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