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Country Information

Capital: Tokyo

Time zone: GMT +9

Currency: Yen

Language: Japanese

Access: Direct flights to Tokyo and Osaka, with some flights to Sapporo from other points in Asia. Excellent road and rail network. Find out more

Ski Season: Early December until mid April

Largest Ski Resorts: Niseko, Furano, Hakuba

Beyond the skiing: Spending time in Tokyo is a must - it is the world's most exciting city. Kyoto is the beating cultural heart of the nation. Get off the beaten track and stay in a ryokan or capsule hotel, visit markets, discover traditional Japanese arts and explore modern otaku culture.

Duration: two weeks

Tick off the two must-see cities - Tokyo & Kyoto - but in this itinerary we combine them with less-obvious, but characterful, Nozawa Onsen in the Japanese Alps and bustling Furano up on Hokkaido Island. This is an itinerary for those who want the star of the show to be Japan itself - these resorts are less international in outlook and more authentically Japanese.

Day 1

Arrive in Tokyo and immediately transfer by rail or coach up to Nozawa Onsen in the Japanese Alps. Therefore, on day one in Japan you'll find yourself in a pretty little ski village, with an onsen waiting to relieve you travel-weary body.

Days 2 - 4

Three full days skiing in Nozawa Onsen. You may wish to take one afternoon you'll take a day off the slopes to visit the snow monkeys in Jigokudani. Also, backcountry tours are possible to Madarao Kogen.

Day 5

Take the shinkansen (bullet-train) to Kyoto, where you arrive in time to check in to your hotel or ryokan in the late afternoon. At night, explore the geisha district around Ponto-chō alley. 

Day 6

Full day sight-seeing in Kyoto. There are many excursions we can offer...but exploring the many temples and shrines under your own steam is also perfectly possible.

Day 7

Transfer to Kansai Airport and fly up to Sapporo Chitose Airport. From here is is a coach transfer to Furano ski resort., where you check in to your accommodation.

Days 8 - 11

Four days skiing in Furano. You may well want to take day trips to Asahidake,  Kamui Ski Links or Tomamu for the variety and outstanding off-piste powder.

Day 12

Transfer back to Sapporo Chitose Airport and fly down to Tokyo. No doubt you'll arrive at Haneda Airport, closer to the city. Head in to either Shinjuku or East Tokyo, where your accommodation awaits. Your first night in Tokyo will be an experience to remember.

Day 13

Spend the day exploring Tokyo -  put your new-found Japanese language skills to the test sightseeing, exploring, getting lost, eating, drinking and buying souvenirs. We have many ideas, including excursions you can book yourselves on to. 

Day 14

Head to Tokyo Narita or Haneda Airport, for your flights home.

Obviously, cost depends on which accommodation you choose, how many excursions and activities you want to book, whether you wish to include ski hire and lift passes…etc. An indicative lead-in price for this two week itinerary would be circa £1,290 (¥225,000) per person, based on 3 or 4 star accommodation (low season), transfers & lift passes.

Different Snow can also include flights from your home country, be it the UK or elsewhere. By keeping it all within one package, your arrangements are protected.

Different Snow strive to offer the most competitive prices in all instances. However, we pride ourselves first and foremost on quality - we are an independent specialist tour operator and, therefore, are not beholden to any supplier. We make our decisions based only on who’s best in each and every instance.

1. Get in touch with Different Snow

Whether you wish to plan your trip around one of these sample itineraries or you have other ideas, simply get in touch by phone or online. If using our online form, ideally we would like to still try get in contact with you by phone to discuss your requirements, but this is not essential.

2. Let us create a bespoke itinerary

We have the first-hand knowledge, travel industry experience and local contacts required to put your plans into action. We can answer your questions, offer suggestions and advice to suit your tastes and budget. We will carefully design your trip, creating a detailed itinerary which you will receive via email. We can then refine it until you are completely happy.

3. Confirm the arrangements with us

Once you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit to secure your trip. Everything is secured once you receive our confirmation invoice. Even after booking, you’ll undoubtedly think of more questions. Feel free to call us at any time!

4. We'll send you your travel documents

Approximately three weeks before travel you will receive your travel documents. We will also provide additional information, such as restaurant recommendations, cultural notes, packing lists and one or two home-spun guides - created through our personal experience.

