After leaving Japan for several months I’m finally back for the winter season. Japow here I come!
My trip started with the perfect “welcome back” dinner and already the next day Sascha & me were sitting in the plane to Hokkaido. To follow our tradition, we decided to go winter camping again and travel from ski area to ski area. Tough so, because our own camper is already on the way to Germany. The solution: renting a camper at FujiCar and so we are on the road again.
First stop Furano ski area. It’s smaller than Niseko with a less touristic city but nice slopes and some options for freeriding. We were lucky and had some fresh powder but more important: Sun!! Really, this was the first time for me to have such perfect weather when skiing in Hokkaido.
And this continued when we arrived at Asahidake. -17 degrees plus sun! OMG! We met again with Toshi Totori who was guiding us up the mountain. The gondola is not running yet so we hiked up twice that day which means rougly 14km in snowshoes. Worth every step when standing on the top and having a powder field just for yourself! And Toshi had another surprise for us and send us down a 5m drop in between an rocky Mountainfield. Arghhh! Afterwards it felt good 😄
Christmas was coming closer so we moved to Niseko. More touristic, more restaurants and shopping areas and a large ski area! Snow is not yet as high as expected but it’s snowing like hell which is good of course. And Christmas? We had spaghetti in our camper with some sparkling wine in paper cups and very, very withe Christmas days ….