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Ski & See Japan [Hakuba]


If you are looking for an epic alpine adventure this winter, then Hakuba is one of the very best destinations in Asia if not the world. Host to the Winter Olympics in 1998, the ski resorts in Japanese alps compares favourably with the best resorts in Europe and North America. With a staggering 11m of snowfall annually (almost 4 times snowfall of leading resorts in the French Alps) there are more fresh tracks to be had and more bumper powder days to enjoy that most could resorts dream of. Only its competitor resort Niseko in the north Island of Japan can beat Hakuba in terms of regular powder snowfall. But, whilst Niseko may get heavier snowfall, the 10 resorts side by side in the Hakuba valley (sharing a common All-Mountain lift pass and with free shuttle buses between each) offer a more compelling range of terrain and slopes to explore.

A resort for all levels from beginner to advanced, you can choose from selection of 10 ski resorts, 137 ski lifts, 9 terrain parks, night skiing until 10pm and an endless choice of hiking trails. Also, the apres ski bars and restaurants in Hakuba village is known across the world for its fine cuisine and distinctly Japanese cultural experience (including a choice of 12 local onsens to soak your muscles after a hard day of riding the mountain)!

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Duration: 10 Nights
Route: Tokyo - Hakuba - Jigokudani & Matsumoto (day trip) - Takayama - Kyoto

Prices and Inclusions

Airport Transfers (Arrival door to door service)Mini-van or Limousine BusMini-van or Limousine BusPrivate Vehicle
Accommodation3 nights in Tokyo & Takayama city centre standard hotel (Candeo Hotel / Takayama Green Hotel or similar)

5 nights in Hakuba guesthouse/lodge (White Horse Lodge or similar)

2 nights in Kyoto machiya (converted tea-house/self catering)


3 nights in Tokyo & Takayama superior hotel (Hotel Century Southern Tower / Hotel Associa or similar)

5 nights in Hakuba superior hotel (Tokyu Hotel or similar)

2 nights in Kyoto machiya (converted tea-house/self catering)

3 nights in Tokyo & Takayama deluxe hotel (Palace Hotel / Hotel Associa or similar)

5 nights in Hakuba superior hotel (Tokyu Hotel or similar)

2 nights in Kyoto deluxe hotel (Ritz Carlton or similar)

Meals10 breakfasts + 5 dinners10 breakfasts + 5 dinners10 breakfasts + 5 dinners
TransportTokyo – Hakuba Bus

Matsumoto – Takayama Bus

Takayama – Kyoto Trains

Tokyo – Hakuba Train & Bus

Matsumoto – Takayama Bus

Takayama – Kyoto Trains

Tokyo – Hakuba Chartered Vehicle

Hakuba – Takayama Chartered Vehicle

Takayama – Kyoto Trains

Tokyo GuideIncludedIncludedIncluded
Kyoto GuideIncludedIncludedIncluded
Authentic Tea CeremonyShared Tea CeremonyPrivate Tea Ceremony + Geisha Meet & GreetPrivate Tea Ceremony + Geisha Meet & Greet
Snow Monkey Park ExcursionOptional ExtraOptional ExtraOptional Extra
UJT’s Essential Travel PackIncluded – 2 weeks prior to departureIncluded – 2 weeks prior to departureIncluded – 2 weeks prior to departure

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Prices quoted are based on two people sharing a Twin or Double Room. Single Travelers may incur a supplement but we will do our best to save you costs on your trip. Peak Season Supplements Apply during Cherry Blossom Season, Autumn Leaf Season, National Holiday Weekends Inside Japan including New Year (& Chinese New Year).


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Dates: Early December to Late March
Duration: 10 Nights
Starts: Tokyo
Ends: Kyoto
Route: Tokyo - Hakuba - Jigokudani & Matsumoto (day trip) - Takayama - Kyoto
Tour Type: Self Guided with local guides in Tokyo & Kyoto
Prices from: €2,600 Per Person Sharing Twin Room
Accommodation Category: Standard, Superior, or Deluxe

Tour Highlights

Metropolitan Tokyo

Tokyo is the start of this tour and stands in stark contrast to the spiritual and old-world feel of most of your trip. You will spend an afternoon or evening (depending on your arrival time) with a local guide who will show you the various sights in this behemoth of a city.

