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Japanese Powder Unlimited

Niseko - Sapporo - Furano - Asahidake

Duration: 10 / 12 days

Focusing on the deep powder resorts of Hokkaido Island, this itinerary includes several contrasting resorts and backcountry utopias: international ski-Mecca Niseko; peaceful Rusutsu; authentic Furano and wild Asahidake. We've got you catching your breath in Sapporo mid-way through, but this could to omitted if you have a compulsion to keep your ski boots on. Alternatively, you could extend your itinerary with time in Tokyo or Kyoto on the way home.

Day 1

Depart from the U.K., flying to Hokkaido Island in Japan.

Day 2

Arrive in New Chitose Airport and transfer directly to Niseko. Settle in to your accommodation in the heart of Hirafu Village.

Days 3 - 7

Five days skiing or snowboarding in and around Niseko. We can hire backcountry guides, make full day excursions to nearby Rusutsu, Moiwa or Kiroro and / or head off snowcat skiing for the day.

Days 8

Morning transfer to Sapporo City and, after checking in to your hotel in Susukino - the entertainment district - set about exploring the city.

Day 9

After a leisurely morning, transfer to central Hokkkaido and set up base in Kitanomine village, Furano.

Day 10

Full day skiing in Furano resort, accessing the new backcountry gates.

Day 11

Whilst still based in Furano, take a day trip to Asahidake ropeway for the best day's skiing of your life. 

Day 12

Ski in Furano again or, having checked the weather reports, chase the best, deepest, untracked snow - perhaps in Kamui or Tomamu? Head back to Sapporo Chitose airport in the evening and stay in an airport hotel, ready for your flight home the next day.

Day 13

International flights from Chitose airport, back to the U.K.

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 local backcountry guides, etc. An indicative lead-in price for this 13-day itinerary would be circa £2,348 per person, including on moderate accommodation (mid / low season), transfers, lift passes 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.