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Our ‘Classic’ Niseko Itinerary

Niseko - Tokyo

Duration: 10 / 12 days

You'll want for nothing in Japan's most internationally-renowned and high prestige ski resort – a large ski area, varied terrain, endless backcountry to explore and a lively nightlife scene. Make yourself comfortable and simply base yourself here for a week. Simple! This will afford you the time and freedom to also ski nearby Moiwa, Rusutsu and Kiroro, as well as heading out cat skiing on Weiss Mountain or Chisenupuri if you wish. But you don't have to - there is more than enough to keep you entertained on the slopes of the linked Niseko resorts.

Then it's on to Tokyo – the one city you must see, sorry … experience, in this lifetime. Stay in Shinjuku - the heart of the action - and explore to your heart's content.

Day 1

Depart from the U.K., flying to Hokkaido Island in Japan.

Day 2

You are met at Sapporo Chitose Airport and have a transfer to Hirafu Village in Niseko. Settle in to your accommodation and relax after the long international flights.

Days 3-7

Five days skiing or snowboarding in the Niseko region. You can arrange backcountry guides, make full day excursions to nearby Rusutsu, Moiwa or Kiroro and / or head off snowcat skiing for the day.

Day 8

Transfer back to Sapporo Chitose Airport and fly down to Tokyo. Make your way in to central hotel and spend a first evening of neon-induced sensory overload in the capital city.

Day 9

Full day, left to your own devices, exploring Tokyo. We can arrange tours and guides if required, otherwise rely on our 'How To...' touring notes.

Day 10

Head to either Tokyo Narita or Tokyo Haneda airport for your flight(s) 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 13-day itinerary would be circa £2,145 per person, including on moderate accommodation (mid / low season), transfers, lift passes in 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!


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.