Nagano - Hakuba

Hakuba is one of Japan’s premier ski resorts located in the stunning northern Japanese Alps. Hakuba gained its reputation when its exhilarating slopes played host to several events during the 1998 Winter Olympics. The resort’s seven distinct ski areas offer spectacular views, excellent dining and apres-ski activities, as well as plenty of beginner and intermediate runs. Hakuba offers the very best in winter sports set amongst spectacular alpine scenery with all the charm of a small Japanese mountain town.

Takayama & Matsumoto

Matsumoto is an alpine city surrounded on all sides by the towering peaks of the Japan Alps and has an almost European feel to it. The city is most famous for its original castle which is only a short distance from the station. This is one of the only original castles in Japan and really gives you a sense of ancient Japan and how the samurai used to live and fight.

After your brief visit to Matsumoto Castle you will move onto Takayama. Mountains in Japan were once believed to be the sacred dwelling places of divine spirits and the Hida, Kiso and Akaishi ranges of Mountains, known collectively as the Japan Alps rise majestically in northern Honshu. Takayama, in the heart of the Hida Mountains is a delightful town, established in the 16th century as the castle town of the Kanamori family and now famous throughout Japan for its old town area of narrow streets containing many well-preserved inns, tea houses, shops and merchants houses with the latticed windows and overhanging roofs characteristic of the Edo period. The town was also renowned throughout the Edo era (1603-1868) for the very high quality of its craftsmen and many of the temples in Kyoto were built by workers from Takayama. The town has many shrines and temples of its own giving rise to the title of ‘Little Kyoto’. Just on the outskirts of the town is the fascinating Hida folk village where old farm houses from across the Hida region have been brought together and rebuilt (beam by beam) on a hillside overlooking the town. Takayama’s morning market on the bank of the Miyagawa River is famous and well worth a visit to see the stands selling local farm produce, flowers and crafts. There are also some great micro sake breweries affording the chance to sample the wares of Takayama’s most famous product! A stay in Takayama is a chance to get a feel for a way of life that really has all but disappeared from modern Japan.

Ancient Kyoto

Residence of the emperor and capital of Japan from 794 to 1868, Kyoto holds extraordinary cultural and historical value. Among Kyoto’s sixteen hundred Buddhist temples and four hundred Shinto shrines are some of the most famous and important in Japan. Kinkaku-ji, the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, is a Zen Buddhist temple whose top two stories are coated entirely in gold leaf and the temple has become an iconic symbol for the city.
Exploring Kyoto’s Gion district you can’t help but be taken in by the charm of the traditional wooden merchant houses or machiya (traditional townhouses) that form the façade of the street-front. Gion is also home to many of Kyoto’s best-known ochaya or teahouses, and it is here and in the surrounding streets that many go in the hope of catching a glimpse of geisha or maiko. As part of our tour you will have the rare and amazing chance to take part in an authentic tea ceremony and walking tour of Gion with your local guide.


Day 1: Arrive Tokyo

Arrive into Tokyo on your scheduled flight. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel directly. Enjoy an afternoon or evening orientation with our local staff who will ensure you have your tickets ready for your journey tomorrow. You can use this time to become familiar with your area and experience an evening in a local Izakaya if you feel up to it!

If you prefer to have some extra nights in Tokyo at the start, we can arrange this. You will stay in the city centre with easy access for your bullet train ride the next morning.

Accommodation: 1 night in Tokyo or Ueno Station Hotel incl. breakfast


Day 2 - 6: Hakuba Valley 5 Days Skiing

On Day 2, you will move north to Hakuba in Nagano prefecture, by bullet train & coach (or private vehicle if you prefer). The journey time is approx. 3 hours. You should have time for a half day on the slopes today or alternatively, take it easy, get to know your area, soak in the hot springs, and enjoy the village atmosphere.

