The Ultimate Japan Safari

Japan Holidays

Expert Opinion Our Expert
Andrea Selig

"Why should you have to pick and choose between Niseko and the mainland ski resorts when you could ski both! Combine these with stays in Tokyo and Kyoto and you get this trip of a lifetime."

Safari Details

Resorts & Cities

Driving Times

Niseko Sapporo Chitose- Niseko 2.5 hrs
Kyoto Niseko - Sapporo Chitose
Sapporo Chitose - Osaka (flight)
2.5 hrs
2 hrs
Nozawa Onsen Kyoto - Nozawa Onsen 2 hrs
Tokyo Nozawa Onsen - Tokyo 3.5 hrs

Combine skiing on both Japan's mainland Honshu and north island Hokkaido with two very different and dynamic cities for this once in a lifetime experience of phenomenal powder, fabulous food and captivating culture.

We can tailor-make any itinerary to your requirements, depending on budget and how much travelling and skiing you wish to do. However, for the ultimate Japan Ski Safari we recommend the following itinerary:

Sample 15-night itinerary


Fly overnight from London to Tokyo, to then catch a connecting flight to Sapporo Chitose to get to Niseko. Four interlinked ski areas (Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village, Hanzono and Annupuri) combine to create Niseko, Japan’s best known resort. The powder is incredible and the terrain includes wide cruising runs fringed with snow-laden trees and the best backcountry in Japan with vast and varied tree skiing. These steeper descents are accessed from gates off the mountain peak and should be skied with a guide or a local as a wrong turn can lead to a long walk through deep snow! 

The food in Niseko is sensational. Local dishes served in the many restaurants and cafes scattered throughout the village include wonderful sushi and sashimi, steaming hot bowls of noodles and broths and delicious chicken yakitori skewers. Those seeking nightlife should stay in Hirafu. Otherwise we recommend the ski-in ski-out Green Leaf Hotel, or the Hilton Niseko Village in Niseko Village.

Days 7-9:

Transfer back to Sapporo Chitose and fly down to Osaka Itami or Kansai Airport, which are both a short drive on the Osaka Airport Shuttle Bus to Kyoto. Set in an inland basin bordered by hills, Kyoto has a reputation as Japan’s most beautiful city and is one of its most popular destinations. With more than 1,000 temples it is known as the temple capital of the world. Some of my favourites include Fushimi Inari Shrine (for the Tori Gates), Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), Kiyomizu Dera (shrine with excellent views over Kyoto and great souvenir shops). Other compelling attractions include a visit to the Geisha district of Gion, and the Pontocho restaurant alley lined with traditional Japanese eateries.

Days 10-12:

Activate your JR rail pass and travel by rail to Nozawa Onsen. With great intermediate terrain and advanced tree skiing at the peak, Nozawa Onsen has a beautiful unspoilt village with free hot springs scattered throughout. The accommodation is traditional Japanese and there are also an amazing selection of restaurants.

Days 13-15:

Travel by rail to Tokyo for the final two nights of your trip, where you can experience a final blast of culture and shopping before heading back home. Visit the Oriental Bazaar in Omotesando for last minute gifts such as Japanese kimonos, ornaments and china ware. 

Price Guide

A sample price for this 15 night ski safari including accommodation, direct flights, internal flights and transfers is £2,175 pp for 2 adults.

Click here to request a quotation tailored to your particular requirements, or please call us on 01273 224 060.


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Nozawa Onsen