Tours available starting 1/10/2020!

Though designed for snow removal, did you know that Hachimantai’s snow caterpillars (also known as snowcats) also provide rides through the region’s backcountry?  Ride out to the pristine and otherwise inaccessible Daikoku Forest (formerly the Hachimantai Ski Area) and carve up some of the finest powder in the world in the vast stretches of Hachimantai’s snowy backcountry. The powder doesn’t get much better than here; whether sliding down on it on a snowboard or skis, we’re certain you’ll love it!

In order to provide fun and safe options for both experienced riders seeking a challenge as well as those who’d prefer a more laidback experience, CLUBMAN offers two flexible options for Cat Skiing, CAT&RIDE and CAT&HIKE. The CAT&HIKE requires skins or snowshoes and involves hiking about an hour to Mt. Chausu. The CAT&RIDE also involves short hikes so the runs always go through virgin powder.

from ¥20,520 JPY (tax-included)

~6.5 hours

Offered in: Japanese, with a little English.

Cat & Hike Tour
Endurance Level★★☆
Slope Level:★★☆
Description:Ride a Cat snow vehicle part of the way up Mt. Chausu, then take a fun hike of about an hour to earn your turns.

It's not a highly challenging course, but you'll get good exercise!
Standard Tour:¥22,000 per person
Minimum 2 participants
Maximum 16 participants

※Includes tax
※An additional charge per person for insurance will be added
Private Tour:2 people: ¥33,000 per person
3 people: ¥27,500 per person
4 - 6 people: ¥25,300 per person
7 - 8 people: ¥24,200 per person

※Includes tax
※A ¥2,200 surcharge will be added on weekends on holidays
Cat & Ride Tour
Endurance Level:★☆☆
Slope Level:★☆☆
Description:Ride the Cat up through Daikoku Forest and enjoy riding down pristine deep powder.
Standard Tour:¥28,600 per person
Minimum 2 participants
Maximum 8 participants

※Includes tax
※An additional charge per person for insurance will be added
Private Tour:2 people: ¥38,500 per person
3 people: ¥33,000 per person
4 - 6 people: ¥29,700 per person
7 - 8 people: ¥27,500 per person

※Includes tax
※A ¥2,200 surcharge will be added on weekends and holidays

Reservation for these Tours

Please fill in the reservation request form below and press the submit button.

*Even if you send the reservation form,  the reservation is not confirmed yet. We will inform you of the decision date and time by the staff in charge within 3 business days.

*If you do not hear from us even after 3 days or more after sending the reservation request form,  first please check your email junk/spam folder, alternatively please contact us :


Tour Availability:
Each day starting in January 10, 2020 and continuing until Mid-March 2020
Target Group:
Intermediate-level skiers/snowboarders and above. From 13 year old and up. ※Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about your skill level
Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance. Reservations can be made via phone, or via this form (currently only available in Japanese), submitted online.  Reservation inquiries can also be directed to the contact information on this site. ※Please note that a tour will only proceed on a given day when at least two reservations have been completed for it.
  • Please be sure to bring your own lunch and snacks.
  • All gear and equipment necessary for the tour is available for rental     (all prices are prior to sales tax)
    • Powder skis: ¥4,000
    • Tour boots: ¥2,000
    • Powder ski poles: ¥1,000
    • Backpack: ¥1,000
    • Avalanche gear (beacon, shovel, and probe): ¥2,000
    • Helmet: ¥500
    • Skins, snowshoes: ¥1,500
Departure Point
  • Your centrally located hotel in Hachimantai Appi area
  • Please feel free to ask us about directions from outside of Hachimantai Appi area.
  • 8:00 meeting at Lodge CLUBMAN. Pickups are available, in that case please verified the time.
  • 9:00-9:30 head off to the course
  • 14:30 arriving at Lodge CLUBMAN.
Pickups are available. Contact CLUBMAN on Facebook
Returns to original departure point
about insurance:
  • Please take your travel insurance with you that covers injuries during this tour and make sure it covers backcountry activities.
  • If it is clearly your fault, the host - CLUBMAN, may not cover the injuries.
In case of stay:
  • Participants in this program—which is managed by Lodge CLUBMAN—may stay at the Lodge for a special price, for more info please contact us.
Additional Info:
  • A tour will only be carried out if it least 2 participants are signed up for it.
  • We will be using Hachimantai CAT Tours for CAT rides. As such, tours on a given day may be modified to match up with their transit schedules.
  • There may be cases where the CAT rides are entirely booked on a given day, in which case we will not be able to hold a tour (this is less likely to occur on a weekday).
  • There may be times when we cannot hold a tour on a given day due to certain circumstances.
  • There may be cases where, due to circumstances such as snow conditions, we are ultimately not able to ride the CATs as much as expected. In such cases, we will refund a portion of the activity fee.
  • The CAT station has a simple break room and public restroom.
  • We can provide free transport back to your accommodations if you are staying in the Hachimantai/Appi area.
  • Please feel free to ask us about directions from outside of Hachimantai.
  • We’re happy to provide any photos and videos taken by staff during the tour.  Please bring a memory card at least 4GB in size.
Cancellation Policy:
A portion of your refund will be withheld as a cancellation fee, based on when you cancel your reservation.
  • 7 days in advance: 30%
  • 3 days in advance: 50%
  • Day before/same day: 100%
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