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Small Group Ski Tours in Japan

Do you enjoy travelling with a small group of like-minded powderhounds? Perhaps you are travelling solo, or with your partner or friends, but prefer to share the cost of a locally knowledgeable guide and transport arrangements? Our curated collection of small group tours get you to the best snow in the land, all pre-organised and logistics taken care of, with local tour leaders adding value both on and off the slopes.

Seeking the powder above the clouds in the Shiga Highlands
Seeking the powder above the clouds in the Shiga Highlands


We're not quite ready yet! Our plan, which will be in place for the 2020 / 2021 ski season, is to offer a range of small group ski and snowboarding holidays to Japan. These will include international flights from the U.K., the opportunity to spend time in Tokyo or Kyoto pre or post tour (or even extend and visit another ski resort on a tailor-made basis?) and then the guiding, logistics and pragmatism of travelling with a small group seeking the best snow in Japan. 

Most small group guided snowboard and ski tours to Japan are designed around the advanced skier and rider, and we will also put an emphasis on those tours which focus on the local culture as well.

Different Snow won't be operating the actual tour itself. Instead we will be partnering with local companies and curating a selection of, what we believe to be, the best ski tours of Japan. You'll pay the same cost you would if you were to book the tour direct, though we would simply package it together with international flights, any pre or post travel arrangements (to get you to the starting point, perhaps after a couple of days to acclimatise?) and then provide you with financial protection under our ATOL licence. Most importantly, we will only partner with the best companies; Japanese owned or operated, reputable, with the best guides and featuring ski resorts and on-mountain experiences we consider exceptional. 

We are currently researching, contracting and forming alliances with these local companies. These will be tours not currently available for sale in the U.K. and once up and running we'll be able talk your through the options - using our first-hand experience - to help you select the right small group tour for you. 

What our customers say

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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)


Very knowledgeable, patient and organised. Enjoyed all of my chats with Nick who offered a fantastic personalised service. Itinerary, accommodations and transfers all exactly as planned, loads of useful info to accompany the trip. Would definitely use again and recommend.

Patricia O'Donnell  ·  TrustPilot (verified review)

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How to book

It's pretty straight forward. You simply need to take the first step by getting in contact with us...


Give us a call, or fill in the enquiry form, or send us an email. We’ll listen, give advice and make suggestions.


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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