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Ultimate Japan

Niseko - Kanzawa - Arai - Tokyo

Duration: two weeks

Perhaps our favourite itinerary of them all? Over two weeks you get to tick all the boxes; the best on-mountain experiences Japan has to offer, in the deepest snow, two of the most exciting cities in the world...one modern, the other historic, uber-luxury accommodation, a ride on a bullet train, and much, much more...

There are eight full days of skiing (or boarding) included, but if you want to squeeze in more than you could leave out Kanazawa and add on an extra couple of days in Niseko.

Day 1

Fly to Japan, heading for either Tokyo Haneda or Tokyo Narita.

Day 2

Transfer through Tokyo and fly north to Hokkaido Island. Private transfer from Sapporo Chitose airport to your luxury accommodation - hotel or apartment - in Hirafu Village, Niseko.

Days 3 - 6

Four days skiing in and around the Niseko region. We can arrange private guides, to get you to the best powder stashes.

Day 7

Private transfer back to Sapporo Chitose and fly to Kanazawa on Honshu's west coast. Check in to your hotel near the Samurai quarter.

Day 8

Full day to explore fascinating Kanazawa.

Day 9

Take the (bullet) train to Joetsumyoko Station, where the Arai resort shuttle picks you up. Relax in to the amazing Lotte Arai Resort Hotel. 

Days 10 - 12

Three days in Arai, skiing or snowboarding the deep, deep powder.

Day 13

Spend a fourth day skiing in Arai, and then head back to the train station in the late afternoon to catch the shinkansen directly to Tokyo. Check in to your luxury hotel in the capital.

Day 14

Full day at leisure in Tokyo.

Day 15

Make your way back to the airport and fly home.

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 15-day itinerary would be circa £2,988 per person, including on moderate accommodation (mid / low season), transfers, lift passes, Japanese rail pass 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!


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.