Focus on: Hokkaido’s Big 3 – Niseko, Furano & Rusutsu
If Hokkaido is on your radar, then the next step is identifying exactly where you’d like to stay. Please
see the following info to help you with your decision making. The options presented are all easily
accessible from Tokyo – a 1 hour 40 minute flight to Sapporo, and under 2 hours via shuttle bus.
Niseko: The most famous one.
Niseko is Japan’s ultimate ski resort, popular with foreign skiers and snowboarders. As well as long
ski runs, great powder and many after-ski spots, Niseko also has off-trail skiing, which is unusual
among resorts in Japan. Niseko has three main resort areas: Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and
Annupuri, all around the central mountain of Niseko-Annupuri. The Niseko All Mountain Pass
(provided in our package) gives access to all three resorts. Niseko is the most foreigner-friendly and
frequented resort as well as the most developed in terms of facilities. That said, because of its
popularity, availability can be a bit more limited and it can be comparatively crowded particularly
during Chinese New Year (mid-Feb) & Australian schools hols (mid-Dec & early April).
Available at JTB as a package or tailor-made:
http://www.japanspecialist.co.uk/tour_package/niseko-7- day-ski- package/
Rusutsu: The biggest one.
With an average annual snowfall of over 14 metres, the Rusutsu resort has some of the most
incredible powder and tree skiing to be found anywhere in the world. Additionally, Niseko, is just a
30-minute drive from Rusutsu, so it’s very easy to experience Japan’s most renowned ski resort
during the trip. Most of Rusutsu’s facilities, international restaurants and bars are located within the
two main hotels of the area. Unlike nearby Niseko, nightlife options are limited to just a few quiet
bars. The nearby town (a short taxi ride away) is small and quiet with a handful of local dining
options, including an “izakaya”, and a convenience store. This is a great option for purists who want
all the quality conditions of Niseko without the bells and whistles.
A trip to Rusutsu can be put together as a bespoke package:
Furano: The most Japanese one.
Furano ski resort is located centre of Hokkaido and regarded as having the lightest and driest
powder snow in Japan. The weather is generally more pleasant than other resorts in Hokkaido, with
more blue-sky days and stable conditions, but the area still receives 9 metres of snow per season on
average. Its location in a small rural city means it also offers a less “resortified”, more authentic
Japanese experience. Furano is a relaxing and quiet resort. However it does offer a good range of
excellent restaurants, hot springs and other local attractions. As a result it is considered an ideal
location for families and those seeking something uniquely Japanese.
Available at JTB as a package or tailor-made: http://www.japanspecialist.co.uk/tour_package/9-day-package-including- ski-in- furano/
While you are in the area …
After your snow-bucket list has a great big check mark on it, why not get to work on the other one
while you are in Japan. Here are a few additional options for add-ons to your stay:
End of March-Mid April: Cherry Blossom Experience. Take advantage of exclusive domestic flight fares for tourists by taking a short flight to Tokyo (1 hour 40 mins) or Osaka – near Kyoto (2 hours) to join in the annual “Hanami” celebrations.
Feb-May: Okinawa Island Hopping. A four hour flight from Sapporo will allow you to experience the full contrast of Japan by ending your winter holiday in a sub-tropical island paradise.
Dec-May: Golden Route adventure. Fly into Tokyo, and then use the highly economical national railpass to travel Japan’s famous Golden Route (Tokyo, Hakone/Mount Fuji, Kyoto and Osaka) by bullet
For further information on any of the options presented go to: http://www.japanspecialist.co.uk/
Or contact JTB directly:
Tel: 020 8237 1605