Hokkaido Ski Safari
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.