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QANTAS Takes Off To Tokyo & Sapporo

Qantas is set to become the first airline to launch non-stop flights between Melbourne and Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport.

The airline has also announced seasonal flights from Sydney to Sapporo to whisk skiers to the busy ski season in Japan.

The new services have been driven by ever growing demand, and will utilise Qantas A330 aircraft.

“The number of Australians travelling to Japan has more than doubled over the past five years, with more than 500,000 Australians visiting Japan in the last 12 months alone,” said Qantas International CEO, Tino La Spina.

New flights to Tokyo Haneda

The new year-round flights to Haneda are expected to operate daily from 29 March 2020 with an Airbus A330 aircraft, replacing the airline’s existing service between Melbourne and Tokyo’s Narita International Airport.

“We expect the new Haneda service to be particularly popular with business travellers, who will save more than an hour of transit time in getting to the city and also starts ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” added La Spina.

The flights are expected to save travellers more than an hour commuting into the city.

Seasonal Sapporo Service

Qantas is the only airline to connect Australia directly with the Hokkaido region and the service is the national carrier’s fifth route between Australia and Japan.

The flights will operate thrice weekly during the 2020-21 ski season until 27 February 2021 with an upgraded A330 aircraft.

The seasonal service will offer more than 10,000 seats on the route.

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JAPAN: 7-Nights, 6-Days Skiing from $1,469 per person!

Japan has established itself as one of the world’s top ski destinations with a wide selection of resort options and some of the deepest, driest powder snow on earth. Combined with a fascinating history, delicious cuisine, and fabulous sightseeing options, and you have the recipe for a brilliant winter escape.

SKI 2020 and Save 30%!
VALID for travel 06-23 January, and between 09 February-7 March 2020.
ON SALE Until 31 October 2019.

So, what’s the deal?

Our package includes:

7 nights twin share in a Superior Room at The Kiroro
6 day Kiroro Lift Pass
Daily breakfast

This 282-room hotel is just down the road from the ski area, with a regular shuttle service plying the route each morning.

For apres-ski relaxing, you can use the local swimming pool and hot spring. It’s also worth paying a bit extra for the outdoor onsen at Shinrin No Yu Spa, nextdoor to the hotel.

This is a luxurious all season boutique resort with ski-in, ski-out access to the best slopes in Hokkaido’s iconic ski destination.

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Terms & Conditions
Valid for travel 6-23 January & 9 February – 7 March 2020. Book & pay by 31 October 2019. Limited availability. Price and availability are subject to change.

WE KNOW: Jaunting Around Japan

Patricia Saric, Cruise & Travel Specialist at The Cruise & Travel Authority Terrigal has recently returned from a fabulous journey around Japan.

Traipsing around this intriguing country independently, utilising local transport services like buses and trains, Patricia visited Tokyo, Nikko in the mountains north of Tokyo, traditional Takayama, Hakone to Tokyo’s west, then farther afield to Hiroshima and Kyoto.

Patricia found Japan’s rail network incredibly efficient, and travelled on a range of trains including the iconic Shinkansen ‘bullet’ trains that tear around the country at nearly 300km/h.

“A Japan Rail Pass is absolutely the way to go!”, says Patricia.

This was Patricia’s first visit to Japan and she has returned with a number of useful tips:

  • Pack light if you are travelling on public transport.
  • Research Japanese culture before you go to better understand their way of life.
  • Be sure to visit the ‘teamLab’ art collective in Tokyo – an interdisciplinary group of ‘ultratechnologists’ at the confluence of art, science, technology, design and the natural world.
  • Visit the Hiroshima Peace Museum and Miyajima Island in Hiroshima Bay.
  • Visit Gion—Kyoto’s geisha district—at night time.

Tokyo’s remarkable teamLab space.

And her favourite personal experiences?

Playing in the snow under the cherry blossoms, and exploring the stunning Fushimi Inari shrine from Kyoto.

Sounds divine, doesn’t it?

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SKI SAPPORO Earlybird Special

With Qantas launching direct flights into Sapporo for the Japanese winter, there’s never been a better time to book that Japan ski trip you’ve been dreaming about.

And with our great value earlybird specials, it’s never been more affordable.

Try this on for size.

ON SALE UNTIL 30 JUNE 2019

HANGETSU APARTMENTS, NISEKO 5*
7 NIGHTS FROM $1427 per person
Based on four people staying in a two-bedroom apartment.

Pricing is based on a 17 February 2020 check-in.

About Hangetsu Apartments
Hangetsu features two-bedroom and one-bedroom apartments that all feature comfortable open plan layouts and large picture windows to maximize appreciation of the surrounding nature. Hangetsu is located just steps away from the ski shuttle bus, some of the Hirafu village’s best local restaurants and Yukoro hot spring.

Earlybird Offer
7 Nights in a 2 Bedroom Apartment (4 people sharing)
Return airport transfers from Chitose Airport, Sapporo.
6 Day Ski Lift Pass

These optional add-ons will conveniently complete your Niseko ski package:

  • Add 6 Day Equipment Hire from $244 per person
  • Add 6 Day Clothing Hire from $142 per person

To take your trip to the next level, add on a 3-night Tokyo City Stay!

  • Mercure Ginza Tokyo 3* from $493 per person
  • Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo 5* from $523 per person
  • Hilton Tokyo 5* from $771 per person

Prices shown above are based on twin share, staying 24-27 Feb 2020. Scroll down for more terms and conditions.

For more information about this an other Japan winter earlybird specials, simply leave us a note in the form below, or CALL US to discuss your specific requirements.

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Terms & Conditions
Prices are per person based on twin share per room, and exclude airfares. Prices are based on 17 Feb 20 check in date. All prices are subject to availability and currency fluctuations and can change without notice. Cancellation and change fees will apply. Booking may be subject to compulsory credit card fees and service charges from the agent. Other conditions apply.

HOLIDEAL: Ski Japan 2019

Did you miss the local ski season this year?

Don’t fret. Just look north to Japan and catch the snow in 2019 with these fab specials.

HAKUBA

Hakuba is a village in the Japanese Alps, just outside the city of Nagano on Honshu island, not far from Tokyo.

A winter sports hub, Hakuba encompasses mountain resorts with terrain for skiing, snowboarding and hiking.
Home to ten ski resorts, more than 200 runs and ten metres of seasonal snowfall, Hakuba is a skier’s heaven.

Season: Late November to early May


Hotel De Laile (3*) — 7 Nights | from $736 per person


Hakuba Mominoki (4*) —  7 Nights | from $1,141 per person


Hotel Moegi (4*) — 7 Nights | from $1,001 per person


NISEKO

Niseko sits on Japan’s northern Hokkaido Island, near the dormant volcano of Mt. Yotei, 100 kilometres south of Sapporo. Niseko Village offers incredible off-piste powder skiing and is home to some of the best and longest skiing and snowboarding trails.

Season: Late November to early May


Hilton Niseko Village Hotel (5*) — 7 Nights | from $1,225 pp


Green Leaf Hotel Niseko Village (4.5*) — 7 Nights | from $1,890 pp


Youtei Tracks Apartments Niseko (4*) — 7 Nights | from $1,885 pp

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All packages are based on 2 adults sharing, staying 7 nights, 5 day adult lift ticket. All packages include Return airport transfers. All packages are based on 25FEB19–04MAR19. Earlybird Specials are only available on a limited number of nights and may be removed at any time. Subject to change & availability. Exchange rate calculated and correct at 08OCT18. Book by 31OCT18.