I did the Japan thing 2 seasons ago, but only did a couple days of touring, mostly because it was storming the entire time and there was tons of pow to be had at the resorts. I based out of Niseko while in Hokkaido. Many people use these guys out there. http://www.bdlodge.com/ They have lodging, guides if needed, shuttles and you can even rent a car from them. I would say January-early Feb is the best time to go. The mtns were different and fun in their own way, but the powder seems very consistent in Hokkaido.
Anyway both places are awesome, I had some great riding in BC Revelstoke area as well few years back and would love to go back to both at some point in my life. Japan and BC are my top 2 places I've had the opportunity to travel and ride.
Best of luck
here is some vid from my Japan trip. Nothing gnar, just some deep tree skiing really.
Post subject: Re: JaPow Backcountry vs British Columbia (Revelstoke)???
Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 2:57 pm
Joined: Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:42 pm Posts: 23
Agreed. Hakuba is the place. I've had the pleasure of going to hokkaido as well and for ease of access/variety of terrain the hakuba area - hell the Japanese alps in general are where you want to be. You will still get the epic snow but with less storm days and its easier to get around the area to hunt out new terrain and snow.