Exquisite Adventure

Ride Japan's finest terrain with the best contemporary snowboarder in the world, Natural Selection cofounder Travis Rice

January 23 - 30, 2023

8 Days, 7 Nights in Tokyo, Hakuba and Yuzawa


Per person, limited to just 14 guests

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+1 (503) 487-0363

Infamous powder in the massive Japanese Alps. Natural hot springs, pure and tranquil, at the heart of onsen wellness culture. So many delicately prepared dishes: flawless works of culinary art honoring centuries of tradition, perfectly matched with the season’s ingredients. These are the true gifts of Japan. And this is your chance to experience it all alongside Travis Rice on a snowboarding adventure like no other.

National Geographic’s “Adventurer of the Year” and one of Snowboarder magazine’s most influential boarders of the last 20 years, Travis Rice has traveled and competed extensively in Japan. Some of his biggest inspiration comes from the Japanese Alps. As cofounder of Natural Selection, he’s on a mission to revolutionize adventure sports, and to bring you along with him — literally.

This is your exclusive invitation to the rarest and most incredible experience in Japan: unparalleled big-mountain snowboarding with Travis Rice, and magical culinary experiences at mountain onsens and in Tokyo’s most exclusive kitchens curated by special guest Kyle Connaughton, chef and owner of three-Michelin-star SingleThread in Healdsburg, California. Ride Japan’s finest backcountry terrain with the best contemporary snowboarder in the world, and experience Japan in ways no other travelers can.

The Paragon Experience

Join us in celebrating the beauty of human potential

Pinnacle of Craft

Experience Japan's finest big-mountain backcountry terrain alongside the world's best contemporary snowboarder, guided by elite teams to ensure the best and safest routes.

Exclusive Access

A testament to the strong ties cultivated by Travis over his snowboarding career and Kyle’s friendships with Japan's finest chefs, we will gain access to people and places that simply can’t be replicated anywhere else.

Celebrate Every Sense

Nurture body, mind and spirit at historic mountain onsens and luxurious Tokyo retreats, with a food and beverage program personally curated by Kyle Connaughton.

Celebrate People & Place

Travis Rice is the most consequential big-mountain rider anywhere. Join Travis on this exclusive Paragon and Natural Selection collaboration, and experience Japan in ways no other travelers can.

The Giveback

We believe that exploration and discovery are essential elements of the human experience.


Force for Good

It is time to redefine luxury as an experience that serves a higher purpose, one that serves to improve the lives of people and places. It's the reason why we are a Certified B Corp, because how we travel matters.


Handpicked Causes

Each experience supports a charity handpicked by our Luminaries. We call it the The Paragon Giveback. On this departure a $10,000 donation is going to the nonprofit MO/AD Foundation to directly support the communities and habitats we visit.


People & Planet

Our goal is that the places we visit are protected and flourishing for future generations. It’s why we are a certified Climate Neutral business, and why we support environmental and social-justice nonprofits.

The Itinerary

Day 1: Tokyo to Hakuba

Welcome to Tokyo! As soon as we arrive at Narita or Haneda airport, we’ll wave at the capital city—we’re saving its magic for the end of the trip—and head straight to the mountains. 

First, we’ll meet up with Travis and our elite guide team, and catch a first-class shinkansen (bullet train) to Nagono. From here, it’s a short drive to Hakuba Valley, Japan’s powder snow capital, where we’ll settle into our mountain-chalet home base. We’ll have time to unwind with an onsen, freshen up, and celebrate our adventures to come with sake and a delicious, welcome meal. Made with ingredients that are fresh and of the moment, and designed to dance on the palate and awaken the senses, it’s an ideal introduction to Japan. And it’s the perfect way to celebrate the start of our journey together with Travis.

Day 1: Tokyo to Hakuba Highlights

  • Arrivals throughout day
  • First-class bullet train to Nagono
  • Private transfer to Hakuba Valley
  • Private welcome dinner
  • Stay at Castle Chalet

Day 2: Hakuba

After a traditional Japanese breakfast at our chalet, we’re off to our first morning on the mountain at Hakuba 47, Happo One, Sugayake or Cortina (depending on conditions). We’ll meet up with our elite backcountry team for warm-up runs, and beacon and avalanche orientation. Non-riders will head out on a snowshoe mission into the forest while beginning and intermediate riders will head out for guided runs at the resort. Advanced and expert riders start with a light powder mission with Travis in the backcountry.

