Depart from your home country and fly to Japan.
Arrive in Tokyo and immediately catch the bullet-train north to Yamagata City. From here its a short transfer up to the village of Zao Onsen.
Three full days skiing in Zao Onsen, enjoying the onsens and your ryokan in the evening.
Catch the morning bullet-train back to Tokyo and check in to your central hotel. You then have the afternoon and evening to explore the capital.
Full day in Tokyo, at leisure.
Today you fly home. However, you could of course extend to see something more of Japan, perhaps heading out to stay in a ryokan in the Hakone district just outside of 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 local backcountry guides, etc. An indicative lead-in price for this 8-day itinerary would be circa £1,860 per person, including on moderate accommodation (mid / low season), breakfast, lift passes in Zao Onsen, return shinkansen (bullet-train) tickets 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!