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    Nikko in the snow - a possible excursion from Tokyo

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

If you've got two weeks - then we think this is the tried and tested ultimate itinerary. Japan's two main ski resorts are featured, one on Hokkaido (Niseko) the other in the Japanese Alps (Hakuba), along with the capitals, both commercial (Tokyo) and cultural (Kyoto). Follow this route and we'd just about allow you to claim you'd "done Japan" in two weeks. We've got it all included; powder snow, culture, beautiful mountains and ... well, the best city on this planet!

Day 1

Probably transferring through Tokyo, you arrive in Sapporo Chitose Airport. It's then coach, private taxi or rail to Niseko, where you check in to your accommodation and relax after the international flights.

Days 2 to 5

Skiing in Niseko, with a four day Niseko United pass which allows access to all four linked resort mountains. There are many backcountry tours, activities & cultural excursions possible.

Day 6

Transfer back to Chitose Airport and fly down to Kansai Airport. Transfer to Kyoto. Check in to your hotel or ryokan. At night, explore the geisha district around Ponto-chō. Perhaps enjoy a private dinner with a maiko?

Day 7

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 8

Take the Shinkansen (bullet-train) to Nagoya and then change trains to catch the Chuo Limited Express direct to Hakuba. The journey will take half the day, but the train ride is, in places, beautiful. You will be met at Hakuba Station and transferred directly to your accommodation

Days 9 to 11

Three days skiing in the Hakuba Valley. We'd suggest one day at Happo One, a second day on the Goryu / Hakuba 47 mountain and then the third day either enjoying the powder up in Cortina or visiting the snow monkeys in Jigokudani.

Day 12

Transfer to Nagano and train to Tokyo. Check in to your central hotel and dive right in to the craziness for your first night in the magical capital of Japan.

Day 13

Spend the day exploring Tokyo -  put your  new-found Japanese language skills to the test, sightseeing and buying souvenirs. We have many ideas, including excursions and also have developed some trip nights to help you explore by yourself.

Day 14

Head to Tokyo Narita or Tokyo Haneda 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 £1,195 (¥210,000) 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

Probably transferring through Tokyo, you arrive in Sapporo Chitose Airport. It's then coach, private taxi or rail to Niseko, where you check in to your accommodation and relax after the international flights.

Days 2 to 5

Skiing in Niseko, with a four day Niseko United pass which allows access to all four linked resort mountains. There are many backcountry tours, activities & cultural excursions possible.

Day 6

Transfer back to Chitose Airport and fly down to Kansai Airport. Transfer to Kyoto. Check in to your hotel or ryokan. At night, explore the geisha district around Ponto-chō. Perhaps enjoy a private dinner with a maiko?

Day 7

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 8

Take the Shinkansen (bullet-train) to Nagoya and then change trains to catch the Chuo Limited Express direct to Hakuba. The journey will take half the day, but the train ride is, in places, beautiful. You will be met at Hakuba Station and transferred directly to your accommodation

Days 9 to 11

Three days skiing in the Hakuba Valley. We'd suggest one day at Happo One, a second day on the Goryu / Hakuba 47 mountain and then the third day either enjoying the powder up in Cortina or visiting the snow monkeys in Jigokudani.

Day 12

Transfer to Nagano and train to Tokyo. Check in to your central hotel and dive right in to the craziness for your first night in the magical capital of Japan.

Day 13

Spend the day exploring Tokyo -  put your  new-found Japanese language skills to the test, sightseeing and buying souvenirs. We have many ideas, including excursions and also have developed some trip nights to help you explore by yourself.

Day 14

Head to Tokyo Narita or Tokyo Haneda 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 £1,195 (¥210,000) 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.