Hakkoda's Backcountry Magic *RERUN
The Hakkoda mountain range soars in central Aomori Prefecture. It's famous for its heavy snowfall, massive "snow monster" or frost-covered trees and its backcountry skiing. These days more overseas visitors are coming to enjoy the deep powder and local culture. International mountain guide Cveto Podlogar from Slovenia drops down the stunning slopes of Hakkoda with a local guide.

Hakkoda Ski Area

The gateway to these slopes is a one-hour drive from Aomori City. A ropeway transports skiers to a height of 1,300 meters. From there, it's ungroomed, backcountry skiing through forests and huge bowls.

Market in Aomori

Warm and cold currents mix off Aomori, resulting in an abundance of seafood all year around. Ask stall staff about seasonal catch and popular ways to prepare it. Fish will be filleted and trimmed, on request.

Sukayu Onsen Hot Springs

Sukayu, with more than 300 years of history, was once enjoyed as long-term retreat resort for farmers resting during the off-season winter months. The huge wooden baths and facilities for preparing your own meals speak of times long gone.

Access

To reach the base of this journey, Sukayu Onsen hot springs, board a Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo to Shin-Aomori Station, which takes 3 hours. From there it's an 80-minute bus ride to the hot springs.