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Ski packages

December1 marks the beginning of the ski season with many tour operators offering their ski package plans starting from this day. It is going to be yet another busy season especially for people in the travel industry, shortly after having the 2 long-weekend holidays in the month of November, it is back to work again and it won't slow down till late February. The Yokoso! Japan tourism board has marked Jan20 till Feb29 around this time every year as the visit Japan weeks promoting their activities.

I have included some basic information of the few brochures offering ski packages so that everyone will be aware of their existence and start pick up a copy and check for good offers. Work is underway to have a section where I gather all the ski offers and be able to allow everyone to check for prices freely.

JAL Ski & Snow Resorts 2008 Hokkaido (departs Tokyo, Osaka also avail)
JAL Ski & Snow Resorts Hokkaido valid from 2007DEC-2008MAR
    JAL Ski & Snow Resorts 2008 Hokkaido
    valid from 2007DEC-2008MAR
  • Offering return flight with accommodation and breakfast plus optional ski essentials. Minimum 2 person.
  • Covering the following ski regions in Hokkaido;
• Niseko Hirafu, Higashiyama & Annupuri • Rusutsu • Furano
• Kiroro • Yubari • Tomamu • Sahoro.
  • City hotel stay plans avail in Sapporo, Otaru and Asahikawa.
  • Onsen stay plans are also available (Toya, Asarigawa, Jozankei, Niseko).
  • Reservation can be made at the following;
  • • www.jaltours.co.jp (Japanese reservation only)
    www.tokyotravelpal.com (ski reservations available in English)
    JAL Hokkaido Ski Special (departs Tokyo, Osaka also avail)
    JAL Hokkaido Ski Special valid from 1DEC2007-31JAN2008
      JAL Hokkaido Ski Special
      valid from 1DEC2007-31JAN2008
    • Offering return flight with accommodation, breakfast and ski lift plus other optional items. Catered specially for first time skiers. Minimum 2 person.
    • Covering the following ski regions in Hokkaido;
    • Niseko Hirafu, Higashiyama & Annupuri • Rusutsu • Furano
    • Kiroro • Tomamu • Sahoro.
  • City hotel stay plans avail in Sapporo, Otaru and Asarigawa.
  • Reservation can be made at the following;
  • • www.jaltours.co.jp (Japanese reservation only)
    • Most agencies.
    JAL Ski & Snow Resorts 2008 Tohoku (departs Tokyo, Osaka also avail)
    JAL Ski & Snow Resorts 2008 Tohoku valid from 2007DEC-2008MAR
      JAL Ski & Snow Resorts 2008 Tohoku
      valid from 2007DEC-2008MAR
    • Offering return flight with accommodation and breakfast plus optional ski essentials. Minimum 2 person.
    • Covering the following ski regions in Tohoku;
    • Ajigasawa • Shizukuishi • Appi • Tazawako • Hakuba.
  • Reservation can be made at the following;
  • • www.jaltours.co.jp (Japanese reservation only)
    Ski Packages in Tohoku and Hokkaido
    ANA Sky Holiday Ski & Snowboard Hokkaido (departs Tokyo, Osaka also avail)
    ANA Sky Holiday Ski & Snowboard Hokkaido valid from 2007DEC-2008MAR
      ANA Sky Holiday Ski & Snowboard Hokkaido (celebrating its 25th anniversary)
      valid from 2007DEC-2008MAR
    • Offering return flight with accommodation, transfer and breakfast plus optional ski essentials. Including a VIP plan offering the use of ANA business class seat to higher grade rooms, fine dining and other premium services. Minimum 2 person.
    • Covering the following ski regions in Hokkaido;
    • Niseko Hirafu, Higashiyama & Annupuri • Rusutsu • Furano
    • Kiroro • Yubari • Tomamu • Sahoro.
  • City hotel stay plans avail in Hakodate, Sapporo, Otaru and Asahikawa.
  • Onsen stay plans are also available (Toya, Asarigawa, Jozankei, Niseko).
  • Reservation can be made at the following;
  • • www.ana.co.jp/asw (Japanese reservation only)
    • Most agencies.
    SKYPAK TOURS Ski & Snowboard Hokkaido (departs Tokyo only)
    SKYPAK TOURS Ski & Snowboard Hokkaido valid from 2007DEC-2008MAR
      SKYPAK TOURS Ski & Snowboard Hokkaido
      valid from 2007DEC-2008MAR
    • Offering return flight with accommodation and breakfast. Perks include free ski or snowboard rental and free lift pass for 1 day use. Plan for single pax departure is also available.
    • Covering the following ski regions in Hokkaido;
    • Niseko Hirafu, Higashiyama & Annupuri • Rusutsu • Kiroro
  • City hotel stay plans avail in Sapporo.
  • Ticket can still be purchased 5 days before departure.
  • Reservation can be made at the following;
  • • www.skypaktours.co.jp (Japanese reservation only)
    • Certain agencies only.

