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Get­ting there Japan Air­lines (JAL) flies daily from Heathrow to Tokyo; econ­omy spe­cials from around £650 re­turn. www.jal.com Where to stay

Hoshi­noyo Tokyo and Hoshino Kai Alps.

Su­per­luxe, mod­ern in­car­na­tion of the tra­di­tional Ja­panese inn. Fine-din­ing Ja­panese cui­sine and beau­ti­ful out­door on­sens. Rooms from around £800 per night. www.hoshi­nore­sorts.com

Park Ho­tel Tokyo. Cool, arty, well-priced, four-star ho­tel with ter­rific views across the city from the 25th floor up. The rooms on the 31st floor are dec­o­rated by well­known Ja­panese artists. Check out the wav­ing cat room. Rooms from around £144 per night. www.parkho­tel-tokyo.com

Prince Ho­tel, Naeba Ski Re­sort. Huge, sprawl­ing ho­tel com­plex at the foot of Naeba’s slopes. Ex­tremely com­fort­able, great value, with moun­tain views and lots of din­ing op­tions. Plus the best apres-ski mas­sage in Japan. From around £58 per per­son per night. www.prince­ho­tels.com Wadagoya Moun­tain Hut, Kagura.

De­light­ful rus­tic re­treat that is ba­sic but com­fort­able and de­posits you straight on to the moun­tain top in the morn­ing. Great fun for groups and just £53 per per­son per night. www.prince­ho­tels.com

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