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Myoko, Kyoto & Tokyo

Kyoto - Akakura Onsen (Myoko Kogen) - Tokyo

Duration: 11 days

This is a shorter itinerary, which really packs a punch and crams in the very best that Japan has to offer. You start with 48-hours in Kyoto - the jewel in Japan's crown - and then use the train to move in to the mountains. Base yourself in Myoko Kogen -Japan's snowiest corner – and from here you have four full days on the slopes, potentially visiting a different ski mountain on each day if you wanted. From here you catch the bullet-train in to Tokyo, for a final 24-hours of exhilaration – though you could also visit the snow monkeys before you head to the capital?

This itinerary, which wants for nothing, could potentially be done on a meagre budget.

Day 1

Fly to Japan, either direct on British Airways or via Europe / Asia on a different carrier.

Day 2

Transfer through Tokyo and head to Itami Airport, close to Kyoto. Make your way in to the ancient capital and relax after your long international flights.

Day 3

Full day at leisure to explore Kyoto.

Day 4

Spend the morning in Kyoto and then take the train to the Japanese Alps, transferring on to the bullet-train in Kanazawa. Arrive in Akakura Onsen village and check in to your accommodation.

Days 5 - 8

Four days skiing in Myoko Kogen - a couple of days on Myoko Akakura, a day at Suginohara resort and also a day at Arai?

Day 9

Make your way back to Iiyama Station - perhaps head off to see the nearby snow monkeys? - and then its a bullet-train directly in to Tokyo. Check in to your hotel in the Shinjuku district, the entertainment hub.

Day 10

A full day in Japan's exciting capital city.

Day 11

Make your way out to the airport and fly directly back to your home country.

Obviously, cost depends on which accommodation you choose. An indicative lead-in price for this 16-day itinerary would be circa £1,920 per person, including moderate accommodation (mid / low season), transfers, lift passes, rail tickets, and economy class flights from the U.K.

We don't have to include international flights. However, by keeping it all within one package, your arrangements are protected by ATOL.

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!

Japan INFORMATION

Capital:  Tokyo

Time zone:  GMT + 9 hrs

Currency:  Yen

Language:  Japanese

Ski Season:  Early December until mid-April

Largest Ski Resorts: Shiga-Kogen is the largest..but we don't feature this ski resort (it's not very good!). Of the resorts Different Snow feature Hakuba, Niseko & Appi Kogen are the largest.

Access:  There are direct flights from the U.K. to Tokyo, either Narita or Haneda airports. Alternatively, it sometimes works out a little cheaper to route via Europe or another Asian city. From Tokyo the wonderful rail network, road transfers or a domestic flight up to Hokkaido Island will get you to the ski resorts.

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