Hokkaido Explorer Ski Safari

Experience the best of Japan’s powder skiing and discover off-the-beaten-track resorts, then get your fill of Tokyo’s city sights

Japan’s largest and least developed island, Hokkaido is renowned for its record snowfalls and beautiful volcanic backdrops. Many of its best secrets lie in the smaller resorts, where the powder can stay untracked for days. With our ski safari, you can tour the resorts by transfer or hire car, venture away from the crowds and discover the very best of Hokkaido.

The first recommended stop is Niseko, internationally famed for snow, tree skiing, and a buzzing village packed with bars and dining options. Stay either slope-side in Niseko Village or in Hirafu Village for the local flair. One of Hokkaido’s quirkiest resorts, we love Rusutsu for its phenomenal powder and crazy Japanese kitsch. Nearby, Kiroro receives Japan’s most consistent snowfall and, relatively under the radar, we definitely recommend a visit. This is also a great place to hire a guide to find the biggest powder stashes. Furano is another favourite of ours, and makes a fantastic fourth resort with its long groomers, superb off-piste and authentic vibe. Having skied extensively throughout Hokkaido, we can also suggest alternative resorts - just ask our team to tell you more.

Culture and cuisine are a big part of any ski trip here, and you’ll find noodle bars and onsens (hot springs) in every resort, as well as local specialities such as snow crab and Hokkaido beef. Before flying home from Tokyo, a night in the capital is a must, whether you want to visit the mega-malls, tour the temples or spend all day eating sushi.

"Hokkaido is home to Japan's best snow and the freshest seafood you'll find. With average yearly snowfalls of more than 14 metres, the best months for powder are December to early March."

Suggested Itinerary

Our sample 14-day itinerary is just one suggestion of how you could divide your time. We suggest staying longer in one resort at the start of your trip, to help you settle after your flight.

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Our Prices

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

To give you the most choice and best value, we create every holiday from scratch. This means that the quotation you receive is unique, based on your preferred departure dates, group size and holiday preferences.

We save you time and get the most for your money.

We sift through the prices and promotions for every airline, hotel and resort, exploring all options. We don’t publish all our prices online. Instead, we give personal quotations within 24 hours of receiving your request.

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