Ski & Culture in Japan

Ski & Culture in Japan

price from £11,335 per person

YOUR ESCAPE

Japan offers some of the best skiing in the world with a  season that extends well into Spring (also an ideal time to visit for famous cherry blossom season.) This carefully curated itinerary will give you a chance to enjoy the thrill of the slopes with the wonder of city skyscrapers, historic temples and incredible countryside.

Niseko is known for the large amount of light powder snow (an average of 14m per ski season), and is the most famous ski resort in Japan. It is also one of the largest, with many different ski trails catering to all levels. There are plenty of groomed runs that are ideal for families, beginners and intermediates. But there is also the added option of back country skiing for those who love powder snow. Plus, for the more adventurous, there are possibilities to do CAT skiing, and Heli-skiing.

Located 100km southwest of Sapporo, Niseko consists of three major resorts: Grand Hirafu; Niseko Village; and Annupuri. All three are located on Mount Niseko-Annupuri, and are joined together at the top of the mountain. It is also possible to ski between them, and travel to them via shuttle buses at their respective bases. The Niseko All Mountain Pass gives access to all three resorts.

Niseko also has quite a diverse range of activities that do not involve skiing, for the free-time left after skiing on the slopes, and a good range of restaurants and eateries. This is one of the reasons that Niseko won Japan’s Best Ski Resort for four years in a row, along with other awards.

For a complete contrast of landscape,  you’ll head down to Tokyo, Japan’s capital and the most populous city in the world, where you will experience a completely new cultural journey unlikely to be found anywhere else in world!  Hakone and Kyoto will offer a further two unique experiences where you can take an onsen at a traditional Ryokan, see Mount Fuji in all its splendour and witness the beauty of some of Kyoto’s most stunning temples

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy the perfect balance of ski and city in Japan
  • Enjoy ski in and ski out with a wide choice of slopes for all levels
  • Eat some of finest food Japan has to offer with our little black book of the best local restaurants
  • Explore Japan by bullet train and experience the contrast in landscapes from the slopes to the skyscrapers.
  • Stay in a traditional Ryokan and experience of Japan’s famous Onsens
  • Visit Mount Fuji with a local English speaking guide
  • Optional Kyoto extension, the cultural capital of Japan

All essential escapes itineraries are exclusive and designed by our experts to offer a truly unique experience. We can create any itinerary around your personal requirements so please let us know your wish list and we will be delighted to curate something completely bespoke for you.

Day 1 | Niseko | Hotel: Hilton Niseko Village 

After arriving at New Chitose Airport, transfer to your accommodation in a private sedan. Check-in to your accommodation.
From here you can collect your 5-day Ski-Lift Pass, and get your ski wear fitted.
Free time at your leisure.

Day 2 – 6| Niseko |Hotel: Hilton Niseko Village 

9am-12pm: Guided skiing/Ski Lessons
Enjoy other activities such as snowmobile adventures, snow rafting, reindeer sledding etc.
For those who are experienced, you can try Cat Skiing.
In the evenings, explore the unique Japan apres ski at your leisure with a list of recommended local eats (we will pre-book any restaurants that allow reservations)

Day 7-8| Tokyo|Hotel: Conrad Tokyo

A private minivan will collect you at your accommodation and transfer you to New Chitose Airport ready for your departing flight. Upon arrival, you will check in to the Conrad before enjoying Japan’s capital at your leisure. The following day you will be accompanied by a private guide to visit the highlights of the city. Toyko has over a hundred thousand known eateries and is considered to be the culinary capital of the world. You will have a list of our recommendations and advance reservations made in advance where required.

Day 9 | Hakone| Hotel: Stay in a traditional Ryokan

Travel with a guide to Hakone where you will take a private tour to Mount Fuji and around Hakone before spending the night at a traditional Ryokan with an onsen. A spectacular set dinner will be served.

Day 10-12 | Kyoto| Hotel: Hyatt Regency

Kyoto, once the former capital until 1868, remains the cultural centre of Japan. Known for keeping its historic roots, there are several magnificent temples to explore, as well as the old streets in Geisha district and beyond. This is place to immerse yourself in Japan’s fascinating history and take in a tea ceremony, or a cooking course with one of our recommended teachers.

Day 13 | Tokyo| Hotel: Penninsula Tokyo

Head back to Tokyo for one final night and explore the city at your leisure.

Day 14 | Depart

A day at leisure and a chance to take advantage of the Dead Sea’s health properties. Spend time enjoying the natural buoyancy of the Dead Sea.

Day 8 | Depart

Picked up from your hotel for your private transfer to Tokyo Haneda International Airport for your onward flight.

 

REVIEWS

Essential Information

When is the best time to go

The best months to visit Japan for ski are from February to April but temperature wise its very pleasant from March to early May and of course this is the time of the famous cherry blossom season which is a real highlight. Humidity is highest from June to September with the stickiest month being August. Autumn is the next best season after Spring so September to December and also means the return of the dramatic foliage season where the city and its many parks fall under a cloak of dramatic orange and reds.

passport/visa requirements

UK passport holders will not require a visa, you can enter Japan as a visitor for up to 90 days without a visa. You may need to provide evidence of a return or onward ticket and require a minimum of 6 months validity on your passport  from the time of return. You can find further information about how to apply and what visa you require here

Need to Know

Make the most of your smartphone and stay connected by renting a wi-fi router/pocket wi-fi. You can rent one from a kiosk upon arriving at the airport

Price includes flights from the UK, internal flights and a 7-day JR rail pass which includes the Bullet Train (shinkansen). Accommodation on a B&B basis, private transfers and private guides where specified.