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The Powder Hunter

Asahikawa - Furano - Shiga Kogen
14 days

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1
Depart form the U.K. flying to Hokkaido Island in Japan, via Tokyo.
Day 2
Arrive in Asahikawa Airport and catch the airport shuttle bus in to the city and your hotel. Check in and relax after you international flights.
Day 3
Full day at Kamui Ski Links, the local resort to Asahikawa City. A day to find your ski legs in this queiest of ski resorts, with powder traps galore. Get in amongst the trees!
Day 4
Full day at Otoe, a local cat ski operation. Loads of vertical, fresh tracks a-plenty on some interesting terrain.
Day 5
Head to Asahidake ropeway, for a full day with your private guide on the volcano. This will be, probably, the best day's skiing (or riding) of your life. After youc ome off the mountain you head to Furano in the evening and check in to your hotel in Kitanomine village.
Days 6-8
Skiing in the Furano region. At least one day on Furano mountain itself, and then you can head off wit your guide to either Tomamu, Sahoro or Yubari for the extra days...or perhaps a second day on Furani mountain (it warrants it). For the ski tourers amongst you, who wish to earn your turns, head out in to Daisetsuzan National Park with your guide.
Day 9
Make your way to Sapporo Chitose Airport on the coach, fly south to Tokyo and then jump on the bullet train to Nagano City. From here its a quick change on to the Nankai Electric branch line, on which its an extra hour on to Yudanaka Onsen. Check in to your ryokan, in this most traditional of Japanese villages.
Days 10-15
Four full days with our local guide you explore the Japanese Alps. Shiga Kogen is the natural attraction, right on your doorstep and with endless possibilities. However, you are not restricted to this as Madarao, Tangram, Togakushi, Ryuo, Kijimadaira and even Nozawa Onsen are all within easy reach also. The guys we use in this region know the resorts intimately and will make decisions daily, based on prevailing conditions and your ability. Push it as hard as you would like. Evenings are spent staying in a traditional ryokan - onsens, Japanese food and cultural activities.
Day 16
Shared taxi transfer back to either Tokyo Haneda or Tokyo Narita airport and fly home to the UK, to arrive home the same day.

how much would this holiday cost?

Obviously, cost depends on which accommodation you choose, how many excursions and activities you want to book, whether you wish to include ski hire and local backcountry guides, etc. And this this itinerary, you really we have. Therefore, an indicative lead-in price for this 16-day itinerary would be circa £3,300 per person, including on moderate accommodation (mid / low season), transfers, lift passes, private ski guides, rail tickets, snow monkey excursion and economy class flights from the U.K. This is based on four of you travelling together.

If you were to move the dates to January (but still avoiding Christmas & New Year / Chinese New Year), this would then rise by approximately a couple of hundred pounds per person. And, of course, if you wanting the finest, most luxurious accommodation then....the sky's the limit really! 

We don't have to include international flights. However, by keeping it all within one package, your arrangements are protected by ATOL.

Different Snow strive to offer the most competitive prices in all instances. However, we pride ourselves first and foremost on quality - we are an independent specialist tour operator and, therefore, are not beholden to any supplier. We make our decisions based only on who's best in each and every instance.

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We had a family holiday (three generations) to Niseko, with some time in Tokyo. A brilliant holiday. Different Snow were so knowledgeable about Japan and skiing, so helpful and friendly, and full of good suggestions - even down to restaurants and non-skiing activities. We are looking forward to our next trip with them!

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