Ultimate Japan Ski Safari

Why should you have to pick and choose between the Hokkaido and Nagano ski resorts when it is possible to do both in one trip!
Andrea Selig
Product Manager - Switzerland & Asia
Why should you have to pick and choose between the Hokkaido and Nagano ski resorts when it is possible to do both in one trip!
Andrea Selig
Product Manager - Switzerland & Asia

Resorts & Cities

Driving Times

Sapporo Chitose - Niseko 2 hours 30 mins
Niseko - Sapporo Chitose 2 hours 30 mins
Sapporo Chitose - Osaka (flight) 2 hours
Kyoto - Nozawa Onsen 2 hours
Nozawa Onsen - Tokyo 3 hours 30 mins

Summary

Experience Hokkaido’s famous powder, the authentic culture of Nagano and the fascinating cities of Kyoto and Tokyo.

Japan's two famous ski destinations of Nagano and Hokkaido hold huge appeal: while Nagano has fascinating culture, Hokkaido island has legendary powder. Choosing between them is tough, so we’ve combined both to create the Ultimate Japanese Ski Safari.

The country’s most northerly island, Hokkaido receives around 14-metres of powder each year, and Niseko is the best place to experience it. While the snow is deep, Japan’s terrain is relatively mellow compared to the steep European Alps, making it perfect for practising your powder turns.

A short flight south, it’s easy to add Tokyo or Kyoto (45 minutes from Osaka) to the start or end of your trip. Tokyo’s cityscapes are simply stunning, and Kyoto is best known for its Geisha district and temples.

Many of Nagano’s ski resorts are a bullet-train ride from Tokyo and Kyoto. One of our favourites, Nozawa Onsen is famous for its public onsens (hot springs). Other great ski options include the Hakuba Valley, and the magical tree-skiing in Myoko (Niigata prefecture).

Tell us what you would like to experience most, and we’ll recommend the best resorts for you. For the best snow quality, fewest crowds and best prices, we recommend travelling in mid-February, after Chinese New Year.

For a taste of what to expect, watch Red Bull's pro athletes as they make the most of Hakuba, Hokkaido and Tokyo.

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

Call 01273 224067 for advice from our ski specialists.

Suggested Itinerary

This sample itinerary is our suggestion of how you could divide your time between Honshu and Hokkaido.

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

Hokkaido island

Fly overnight from London to Tokyo (Honshu), then catch a short connecting flight to Sapporo Chitose on Hokkaido.

Niseko - Spend six days in Japan’s most famous ski resort. Divide your time between the four linked ski areas, then hire a guide to explore the backcountry. Off the slopes, the food is incredible and there’s an excellent range of hotels to stay at.

Honshu island

Kyoto - Fly back to Honshu for a short transfer to Japan’s former imperial capital. Immerse yourself in the local culture as you spend two days touring the temples, visiting the Geisha district and tasting your way along Pontocho restaurant alley.

Nozawa Onsen - Travel by rail to this unspoilt village for four days of skiing. The intermediate terrain is excellent here, and there’s advanced tree-skiing at the peak. Rich in culture, the resort is also famous public onsens (hot springs) and traditional restaurants.

Tokyo - Spend your last two nights experiencing Tokyo’s malls, fish markets and neon cityscapes. The Oriental Bazaar is particularly good for gifts, and you can rely on Tokyo’s food scene for a last taste of yakitori, ramen noodles and fresh sushi before heading home.

Price Guide

From £2,645pp for a 14-night Ultimate Japan 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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01/04/2017 Mark Rhodes

We had just over 2 weeks in Japan so wanted to maximise our time on the mountain as well as squeeze in a little sight seeing. This was the perfect solution.

25/03/2017 Helen Jackson

We had a wonderful trip to Japan and all the travel arrangements went smoothly. We were amazed by Japan in general and in lots of different ways and also at the diversity of the places we visited. The experiences of Niseko And Nosawa were completely different but we enjoyed both for different reasons. We visited the onsens everyday as well! There was plenty of snow at both resorts: we had blizzard every day at Niseko and cobalt blue sky spring skiing at Nosawa.

02/02/2015 Sarah Fraser

Fantastic trip. Snow, culture, onsens, food all brilliant!

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

Call 01273 224067 for advice from our ski specialists.

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