Hokkaido offers some top-rated skiing gems in a treasure box that includes hot springs (onsen) and volcanoes amidst a cultural experience of culinary flavours and Eastern traditions in the land known for karaoke, karate, origami, sushi, samurai and sake. This trip was never going to just be about the skiing.

As much as I’m selling the city to tourism with the idea of crossing a road and then walking on some grass, Tokyo is one of those places that give even the simplest of things a uniquely different twist so nothing is mundane (just wait until you go to the toilet).