5. Tell your friends about Different Snow

It is important to us that your holiday exceeds your expectations! Different Snow will continue to grow through personal recommendations and word of mouth and, therefore, it is essential to us that you have a great holiday. We want you to travel with us again. Once you've returned we want to hear all about it and we'll certainly encourage you to tell all your friends!


Day 1

Arrive in Tokyo and immediately transfer by rail or coach up to Nozawa Onsen in the Japanese Alps. Therefore, on day one in Japan you'll find yourself in a pretty little ski village, with an onsen waiting to relieve you travel-weary body.

Days 2 - 4

Three full days skiing in Nozawa Onsen. You may wish to take one afternoon you'll take a day off the slopes to visit the snow monkeys in Jigokudani. Also, backcountry tours are possible to Madarao Kogen.

Day 5

Take the shinkansen (bullet-train) to Kyoto, where you arrive in time to check in to your hotel or ryokan in the late afternoon. At night, explore the geisha district around Ponto-chō alley. 

Day 6

Full day sight-seeing in Kyoto. There are many excursions we can offer...but exploring the many temples and shrines under your own steam is also perfectly possible.

Day 7

Transfer to Kansai Airport and fly up to Sapporo Chitose Airport. From here is is a coach transfer to Furano ski resort., where you check in to your accommodation.

Days 8 - 11

Four days skiing in Furano. You may well want to take day trips to Asahidake,  Kamui Ski Links or Tomamu for the variety and outstanding off-piste powder.

Day 12

Transfer back to Sapporo Chitose Airport and fly down to Tokyo. No doubt you'll arrive at Haneda Airport, closer to the city. Head in to either Shinjuku or East Tokyo, where your accommodation awaits. Your first night in Tokyo will be an experience to remember.

Day 13

Spend the day exploring Tokyo -  put your new-found Japanese language skills to the test sightseeing, exploring, getting lost, eating, drinking and buying souvenirs. We have many ideas, including excursions you can book yourselves on to. 

Day 14

Head to Tokyo Narita or Haneda Airport, for your flights home.

Obviously, cost depends on which accommodation you choose, how many excursions and activities you want to book, whether you wish to include ski hire and lift passes…etc. An indicative lead-in price for this two week itinerary would be circa £1,290 (¥225,000) per person, based on 3 or 4 star accommodation (low season), transfers & lift passes.

Different Snow can also include flights from your home country, be it the UK or elsewhere. By keeping it all within one package, your arrangements are protected.

Different Snow strive to offer the most competitive prices in all instances. However, we pride ourselves first and foremost on quality - we are an independent specialist tour operator and, therefore, are not beholden to any supplier. We make our decisions based only on who’s best in each and every instance.

1. Get in touch with Different Snow

Whether you wish to plan your trip around one of these sample itineraries or you have other ideas, simply get in touch by phone or online. If using our online form, ideally we would like to still try get in contact with you by phone to discuss your requirements, but this is not essential.

2. Let us create a bespoke itinerary

We have the first-hand knowledge, travel industry experience and local contacts required to put your plans into action. We can answer your questions, offer suggestions and advice to suit your tastes and budget. We will carefully design your trip, creating a detailed itinerary which you will receive via email. We can then refine it until you are completely happy.

3. Confirm the arrangements with us

Once you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit to secure your trip. Everything is secured once you receive our confirmation invoice. Even after booking, you’ll undoubtedly think of more questions. Feel free to call us at any time!

4. We'll send you your travel documents

Approximately three weeks before travel you will receive your travel documents. We will also provide additional information, such as restaurant recommendations, cultural notes, packing lists and one or two home-spun guides - created through our personal experience.

5. Tell your friends about Different Snow

It is important to us that your holiday exceeds your expectations! Different Snow will continue to grow through personal recommendations and word of mouth and, therefore, it is essential to us that you have a great holiday. We want you to travel with us again. Once you've returned we want to hear all about it and we'll certainly encourage you to tell all your friends!

Country Information

Capital: Tokyo

Time zone: GMT +9

Currency: Yen

Language: Japanese

Access: Direct flights to Tokyo and Osaka, with some flights to Sapporo from other points in Asia. Excellent road and rail network. Find out more

Ski Season: Early December until mid April

Largest Ski Resorts: Niseko, Furano, Hakuba

Beyond the skiing: Spending time in Tokyo is a must - it is the world's most exciting city. Kyoto is the beating cultural heart of the nation. Get off the beaten track and stay in a ryokan or capsule hotel, visit markets, discover traditional Japanese arts and explore modern otaku culture.