You will stay overnight in a local style hotel with hot springs and dinner served each evening. The All Mountain Area Pass otherwise known as Hakuba Valley Ticket gives you access to a grand snow resort area at the base of the Northern Alps. 10 mountains to enjoy snow sports include Sanosaka, Goryu, Hakuba47, Happo-one, Iwatake, Tsugaike, Norikura, Cortina, Kashimayari and Jiigatake. You can even ski /ride an unlimited number of resorts on a day. Access to each resort will be using the local shuttle buses. Full details provided in your travel pack. Ski Rentals are not included but can be hired locally, as well as ski wear (if you don’t fancy carrying it from your home country).

Included: 5 Day Adult Hakuba Valley Lift Pass / Not Included: Ski rental, Ski Wear, Ski lessons (all available to buy locally or in advance)

Accommodation: 4 nights Japanese ski lodge hotel incl. hot springs (onsen), breakfast & dinner daily

Optional Day Tour to Jigokudani (Snow Monkey Park) & Matsumoto

Hakuba_to_jigokudani_mapIf you feel like taking a day off from skiing, we can arrange a local driver/guide to take you to see the snow monkey park, approx. one hours drive from Hakuba. Probably the most photographed monkeys in the world, you will get up close and personal with the red faced monkeys. Each day, they head into the mountain for some adventure and play time before coming back down to soak in the outdoor hot springs & dinner! What a life!

Supplement applies for this day trip. Enquire when booking.

Day 6 & 7 : Hakuba => Takayama (via Matsumoto)

After 5 days of world class skiing, pack your bags and head for Takayama stopping off at Matsumoto, to see the famous samurai castle. Travel is by local bus (we will give you relevant details on how to get here). Enjoy the old world ambience in Takayama, staying in a central guesthouse or hotel for 1 night.

Accommodation: 2 nights in a western style including breakfast

Day 8 & 9: Takayama => Kyoto

After two night in the picturesque town of Takayama, you will move to the ancient capital Kyoto. Spend two nights exploring the many UNESCO World Heritage Highlights. Our local Kyoto guide will meet you on your second day in Kyoto, ready to fill you in on the full historical story that dates back hundreds of years, to modern day Japan. Visit Nijo Castle & Kinkakuji Golden Pavillion. Walk through the stunning Arashiyama Bamboo Grove before finishing your day in the Geisha district in Gion. Here you will have a special treat – Authentic Tea Ceremony in a local Kyoto tea-house.

A real highlight of your time in Kyoto will be at your accommodation. You will stay in a converted town house nestled in one of the tiny streets inside Kyoto’s Gion or central areas. Self-catering facilities give you a bit more freedom (Washing facilities and basic home appliances available at your house).

Accommodation: 2 nights in a traditional machiya (no meals)

Day 10: Kyoto => Tokyo or Fly home from Osaka

Depending on which airline you use to come to Japan, you may be able to depart from Osaka Kansai Airport. If you have a choice, then we recommend you choose Kansai as your departing airport. Your tour ends today so if you require a transfer back to Tokyo or to the airport we will price this separately.

How to Book

Step 1: Pay Your Booking Deposit (€250/£200/USD300/AUD400)

By paying your deposit today allows our team get started on booking your tour and services in Japan. Booking Terms and Conditions


Step 2: Book Your Flight

Once you have decided your route in Japan we recommend you book your flights then. To find the best available routes and flights, check out skyscanner.com.arrow

Step 3: Manage your Booking

You will be provided with a unique and secure Travel Portal. Check your documents and fill out as much information as possible, to ensure we give you the best service possible (dietary requirements, passport info, flight details, and so on). You can also pay your tour in Instalments if you prefer through this portal.


Step 4: Final Payment Due 8 Weeks Prior

Your tour balance is due 8 weeks prior to your start date. If you are traveling within these 8 weeks at time of paying your deposit, we will request your full payment as soon as we have your tour confirmed. Your travel consultant will be in touch with you about this. All of our tours are financially protected by the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust (ABTOT), no matter what country you are traveling from.


Step 5: Receive your Essential Travel Pack

All of our clients receive an Essential Travel Pack which is sent to your home address (worldwide) 2-3 weeks before your departure date. If your starting date is less than 2 weeks, you will receive it on arrival in Japan. All documents will be sent via email in advance also.

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Total price of this tour

2,600 per person

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