    Theme park offers

    ANA Sky Holiday Universal Studios Japan Osaka (departs Tokyo)
    ANA Sky Holiday Universal Studios Japan Osaka
      ANA Sky Holiday Universal Studios Japan Osaka
      valid from OCT-MAR31
    • Offering return ticket to Osaka using any of the following airports; Itami, Kobe or Kansai. Choice of staying in an official hotel of USJ or other hotels in Osaka or Kyoto. Minimum 2 person.
    • Reservation can be made at the following;
    • www.ana.co.jp/asw (Japanese reservation only)
    • Most agencies.
    ACE-JTB Universal Studios Japan tour plan inclusive of 1-day studio pass (departs Tokyo)
    ACE-JTB Universal Studios Japan tour plan inclusive of 1-day studio pass
      ACE-JTB Universal Studios Japan tour plan inclusive of 1-day studio pass. / valid from DEC1-APR6
    • Choice of using flight or shinkansen departing Tokyo. Price for shinkansen plan for 1 night from 25,200yen onwards and the price for using flight from 22,000yen onwards. Hotels offered in this plan are all official hotels of Universal Studios Japan. Minimum 2 passengers required and meals not included.
    • Reservation can be made at the following;
    • www.jtb.co.jp/ace/ (Japanese reservation only)
    • Most agencies.


    What are flight package plans?

    See the many pamphlets below and this will give you a rough idea. They are usually excursion fares packaged together with a hotel and may also include many other things like complimentary breakfast, dining coupons, tours, entrance tickets, transfer and so on as optional or standard feature. Its purpose is to save you some money bundling everything together.

    There are mountainous of pamphlets depicting travel packages with flight related package plans being the highest among all. Below are the JAL TOURS package offers by flight originating from Tokyo only. Most cities will have its package plans of its own. Price can be different with flight originating from one place comparing to the other. Besides they are many other tour operators beside what you see here. What you see below is just a tip of the iceberg.

    The phamplets are free of charge and available in half-yearly release or quarterly or for a limited time period. The release may overlap one another and it is not uncommon to see prices fluctuating a little given the same offer with the same departure date. It can be a difficult task for a layman to judge if it is a good offer or not, a customer will only be concern of its total price, whichever the lowest it can bring afterall. But in the eyes of a true professional (only those who are specialized in domestic ticketing), we scrutinize what is being used or offered; can the same ticket be allowed for extension of free stay, can flight be upgradeable, are you given a room on the high floor, an annex building, switching breakfast to lunch possible, and so on. All these are factored into the cost.

    It becomes too complicated if I am going to impart you all my knowledge in tickets and make you observe every single details before choosing to place your reservation, for you are just wanting to find something matching what locals are paying for the same thing.

