Japan Ski Holiday


About Japan

Skiing in Japan is unlike skiing anywhere else in the world. The combination of huge snowfall, beautiful scenery and a rich, diverse culture will make your ski holiday to Japan unforgettable.

When To Go

The ski season in Hokkaido runs from mid November to mid April, with the best conditions often being found in January & February. The powder in Japan is some of the lightest, driest around and if you’re looking to ski waist deep powder every day and even at night, then a ski holiday to Japan is a must! 

How To Get There

To reach the ski resorts in Hokkaido, you can take a direct flight to Tokyo and then a short 1½ hour flight to Sapporo/ New Chitose airport. From there we can offer a transfer which is approximately a 2½ hour journey to Niseko. For the more adventurous we can offer a train journey from Tokyo to Niseko! For more information on how to get to Japan - click here

Japanese Twin Centre Holidays

Niseko and Rusutsu are located approximately 45 minutes apart which makes for a perfect twin centre ski holiday, or even if you just want to do a day trip. Niseko or Rusutsu to Furano is just over a 4 hour drive, and we can arrange transport between all three resorts if you want to do a Japanese ski tour. Just ask one of the reservations team for more information.

City Stopovers

Many Ski Independence clients combine skiing with a stopover in one of Japan’s large cities before or at the end of their trip, allowing you to experience the hustle and bustle of Japanese city life. This is easily done and we can book a wide range of city centre hotels in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, just ask for more details. We sell a wide variety of excursions and trips within Japan including Bullet train journeys, the temples of Kyoto, and a day trip to view the snow monkeys - it all adds to the unique culture of Japan.

Browse our range of hand-picked Japanese ski hotels and get in touch so we can create your perfect itinerary. Every holiday that we provide is completely tailor-made, so for an accurate quote please contact our team of Ski Specialists on 0131 243 8097.

For an idea of holiday costs, you’ll find price guides on individual accommodation pages.

Japan Travel Information

Our aim is to make your journey from the UK to your chosen ski resort as easy and as stress free as possible. We have first-hand experience of all the different travel options and routes and will be happy to advise which itinerary will be best suited to your party size and make up.

We work very closely with our key travel partners to ensure that Ski Independence clients are all looked after in an efficient and hassle-free way to ensure that your journey to and from the resort is an enjoyable as possible.

For travel to Japan you will need a valid passport:


British Citizens need a valid full 10 year passport that should be valid for the duration of your stay (we recommend that you have at least 3 months validity on your passport). Entry forms for Japan will be issued on board the aircraft. For information contact the Japanese Embassy in London www.uk.emb-japan.go.jp and then click on ‘visa’. It is your responsibility to ensure that you comply with the entry requirements. If you are not a British Citizen or are unsure about the visa requirements then you must contact the appropriate Embassy Visa Department without delay. Japanese Consulate General (visa section): 0207 465 6565.

Essential Travel Information

Our simple step-by-step guide to help prepare you for your Ski Independence holiday to Japan. Each part of your journey to Japan is described in order to help you have a successful ski holiday. You’ll find important information on how to check in, baggage allowances and which terminal you depart from as well as top tips from our team of Ski Specialists.

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Flying to Japan

We offer a comprehensive tailor-made service, with the choice of every scheduled airline available on your chosen route; we’ll recommend the best possible options to get you to resort as quickly as and as smoothly as possible.

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Our holiday prices include a return transfer to resort, with the choice of a shared or private vehicle. We mostly use smaller vehicles for our shared transfers and often will recommend private transfers with can offer better value, especially for four or more passengers.

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City Stopovers

Building a city break or an excursion into your holiday itinerary is both easy to do and relatively inexpensive, and is a great way to experience a little bit more of the Japan.

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