Small group escorted tour (maximum 8 travellers) – active and fun.

Japan is now recognised globally as a premier, snow resort destination.  Shoji Australia’s local knowledge and professional planning will help you avoid the increasing foreign crowds to access authentic experiences and the best of powder snow.  Fully escorted, your travel will be stress free and offer fun times and real insight into the culture of Japan as you travel from Tokyo to amazing locations in the north eastern Tohoku region.

This tour is for adults only and is suitable both skiers and snowboarders with no Japanese language ability who is looking for a comprehensive introduction to this unique country.  The Japan tour will be coordinated and accompanied by an escort who will provide you with all the information you need to understand the culture and enjoy your trip. A detailed information booklet will provide information about locations visited and a background in aspects of Japanese history and culture.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Tokyo
DATES Meeting in Tokyo Sunday 19 January 2020
Finishing in Tokyo Tuesday 28 January 2020
9 nights stay in Japan
INCLUDED
Full escorted
Accommodation
Local transportation
Daily Breakfast
1 lunch
All breakfast and dinners
6 day ski lift pass
1 day private side country ski with certified guide
3 CAT run tour and 1 Sunrise CAT tour
Optional night ski
Support from your tour leader
Pre-departure documents including detailed information booklet
NOT INCLUDED
Airfare
Travel insurance
Meals admissions not specified in the itinerary
Rentals

Highlights

  • Powder snow
  • 6 day lift pass included
  • No waiting  for lifts
  • Authentic experiences
  • Travel with a Japanese speaking Australian tour leader
  • Small group – maximum 8
  • 3 snow resorts
  • Tokyo cultural and modern icons
  • Traditional Japanese traditional ryokan inn stay with a Japanese multi-kaiseki banquet and onsen hot spring natural bath
  • Japanese pub Izakaya dinner experience

Additional information

twin shareAUD 5,200
single travellerAUD 5,800
flightAUD 1,200
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Day 1: Meet in Tokyo

In the afternoon you have an option to visit snow sports shops to see the latest gear before meeting at the hotel to head to the ‘welcome’ Japanese dinner at izakaya pub.
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Day 2: Tokyo

Start the day with the impressive, Meiji Shrine set in a tranquil forest adjacent to the vibrant and bustling district of Harajuku which will be the next stop on this busy Sunday. Then moving on to Shibuya, known for its youth fashion and culture vibe, you get a great view of the famous Shibuya ‘scramble’ intersection and join the crowds crossing over to mingle in the exciting atmosphere. In Shibuya you will find an amazing array of shopping opportunities or a characteristic cafe. No trip to Tokyo would be complete without time to experience the atmosphere of the past at Asakusa in the heart of the ‘shitamachi’ (low area).  Asakusa is home to the ancient, vermillion coloured Sensō-ji, Tokyo’s oldest and perhaps most significant Buddhist temple.   You can enjoy wandering market style arcades of traditional Japanese souvenirs and crafts.
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Day 3: Transfer to the snow fields

Leaving Tokyo by bullet train, the tour will head to the northern region of Tohoku to begin a 6 full day snow trip. There will be time to relax in an overnight stay at a traditional Japanese inn and experience bathing in the natural hot spring spa and enjoy a Japanese dinner
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Day 4: Snow

All day skiing/snowboarding including a side ski with a certified guide. Enjoy Japanese kaiseki multi banquet dinner and the onsen hot spring spa.
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Day 5: Snow

All day skiing/snowboarding, then transfer to the next resort at the end of the day.
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Day 6: Snow

All day skiing/snowboarding including sunrise CAT runs.
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Day 7: Snow

All day skiing/snowboarding including CAT runs. At the end of the day, there will be a private transfer to the next resort.
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Day 8: Snow

All day skiing/snowboarding.
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Day 9: Snow

All day skiing/snowboarding. At the end of the day, a shuttle bus will take you to the gateway city where you will have a farewell fun izakaya pub dinner and an overnight stay at a city hotel.
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Day 10: Transfer to Tokyo

Head back to Tokyo by bullet train in the morning to meet the return flight in the late afternoon or evening. Option to stay in Tokyo overnight to take a direct flight (ANA) the next morning or extend your stay for more sightseeing & shopping.