Is my money refundable?
Unfortunately, we have to pay upon booking, so if you commit to a spot but wish to pull out later, the accommodation, flights and lift tickets are non-refundable. You will get some money back, but not all. The only time you will get it all back is if you find someone to take your place on the trip.
What is the itinerary?
- If catching group flights- depart cairns at 12:15pm on 7th Arrive at Tokyo Narita airport at 6:45pm (local time) 7th January after a 7hr 45min flight.
- Everyone- 7:30pm catch the JCU chartered bus (included in package) from the group flight peoeple’s arrival gate Tokyo Narita airport to Hakuba accommodation (we will let you know the exact meeting point a little closer to the trip). Bus will stop for a dinner and toilet break.
- Check in to accommodation in Hakuba around midnight/1am and SLEEP!
- Collect your 4 day ski passes (included in package)
- Once you wake up, go to ski hire and get fitted for either skiing or snowboarding (included in package)
- If you wish- purchase your own lessons at the resort centre or take part in pre-organised lessons.
- Free afternoon for skiing/snowboarding.
- Games night at Hotel bar and on to Beaches pub for an after party if that’s your thing.
- Full day skiing/boarding
- Head into village for team dinner at traditional Japanese restaurant
- Free time to ski, snowboard or organise your own snow activities (at your own expense).
- Head into next village over (echoland) to experience the crazy antics at samurai Kebab and bar (beer pong, darts, karaoke and skirmish)
- Return hire equipment in the afternoon after a full day of “shredding the pow” or visiting snow monkeys and temples (at own expense)
- Pack bags ready for tomorrow’s travel
- Head to “The pub” for dinner and drinks.
- Checkout of Hakuba accommodation at 8am
- 8:30am -Catch JCU chartered bus to Tokyo (5 hrs-5.5hrs)
- Arrive Tokyo around 1:30pm and check into Tokyo accommodation (Shinjuku Hotel Listel) (located in Shinjuku- an area of Tokyo with plenty going on)
- Free time for sightseeing- (sumo wrestling, neon lights of the city, visit local temples/gardens at own cost)
- Free day to explore (Disneyland, fish markets, visit snow monkeys or other day trips at own expense)
- Checkout of accommodation before 10am- hold luggage at hotel if possible.
- Free day for exploring
- Make your way to the Tokyo (Narita) airport at own expense
- Group flight leaves Tokyo (Narita) Airport at 8:10pm local time and arrives in Cairns at 4:40 am on the 15th
What if I want to stay longer?
You can book your own flights and only pay the land portion of the trip ($1500). If you need help booking/organizing extra accommodation or activities, let us know.
Where are we staying?
In Hakuba we will be staying at Eagle Lodge. It is 250m from a main chair lift for the ski hill we have tickets for. It is also very close to all of the restaurants, bars and grocery stores. The accommodation is 2-4 person share rooms with ensuites. Breakfast is included.
In Tokyo- Shinjuku Hotel Listel- again it is right in the middle of restaurants, bars and shops. It is a happening area that lots of young tourists like to stay. The rooms are twin or triple share (a double bed and a single) with an ensuite bathroom.
You can upgrade to a double room at either accommodation, email Teisha for more info ([email protected])
Where are we skiing?
We have tickets for The main resort in Hakuba valley, called Happo-one (pronounced Happo-o-nay). Below is the link to the Happo website- it shows trail maps and learning areas etc.
What do I need to wear/bring?
You will need the following items regardless if you are skiing or boarding:
- Long thick socks that come almost to your knees (at least 2 pairs)
- Ski jacket and ski pants (you can hire this beforehand through Teisha or from the ski/board shop in Hakuba at your own expense if needed or buy online before you get there) Make sure they are waterproof 8K-10k rating) and warm enough for the freezing temperatures (8 000 – 10 000g g/mm).
- Ski gloves (waterproof and thick) and ski goggles (to stop glare and your eyeballs freezing) these will have to be purchased at your own expense –online before you go or at a ski/board shop in Hakuba.
- Lots of layers- singlets, shirts, jumpers, tights, socks and thick jeans/pants and gloves, scarves and beanies to wear when outside.
- Waterproof shoes- leather or synthetic boots that don’t soak up water like sand shoes do.
- Safety equipment- we recommend a helmet just to be safe and wrist guards if you are learning to snowboard. These can usually be hired at the same time as skis or board but will cost you extra.
What do I do about travel insurance?
Travel insurance is not included in the package, but you will definitely need to get it. Make sure whoever you get it from, you are covered for skiing or snowboarding- most basic travel insurance does not cover it. The company we go with for flights and accommodation does travel insurance- so you can organise cover through them, but you can go with whoever you choose. We will post on the FB Group page a little closer to the date with some suggestions.
What are the out of pocket expenses?
- Refundable ski pass deposit- get it back when you return your electronic ski pass.
- Personal Travel insurance (make sure it covers you for snow sports).
- Train ticket from accommodation in Tokyo to the airport on departure.
- Breakfast in Tokyo, Lunch, dinner and snacks each day.
- Any sightseeing or additional activities you wish to do.
- Any lessons, safety equipment or clothing hire (we can organize these for you).
- Any room upgrades.
Every person travels differently so we can’t really put a dollar value on the amount of money you should bring along, but try to prepare the best you can and gather any money you have! Travelling in the ski fields expect for food and snacks to be about the same price as in Australia, depending on what you want to eat, it can be just a little less.
If you have any other questions please contact Teisha Condie or give her a call on 4781 45 37