In running circles, Japan is widely hailed for putting on one of the best annual marathons in Asia – the Tokyo Marathon.

The route is well-mapped out taking in many parts of Tokyo, the race is superbly organised, and spectators line the streets cheering runners on throughout the course. As a runner will know, this last point is extremely important for moral during a race. Held every February, the Tokyo Marathon is a brilliant opportunity to explore the city and then head to Niseko for some relaxation and a bit of skiing.

Lightfoot Travel specialises in tailor-made experiential holidays to Asia and beyond. We love the idea of building a holiday around a big sporting event, and Tokyo is a great race to do this for. Spend a day or two in Tokyo pre-race – acclimatising and doing a bit of casual sightseeing around this sprawling city. We can help you book that onsen, or Japanese bath experience post-race, as well as a special dinner in any of the city’s world-famous restaurants for a well-deserved meal. Next, head to the ski haven of Niseko just a few hours outside of the city. Worried about sore and tired legs? Don’t be. After a day or two of soaking your muscles in the many outdoor hot springs in the area, you’ll be as good as new and ready to ski some of the best powder in the world.

A Lightfoot holiday is 100% tailor-made, so give us a call and we can put together an itinerary that perfectly suits your needs. Scroll through the properties below for some of our favourite places to stay in Tokyo and NisekoTake a look at Cityscapes to Snowy Slopes for an example of one of our bespoke itineraries. 

Properties for Tokyo Marathon

Palace Hotel Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

This luxury hotel lies alongside a moat overlooking the Imperial Palace, in the heart of the Marunouchi district in Tokyo, Japan’s vibrant capital. It boasts stunning views of the city. …

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Glass House

Niseko, Japan

The Glasshouse is a stunning five bedroom designer chalet in Hirafu’s Lower Village, located atop the cliff with panoramic alpine views streaming from its second floor living room. The mo…

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The Green Leaf

Niseko, Japan

Minutes away from the busy apres-ski hub of Hirafu Village, the Green Leaf is a quiet and chic hotel surrounded with nothing but the world's finest powder snow. Located at the base of Mou…

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Tsubaki

Niseko, Japan

Japanese minimalism blends with clean lines and simple elegant furnishings. The use of Hokkaido-made timber soothes your senses as it fills the space with a light and airy atmosphere. Dra…

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Park Hyatt Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

Rising high above the Shinjuku district, the sophisticated oasis that is distinctive of Park Hyatt Tokyo offers vertiginous views of Tokyo and the Kanto Plain stretching far and beyond to th…

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Yukimi 2

Niseko, Japan

Indulge in this luxury 5-bedroom luxury chalet amidst some of the best powder skiing to be found in the Japanese Alps. Located in the tranquil Izumikyo 1 area of Hirafu, Yukimi 2 is a sel…

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Byakko

Niseko, Japan

Located in the exclusive Izumikyo 1 precinct of the Hirafu ski area, Byakko raises the level of style and sophistication found in the Niseko area. This spacious 4 bedroom with 4 en-suite …

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Shirayuki Lodge

Niseko, Japan

Nestled in the heart of Hirafu ski village, Shirayuki Lodge provides the perfect year round getaway for ski enthusiasts. Located within metres of the free shuttle bus stop, virtually next…

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Old Man Creek A

Niseko, Japan

Old Man Creek A defines rustic apline living with modern amenities - the all-in-one chalet for your ultimate ski getaway. Old Man Creek A sets a fine standard in premium mountainside acco…

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Yamabiko

Niseko, Japan

Conveniently located a quick 5 minute walk to the Niseko Hanazono lifts, a stay at this exclusive free standing chalet almost guarantees you to be making the first tracks in the snow every m…

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Kimamaya by Odin

Niseko, Japan

Lean back, put your feet up in front of the roaring fire, and grab that glass of Merlot. It's time to unwind after a day out on the slopes in this gorgeous little boutique hotel. Set in the…

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The Freshwater Apartments

Niseko, Japan

11 exclusive luxury boutique apartments located in the heart of the best champagne powder in the world - the Freshwater encapsulates premium mountain living at its finest. The Freshwater …

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The Setsumon

Niseko, Japan

Overlooking the main street of Hirafu, the Setsumon is the choice for the international skier and snowboarder looking for a magical alpine ski experience. Positioned a mere 3 minute walk …

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Old Man Creek B

Niseko, Japan

Located in the Izumikyo 1 area offering mesmeric views of Mount Yotei and the Hirafu ski hills, Old Man Creek B is the perfect place to stay in the winter wonderland of Niseko. Old Man Cr…

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Latitude 42

Niseko, Japan

A standard in luxury homes has been set with ´Lat 42´. This chalet is a self-contained, western-style home which offers amazing views of Mt. Yotei. Consisting of 4 bedrooms, 3 en-suites…

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Mojos

Niseko, Japan

Located in the lower Hirafu village, Mojos is a 3-bedroom, 2-storey luxury chalet with a Japanese style and feel. Mojos has stunning views of both the Hirafu ski area and Mount Yotei. …

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Miyabi

Niseko, Japan

This luxury 4 bedroom chalet is the ideal family retreat for an unforgettable ski holiday. Located in the Lower Hirafu Village it is just minutes away from some of the finest skiing spots in…

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Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

The Mandarin Oriental Tokyo is a tower of contemporary luxury situated in the heart of the central Nihonbashi district of Tokyo with breathtaking panoramic views of the city. With its sup…

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Asahi Lodge

Niseko, Japan

Asahi Lodge is a stylish, tastefully appointed luxury chalet with 5 bedrooms, ideally located just minutes from the restaurants and bars of Hirafu, with a free shuttle bus service. Offeri…

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Zekkei

Niseko, Japan

Zekkei is undoubtedly one of the most impressive and luxurious chalet in the village of Hirafu, set over 3 floors and occupying approximately 400sqm. It offers a rare combination of privac…

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Annabel

Niseko, Japan

Boasting a location which is conveniently close to the ski slopes and restaurants, yet nestled into a quiet enclave, Annabel is a luxury chalet ideal for families looking to enjoy the world …

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The Vale Niseko

Niseko, Japan

The Vale Niseko offers exceptionally luxury apartments in a landmark property. From the outdoor thermal spa overlooking snow-capped mountains to the “ski chic" designer lobby, this award-w…

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Suiboku

Niseko, Japan

Suiboku is a collection of just 10 bespoke and original holiday lofts designed for maximum comfort and aesthetic enjoyment, just moments from the ski lift in Upper Hirafu Village. Not just t…

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