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.

For centuries, Japan has fascinated the world. It is a country totally removed from the West - mysterious, alluring, alien, distant, enigmatic. Perhaps, just different. For us, a ski holiday to Japan is as much about Japan itself as it is the game-changing powder snow.

"Having travelled East, it would have been a crying shame not to spend some time exploring Japan. I'm so glad you talked us in to it! The snowy temples and shrines in Kyoto created the memories which will last longest from our ski holiday. Tokyo was as we'd hoped it would be...so delighted we've now been."

Lucy Calvert (Cheshire, UK)

No doubt, you will find yourself transferring through Tokyo en route to your ski resort. At the very least, you should try find several days to explore this amazing city – and , perhaps, nearby Kyoto, Japan’s cultural heart. Give us even more time and we can create a tailor-made itinerary exploring Japan beyond these centres; cosmopolitan Nagasaki? historic Takayama? exuberant Osaka? sedate Koya-san?

Japan is a country to be experienced, rather than a country in which you merely tick off sights. As experienced veterans when organizing tailor-made tours in Japan, we know the stories you come home with will involve zen monasteries, neon jungles, cat café’s, karaoke boxes and outdoor onsens. A night spent in a ryokan – a traditional Japanese Inn – or a capsule hotel will be talked about for years to come.

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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.