Hokkaido Explorer Ski Safari

Hokkaido is home to Japan's best snow and the freshest seafood you'll find. With average yearly snowfalls of more than 14-meters, the best months for powder are December to early March.
Andrea Selig
Product Manager - Switzerland & Asia
Hokkaido is home to Japan's best snow and the freshest seafood you'll find. With average yearly snowfalls of more than 14-meters, the best months for powder are December to early March.
Andrea Selig
Product Manager - Switzerland & Asia

Resorts & Cities

Driving Times

Sapporo Chitose Airport - Rusutsu 2 hours
Rusutsu - Kiroro 1 hour 30 mins
Kiroro to Furano 3 hours
Furano - Tokyo 5 hours

Summary

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.

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 third 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.

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

Call 01273 224060 for advice from our ski specialists.

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.

All our holidays are completely customisable, and you can change the itinerary to suit your preferences, whether that means more powder skiing, more culture, or more time in Tokyo.

Rusutsu

Fly overnight from London to Tokyo and catch a connecting flight to Sapporo Chitose airport. The transfer to Rusutsu takes around two hours from here.

The tree-skiing and off-piste are exceptional in Rusutsu, or there are easier slopes for mixed-ability groups. Off the slopes, this unusual resort is full of Japanese quirks - a Bavarian village at the main hotel is just one of them.

Kiroro

Locals head to Kiroro to escape the lift queues, ski deep powder through the trees and whizz down the wide-open groomers. Slope-side accommodation gives you easy piste access and, for the best powder and off-piste, ask our team to organise a guide.

Furano

The transfer to Furano takes less than three hours, and is a great opportunity to take in the stunning volcanic scenery. Renowned for both its powder and piste grooming, you’ll have three days of skiing in Furano, staying at the New Furano Prince Hotel. Off the slopes, the authentic town is full of traditional Japanese character.

Tokyo

Transfer back to Sapporo Chitose and fly into Tokyo. Stay in a central hotel and enjoy a full day of sightseeing. From temples and fish markets, to mega-malls and themeparks, there’s so much to experience here.

Price Guide

From £2,495pp for a 14-night Hokkaido Ski Safari including flights, transfers and 3-4* accommodation.

All our holidays are tailor-made. This gives you complete flexibility to create your own itinerary, and allows us to negotiate the best prices for you. With so many potential options, we don’t publish set prices for our ski safaris.

Request a quotation or call 01273 224067 for a tailored price with your choice of resorts, activities and accommodation.

Reviews

Read honest reviews from valued customers who have experienced our Hokkaido Ski Safari. If you’ve returned recently, we’d love to hear from you.

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02/03/2016 Louise Bridges

If you have not skied in Japan, I can highly recommend it and taking in these three resorts is the perfect combination. Ski Safari made it very easy and trouble free to move between the resorts. Japan gave us the best powder snow as promised. We had limited sunshine during our two weeks, but the daily dumps of powder made up for it. An amazing place and great trip - highly recommended - go for it.

15/03/2014 Simon Davies

Thanks for organising our trip to Japan. It was a pretty amazing trip and has left us wanting to go back already! Next time we want to hike and board the volcanoes! Maybe have to wait a year or two before we can get back to do that mind!

28/01/2013 Morag Mackie

An excellent holiday, enjoyed by all in our small group even though there were different levels of skiing ability.

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

Call 01273 224060 for advice from our ski specialists.

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