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Twin Resorts of Hokkaido

Rusutsu - Niseko - Tokyo

Duration: 10 / 12 days

Six and a half days on the slopes, a day and half in Tokyo and consider Japan well and truly done. Rusutsu and Niseko providing contrasting experiences, both foreigner-friendly and both giving you the opportunity to ski the best slopes in the country. In one you are in a large, upmarket hotel with immediate access to the tree-punctuated deep powder, in a place where queuing for a ski lift is unheard of. Then you move on to a buzzing village, with restaurants, bars and shops galore - and on the mountain, more terrain than you could ever realise, both on and off-piste. 

Of course, you are passing through Tokyo en route home - so why not break the journey and explore the world's most exciting and exhilarating city.

Day 1

Fly to Japan from your home country.

Day 2

Three full days skiing in Rusutsu.

Days 3-5

Transfer through Tokyo airport and fly north to Hokkaido Island. Transfer to Rusutsu and check in to your resort hotel.

Day 6

Morning private transfer to the other side of Mount Youtei and check in to your central Hirafu village accommodation in Niseko. Spend the afternoon and evening on the slopes.

Days 7-9

Three full days skiing in the Niseko United linked ski area.

Day 10

Transfer back to Sapporo Chitose Airport and morning flight down to Tokyo. Check in to your central hotel.

Day 11

A full day to explore Tokyo at your own pace.

Day 12

To the airport and fly home from Japan.

Obviously, cost depends on which accommodation you choose - though in Rusutsu there is not much choice,  it's upmarket all the way. Then we need to discuss any excursions and activities you may wish 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 £2,650 per person, including all accommodation (mid / low season), transfers, lift passes in both Rusutsu and Niseko 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.