All mountain transfers
  • Back-country Equipment-Beacon, shovel, probeand backpack
  • Back-country Insurance-*Please ask for details
  • Arrival Transfer
  • Local knowledge and interaction with real localpeople!
  • Professionalism that will take you to the best skilocation on any given day. Every day is different in the mountains and conditions are ever changing. Let us do the thinking for you.

Day 1 (Arrival Day):

Transfer to Hakuba where your guide will be waiting to greet you. From there your guide will give you an introduction to the local area, make sure you have everything you need, and deliver you to your hotel to settle in before your dream skiing holiday begins!

Day 2 to 5 (Guided Backcountry Days):
Your first morning will start with an in depth avalanche safety briefing and training. This will give you the confidence to use your equipment with the aim of giving you more skills and knowledge to take away with you.

Your professional mountain guides will decide the best place to ski each day based on weather and snow conditions, and you’ll potentially ski at any of the 9 resorts within the Hakuba Valley and also other non-­ski field access backcountry locations, depending on conditions and group ability!

Day 6-7
Freeski at your favourite locations that your guides have shown you over the last 4 days.

Day 8 (Departure Day): 
After breakfast you will check out of the hotel and head back to Tokyo or onto your next adventure, with a lifetime of incredible memories.

You will stay at one of our comfortable and stylish hand picked accommodations in Hakuba. They are all run by locals and accommodate foreign guests.

Motoi Lodge is located in a beautiful forested area at the north end of the Hakuba valley . All rooms have shared bathroom. They are all twin share but if you decide to add more members to the group then we can fit more people in each room. There is a common computer for guest use and wifi is available. There are also on- site laundry facilities.

A daily breakfast is provided as part of the package and other meals can be arranged with reservation the night before. Lodge Motoi houses both a restaurant and a bar where guests are able to relax at the end of the day with a meal and a drink. You will have dinners included which you are welcome to miss to have a meal out in town!

Meteor Log Hotel or Meteor Pension is located in the Echo Land village and is an easy walk to restaurants & bars.

The hotel/chalet provides a lovely communal space and a self-cater kitchen so you can cook your own meals if you prefer. All rooms have private en suite bathrooms (with bath tub) and include soap, shampoo, toothbrush, hair dryer and towels. There is a common computer for guest use and wifi is available. There are also on-site laundry facilities. A daily breakfast is provided as part of the package and other meals can be arranged with reservation the night before.

Not Included:

• Travel Insurance (Back country insurance is provided, please ask for details)

• Flights

• Departure transfer (although arrangements and instructions will be provided)

• Meals, snacks, alcohol & dinners outside of the hotel• Single occupancy upgrade

• Touring gear is required. Rental rates depend on what gear you want / need to rent. Please inquire for pricing.Optional Add-Ons

• Backcountry touring gear rentals – Enquire for price


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I went skiing in Hakuba in February with 5 friends and Jerry as our guide. One of the best skiing experiences I've ever had. The mountain and package was excellent, and Jerry went out of his way to make it a memorable experience. Would highly recommend it to anyone else going that way and make sure you get Jerry as your guide!

Jordan Trimble