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    Japanese lanterns in Kyoto

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

Featuring three full days skiing in the Japanese Alps, in the Hakuba Valley, this itinerary is also a comprehensive tour of Japan. Tokyo is your stop and it thrusts you right in to the action...but respite is provided by an overnight in nearby Hakone - a hot spring resorts at the foot of Mount Fuji. After your time on the slopes you head over (via Matsumotojo, one of Japan's most beautiful original castles) to Takayama, a beautiful town in the mountains. This is, perhaps, the ideal opportunity for a stay in a ryokan? Next is Hiroshima or Nagasaki with their moving Peace Parks, before heading back to Kyoto - your final stop before flying home.

Day 1

Arrive in Tokyo and check in to your central hotel, be it in Shinjuku or east Tokyo. Spend the remainder of the day recuperating after your international flights.

Day 2

Full day to explore the capital - we have excursions we can offer, or you may want to head out under your own steam. Different Snow can provide comprehensive sightseeing notes, helping you get the most from your time in Tokyo.

Days 3 & 4

You could either stay in Tokyo to delve deeper in to the capital or take a trip out to Hakone, at the foot of Mount Fuji. Stay in a roykan onsen resort  and spend the day crossing Lake Ashi and at the impressive Open Air Sculpture Park. Back to Tokyo after two days in Hakone.

Days 5 - 8

Transfer up to the Hakuba Valley for three days on the slopes, Spend one day on Happo One, a second at Goryu / Hakuba 47 and then the third where conditions are best - Cortina? Norikura? Tsugaike Kogen?

Day 9

Transfer to Takayama, travelling via Matsumotojo, one of Japan's most beautiful original castles. Check in to your ryokan in Takayama.

Day 10

Full day  in Takayama, exploring the old streets, temples and shrines.

Day 11

Train down to Nagoya and shinkansen (bullet-train) to either Hiroshima, on the south-west tip of Honshu Island, or continue on to Nagasaki, on Kyushu Island.

Day 12

Full day to explore Hiroshima - take a stroll around the Peace Park in the morning and then, in the afternoon, take the tram and ferry over to Miyajima, famous for Itsukushima and its giant floating torii gate.

Alternatively, spend the day looking around Nagasaki.

Day 13

Bullet-train back up to Kyoto. Check in to your central hotel or ryokan and spend the evening exploring the Ponto-chō district.

Day 14

Full day in Kyoto, the cultural heart of Japan. Head out on excursions or explore at your own pace.

Day 15

Transfer to Kansai 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 £1,995 (¥350,000) 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, all 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 check in to your central hotel, be it in Shinjuku or east Tokyo. Spend the remainder of the day recuperating after your international flights.

Day 2

Full day to explore the capital - we have excursions we can offer, or you may want to head out under your own steam. Different Snow can provide comprehensive sightseeing notes, helping you get the most from your time in Tokyo.

Days 3 & 4

You could either stay in Tokyo to delve deeper in to the capital or take a trip out to Hakone, at the foot of Mount Fuji. Stay in a roykan onsen resort  and spend the day crossing Lake Ashi and at the impressive Open Air Sculpture Park. Back to Tokyo after two days in Hakone.

Days 5 - 8

Transfer up to the Hakuba Valley for three days on the slopes, Spend one day on Happo One, a second at Goryu / Hakuba 47 and then the third where conditions are best - Cortina? Norikura? Tsugaike Kogen?

Day 9

Transfer to Takayama, travelling via Matsumotojo, one of Japan's most beautiful original castles. Check in to your ryokan in Takayama.

Day 10

Full day  in Takayama, exploring the old streets, temples and shrines.

Day 11

Train down to Nagoya and shinkansen (bullet-train) to either Hiroshima, on the south-west tip of Honshu Island, or continue on to Nagasaki, on Kyushu Island.

Day 12

Full day to explore Hiroshima - take a stroll around the Peace Park in the morning and then, in the afternoon, take the tram and ferry over to Miyajima, famous for Itsukushima and its giant floating torii gate.

Alternatively, spend the day looking around Nagasaki.

Day 13

Bullet-train back up to Kyoto. Check in to your central hotel or ryokan and spend the evening exploring the Ponto-chō district.

Day 14

Full day in Kyoto, the cultural heart of Japan. Head out on excursions or explore at your own pace.

Day 15

Transfer to Kansai 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 £1,995 (¥350,000) 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, all 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.