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Spring Sale 2018

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If you’re looking for the best value, the least crowds and beautiful bluebird days mixed with scatterings of fresh snow, springtime in Niseko is for you!

Save 15% OFF the following Niseko apartments and townhouses from 2 March 2019 onwards.

Ezo Yume Shirokuma #1
Full Circle Shirokuma #2
Haven Niseko Yotei Cottage
Hirafu 188 Yuki Yama
Itoku Yukisawa
Kamakura Yume Basho
Powder Haven Yume House
Shikaku Yutaka


Terms and Conditions

  • Valid dates 2 March-26 April 2019
  • 5 night minimum booking
  • Book by 28 September 2018
  • Offer can be withdrawn at any time
  • Not combinable with other discount


deep powder sale - up to 15% off accommodation in Niseko

Deep Powder Sale 2018

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Niseko’s powder snow is famous for a reason, it’s the type of snow powder hounds are seeking. The legendary light and dry stuff feels like you’re riding the clouds themselves!

It’s not too late to experience Niseko’s phenomenal snow and lively atmosphere this upcoming 2018/19 season.

Save 15% OFF selected dates at the following properties;

Alpen Ridge Shirokuma #1 
Alpine Apartments Yukisawa
Haven Niseko Yume Basho

Terms and Conditions

  • Valid for selected dates
  • 5 night minimum booking
  • Book by 28 September 2018
  • Offer can be withdrawn at any time
  • Not combinable with other discounts

Save 10% OFF selected dates at the following properties;

Alpen Ridge Shirokuma #1
Alpine Apartments Shirokuma #2
Ezo Yume Tamo
Full Circle The Kamui Niseko
Haven Niseko Yotei Cottage
Hirafu 188 Yuki Yama
Itoku Yukisawa
Kamakura Yume Basho
Powder Haven Yume House
Shikaku Yutaka

Terms and Conditions:

  • Valid for selected dates between 1 December 2018 – 27 April 2019
  • 5 night minimum booking
  • Book by 31 October 2018
  • Offer can be withdrawn at any time
  • Not combinable with other discounts


Niseko United announces full partnership with Mountain Collective

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Breaking news for powder lovers around the globe! The fabled Japanese ski resort, Niseko United and The Mountain Collective have teamed up, with the world’s powder capital becoming a full partner for the upcoming 2018-2019 winter season, making it the only Asian ski resort to be a part of the illustrious alliance for this season. Mountain Collective Pass holders will receive 2 free days in Niseko and will also receive 50% discount on all additional days (with no blackout dates). An All Mountain Niseko lift pass provides access to all 4 resorts; Hanazono, Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village & Annupuri. This makes the Niseko United lift pass one of the best Japanese lift passes in the country. Read more about the Mountain Collective Pass in Niseko here.

For more information about Japanese resorts, Japanese lift passes, flights, transfers, accommodation in Niseko, or anything else Japow related, contact



Chitose Airport Cheat Sheet

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There are two types of travelers; the ones who arrive in the nick of time and catch their flight 5 seconds before it departs, and those who are worried they might miss their plane so they arrive at the airport four hours early… for a domestic flight.

Most of the time flights leave on time, however in the snowy capital of Hokkaido sometimes those same elements that bring us the bottomless fresh powder we all love also conspire to cause delays or even shutdowns at the airport due to snowstorms.
For those times when you find yourself with time to spare at Hokkaido’s largest airport we have compiled a cheat(ose) sheet:  Things To Do At New Chitose Airport.

 #1 Snack Attack – Exploring Sweets Avenue and Omiyage Stores

There are plenty of local sweets and treats to purchase for yourself or as a gift at New Chitose airport.

Find Sweets Avenue on 2F of the Domestic Terminal


A lot of souvenir shops are located in the domestic terminal area. There are ‘omiyage’ (little local delicacies ranging from sweet rice cakes, cheese tarts, and rice crackers to frozen whole crabs, corn chocolate and melons), as well as stores where you can buy little gifts and souvenirs for your loved ones and friends back home. Most of the ‘omiyage’ stores offer free samplers so you can give treats a taste test before purchasing.


