OVERVIEW

"The Big One" is a secret remote volcano off the coast of Japan. At only 39 miles in diameter yet 5,646ft high, this volcano is the epitome of mountains to sea with steep alpine lines and gentle glades. Getting the opportunity to visit the island is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will be the most exotic place you ever ski. Join a JMGA certified guide and tour some of the most dramatic backdrops and best snow of your life.

THE BIG 

ONE

(大きなもの)

 

- 14 Day Island Roadtrip - 

Starting at $3,999 per person

 

INCLUDED

  • 14 day van/RV/car rental

  • 3-days guided skiing on the island

  • 4-nights island accommodation w/ breakfast & dinner

  • 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

  • In-country customer assistance

NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare costs

  • Gasoline costs 

  • Ferry tickets

  • Food and drink costs ($15-50/day)

  • Lift tickets ($20-70/day)

  • Ski/snowboard/avalanche Gear

ADD-ONS

  • Bed & Breakfast accomodation

  • Flights to the island(instead of ferry)

  • Private film/photo session

  • Video edit package

  • One-way vehicle shuttle

  • Cat-skiing (Hokkaido)

THE DETAILS

If you are looking for the ultimate Japan experience that is unlike any of your friends' trips, look no further than a visit to "The Big One." Start by flying into Sapporo or Asahikawa on the island of Hokkaido and spend some time exploring the classics. Then we set you up with 3-days guided skiing with a professional guide certified by the Japanese Mountain Guide Association (JMGA).

By taking a ferry or a flight from Sapporo, "The Big One" remains accessible despite it's remote location and sparse population. Once on the island, you can either sleep in your vehicle or rent a room at the guide's family pension which offers breakfast and dinner each day. There are restaurants and convenience stores if you choose to camp in your vehicle.

 

We recommend 14-days for this tour, however it can be done in 10-days, or even as little as 7-days. Scheduling 3-days of guiding is recommended to ensure the best opportunity for good weather and snow so you can get up high on the mountain.

BASIC ITINERARY

Day 1 

Arrive in Sapporo (CTS) or Asahikawa (AKJ) and collect van/RV/car

Day 2-7 

Explore the mountains Hokkaido

Day 8 

Take the ferry or fly to the island.

Day 9-11

Three days of guided touring. Depart on the evening ferry after the last day.

Day 12-13

Enjoy two final days of skiing.

Day 14 

Return rental and depart from Sapporo or Asahikawa

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, however we can certainly accomodate shorter or longer trips. Trip cost will fluctuate based on time, so please contact us for a more accurate quote. We can do 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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