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A Japanese Ski Trip with Temples and Tea

5a868704d083933dac6dbab67bc853fc9e87fd569 PhotosThe 10-Day Eastern Skiboard
Ancient temples, sake bars and snow monkeys.

Yes, this has all the makings of another fine ski trip.

So gear up for The 10-Day Eastern Skiboard, a tour that’ll have you skiing four Japanese resorts and cavorting through cultural landmarks like temples and teahouses, now booking for an early 2015 send-off. (See the slideshow here.)

Right, it’s 10 days in Japan. So there’s more going on here than just skiing. Some highlights:

Arrive in Tokyo.
Then promptly leave for Kyoto. Explore an ancient gold-plated Buddhist temple, and tour a palace that’s equipped with a ninja-detection system. Hey, safety first. Then it’s off to ski at the...

Hakuba Resort in the Japanese Alps.
Spend three days negotiating the same mountain from the Nagano Olympics of ’98. Then enjoy some après-ski rejuvenation in the outdoor hot springs, which are often frequented by relaxed Japanese snow monkeys. Next up...

Tokyo. Again.
But this time, you’ll drink tea in a 1,000-year-old teahouse and drink not-tea at some less-than-1,000-year-old Tokyo bars. Nightlife being a more recent discovery. From there, it’s about 700 miles via high-speed sleeper train to...

Niseko.
You’ll have three days to ski the mountains that get more snowfall than almost any other resort in the world.

So you probably shouldn’t wear white.

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