    some pamplets at a glance
    Furari Hokkaido, Flights covering the cities in Hokkaido; Hakodate, Sapporo, Asahikawa, Obihiro, Memanbetsu, Kushiro Furari Okinawa, Flights to Naha, Ishigaki-jima and Miyako-jima Furari Kyushu, Flights covering the cities in Kyushu; Fukuoka, Oita, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Kita-Kyushu, Kagoshima, Miyazaki. Including Huis Ten Bosch and Phoenix Seagaia Resort plan Furari Kansai Shikoku, With flights to Osaka, Nanki-Shirahama, Takamatsu, Tokushima, Kouchi, Izumo, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi-Ube, Okayama Furari Tohoku Hokuriku, With flights to Aomori, Akita, Misawa, Yamagata and Komatsu.
    Furari Hokkaido, Flights covering the cities in Hokkaido; Hakodate, Sapporo, Asahikawa, Obihiro, Memanbetsu, Kushiro Furari Okinawa, Flights to Naha, Ishigaki-jima and Miyako-jima Furari Kyushu, Flights covering the cities in Kyushu; Fukuoka, Oita, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Kita-Kyushu, Kagoshima, Miyazaki. Furari Kansai Shikoku, With flights to Osaka, Nanki-Shirahama, Takamatsu, Tokushima, Kouchi, Izumo, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi-Ube, Okayama
    JAL Ski & Snow Resorts Hokkaido, Covering the following ski regions in Hokkaido; Niseko, Hirafu, Higashiyama, Annupuri, Rusutsu, Furano, Kiroro, Yubari, Tomamu, Sahoro. JAL Ski & Snow Resorts Tohoku, Covering the following ski regions in Tohoku; Ajigasawa, Shizukuishi, Appi, Tazawako, Hakuba. JAL Stage Hokkaido ski special, Covering ski regions in Niseko, Kiroro, Rusutsu, Furano, Tomamu, Sahoro with flights to Sapporo, Asahikawa and Obihiro. JAL Stage Okinawa resort special, With flights to Naha, Ishigaki and Miyako JAL winter Hokkaido special, Covering the following ski regions in Hokkaido; Niseko, Hirafu, Higashiyama, Annupuri, Rusutsu, Furano, Kiroro, Yubari, Tomamu, Sahoro. JAL Kyushu special, Flights covering the cities in Kyushu; Fukuoka, Oita, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Kita-Kyushu, Kagoshima, Miyazaki.
    JAL Stage Hokkaido, Flights covering the cities in Hokkaido; Hakodate, Sapporo, Asahikawa, Obihiro, Memanbetsu, Kushiro. JAL Stage Okinawa, Flights to Naha, Ishigaki and Miyako. Also offering resorts in Iriomote, Kohama islands beside Okinawa, Ishigaki and Miyako islands. JAL Stage Kyushu, Flights covering the cities in Kyushu; Fukuoka, Oita, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Kita-Kyushu, Kagoshima, Miyazaki. JAL Stage Kansai Shikoku, With flights to Osaka, Nanki-Shirahama, Takamatsu, Tokushima, Kouchi, Izumo, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi-Ube, Okayama JAL Stage Hokuriku, Flights to Komatsu, with choice of accommodation in Kanazawa, Noto and Kaga onsen JAL Stage Tohoku, Flights to Misawa, Aomori, Akita, Yamagata.
    JAL Stage Yakushima, Choice of accommodation in Amami-Oshima, Yakushima, Tanegashima, Tokunoshima, Yoron JAL Stage theme park city plan, Universal Studios Japan Osaka plan, with choice of officials hotel of USJ and many other selection of hotels. JAL Stage theme park resort plan, Also offering of spa treatment as part of the plan.
    JAL Okinawa Monogatari, Flights to Naha, Ishigaki and Miyako. Also offering resorts in Iriomote, Kohama islands beside Okinawa, Ishigaki and Miyako islands. JAL Stage resort wedding Okinawa JAL Stage golf tours, Golfing in Kyushu (Miyazaki, Kagoshima) Okinawa, Nanki, Shikoku, and many other places. JAL Onsen plan Yufuin, Beppu. Flights to Oita, offering onsen packages to Yufuin and Beppu the 2 most famous onsen in Japan and other onsen locations around Eastern of Kyushu. JAL visit Miyazaki. Offering tours to places of interest including the major's office and treat yourself to the many interesting Miyazaki dishes. Tabi Set, mainly hotels and car rental reservation. Also listed are a small number of bus tours and golf courses reservation

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