ISLAND

HOPPER

(両方の島)

 

 

- 14 Day Hokkaido & Honshu Roadtrip -

Starting at $3,499 per person 

OVERVIEW

Can't decide between a trip to Hokkaido or a trip to Honshu? Do both. On this 14-day itinerary you will pick up your vehicle in Tokyo or Sapporo. From there, explore the mountains of Honshu or Hokkaido, and then take an overnight ferry skirting the west coast of Honshu. After a nice, long night of sleep, you'll be ready to enjoy another week on the opposite island.

INCLUDED

  • 14 day van/RV/car one-way rental

  • Printed itinerary booklet

  • Digital beta package

    • GPS backcountry maps​

    • Annotated resort maps

    • Onsen map

    • Parking map

    • Ski resort map

  • Unlimited LTE Mobile Wi-Fi

  • Carbon offset credits

  • Travel booking

  • Airport pick-up/drop-off

  • In-country customer assistance

NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare costs

  • Gasoline costs

  • Overnight ferry tickets w/ bed 

  • Food and drink costs ($15-50/day)

  • Lift tickets ($20-70/day)

  • Ski/snowboard/avalanche gear

ADD-ONS

  • Private film/photo session

  • Video edit package

  • One-way vehicle shuttle

  • Cat-skiing 

THE DETAILS

This is a trip no one else offers. If you want the legendary snow of Hokkaido as well as the steeps of Honshu, this is your trip. Being on the road is the best option if you want to visit both islands with a limited amount of time.

Start your journey on Hokkaido or Honshu; it's up to you. Your ports of call in Hokkaido are either Otaru or Tomakomai, both conveniently located so you can explore all of the mainstays. You will sail to or from the city of Niigata which is centrally located on the west coast of Honshu. From Niigata you are free to explore the mountains of northern or southern Japan. With a one way rental, you can return your vehicle in Sapporo or Tokyo and avoid a lengthy round trip.

Due to travel times between Hokkaido and Honshu we recommend at least 14 days, or if you have time, 3-4 weeks.

BASIC ITINERARY

Day 1​​

Arrive in Sapporo (CTS) or Tokyo (NRT/HND) and collect van/RV/car.

Day 2-13 

Explore the mountains of Hokkaido and Honshu. The ferry only sails on certain days. We will determine an exact itinerary based on the dates of your trip.

Day 14

Return rental and depart from Sapporo or Tokyo.

FAQ

How do your prices compare?


Shop around at other packages and you'll find 7-day trips ranging from $2900 unguided to $3200+ for a guided trip. The dirty secret about the "guided" packages is that they often only guide you within and around the boundary of the resort. You're paying a guide to show you the in-bounds stashes that we have laid out for you on a map. Check out this handy comparison chart we made on our homepage.




When is the best time to go?


Typically January and February are the snowiest months in Japan. Late December and March are also great times to visit and get great, albeit more sporadic, storms. In Hakuba, March can bring some rains whereas in Hokkaido it will be snowing. Hokkaido is known for modertate, consistent snowfall that goes on for days rather than big dumps. Honshu, the main island, is known for snowfall of up to 3 feet overnight but on a less consistent basis.




Does my trip have to be 14-days?


No! You can choose any amount of time for your trip. 14-days is our recommendation, but we can certainly accommodate shorter or longer trips. Trip cost will fluctuate based on time, so please contact us for a more accurate quote. We design trips of any duration and have done trips up to 30 days long!




Is it cold sleeping in a camper van or RV?


Nope! All of the RV rental options will have parking heaters. These are heaters specifically designed to heat the car at night while the engine is off. They run off fuel from the vehicle. Don't worry, they're completely safe and will keep you toasty!




Is it safe to sleep in a car at night?


Absolutely. Japan has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. The most popular places to sleep are road-side rest stops called Michi-no-eki or a convenience store parking lot. Both options are well lit at night and open 24/7 with bathroom facilities.




How will I shower and keep clean?


Onsens. Onsens are mineral hot spring spas deeply rooted in Japanese culture. Every town, no matter how small, is guaranteed to have at least one. For roughly $5-10, you can access an onsen to shower, bathe, and relax. There is nothing better than an onsen after a long day of riding powder.




What is driving like in Japan?


Pretty simple. Although Japanese drive on the left side of the road, this is much less of a problem than people think. Trust us, you'll be a pro in an hour. All of the rental vehicles come with high-quality snow tires, and Hokkaido maintains their roads very well with regular plowing. Almost all road signs on Hokkaido have English, and Google Maps runs perfectly on the included mobile Wi-Fi network. Speed limits are slow, so just sit back, take it easy, and enjoy the drive.




What if I want to do a roadtrip but don't want to sleep in an RV?


No problem. We will make sure you have a great rental car to fit all of your gear, and we will personally book lodging in locations we know and trust. Your itinerary will be a bit less flexible, but it's a minor trade off for a cozy room each night if that is your cup of tea.




How much can I expect to pay for the not included items?


Check out this handy comparison chart we made on our homepage. The comparison chart gives conservative cost estimates for each not included item. Here are some responses from people last year about budgeting gas, food, alcohol, and onsen costs:

  • "Minus rental of the camper plan to spend about $50 USD per day per person to cover fuel, food, drinks, onsens, and other expenses."
  • "120-150 dollars a day for most of the trip"
  • "1200 for the month"
  • "2-2.5K not including the RV cost for an 8-day Hokkaido trip plus sightseeing in Tokyo for a party of 2"





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