Ski areas in Japan
Japan attracts skiers and snowboarders from across the world to experience the legendary champagne powder and tree-lined skiing. Ski resorts in Japan receive some of the biggest snowfalls in the world. Over 70% of Japan’s land is covered in mountains which makes winter’s in Japan one of the most snow-sure regions in the world.
The most popular ski areas are split across 2 regions of Japan. Hakuba is located on the southern main island approximately 4 hours from Tokyo, where as Niseko, Rusutsu and Furano are situated in the Northern island of Hokkaido.
Ski resorts in Japan
Niseko is one of Japan’s most popular ski resorts. The resort is split into 3 main areas, Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Annupuri which are all joined together at the top of Mount Niseko-Annupuri. It is possible to ski between the areas and shuttle buses also run between the villages at the base of the mountain. Here you will find a variety of bars and restaurants that include everything from Sushi to an Aussie bar.
Nearby are Furano and Rusutsu. All 3 resorts receive huge snowfalls of around 8-10 metres each winter from storms blowing in from Siberia.
Hakuba is one of Japan’s best ski resorts offering fantastic snow and a variety of resorts to choose from. Hakuba was home to the 1998 Winter Olympics and some of the Olympic facilities still remain in use.
The resorts in Japan are quite different to your usual European and North American resorts. For example taking a trip to Rusutsu involves staying in a hotel with its own fun fair and the most stereo-typical, vibrantly coloured, Japanese tourist culture.
Snow conditions in Japan
The ski season normally lasts from December to the end of March. The snow fall in Japan is some of the most heaviest in the world and it often snows every day during winter.
If deep snow, tree lined skiing, less crowds and visiting new cultures is up your street, then a ski or snowboard holiday to Japan is a must. Once you experience the powder here, nothing will ever compare to it!
Après ski & non-ski activities in Japan
There is still a chance to experience Japanese culture when in ski resorts, with plenty of Japanese restaurants and onsens (hot springs to relax in after skiing). Japan doesn’t have the après scene that European ski resorts have, but there is night skiing available most evenings and karaoke bars in hotels.
Ski accommodation in Japan
Ski holidays to Japan can be tailor made to your requirements. Iglu Ski’s holiday experts can package together the flights, transfers and accommodations for your ski holiday to Japan.
Transfer times to ski resorts in Japan
Most ski holidays in Japan will start with a flight into Tokyo. As with most long haul holidays, it is best to book early for the best prices. Depending on which resort you are travelling on to, there are coach, train and internal flight transfer options to resort.