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Ski & See Japan featuring Niseko

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Hokkaido, located north of Honshu, is perhaps the crème de la crème of ski resorts, although slightly more challenging to get to. This second largest island in Japan spends over half to the year covered in snow. Powerful winds blow in from Russia between November and April bringing powder snow, and plenty of it!

Ski & See Japan featuring Niseko Route Map
Duration: 8 Nights / 9 Days
Route: Tokyo - Sapporo - Niseko (Furano & Rusutsu Day Trips) - Kyoto - Tokyo
Ski & See Japan featuring Niseko Self Guided Adventures

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Dates: Early December to Late April
Duration: 8 Nights / 9 Days
Starts: Tokyo
Ends: Tokyo
Route: Tokyo - Sapporo - Niseko (Furano & Rusutsu Day Trips) - Kyoto - Tokyo
Tour Type: Self-guided with local guides in places & detailed travel pack
Prices from: €1,680/£1,260GBP/$1,866USD/$2,473AUD
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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.

Sapporo

Make your way to Japan and we will look after you from there. Flights from any of the major hubs (Tokyo/Osaka/Nagoya) to Sapporo are included in your tour. Spend your first night seeing some of the sights and tasting the locals’ favourite: ramen noodles.The next morning transfer to Niseko resort by public transport and check into your resort centre hotel or ryokan. There are various types of accommodation options in Niseko, as with many ski resorts in Japan, e.g. self-catering apartments, fully serviced hotels (up to 4 and 5 star) and ski-lodges. No matter what accommodation we choose for you, we will ensure it has a relaxing onsen and is conveniently located with easy access to the ski-lift.

Niseko

Niseko is probably Japan’s most popular ski resort town, and rightly so! The quality of powder, the long wide runs, the backcountry options, and the amazing facilities deserve such high regard. Niseko comprises of four resorts on the one mountain, Niseko Annupuri (1,308 metres). The three major resorts include Grand Hirafu (largest), Niseko Village, and Annupuri. You will be provided with a Niseko All Mountain Pass so you can access all resorts for the duration of your stay.
We usually base people in Grand Hirafu in the centre of the action.

Rusutsu

A second day-trip to Rusutsu is a must. Covering more than 4,000 acres it is considered Japan’s single largest winter resort and has retained much of the Japanese atmosphere and traditions you would expect compared to neighbouring Niseko. Rusutsu receives over 13 meters of deep, light powder snow every year, making it one of the snowiest resorts in the world. With a broad range of long runs and a good mix of groomed trails Rusutsu has slopes for all levels. Factor in its superb night-ski options and other attractions like restaurants and shops, pool facilities and hot spring baths, and Rusutsu is a fantastic choice for family trips!

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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View your complete travel documents & manage your own booking on your own personal travel portal, entering details required before travel pack stage. You may also pay the final balance securely online (or by bank transfer if preferred).

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6. Receive your Essential Travel Pack

Our custom made essential Travel Pack will be 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.

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7. See you in Japan!

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Total price of this tour

1,680 per person