Ski Japan

7 D/ 6 N - $ 2100*

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Hit the powder and max out on moguls for an entire week. Shuttle around to the nearby ski resorts and apres-ski your way from green to black runs.With time to visit snow monkeys, a sake brewery, a temple tour, and plenty of Japanese noms thrown in.
 
Bucket List Inclusions

  • Bullet train to and from Matsumoto

More Inclusions

  • 6 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • 6 nights in hotels
  • Local train to and from Hakuba
  • 5-day ski pass
  • Awesome driver/local guide
  • Smaller group size
  • Modern air-conditioned vehicles

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Day 1: Tokyo to Habuka, Japan

Start in the organised chaos of Shinjuku before strolling to the busiest train station in the world to express it to ski town. Hurtle to Hakuba at breakneck speed on a bullet train and attempt to take photos of all the passing snowy forest awesomeness. Meet your local crew who’ll brief you on the best slopes and other fun stuff while you’re here. This is it.

Included today:
– Bullet train to Matsumoto
– Local train to Hakuba
– Transfer to hotel

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Hakuba

Pick up your ski gear and any extras including a helmet – if not to protect your noggin, then to strap a gopro to. Head for the slopes. Find your feet with beginner green trails, or race through black runs if you’re already expert. Then this afternoon head out for some yakiniku (grilled meat) or the local – a traditional English watering hole a short crunch through the snow from the hotel. Expert tip – rent snow shoes (not the tennis racket kind) and avoid an embarrassing ice dance on the way back.

Included today:
– Ski pass

Meals: Breakfast.

Day 3: Hakuba

Spread out and get the Kokusai lift to Happo-one (with some of the longest vertical pitches in Japan), or shuttle it to one of the other nearby resorts to compare runs. Stop for a hot curry to recharge your batteries before hitting the trails again. Do the casual and very cool apres-ski culture and stop for a drink at an izakaya after your last run of the day. Dinner: give a nod to the land of pasta and choose Italian, or go local with Japanese. Or you could go Italo-Japanese and have two dinners.

Included today:
– Ski pass

Meals: Breakfast.

Day 4: Hakuba

Snow likes to be temperamental (the country that runs on to-the-second precision wouldn’t be happy with this below-par performance) so check with the hotel for reports on the slope conditions each morning and book day lift passes. Try out your new tricks or stay with the easy runs – if you look like a giant stick insect with oversized shoes on, never fear, you’ll get the hang of it soon. If you’re maxed out on moguls, put Hakuba 47 snowpark through its paces, then soak your sore muscles in the Onsen pools back at the hotel. If you’re too relaxed to get yourself to the pub, there’s always the hotel bar. Too lazy to walk to the bar? The land of sumo wrestlers understands. Get your beers from the vending machine near the fireplace. That’s right.

Included today:
- Ski pass

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Hakuba

Take a break from the powder and day trip it to see snow monkeys at Jigokudani, have a tipple at the Masuichi-Ichimura sake brewery or get your temple on at a Zenkoji Temple tour. Missed the pow? You can still ski in the dark. Go for a night ski in renowned Kashimayari at the southern end of Hakuba valley.

Included today:
– Ski pass

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Hakuba

If you’ve mastered expert-level skiing or snowboarding by today, congrats. Everything in Japan, including the skiing, is always next level awesome. Last recommendations – for the skiers: Goryu and Iwatake for long cruising trails and uninterrupted skiing. For the snowboarders: tree skiing at Cortina’s ungroomed trails and terrain parks, half-pipes, gullies and powder bowls in Hakuba.

Included today:
– Ski pass

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Hakuba to Tokyo

One last chance to carve the morning powder, then bullet train it back to Tokyo in the afternoon.

Included today:
-Local train to Hakuba
-Bullet train to Tokyo

Meals: Breakfast.