We’ll meet back up for a late lunch of handmade soba noodles. Then it’s time for the relaxing hot waters of a ‘brown’ onsen, the crystal-clear alkaline waters ease away muscle pains and fatigue, ideal for recharging after a day in the backcountry. Tonight, we visit Kurashita, one of the most unique onsens in the Hakuba Valley with dazzling views of the Northern Alps.

After a restorative bath in the mineralized and water, we’ll float back to our chateau for dinner. Our meal tonight is an authentic teppanyaki around an open iron cooktop, emphasizes fresh local ingredients.

Day 2: Hakuba Highlights

  • Backcountry rides with Travis (advanced riders)
  • Guided resort rides (beginner & intermediate)
  • Snowshoe hike (non-riders)
  • 'Brown' Onsen visit
  • Stay at Castle Chalet

Day 3: Hakuba

Rise, rinse and repeat: After breakfast we’re back on the mountain, in search for that legendary, fresh powder. Like yesterday, we’ll chose our terrain based on conditions and split into groups based on experience levels, with Travis leading the advanced riders on another backcountry mission. After a late lunch of steaming ramen, we’ll have time back at the chalet to relax or jump in an onsen to soak our worries away.

Dinner tonight is truly special, with Chef Kyle Connaughton cooking a classic donabe (Japanese earthenware pot) meal for us at the chalet. We’ll follow this up with a private screening of Omiyari with director and cinematographer Justin Smith; the film follows violinist and songwriter Kaoru Ishibashi on a musical journey to understand Japanese incarceration, assimilation, and what it means to be a minority in America today.

Day 3: Hakuba Highlights

  • Backcountry with Travis or resort riding
  • Snowshoeing for non-riders
  • Private dinner by Chef Kyle Connaughton
  • Screening with director Justin Smith
  • Stay at Castle Chalet

Day 4: Hakuba to Yuzawa

It’s our final day carving it up at Hakuba; after warm-up runs we’ll split into groups for a half-day of riding. Our ultimate goal today is Yuzawa, at the foot of Mt Naeba. Then we’re off to lunch in the alpine village of Otari en route to Kaike Onsen overlooking Miho Bay. Breathe in the smell of sea salt and ocean air at this rare saltwater hot-spring onsen with views of ocean and mountain. If you’re keen to surf, this is your chance — we’ll have boards and wetsuits at hand.

Non-surfers will continue on to our ryokan in Yuzawa, to settle in and finish the day with dinner and a hot-spring bath. Perfection!

Day 4: Hakuba to Yuzawa Highlights

  • Half-day riding at Hakuba
  • Backcountry with Travis or resort riding
  • Snowshoeing for non-riders
  • Lunch in Otari village
  • Miho Bay onsen & optional surfing
  • Ryokan dinner
  • Stay at Kaikake Onsen Ryokan in Yuzawa

Day 5: Yuzawa

The rich smell of pine greets us at our mountain ryokan, nestled in tranquil forests and snow-blanketed peaks. After breakfast, we’ll head out for our first session on Mt Naeba, with Travis leading the advanced riders on a mission to track down virgin snow and backcountry powder.

Today’s lunch? It’s a surprise that we don’t want to spoil — we’ll just say, it will be delicious and something that all of us will enjoy together on the mountain.

In the afternoon, we’ll return to the ryokan to relax and unwind — the onsen at our ryokan is exceptional. We’ll gather for a masterclass in sake, Japan’s iconic drink, led by a local master. After a ryokan dinner, we’ll also have the opportunity to meet and learn from a Kyoto geisha. In Japan, geisha are symbols of culture and grace, and highly respected due to their years spent learning traditional instruments and dance.

Day 5: Yuzawa Highlights

  • Backcountry with Travis or resort riding
  • Snowshoeing for non-riders
  • Sake tasting
  • Ryokan dinner
  • Geisha meet-up
  • Stay at Kaikake Onsen Ryokan in Yuzawa

Day 6: Yuzawa to Tokyo

It’s our final day on the mountain, and we’ll head out to Naeba, Kagura or even Tenjin if conditions permit. Alongside Travis and our pro backcountry guides, we’ll spend the morning in the backcountry sharing this incredible place, and shredding it up.

After lunch we board the shinkansen (bullet train) to Tokyo. We’ll have a few hours to settle in at our fabulous Tokyo lodgings. Then it’s off to a private dinner at members-only Wagyu Mafia, founded by self-taught chef-turned-wagyu experts Hisato Hamada and Takafumi Horie. It’s a progressive kaiseki, breaking traditions and boundaries, deliciously showcasing the theme of wagyu beef. It’s Tokyo, so of course we won’t skip on the city’s karaoke and cocktail scene, where dimly lit bars beckon and the seasonal concoctions go down easy. Kanpai!

