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