Japan’s largest and best-known ski resort, the skiing in Niseko is exceptional. Look forward to ungroomed bowls and world-class tree runs (Strawberry Fields is amazing), while the Niseko Gates lead to unpatrolled terrain that’s best explored with a guide.
Stay at the 4* Green Leaf, a modern hotel in a prime ski-in ski-out location in Niseko Village, with easy access to the mountain and an amazing onsen.
You'll spend a day with a guide in Kiroro, Japan's snowiest resort and just an hour away from Niseko. Relatively unknown outside of Japan, Kiroro has a unique in-bounds 'Powder Zone' and you also have access to a huge backcountry area via three gates.
A quirky, powder-filled paradise, Rusutsu is one of the most unusual resorts you'll visit. The tree skiing is exceptionally good, while you'll have the slopes to yourself as this is one of the quietest resorts in Japan.
Stay at the 3*+ Rusutsu Resort Hotel, a Disneyland-esque experience complete with Bavarian village, singing tree and two-storey carousel. The hotel has excellent facilities, including a wave pool, spa and three onsens (two indoor, one outdoor), plus 11 restaurants and bars.
Furano offers a real Japanese experience with a relaxed atmosphere. With backcountry restrictions relaxed in recent years, you can access some fantastic tree runs and untracked powder through the new gate system - the snow is often lighter and drier than in west Hokkaido, with around nine metres falling each year.
Stay at the 4*+ Furano Hotel, located in a quiet, wooded forest just a 10 minute drive from the slopes and lifts at the Kitanomine base. With only 25 rooms, the emphasis of the property is on its high level of service and attention to detail and there's an on-site traditional onsen for all hotel guests.
One of the highlights of the trip, Asahidake is a skiable active volcano, just an hour from Furano. You'll spend a day with a guide here hiking up to plumes of steam and enjoying some of the lightest, untracked powder of your life on the way back down.