THIRD EYE BACKCOUNTRY
CENTRAL HOKKAIDO, JAPAN
Prepare yourself for the bucket-list ski adventure of a lifetime! Spend a week in Central Hokkaido in search of the best powder skiing in Japan, minus the crowds. Each morning, we will brief the many options (on piste, side country, human-powered backcountry, summit attempts) for the day based on preferences and conditions.
When not on skis, prepare to enjoy our curated Onsen (hot spring bath) tour, indulge in amazing cuisines like sushi, ramen, and local Hokkaido Wagyu beef, sip on a cold Sapporo or Japanese whiskey, and explore all that Furano and Central Hokkaido has to offer. As always, the trip is yours and we are happy to customize per request.
access some of the newest backcountry terrain in Japan
enjoy Central Hokkaido's culinary highlights
stay in a private Japanese lodge
soak in healing onsens
ski the famous Japow with expert guides
December 27 – January 2
January 3 – 9
January 24 – 30
January 31 - 6
February 7 – 13
February 14 – 20
February 21 – 27
Asahikawa Airport or local train stations
4-6 (please contact for more than 6)
Breakfast, dinner, ground transportation, 5 days guided skiing, 6 nights accommodation in a Third Eye Backcountry house
We have traveled the world with our skis. On most of the trips we budget enough time to be able to do the research and figure it all out on our own once we are there. And of course Mother Nature ultimately has the final say in it all. When it came time for a trip to Japan with a limited window of time, we realized we could spin our wheels and squander precious days wading through logistics. Fortunately we were pointed toward Third Eye. From knowing where to go given the conditions, whether it be backcountry or sidecountry, to the onsen-a-day apre ski, to the best food Furano has to offer, we were able to maximize our trip window. This would not have been possible had we done it on our own. Thank you Third Eye, we'll be back.
Mary Lewis and Jeff Hollenbaugh
Frequently Asked Questions
What is not included in the trip price?
Airfare / train to Asahikawa
Backcountry gear - beacon, shovel, probe (available for rent)
Trip Insurance (required)
What does an average day look like?
Skiing Japow! Each day's objective will depend on snow and weather conditions as well as your personal preferences. Our guides closely monitor conditions and will present options to you each morning.
Expect your days to look something like this:
Discuss and decide as a group over some hot tea and coffee
Enjoy a traditional Japanese or western style breakfast
Ski like gluttonous powder pigs all day
Relax and soak in an onsen
Indulge in some top notch sushi, shabu-shabu, ramen, teppanyaki, or Japanese curry for dinner
Can I bring the whole family?
This trip is yours; make it yours. Furano has lots of diversity to offer families in the winter and we are happy to accommodate. Please contact us to customize the trip to make it an adventure of a lifetime for the whole family!
One week isn't long enough!
Don't worry! We can help you extend your trip in Furano or beyond to ensure you get your fill of Japan.
What are the payment terms?
We ask for a $1,000 deposit upon reservation. The remainder is due 60 days prior to the trip. Please see our Program Policies page for more information.