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Heli-Skiing in Hokkaido

Niseko, Sapporo, Asahidake

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8 days


  • Stay in a traditional Ryokan style hotel in the heart of the Hanazono Woods, surrounded by Niseko’s mountain range
  • ‘Forest Bathe’ in an outdoor Japanese Onsen, filled with healing volcanic water
  • Sample local whiskies whilst gazing out over the snow-covered Mount Yotei
  • Heli-ski on an active volcano on some of Japan’s best powder snow
  • Be guided across some of Japan’s spectacular off-piste terrains and backcountry away from any crowds
  • Share a traditional Shabu Shabu hot broth pot by a crackling fire after a day out skiing

What’s Included

  • 7 Nights Half Board 
  • Full Day of Heli-skiing with your private guide
  • Private Skiing Guides throughout for off Piste terrain
  • Traditional Onsen Experience
  • Private Vehicles & Transfers
  • International Economy Class Flights

Example Itinerary

Day 1-4


  • ‘Forest bathe’ in a traditional open-air Onsen filled with volcanic mineral water surrounded by the birch trees of Hanazono Woods
  • Feel your adrenaline rise as you heli-ski amongst the mountain ranges of Annupuri, known for its powder snow created by the Siberian wind

Absorb the natural beauty of Japan, relaxing in an authentic yet contemporary Ryokan surrounded by nothing but nature.

Stay in a secluded and contemporary styled Ryokan (a traditional Japanese Inn) amongst the white birch trees of Hanazono Wood in Japan’s North Island. The Zaborin Ryokan was created to embody a contemporary experience of Japanese traditions whilst providing a tranquil and remote setting for guests to meditate and reflect. Each guest house has authentic Japanese sleeping arrangements as well as two private hot spring baths – one indoor and one open-air onsen for ‘forest bathing’. Both are filled with healing mineral waters from a private volcanic spring.

Guests will enjoy three full days of backcountry skiing with a guide. We can also add additional heli-skiing with a guide on the mountains of Annupuri. Try the light powder snow created by the Siberian winds at the Niseko resort. In the evening, enjoy a massage, sample local whiskeys in Zaborin’s library and try the unique and award winning multi-course Kita Kaiseki.

Day 4-5


  • Explore Hokkaido’s capital city for the evening, wandering through the beautiful Odori Park 
  • Learn about the traditional and complex brewing of sake during a Japanese Sake Experience

Spend the evening in Sapporo, exploring the city and sampling traditional sake.

Drive back to Sapporo after your full days skiing in Niseko, and stay one night at the Sapporo Grand Hotel in the city centre. Located between Sapporo’s shopping district and the beautiful Odori Park, the hotel is the best base to explore the city for the evening. Learning about the city’s famous beer and ramen, and if you are there in the month of February, catch the famous Sapporo Snow Festival. Alternatively, enjoy a matcha tea in a traditional Japanese ceremony or learn the art of sushi roll making. Discover the history and tastes of traditional sake at the hotel before dining at the Waraku Japanese garden, sharing a hot pot Shabu Shabu prepared from seasonal Hokkaido food ingredients.

Day 5-8


  • Heli-ski on Hokkaido’s highest mountain and the Diasetu Mountain Range, skiing on some of Japan’s best powder snow
  • Ski off-piste on an active volcano, watching the steam rise out through the snow

Finish your heli-skiing adventure in Japan’s Asahidake resort, in an alpine landscape away from the crowds.

Get off the beaten track skiing in Asahidake on one of Hokkaido’s highest mountains and the Diasetu Mountain Range. Arguably Asahidake has some of the deepest snow in Japan and therefore has some incredible powder and is considered a backcountry ski paradise. Enjoy a private guiding experience off-piste, exploring Asahidake’s huge expanse of wild terrain, as well as one day of private heli-skiing. Asahidake is away from any crowds and therefore skiing feels as if you have a private mountain – or in this case, a private active volcano – in which skiers often see steam coming out of the snow. Test your limits with some snowshoe hiking to reach the mountain’s peak, or for those less experienced, the Asahidake Ropeway allows for easy access to the resort’s ‘prepared’ slopes. In the evenings, unwind in one of La Vista Daisetsuzan’s onsens, filled with heated mineral water from the Yukomakitsu River, and feast on authentic Japanese dishes and hot pots next to a crackling fire.

Mike & Rose

We felt so relieved on arrival into Tokyo that everything had been prearranged. Japan can feel quite busy and mad, but we knew that Katie had taken care of everything. We had the best guides and easy transfers, and we loved every minute of the cherry blossom experience.

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