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The Myoko Adventure

Tokyo - Myoko Kogen - Kyoto
14 days


This is the perfect hybrid tour - at its heart there are six days of skiing (or snowboarding) in the Myoko Kogen region, but this is then book-ended with a stay in Tokyo to begin with and several days at Kyoto at the end, both with the freedom to explore by yourself.

So let's begin with the skiing. Whilst you have six days on the mountain, the first day on the slopes of Akakura Kanko and Akakura Onsen is without ski guide. Use this day to find your ski legs, test out any rental kit we've organised and get used to the unique powder snow. Then come five days with your guides and, on any given day, you'll head to one of 13 different nearby resorts with a simple modus operandi - let's find the best powder snow in the Japanese Alps. There will no doubt be a mix of skiers and snowboarders in the group, of varying ability - but the guides will take care of that and you will ski / ride with a small group of like-minded powder enthusiasts and no-doubt spend time in amongst the trees, in the terrain parks, on the groomers or deep in the back bowls. Whatever floats your boat. 

The holiday begins with a flight to Tokyo, where you spend a couple of nights before catching the bullet-train north in to the Japanese Alps. This time in Tokyo affords you some time to get to grips with jet lag before the ski slopes and, more importantly, gives you time to explore the world's most exciting city. After you six days on the slopes, you then continue on by train to Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital. Another couple of days at leisure awaits - you've left the group behind at the ski resort, so this is free time to explore at your own pace. Finally, we've organised a shared-taxi transfer to get you out to Kansai airport for your homebound flight(s).

The Myoko Adventure

Day-By-Day Itinerary

Day 1
Depart from the UK, flying to Japan on British Airways.
Day 2
Arrive in Tokyo Haneda and then make your way to your hotel. Spend the afternoon and evening relaxing in Tokyo, recuperating after the long flight(s).
Day 3
A full day at leisure in Tokyo - the word's most exciting city! Different Snow have produced comprehensive, pragmatic and sometimes irreverent 'How To...' guides to help you explore - full of practical advice, recommendations, sightseeing notes and tips.
Day 4
Morning at leisure in Tokyo and then you catch an early afternoon shinkansen (bullet-train) to Nagano City and then a local branch line to Myoko Kogen Station. Here you are met by your local hosts and transferred to your accommodation in Akakura Onsen village. Meet your powder-comrades and ask the ski guides any questions you may have.
Day 5
Your first day on the slopes is free - the lift pass is included and if you need to pick up any rental kit, you do so today. Find your ski legs on Akakura mountain, getting to grips with the resort slopes on your doorstep.
Days 6 - 10
Five full days with your ski guides on the slopes of Myoko Kogen and nearby resorts - therefore, on any given day, you may ski (or ride) in Akakura Kano, Akakura Onsen, Suginohara, Madarao, Tangram, Ikenotaria, Arai, Seki Onsen, Tohakushi or elsewhere (they have a few secret locations tucked away in their back pocket). Transport to and from the slopes is included and the straight-forward objective each day is...powder, powder, powder.
Day 11
Leaving the village (and saying goodbye to your guides and ski buddies) you take the local branch line to Joetsumyoko Station and then bullet-train to Kanazawa. You can break the journey here if you wish, or simply head straight on to Kyoto on the 'Thunderbird Express' train. Check in to your central hotel or ryokan.
Days 12 & 13
Two full days at leisure to explore Kyoto. This is free time, and we will provide all the information you need to get the most from these days. Different Snow have produced comprehensive, pragmatic and sometimes irreverent 'How To...' guides to help you explore - full of practical advice, recommendations, sightseeing notes and tips.
Day 14
We have a pre-booked shared taxi transfer booked to take you out to Kansai Airport, from which you fly back to the UK. Arrive home same day.

Dates, Cost & Inclusions



23rd December 2020 - 5th January 2021

30th December 2020 - 12th January 2021

6th January - 19th January 2021*

13th January - 26th January 2021

20th  January - 2nd February 2021

27th January - 9th February 2021

3rd February - 16th February 2021

10th February - 23rd February 2021

17th February - 2nd March 2021

24th February - 9th March 2021


£3,798 per person* / single supplement = £650

*note that this cost may vary and this is usually down to the costs of the international flights. This is more likely over Christmas / New Year or other peak dates. We will confirm the price if you call us (or email) to check availability.


International flights on British Airways.

2 nights in the Gracery Hotel in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Twin share. Breakfast is included.

7 nights in a lodge in Akakura Onsen village. Twin share. Breakfast is included.

3 nights in the Vista Premio Nagomitei in Kyoto. Twin share. Breakfast is included.

Shinkansen (bullet-train) tickets from Tokyo to Nagano Station.

Private transfers between Myoko train station and your hotel.

6 days lift pass in Myoko Kogen and nearby ski resorts.

5 days ski guiding (Monday to Friday).

Daily transport.

On-ground staff support in Myoko Kogen, providing 24hr care.

Bullet-train tickets from Joetsumyoko Station to Kanazawa and then Thunderbird Express to Kyoto.

Shared taxi transfer from Kyoto accommodation to Kansai Airport.


Rental equipment.

Avalanche gear rental.


Accommodation & Ability Requirements



Gracery Hotel in Shinjuku, Tokyo. 

The Lodge in Akakura Onsen village.

Vista Premio Nagomitei in Kyoto.

The lead-in cost for this tour is based on the Gracery Hotel in Kyoto, the Vista Premio Nagomitei in Kyoto and a Japanese-style lodge in Myoko Kogen. All are very comfortable, well located and the breakfasts they serve hearty. However, there is opportunity to upgrade your accommodation selections in all three instances.


This tour is perfect for any ability. However, most of your fellow guests will likely be either upper-intermediates, experts and advanced and powder will be in everyones sights. Therefore some confidence and experience in the deep stuff is obviously advantageous.

The terrain is accessed by the ski lifts in the resorts, so no hiking or touring is required. However, you will spend most of your time away from the pistes, in amongst the trees or in the slack-country.

What our customers say

5 star rating

Our customers rate us 'Excellent'

We had a trip of a lifetime holiday

Different Snow presented us with an excellent itinerary to suit our budget and accommodated specific requests. We had a whistlestop tour of Tokyo followed by great powder skiing in Hakuba then a cultural exploration of Kyoto. A fascinating and rewarding trip!

S Macquaker  ·  TrustPilot (verified review)

Every detail was taken care of

We love to travel and I love planning trips, but Japan was just a little bit out of my comfort zone. I appreciated Nick’s expertise and was willing to pay for it! It was worth every penny in my mind. We appreciated the “guides” and all the suggestions.

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How to book

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We create a tailor-made itinerary proposal and email this to you. Together, we then refine it until it is just as you want.


A 20% deposit secures the booking. The balance payment is not due until 10 weeks before departure.

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