#2 Airport Onsen – Relax and recharge before your flight

Chitose Airport onsen is a great place to relax.

Locate the onsen on 4F of the Domestic Terminal

One of this airport’s best kept secrets is their onsen. Open for 23 hours a day, soaking in one of these heated baths is a great way to relax and unwind or even spend the night. They have an indoor and outdoor bath and a relaxation area with massage chairs if you would like to just nap and forget about your worries (eg your delayed flight because of a snow storm).

Hours of operation: 10:00am – 9:00am (open 23 hours a day), prices start from 1500 yen for adults and 800 yen for kids, with overnight stays available from 3000 yen and 1600 yen.


#3 A walk to Ramen-bar: Step into ‘Hokkaido Ramen Dojyo’  

If you're feeling hungry at Chitose Airport then try some delicious Ramen.

Fill your belly on 3F of the Domestic Terminal

Hokkadio Ramen Dojyo is an alleyway on the 3rd level of the Domestic Terminal which hosts 10 of the best ramen restaurants from all around Hokkaido, each with their own unique style. The wait time may be long especially during lunch time so make sure to line up early or go just after the lunch hour rush to enjoy the variety of ramen that Japan has on offer!


#4 Watch a new release film at Sora Cinema Chitose

Catch the latest film at Sora Cinema at Chitose Aiport.

Watch a film in Oasis Park on 4F area of the Domestic Terminal

If you are stuck at the airport and have time to kill then catching up on the latest film release is a great way to consume a spare hour or two. New Chitose comes well equipped with entertainment in the form of its very own “Sora Cinema”. Think of it as being more productive; once you reach your destination you’ll have more time to enjoy the powder snow, and you don’t have to worry about spoilers on Facebook!


#5 Choc-otto maté! Royce Chocolate World for chocolate lovers

The Royce chocolate factory, museum, and shop will keep you entertained at New Chitose Airport.

Royce’ Chocolate World can be found on Smile Road – the connecting path between Terminal 1 & 2

Located on the 3rd level, between the Domestic and International terminal you will find Royce Chocolate World. Royce Chocolate is Sapporo’s home-grown chocolate and is loved by locals as well as gaining popularity internationally. Their chocolate factory inside the airport displays a history of chocolate as well as the story behind the Royce Chocolate company.
Opposite the historic displays you can find chocolate being created fresh behind floor to ceiling windows by a fascinating fully autonomous robotic factory line.

Purchase the freshly made chocolate next door at the store alongside other special seasonal themed items. Make sure to try their chocolate covered potato chips!


#6 Play games at Alpina Arcade

Alpina Arcade is full with plenty of fun games to pass some time at Chitose Airport.

Located on 4F of the Domestic Terminal building.

Alpina, New Chitose Airport’s gaming arcade is located just across from the onsen, they have numerous games for the kids and the kids-at-heart. From multiplayer sports games like basketball shooting, and air hockey, to race games like Mario Kart. You can definitely spend an hour or so at this colorful arcade!

Don’t forget to ask our helpful Airport Service Desk staff for advice!

Our friendly service staff can answer your questions at New Chitose Airport. service desk is located at the arrival gate on the 2nd floor of the International terminal


Splitboarding in Japan – Earn Your Turns

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Everyone knows the snow in Japan is among the best in the world, and the resorts are improving lift services to give local and international guests the best powder experience possible. But what if I told you there was an even better powder experience to be had. I bet you’re thinking I’m crazy, and you could be right… but let me introduce you to the wonderful world of splitboarding.


What is splitboarding?

Imagine a regular snowboard, cut down the middle with easily removable bindings. With the snowboard in two pieces, the bindings can be re-attached in a similar style to skis with a heel that lifts up. Long strips of ‘fur’, called “skins” are attached to the base which slide in one direction and grip the other. Grab some poles for balance and you’re good to go; uphill! Reach the top of the mountain, remove the skins, clip the 2 halves of the board back together and attach the bindings and you have a regular old snowboard again. This is the magic of splitboarding.

The concept of a free-heel & skin hiking setup is nothing new, but was exclusive to skiers for a long time. The invention of splitboards in the mid 90’s was a revolution for snowboarders. Finally snowboarders could access the same terrain that backcountry skiers had been riding for years. Since then splitboarding has become more and more popular, with new innovations making it even more accessible.

