Hokkaido Ski Safari

Hokkaido is home to Japan's most famous ski areas, as well as 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 most famous ski areas, as well as 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 - Niseko 2 hrs 30 mins
Niseko - Rusutsu 45 mins
Rusutsu - Furano 5 hrs
Furano - Tokyo 5 hrs

Summary

Japan’s largest and least developed island, Hokkaido is renowned for its record snowfalls. With our Hokkaido Ski Safari, you can tour the best resorts by transfer or hire car, and ski fresh powder every day.

Niseko is one of the world’s best places for powder skiing and, as Japan’s biggest resort, we suggest putting it at the top of your itinerary. Hokkaido’s smaller resorts share the same phenomenal snow conditions, and each has unique appeal - from traditional Furano to quirky Rusutsu, we’ve visited a huge range, and can advise on the best resorts for you.

Japanese 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. 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.

Call 01273 224060 for advice from our ski specialists.

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

Suggested Itinerary

Our sample 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.

Niseko

Fly overnight from London to Tokyo and catch a connecting flight to Sapporo Chitose. The transfer to Niseko takes less than three hours from here.

Spend four days skiing in Japan’s largest resort, which receives around 14-metes of powder each year. Staying at the slope-side Green Leaf Hotel, you can soothe your muscles in the hotel onsen (hot spring) each evening, and visit the local noodle bars or western restaurants in the evenings.

Rusutsu

Take a private 45-minute transfer to Rusutsu for two full days of skiing. The tree-skiing and unrestricted off-piste are renowned here, 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.

Furano

The transfer to Furano takes five hours, and you’ll see some fascinating sights along the way. 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 traditional town is a fascinating place.

Tokyo

Transfer back to Sapporo Chitose and fly into Tokyo. Stay in the city centre at Hotel Shiba Park and have a full day of sightseeing. From temples and fish markets, to mega-malls and themeparks, there’s so much here to experience.

Price Guide

From £2,495pp for a 14-night Hokkaido Ski Safari including including flights, transfers and B&B 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 224 060 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.

Call 01273 224060 for advice from our ski specialists.

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

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