Ski Asia Safari
Combine Japan’s legendary powder skiing with South Korea’s fascinating culture and quirky ski scene.
This pioneering ski safari combines Japan’s famous powder skiing with South Korea’s ski culture and capital city. A mix of old and new, Seoul’s teahouses, mega-malls and traditional bathhouses are captivating, and the food is excellent - try a bibimbap (a traditional rice dish) washed down with a cold Cass beer.
Three hours from Seoul, Yongypyong is South Korea’s leading ski resort. A 2018 Winter Olympics host, there are slopes for all levels plus a huge entertainment complex. You could also visit the Olympic Village and Ski Jump Stadium at Alpensia.
From Seoul, the journey to Japan’s Hokkaido island takes less than three hours. Here, Niseko is one of the best places in the world for powder skiing, while the smaller resorts are known for their authentic culture - expect noodles galore, and finish each day in a traditional onsen (hot spring).
Flying home from Hokkaido, you’ll travel via Seoul, giving you the option to following our suggested itinerary in reverse.
This sample 14-night itinerary is our suggestion of how you could divide your time between Japan and South Korea.
All our ski safaris are completely customisable, and you can alter the itinerary to suit your preferences - whether that means more powder skiing in Japan, more time in Seoul, or following our route in reverse.
After flying overnight to Seoul, take two or three days to settle-in and see the sights. Staying in the traditional Insadong area, you’re within easy reach of Gyeongbokgung Palace and the Myeong-dong shopping district.
Take a shared transfer to South Korea’s premier ski resort, Yongpyong, for three days of skiing. Experience the Olympic slopes, go night-skiing until midnight and work your way through the huge entertainment complex at the base station.
Fly from Seoul to Sapporo (Japan) and transfer to Niseko resort. Spend the next six days exploring the four interlinked ski areas and experiencing some of the best powder skiing in the world. Sushi, noodles and onsens (hot springs) are also guaranteed. Fly back to the UK via Seoul.
From Niseko you could take a day trip to a neighbouring resort. Our top two suggestions, go to Rusutsu for untracked powder and long ridgelines, or Kiroro for perfect piste skiing and modern lift infrastructure.