Depart from the U.K., flying to Hokkaido Island in Japan.
Probably transferring through Tokyo, you arrive in Sapporo Chitose Airport. It's then coach or private transfer to Niseko, where you check in to your accommodation and relax after the international flights.
Five days' skiing or snowboarding in and around Niseko. We can hire backcountry guides, make full-day excursions to nearby Rusutsu, Moiwa or Kiroro and / or head off snow cat skiing for the day.
Transfer to Sapporo Chitose Airport and fly down to Tokyo Haneda. Make your way to your central hotel. Spend a first evening of neon-induced sensory overload in the Shinjuku district of the capital city.
A full day at leisure in Tokyo, ticking off the sights and exploring the backstreets.
Catch the morning shinkansen (bullet-train) to Nagano prefecture and head up to Nozawa Onsen village. Excursion to visit the nearby snow monkeys in the afternoon.
Days 11 & 12
Two days' skiing in Nozawa Onsen, enjoying the hot spring village in the evenings.
Train from Iiyama Station (close to Nozawa Onsen) to Kyoto, perhaps breaking the journey in Kanazawa en route and visiting its Samurai district.
Exploring the cultural heart of Japan in Kyoto. We have excursions on offer, or you could head out under your own steam and explore the temples, shrines and palaces.
Make your way to Kansai 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 £2,884 per person, including on moderate accommodation (mid / low season), transfers, lift passes in both Niseko and Nozawa Onsen, Japan rail pass, excursion to see the snow monkeys 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
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