Niseko and Rusutsu Ski Safari
In such close proximity, yet a world apart in terms of the experiences they offer - Niseko and Rusutsu are very easy to combine in one trip. First up is Niseko, a powder hound's haven and a bustling resort with plenty on offer in terms of dining and nightlife. Next up is Rusutsu, which in contrast offers a single resort hotel for accommodation, and no real resort village to speak of. End the trip with a night or two in Tokyo or Kyoto which the flights easily allow for.
Fly overnight from London to Tokyo and catch a connecting flight up to Sapporo Chitose. It is then a 2.5-3 hour transfer to Niseko, where you will arrive in the afternoon in time to settle in, arrange your rentals and then soak in the onsen (hot spring). You will spend 6 nights in Niseko which gives you five days of skiing, enough to cover all sides of the mountain - Grand Hirafu, Hanazono, Niseko Village and Annupuri.
Being the larger of the two resorts, we would recommend spending longer in Niseko to warm up and perhaps hire a guide for a day or two to find some hidden powder stashes.
Check-out of your Niseko accommodation and take a private transfer across to Rusutsu. As it is only a short 45 minute drive, you will have plenty of time to ski that day, and two further full days after that.
The slopes in Rusutsu stay very quiet giving you more room to ski some great long runs and their famous trees. The resort hotel is a very Japanese concept, providing everything you would need under one roof - from your hotel room to restaurants, bars, pool, spa and more.
Transfer back to Sapporo Chitose for an afternoon flight to Tokyo where you'll then have two nights in the city and a full day to explore.