Looking for a bit of spring adventure in the Japanese snow? Bookings are now open for the 2017 Kagura heliski / heliboarding days which will take place on April 8th & 9th. Details in Japanese can be found here, courtesy of the Kagura/Mitsumata Tourist Association. There are also the details of ski touring days that they are running in April on the same flyer.
Basic details are:
Bookings open from March 1st. There is a cap of 100 people per day. The heli-skiing or heli-boarding is 18,000 yen per person (which doesn’t include a lift ticket for riding in Kagura after the heli-ski), or you can get heli-skiing, 1 night of accommodation with 2 meals, and a lift ticket starting from 23,000 yen per person – conditions apply.
Meeting time is from 7-9am at the bottom of the Mitsumata Ropeway. Flights start from around 9am. You’ll need to provide your own ski or boarding gear. Skiers should be intermediate or above, and boarders those with higher level skills. The flight is about 10 minutes and then the way down (with a bit of skating, and a short ascent) will take around 1.5 hours, finishing at the bottom of the Kagura Gondola.
There is an application form on the flyer or questions should be directed to the Kagura/Mitsumata Tourist Association.
From the Kagura/Mitsumata Tourist Association website