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The best of Japan & Korea

Japan & South Korea

Duration: two weeks

If we were the design the perfect Asian ski (and cultural) itinerary, it would look a lot like this. You begin with time on the slopes of PyeongChang district, basing yourself in Yongpyong. This itinerary allows for three full days in the slopes in South Korea, before heading back to Seoul for some time in this enthralling capital. We'd certainly encourage you to head up to the DMZ for the tour – a rather surreal and memorable experience.

It's then time to fly onwards on the short hop to Japan. Many will choose to fly directly in to Sapporo (Hokkaido Island) and head to Niseko, Japan's most internationally famous resort. However, there is no prerogative to do so and Furano or Rusutsu could also be options on Hokkaido Island, alternatively Hakuba or Nozawa Onsen on Honshu – the main island. Wherever you choose, you are certain to ski or ride in some of the best snow of your life. The itinerary ends, many would say climaxes, with several days in Tokyo.

As always, this is merely a sample itinerary. Want to spend even more time on the slopes? Rather, would you prefer more time in the cities? All possible – every itinerary we create is tailor-made around your preferences.

Day 1

Depart from the UK, flying directly to Incheon Airport on Korean Airlines.

Day 2

Arrive in Seoul. You are met at the airport and taken directly to Yongpyong. Check in to your hotel or apartment and settle in.

Days 2-4

Three days skiing or boarding in the PyeongChang region, host to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Day 5

Jump on the KTX train, which takes you directly back to the Korean capital, Seoul . Check in to your central hotel.

Day 6

Full day in or around Seoul – either tour the city or head out to the DMZ.

Day 7

Transfer to the airport and fly to Japan. It's a short flight (two hours). You could choose to ski on Hokkaido (Niseko or Furano) or down on the main island (Hakuba or Nozawa Onsen). In either instance, it takes another few hours to reach your resort.

Days 8-12

Five days skiing in Japan, on some of the best powder snow in the world.

Day 13

Flight or bullet-train back to Tokyo, where you check in to your hotel in the Shinjuku district.

Day 14

Full day in Tokyo – Japan's capital and the world's most exciting city. We can leave you to your own devices or organise a tour for you.

Day 15

Transfer to the airport for your flights back home from Tokyo.

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 lift passes, etc. An indicative lead-in price for this two week itinerary would be circa £1,250 per person, based on 3 or 4 star accommodation (low season), transfers and lift passes.

Different Snow can also include flights from your home country, be it the UK or elsewhere. By keeping it all within one package, your arrangements are protected.

Different Snow strive to offer the most competitive prices in all instances. However, we pride ourselves first and foremost on the quality of our arrangements and service – we are an independent tour operator and, therefore, are not beholden to any single service supplier. To request an itinerary and quotation click here or call us on +44 (0)1242 242 505.

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!

South Korea INFORMATION

Capital:  Seoul

Time zone:  GMT + 9 hrs

Currency:  Won

Language:  Korean

Ski Season:  Late November through until early April

Largest Ski Resorts: Yongpyong, Muju, Kangwon High 1, Phoenix Park and Daemyung Vivalidi Park

Access:  All flights head in to Seoul-Incheon Airport (ICN). The ski resorts are 150 miles to the east.

Beyond the skiing:  The perfect week in South Korea; four or five days on the ski slopes combined with a city break in buzzing Seoul and an excursion to the DMZ – a veritable cold-war theme park.