“Best winter ever. Hokkaido was damn cool” Nic Bunce, Wakayama ken
”One of the best investments I made all year, wouldn`t have missed it
for anything…” Dalton Polyvas, Embetsu cho, Hokkaido
Greetings from Hokkaido AJET`s Social Coordinator, Mikaly. With winter
fast approaching, I’m delighted to announce details for HAJET`s
biggest, most thrilling event…
The HAJET Snow Tour.
Every year ALTs from all over Japan participate in HAJET`s Snow Tour
to experience the swish world class ski resort of Niseko. Whether you
are in Okinawa, Wakayama, Fukui or Fukushima, this is YOUR chance to
join us for 2013!
Date: Saturday, February 2nd – Tuesday, February 5th
(Please note that nenkyu [annual leave] for Monday and Tuesday will be required)
Cost: 30,000 yen (due by December 12th)
This price includes accommodation, three breakfasts, two dinners and
buses to/from Sapporo.
Please note that a deposit of 10,000 Yen is required to confirm your
booking for the tour as soon as possible. This is both due by and
refundable until November 30th, though places are likely to be filled
by then. The entire cost of 30,000 Yen can be paid up front as well.
Itinerary (accurate as of September 21st):
Saturday, February 2nd
After arrival into Sapporo`s New Chitose Airport on Saturday morning
(for those wishing to arrive on Friday, this is not a problem, however
please note that accommodation for Friday evening is not included),
HAJET members will take tour participants for an afternoon of walking
around the world famous Sapporo Yuki Matsuri snow and ice sculptures.
That night, after a popular Hokkaido Jingisukan dinner, a bus will
take the group to the Freedom Inn, a boutique hotel situated right
next to the slopes of Niseko.
Sunday, February 3rd / Monday, February 4th
Participants are free to ski, snowboard, snowshoe, snowmobile or enjoy
a whole range of other outdoor activities around the mountain. (Note
that equipment, lift tickets and bookings can and should be arranged
beforehand. Contact me for details when expressing interest.) If you`d
prefer a slower pace, then a day trip into the towns of Niseko,
Kutchan, Otaru, or just some chill time in some suave onsens are also
On Sunday evening we will have a group dinner in the neighboring town
of Kutchan, and the following night you can choose to have a buffet
dinner at the Freedom Inn (paid for separately) or head out and
explore the restaurants and night life of Niseko`s ski resorts!
Tuesday, February 5th
Everyone wakes up and says goodbye to the Freedom Inn, taking the bus
back to Sapporo. This is where the trip officially ends, but it
doesn`t have to for everyone. You may choose to stay an extra night
and experience more of what Sapporo and the Yuki Matsuri have to
offer. (Please note that plans and accommodation on Tuesday night are
not prepared for you). For those leaving from Sapporo New Chitose
Airport, trains run to the airport from Sapporo station roughly every
Spots will disappear very quickly so get in touch with me and make
your deposits early to avoid disappointment.
Our furikomi information is:
銀行名: ゆうちょ銀行 [Yuucho Ginko] (Bank Name)
支店名: 九◯八 (キュウゼロハチ)  (Branch Name)
口座番号: 1604791 (Account Number)
名前: エージェットカイホッカイドウシブ [AJET Kai Hokkaido Shibu] (Name on Account)
Please send an email to me at social@HAJET.org once you send funds,
stating your full name(s), date of transfer and the amount
transferred. (eg. Three people putting down 10,000 deposit each
instead of me mistakenly thinking one person is paying 30,000 up
Several places on the tour will need to be filled by Hokkaido JETs who
are able to help with showing the other participants around.
Experience traveling/skiing/snowboarding around the Niseko area is
preferable but not required.
All questions and inquiries can come to me at: social@HAJET.org
These details are also available at http://www.hajet.org/tag/hajet-snow-tour/