Day 6: Yuzawa to Tokyo Highlights

  • Backcountry rides with Travis (advanced)
  • Backcountry with Travis or resort riding
  • Snowshoeing for non-riders
  • Bullet train to Tokyo
  • Private dinner at Wagyu Mafia
  • Stay at Aman Tokyo

Day 7: Tokyo

The morning is ours to enjoy. Relax and enjoy the Aman facilities, or simply wander Tokyo’s endlessly fascinating neighborhoods. In the early afternoon we’ll meet for sushi lunch in the Ginza district, at Hakkoku. Chef and owner Hiroyuki Sato is young, groovy and a food scene superstar. This is the perfect spot to appreciate the storied history of sushi, and why Ginza became and has remained the most important neighborhood in the world for sushi.

You’ll have the afternoon to do any last-minute shopping or exploring ahead of dinner. It’s our last night, so of course dinner is going to be special. We’re eating at one of Japan’s most difficult reservations: DEN, with two Michelin stars and the #11 ranking on the World’s 50 Best list. A frequent collaborator with Kyle Connaughton and the SingleThread team, Chef Zaiyu Hasegawa offers an elevated and deeply personal take on Japanese home cooking: highly seasonal, based always on whatever is fresh or blooming in the ocean, pasture and forest. We’ll end the night exploring Tokyo’s hidden bars and speakeasies, toasting to Travis and the incredible week we’ve shared in Japan.

Day 7: Tokyo Highlights

  • Sushi lunch at Hakkoku
  • Afternoon on own
  • Farewell dinner at two Michelin star DEN
  • Stay at Aman Tokyo

Day 8: Tokyo

Alas, our time together in Japan has come to an end. After breakfast we’ll say farewell to Travis, and have time to tick the last few items off your Tokyo bucket list before the afternoon transfer to the airport.

Our eight days together have been a journey hosted by Luminaries and tastemakers at the pinnacle of their craft, offering us rare access, intimacy and discovery. We hope as you go forward in life, this truly special trip will serve as a reminder of the Japanese concept of ichigo ichie—one life, one encounter, a chance to learn an appreciation for something truly beautiful and special. Until next time!

Day 8: Tokyo Highlights

  • Breakfast and farewells
  • Afternoon transfers to Tokyo airports

Where We Sleep

Our luxury hotels and historic ryokans are the ideal combination of modern elegance and gracious tradition, pairing perfectly with our journey.

Castle Chalet


Once a lodge that catered to skiers, this renovated chalet emanates alpine charm. It’s far enough from the bustle for tranquil relaxation but still within walking distance to Echoland’s bars and restaurants. Fitted with a modern open-plan kitchen and vast shared living spaces, the Castle is designed to encourage collective experience.

Kaikake Onsen Ryokan


Tucked away in the Katsusa River Valley at the foot of Mt Naeba, this traditional hot-spring resort is a true example of Japanese hospitality—a no-fuss luxurious experience marked by exquisite kaiseki meals and impeccable service.

Aman Tokyo


It's one of Japan's iconic luxury properties, an urban sanctuary drawing design inspiration from traditional Japanese residences. The elegant rooms have views over the Imperial Palace Gardens and (on clear days) Mt Fuji on the horizon. It's a serene place to end our trip, with a Zen calm that captures your heart and soothes your spirit.

Travis Rice Japan


Per person based on double occupancy

Essential Info

For questions or to speak with a Paragon travel concierge, please call or text +1 (503) 487-0363 or email paragon@modernadventure.com

  1. What does the price include?

    Five nights at mountain chalets and traditional onsens, and two nights of luxury five-star accommodation in Tokyo; exclusive backcountry access with Travis Rice and the Natural Selection team; culinary experiences and tastings; private travel and transportation from beginning to end; airport transfers; all entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners including curated meals by three-Michelin-star SingleThread’s Kyle Connaughton, plus Michelin-star dining at some of Japan’s most iconic kitchens.

  2. What does the price not include?

    International roundtrip airfare to Japan; travel insurance; activities not included in the itinerary; gear and gear rentals; lhotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverages not included in itinerary; gratuities.

  3. Is this appropriate for beginning and intermediate snowboarders?

    Yes. Advanced and expert riders will ride in the backcountry with Travis Rice and our guide team. Beginning and intermediate riders will head out for guided groomed runs at the resorts we visit. Non-riders will have the option to snowshoe most days.