One wondrous Japan
Skiing, Sakura & Sunshine
Skiing, Sakura & Sunshine
Friday 18 March
- VIP airport assistance
- Private transfer to station
- First Class Bullet Train transfer Tokyo to Nagano (approx. 1 hour 30)
- Private transfer to hotel
- Hakuba Valley lift passes x 2 (5 day including arrival day)
- Ski Equipment Rental (Premium skis, boots and poles, as well as jackets, salopettes and helmets)
- 5 nights at Phoenix Hakuba
Tuesday 22 March
- Overnight luggage transfer: Hakuba to Kyoto
Wednesday 23 March
- Private transfer to Itoigawa Station (approx. 1 hour)
- First Class Bullet Train transfer Itoigawa Station to Kyoto Station (approx. 4 hr)
- Half-day private tour of Kyoto with local transport (Kyoto’s cherry blossom highlights)
- Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto (2 Nights)
Thursday 24 March
- Full-day private tour of Kyoto with private car (including Golden Pavillion, Ninna-ji Temple, Arashiyama)
Friday 25 March
- Transfer · Private car to airport (approx. 1 hr 30 min)
- Fly from Osaka to Okinawa
- Transfer · Private car to hotel (approx. 1 hr
- UMITO PLAGE The Atta Okinawa (5 Nights)
Saturday 26 March to Wednesday 30 March
- Leisure time Okinawa
Wednesday 30 March
- Transfer · Private car to airport (approx. 1 hr)
- Flight from Okinawa to Tokyo
Japan is a country with a bounty so generous that here at Blend Group we have been able to put together a trip that exposes you to three different seasons in just two weeks. Offering unique cultures, an ancient and diverse history and picturesque scenery, Japan is a place like no other and we’ve made sure you can experience it all.
Your first stop are the snowy mountains of Hakuba, one of Japan’s most renowned ski areas. Comprising multiple resorts and boasting the enviable trait of almost guaranteed snow fall, it truly is a world class ski destination. Situated within the stunning mountain scenery of the Japanese Alps, this is where your incredible adventure begins.
The area gained worldwide recognition during the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, hosting several of the skiing events, and over the years has developed into a winter paradise for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Whether your preference is gentle pistes or tree-lined powder runs, Hakuba has got you covered. Despite its credentials, however, it remains a relatively quiet ski area, renowned for the magical combination of reliable snowfall and sunny days.
Whilst here you’ll stay at the Phoenix Hakuba, situated at the heart of the Hakuba skiing experience and offering complete luxury. Your two-bed chalet comprises of; a master bedroom, with a large walk-in en-suite; a secondary bedroom; a spacious lounge area; a drying room and underfloor heating. On top of this, a state-of-the-art smart television and speaker system is installed to keep you entertained during any down time.
Throughout your stay you’ll be able to enjoy the exquisite culinary options available at Mimi’s Restaurant and Bar, where beautifully crafted meals are prepared using local produce. Massage services will ensure you’re able to fully relax as you unwind after a day on the slopes.
After the mountainous beauty of Hakuba it’s on to Japan’s former capital, Kyoto. For eleven centuries the emperors of multitude of Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, Samurai Castles, palaces and gardens ensure Kyoto is regarded as the cultural capital of Japan. Also contributing to this reputation is one of the world’s largest collections of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Aligned with all of the culture on show, you’ll be able to marvel in the beauty of the early stages of the cherry blossom season, as the city becomes covered in clouds of the stunning national flower, Sakura. It truly is a sight to behold and one of the most breathtaking spectacles this magical country has to offer.
Kyoto is also famed for its cuisine. Not only does food here have a rich and historic tradition, comprising of various culinary styles that are centuries old, it is also the home of many of Japan’s most famous sake breweries. Be sure to lose yourself for an afternoon amongst the numerous authentic wooden teahouses and traditional restaurants.
During your time here you will stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, one of the city’s most luxurious accommodations. It is centred around an 800-year-old ikeniwa (pool garden) which provides an immensely tranquil and relaxing setting, giving off the feel of a modern garden sanctuary.
Boasting the characteristics of a traditional Japanese house, your Deluxe Room is the perfect place to unwind after a day’s exploring, whether in the comfortable sitting area or the traditional Japanese tub. Expansive windows offer plenty of natural light and stunning views of the ancient Myoho-in Temple and an on-site spa is sure to help you find your zen.
The hotel offers multiple exquisite cuisine options, including; Brasserie, a sleek and modern waterside bar; Sushi Wakon, a Michelin star sushi restaurant; and Fuju, a traditional lounge which serves local sweets and matcha tea by day and sake and champagne by night.
Relax to your heart’s content over the next four days from your base at the Atta Okinawa. Complete opulence is assured here, with ocean views, incredible scenery and fresh Ryuku cuisine. Your Deluxe Suite has its own private pool and you’ll have stunning beaches on your doorstep.
After enjoying the slopes in Hakuba and seeing the sights of Kyoto, this Pacific paradise is the perfect place to unwind and revel in some you-time.
If you would like to enquire into a bespoke trip to Japan, please get in touch here.