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Ski & See Japan featuring Hakuba

1,350

If you are looking for an epic alpine Asian adventure, then Hakuba sits right up there with the very best from Europe and North American resorts. A resort for all levels from beginner to advanced, you can chose from selection of 13 ski resorts, 137 ski lifts, 7 terrain parks, night skiing and an endless choice of hiking trails.

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Duration: 8 Nights / 9 Days
Route: Tokyo - Hakuba -Jigokudani & Matsumoto (day trip) - Takayama - Kyoto - Tokyo
Ski & See Japan featuring Hakuba Self Guided Adventures

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Dates: Early December to Late March
Duration: 8 Nights / 9 Days
Starts: Tokyo
Ends: Tokyo
Route: Tokyo - Hakuba -Jigokudani & Matsumoto (day trip) - Takayama - Kyoto - Tokyo
Tour Type: Self Guided with local guides in Tokyo
Prices from: €1,350/£999GBP/$1,500USD/$1,988AUD
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Itinerary

Day 1: Tokyo

One quarter of all Japanese live in Tokyo or the near vicinity and with a population of over 12 million inhabitants, Tokyo is one of the largest cities in the world. With its huge skyscrapers, underpasses, overpasses and crowds of pedestrians, Tokyo may not seem the most attractive city on the surface, but the city has a vibrant charm all of its own. The street level detail is what makes Tokyo such an incredibly interesting place to explore and at every turn you will be met with an array of sights, sounds and smells to enliven the senses. The city has many major sights to visit such as Senso-ji Temple in the old downtown area of Asakusa or the fashion hub of Shibuya from where all new trends are said to emanate. All in all a stay in Tokyo is to experience one of the world’s most vibrant and interesting cities; a capital hurtling headlong into the future whilst maintaining its links with the traditions of ancient Japan.

Your tour starts today when you arrive into Tokyo Narita Airport to be greeted by your tour leader. They will help you transfer from the airport to your hotel in the city centre. You will have some time to relax and recuperate after your flight or you can explore the area around your hotel in the afternoon. At 5pm all members of the group will assemble in the hotel lobby and your tour leader will take you out for an evening in Shinjuku. Towering skyscrapers dominate the Shinjuku skyline in the heart of the commercial downtown. Shinjuku station is the world’s busiest train station, serving over two million passengers every day. Check out amazing views of Tokyo from the observation decks at the nearby Metropolitan Government Office before delving down into one of Shinjuku’s many subterranean malls, or take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and find sanctuary in Shinjuku Gyoen (in spring this park is of Tokyo’s premier cherry-blossom viewing spots. Tonight you will enjoy dinner with your group in a local izakaya style restaurant.

Day 2: 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.
Seven ski areas can be found throughout the village, each with its own distinct atmosphere and target clientele. Hakuba Highland and Hakuba Minekata are popular family resorts offering great beginner and intermediate runs with extensive childcare facilities and sweeping views. Along with the newest resort of Hakuba 47, ‘Happo-one offers world-class runs for advanced skiers, while Sunalpina Hakuba Sanosaka offers challenging mogul and snowboarding runs. Hakuba offers the very best in winter sports set amongst spectacular alpine scenery with all the charm of a small Japanese mountain town.

Day 4: Jigokudani & Matsumoto (day trip)

Day 5: Takayama

Day 6: Kyoto

Day 7: Tokyo

Tour Highlights

Metropolitan Tokyo

Tokyo is the start and end point of this tour and stands in stark contrast to the spiritual and old-world feel of most of your trip. You will spend a full day with a local guide who will show you the various sights in this behemoth of a city. Visit the Tokyo SkyTree and ride 350 meters up into the sky and enjoy stunning panoramic views of the city skyline. Venture to the famous Tsukiji Fish Market and whet your appetite for later when you will taste the freshest sushi in the world.

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.
Seven ski areas can be found throughout the village, each with its own distinct atmosphere and target clientele. Hakuba Highland and Hakuba Minekata are popular family resorts offering great beginner and intermediate runs with extensive childcare facilities and sweeping views. Along with the newest resort of Hakuba 47, ‘Happo-one offers world-class runs for advanced skiers, while Sunalpina Hakuba Sanosaka offers challenging mogul and snowboarding 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. The city also boasts a number of sake breweries, hidden in the backstreets amongst the traditional buildings, a good museum of Ukiyoe woodblock prints, and is the home of soba noodles, the local speciality which is particularly delicious. You can also try some of the city’s other local delicacy – raw horse! The city has a really relaxed atmosphere and a cosmopolitan feel befitting of a city renowned for its musicians and authors. The famous violin teacher, Suzuki (of the Suzuki method) originated from Matsumoto and you will find a commemorative statue on the street opposite the station.
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. Kiyomizu-dera Temple’s astonishing hanging veranda juts out over the mountainside, and several buildings designated as ‘national treasures’ can be found within the temple grounds. 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. These are just two of the incredible seventeen UNESCO World Heritage Sites you photo-girlcan find in Kyoto.
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 a geisha or maiko.

Inclusions and/or Prices

Service Standard Superior Deluxe
Airport Transfers (Arrival & departure / door to door service) Mini-van or Limousine Bus Mini-van or Limousine Bus Private Vehicle
Accommodation 3 Star Western x 7 nights

Standard Ryokans x 7 nights

4 Star Western x 7 nights

Superior Ryokans x 7 nights

5 Star Western x 7 nights

Delux Ryokans x 7 nights

Meals 14 breakfasts + 7 dinners 14 breakfasts + 7 dinners 14 breakfasts + 7 dinners
Transport Public transport inc. 7 day Ordinary Japan Rail Pass Public transport inc. 7 day Ordinary Japan Rail Pass Public transport inc. 7 day Green Japan Rail Pass.

Full day private vehicle in Tokyo & Kyoto

Tokyo Guide Included Included Included
Kyoto Guide Included Included Included
Authentic Tea Ceremony Shared Tea Ceremony Private Tea Ceremony + Geisha Meet & Greet Private Tea Ceremony + Geisha Meet & Greet
Hiroshima & Miyajima Guide Optional Extra Optional Extra 4 Hours Private Service Included
UJT’s Essential Travel Pack Included – 2 weeks prior to departure Included – 2 weeks prior to departure Included – 2 weeks prior to departure

Per Person Prices from:

Tour Category EUR GBP US$ AU$
Standard €1,800 £1,500 $2,100 $2,700 AUD
Superior €TBC £TBC $TBC $TBC AUD
Deluxe €TBC £TBC $TBC $TBC AUD

Prices quoted are based on two people sharing a Twin or Double Room. Single Travellers may incur a supplement, depending on hotel category and availabilty of Single Occupancy Rooms. Exchange rate fluctuations may lead to price changes. All prices are based on July 2015 exchange rates. Peak Season Supplements Apply: Cherry Blossom Season, Autumn Leaf Season, National Holiday Weekends Inside Japan.

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Total price of this tour

1,350 per person