Splitboard VS Snowshoes:

The deep dry Japanese powder is epic to ride on, but not so easy to walk in. Snowshoes can be great when it’s not super deep, but the increased surface area of a splitboard allows much more float on the soft stuff. And instead of lifting up your entire foot each time, you simply need to slide forward. Each step takes a lot less energy this way, and is much easier on knee and hip joints. By having your snowboard attached to your feet, you don’t need it on your bag, taking a huge weight off your shoulders. You’ll have a lot more energy for the really fun stuff; shredding powder!

If you’re on a budget, it’s hard to go past a pair of snowshoes. But if you’re going to be sliding up and down the backcountry fairly often, there’s just no substitute for a good splitboard setup. There’s some technique required too, but it’s all worth it; your hips are going to love you!

How you can Splitboard:

The first step is to get a basic education and understanding of the backcountry. There are backcountry avalanche courses available in Niseko & Hakuba as well as other destinations in Japan. Ask a consultant for more info on where to do one of these courses. In Niseko, Hokkaido Backcountry Club actually runs a course where you can demo a Weston Snowboards Splitboard. This is one of the best opportunities to try splitboarding in an educational environment with experienced splitboarders & guides. Once you have the knowledge, the second step is to actually get yourself the backcountry gear and a splitboard. There are a number of places to get a splitboard in Japan, and just like regular snowboarding, there are tonnes of different models and options on the market.

Now for the best part, step 3; go splitboarding in Japan!

 Where to splitboard in Japan:

If you drive anywhere in the Japanese Alps or in Northern Japan during winter, you’ll notice stunning snow-filled valleys and white mountains as far as the eyes can see. Not all of it is open to touring though, so it’s always best to get a guide. They’ll know the best lines, best terrain and, importantly, where there might be any hazards. Generally though, there is superb backcountry around most of the ski resorts in Japan. There are also plenty of accommodation options & guides near the resorts making the rest & relaxation part of the trip a whole lot easier.

If you want to go splitboarding in Hokkaido, there’s Niseko, Furano and Asahidake to name a few prime locations. There are a lot of ‘off the beaten track’ areas near central Hokkaido which are hardly known to outsiders too. Some of the most popular places to splitboard in Hokkaido are Mt. Yotei & Mt. Shiribetsudake, but again it’s best to take a guide. For the extreme, there’s Mt. Rishiri (a volcanic island off the north east coast of Hokkaido) which you can read more about here.

Splitboarding in Hakuba is becoming more popular as the terrain there is big, steep & deep. There are also affordable hotels like the Hakuba Gateway Hotel right in the centre of town for some proper rest. You could easily spend a whole season hiking in the Hakuba valley and just scratch the surface of what’s possible there. Hakuba is quickly becoming a mecca for backcountry in Japan, as more people are drawn in by the extreme terrain options that are so easily accessible. For the less hardcore, there are plenty of moderate trails available too.

To find out more about the best places to splitboard in Japan contact

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Hokkaido Powder Belt 2018

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When you book 5 nights at the Hoshino Resorts Tomamu The Tower and 3 nights at Hoshino Resorts OMO7 Asahikawa you’ll be rewarded with MASSIVE savings on accommodation!

8 night/Twin share package starts from 71,695 JPY PP and includes;

  • One way bus transfer from CTS airport to Tomamu
  • 5 nights accommodation at Hoshino Resorts Tomamu The Tower (including daily breakfast)
  • 5 day lift pass for Tomamu
  • Return bus ticket between Tomamu and Sahoro/Furano (during staying hotel only)
  • One way bus transfer from Tomamu to Hoshino Resorts OMO7 Asahikawa
  • 3 nights accommodation at Hoshino Resorts OMO7 Asahikawa (including daily breakfast)
  • Option to add a 2 day backcountry tour to explore the Hokkaido Powder Belt with RIKI Japow Guide (at additional cost)

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum 5 consecutive nights travel required at Hoshino Resorts Tomamu The Tower
  • Minimum 3 consecutive nights travel required at Hoshino Resorts OMO7 Asahikawa
  • Book before 31 December 2018
  • Not valid between 27 December 2018 – 2 January 2019
  • Package must include daily Tomamu lift passes (included in accommodation rate)
  • Bus transfers are subject to bus schedules and flight times. 2018-19 bus schedule expected to be released in Sept 2018.

