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    One of the Sulu Apartments.

How to Book

We don’t believe in off-the-shelf packages - we tailor-make holidays.

  • Tell us what you want to do. Whether you have detailed plans or just a vague idea, get in contact – we have knowledge, ideas and expertise.
  • We build a tailored itinerary. Once you’ve received it, we can answer any further questions and refine it until you are completely happy.
  • Book it. When you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit, at which point we start confirming everything.

Different Snow is a fully bonded tour operator, which means we automatically take responsibility for your whole holiday, offering you 100% financial security.

These are actually two totally separate offerings, but each building is right next door to the other and they almost identical in layout, size (Sulu can sleep twelve, Shirokuma ten) and style. Sulu has black breakfast stools, Shirokuma has white - that's the extent of the difference.

Both Sulu and Shirokuma are spacious (exceptionally so) western style duplex buildings. The two three-level houses have a unique internal interconnecting feature enabling even larger families and groups to book them together and double the floor plan of each - thus accommodating groups of up to 20. There are comfortable lounge areas with gas fireplace, large dining tables and well-appointed kitchens with attendant breakfast bar. The separate ski and drying room offers added convenience. 

In Sulu there is also a 'media room', which we interpret to be a fifth bedroom and / or a getaway for the kids.

  • Bath Tub
  • Bunk Beds
  • Dishwasher
  • Drying Room
  • DVD Player
  • Fireplace
  • Fully-fitted Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Ski Lockers
  • Washing Machine
  • WiFi (free)

Situated in a popular Middle Hirafu village location, close to many restaurants, bars, local onsens and the village shuttle bus stop. It’s a ten minute walk to the ski lifts, better to catch the shuttle bus - the nearest stop being a two minute walk away.

Distances to:

Ski Lifts: 300 metres
Restaurants and Bars: 100 metres
Shuttle Bus: 75 metres

Shirokuma is slightly cheaper than Sulu - yes, it doesn’t have the downstairs ‘media’ room (which can sleep two) and its not quite as plush. But there really is very little between them, both in terms of facilities and price. An indicative per night cost for a Shirkuma Apartment during low season would be circa ¥40,000 (£235), rising to circa ¥115,000 (£665) per night during the peak periods for one of the Sulu Apartments.

Click on a floor plan below to open it in a new window:

  • Bath Tub
  • Bunk Beds
  • Dishwasher
  • Drying Room
  • DVD Player
  • Fireplace
  • Fully-fitted Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Ski Lockers
  • Washing Machine
  • WiFi (free)

Situated in a popular Middle Hirafu village location, close to many restaurants, bars, local onsens and the village shuttle bus stop. It’s a ten minute walk to the ski lifts, better to catch the shuttle bus - the nearest stop being a two minute walk away.

Distances to:

Ski Lifts: 300 metres
Restaurants and Bars: 100 metres
Shuttle Bus: 75 metres

Shirokuma is slightly cheaper than Sulu - yes, it doesn’t have the downstairs ‘media’ room (which can sleep two) and its not quite as plush. But there really is very little between them, both in terms of facilities and price. An indicative per night cost for a Shirkuma Apartment during low season would be circa ¥40,000 (£235), rising to circa ¥115,000 (£665) per night during the peak periods for one of the Sulu Apartments.

Tap on a floor plan below – once to select it, a second time to open it in a new window:

How to Book

We don’t believe in off-the-shelf packages - we tailor-make holidays.

  • Tell us what you want to do. Whether you have detailed plans or just a vague idea, get in contact – we have knowledge, ideas and expertise.
  • We build a tailored itinerary. Once you’ve received it, we can answer any further questions and refine it until you are completely happy.
  • Book it. When you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit, at which point we start confirming everything.

Different Snow is a fully bonded tour operator, which means we automatically take responsibility for your whole holiday, offering you 100% financial security.