Nagano Ski Safari

Each of these three resorts offer a very individual experience that’s not to be missed. For a culture and skiing combination, Nagano is fantastic.
Andrea Selig
Product Manager - Switzerland & Asia
Each of these three resorts offer a very individual experience that’s not to be missed. For a culture and skiing combination, Nagano is fantastic.
Andrea Selig
Product Manager - Switzerland & Asia

Resorts & Cities

Driving Times

Tokyo - Kyoto 2 hours 30 mins
Kyoto - Nozawa Onsen 4 hours 30 mins
Nozawa Onsen - Hakuba 1 hour 30 mins
Hakuba - Tokyo 3 hours

Summary

Combine powder and piste skiing with authentic Japanese culture, touring Nagano by train. Finish-up with a night out in Tokyo.

Set on the main island of Honshu, our Nagano Ski Safari has a perfect balance of skiing and culture. A bullet-train ride from Tokyo, many of the ski resorts near Nagano City are accessible on the Japan Rail East Pass - this gives you five days of rail travel within a 14-day duration. Some journeys can take up to half a day, creating a sense of adventure that really adds to the experience.

With huge variety, the main ski area of Hakuba Valley has ten shuttle-linked resorts. For a second base, Myoko is best for powder, or the cobbled streets and hot springs in Nozawa Onsen make it great for cultural immersion.

Depending on your preference, we can recommend the best places for piste-skiing and powder, and it’s also worth taking a day out to visit the famous Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park. Finishing with a night in Tokyo is another essential Japan experience and, if you have time, the old imperial capital of Kyoto is well worth a visit.

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

Call 01273 224060 for advice from our ski specialists.

Suggested Itinerary

This sample itinerary is just our suggestion of how you could divide your time between Nagano’s best ski areas and attractions.

All our ski safaris are completely customisable, and you can alter the itinerary to suit your preferences - whether that means more skiing, more time in Tokyo, or following our route in reverse.

Hakuba Valley

Touchdown in Tokyo and travel to the Hakuba Valley via bullet train. 

Hakuba - Spend up to five days exploring Honshu’s largest ski area, travelling between local resorts via shuttles. The main resort of Happo-One makes the best base but our favourite places for daytrips are Tsugaike, Hakuba47 and Goryu.

Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park - Take a day out to see these red-faced macaques bathing in hot springs. For the best experience, a full day tour also includes Zenkoji Temple and lunch at a sake brewery.

Nozawa Onsen or Myoko

Spend five days in either of these resorts, choosing Nozawa Onsen for culture, or Myoko for the powder.

Nozawa Onsen - Japan’s oldest ski resort is as famous for its centuries-old onsens (hot springs) and annual Fire Festival (February) as it is for its long, cruisey ski slopes. 

Myoko - This off-piste paradise has sensational tree-skiing and the best powder record on Honshu island, while the traditional village has onsens and Japanese bars, alongside English-style pubs.

Tokyo

Finish with a few nights in the capital, staying at a city centre hotel in the heart of the action. Explore the mega-malls, tour the temples and eat as much sushi, soup and katsu curry as you can handle.

Kyoto - To extend your stay, take the bullet-train from Tokyo to Japan’s former imperial capital. Kyoto is best known for its 1,000-plus temples and the famous Geisha district. 

Price Guide

From £1,995pp for a 14-night Nagano Ski Safari including B&B accommodation, direct flights, internal flights and transfers based on 2 adults.

All our holidays are tailor-made. This gives you complete flexibility 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

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26/03/2017 Lorna Rusdale

A good range of skiing and we were lucky enough to have fresh snow on 4 mornings. Most of the time there were no queues to the lifts and the pistes were fairly quiet. The gondola staff would take your skis and put them on the gondola and take them off again at the other end. Nice service. We enjoyed our stay at the Goryukan (Hakuba) which is a good 4* hotel and would recommend it. We had a Japanese room which was spacious and clean but I did miss not having any chairs to sit on in the room. The kettle was filled each day and the heated toilet seat was a pleasant surprise! The breakfasts were nice and the chef would cook you an omelette or fried egg as needed. It was easy to arrange the hotel shuttle bus to take us to different ski areas and to be picked up. The Onsen was nice provided you don't mind bathing with strangers. We also stayed at: Hotel Granvia - Kyoto - great location, comfortable rooms. Swimming pool not included in our rate so for 4 of us to go swimming would have cost £30 :(; Ryokan Kazuki, Kyoto - lovely experience. Large room for 4 people with 1.5 bathrooms. Choice of 2 Onsens, the one I went in was quite small but very private and more relaxing. The private dinner was a great experience - it almost looked too good to eat. The service again was very good; Shilba Park, Tokyo - we were in the annex and although comfortable the rooms were tired. Good location and great for the monorail back to the airport. Staff nice and friendly.

15/02/2016 Anne Woods

Trip was flexed to suit our travel arrangements, staff at Ski Safari were always a pleasure to deal with whenever I had any questions, or wanted to add on extras at the last minute!

09/02/2015 Camilla Fallows

An amazing experience! The hotels were fantastic and the itinerary pack was amazing help to navigate our way around Tokyo and Hakuba! Best holiday I have been on! Ski Safari have done a fantastic job organising it!

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

Call 01273 224060 for advice from our ski specialists.

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