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Hakuba Gateway Hotel 2018

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Located in the centre of the convenient Happo Village and the Hakuba Resort area, an easy walk to Nakiyama Chairlift and accessible to all village services. Offering spacious western style rooms with private bathroom facilities, mini kitchenettes, great views to the ski mountains, and onsite service desk, renal/retail and restaurant.


For the Winter 2018/19 season when you book a stay at the Hakuba Gateway Hotel before 31 August 2018 you will be rewarded with 1o% off the standard nightly room rate (with breakfast included)! Plus you’ll also receive a free onsen pass per guest and 10% off food and beverages at the nearby Hakuba Goryukan Hotel.

 Terms and Conditions:

  • Book by 31 August 2018
  • Stay minimum of 3 nights between 1-20 Dec 2018 and 25 Feb-31 Mar 2019
  • Stay minimum of 5 nights between 21 December 2018-24 February 2019
  • Offer can be withdrawn at any time

Contact us now for an accurate quotation on your holiday specifics.

Appi Kogen Early Bird 2018

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1 Free Night Offer, Be Happy in Appi!

Appi Kogen Ski Resort is one of the largest ski resorts in Japan, with 21 trails and a total trail length of 45.1 km for skiers of all levels. With a range of family facilitated maintained hotels situated at the base of the mountain, everyone is happy in Appi.

For the Winter 2018/19 season, when you book a 7 night stay at any of these hotels in Appi Kogen before November 30 2018, you will be rewarded with one free night, and 1 x free 8 hour lift pass per person.

Available when staying at any of the following properties;

Travel Dates

Valid for all stays between 8 December 2018 and 23 March 2019

Bonus Offer

  • Free swimming pool ticket during the stay at Appi Resort
  • 1 free night at Morioka Grand Hotel Annex (room only – no meal) before or after stay at Appi resort.

Contact us now for a quotation on your holiday specifics.

Terms and Conditions

Free Night Offer: * Pay 6 nights and receive 1 free night * 1 free night for every 7 night stay * Free night applies to the lowest date of the stay * Onsen tax required for free night 150 JPY per person * Offer can be withdrawn at any time
Free Lift Pass Offer: Book a minimum 5 night stay and receive 1 x free 8 hour lift pass per person.
Bonus Offer: * Subject to Availability * 7 nights or more booking required at Appi Resort * Not valid with any other offer * Offer can be withdrawn at any time * Additional conditions apply.

Nozawa Onsen Special 2018

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Nozawa is renowned for amazing snow, plentiful onsen and the finest  of Japanese hospitality .
Enjoy a truly remarkable Ryokan experience at Tokiwaya Ryokan.
Book for 5 nights or more and receive a free dinner!
Terms and Conditions

* Please inform the date of dinner to the front desk at the time of check-in.
* There might be exceptions in peak seasons.
* The offer may be withdrawn without prior notice.

Contact us now for a quotation on your holiday specifics.

Myoko Kogen Winter 2018

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1 Free night when you pay for 10, at Myoko Kogen!

Located less than 3 hours bullet-train ride from Tokyo, on Japan’s main island of Honshu, Myoko Kogen is a culmination of ski resorts with beginner to advanced terrain. Myoko is rich in culture and offers a range of comfortable and convenient accommodations.

For the Winter 2018/19 season when you book a 10 night stay at any of these hotels in Myoko Kogen, you will be rewarded with one free night.

Available when staying at any of the following properties;

Travel Dates

Valid for all stays between 1 December 2018 to 27 April 2019

Contact us now for an accurate quotation on your holiday specifics.

Terms and Conditions

  • Stay 10 nights and get one night free stay
  • Maximum 1 free night per booking
  • Free night applies to the lowest rate for any date of the stay
  • Minimum stay 10 nights
  • Offer is subject to availability and can be withdrawn at any time without notice
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