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The ‘Different’ Japan Itinerary

Furano - Hakone - Tokyo

Duration: 10 / 12 days

So everyone goes to Niseko! Where can you go that has as good, perhaps even better, snow and bestows the off-piste bounty of the region? Somewhere with a real flavour of Japan? A resort in the heart of Hokkaido, which affords you access to Asahidake, Tamamu and other powder havens? Furano, of course, is your answer.

Now throw in some Japanese countryside under the shadow of Mount Fuji, a stay in a ryokan with onsens and kaiseki dinners and then top it off with time in the planet's most fascinating and exciting city.

Day 1

Fly from your home country to Hokkaido Island in Japan.

Day 2

You are met at Sapporo Chitose Airport and take a transfer to Furano, in the dead-centre of the island. Settle in to your accommodation and relax after the long flights.

Days 3-7

Skiing or snowboarding in the central Hokkaido region. Furano itself is worth a day or two of your time and you should certainly look to visit the Asahidake ropeway for one day. The balance of your time can be spent staying local, or heading out to nearby resorts such as Kamui Ski Links, Tamamau or Sahoro.

Day 8

Transfer back to Sapporo Chitose Airport and fly down to Tokyo. Make your way from the airport directly out to the Hakone district and check in to your ryokan. Enjoy a kaiseki dinner and relax in the onsen.

Day 9

Spend the full day exploring the Hakone region - lakes, rivers, mountains and thermal activity - and then take the train (the bullet-train, if you'd prefer) in to central Tokyo. Check in to your hotel and enjoy your first night amongst the frenetic streets.

Day 10

A full day at leisure, to explore Tokyo at your own pace.

Day 11

Make your way to one of the Tokyo airports 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 11-day itinerary would be circa £1,998 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.