Ski Holidays in Japan
Japan is often not at the top of most Brits list for a ski hoiliday. Many are put off by the cost and flight time. But if you are fed up with the crowded slopes in Europe and want to experience great powder, extensive night time skiing and quiet tree lined slopes this could be the place for you. You will also get to experience a very different culture, food and traditions.
Why Ski In Japan?
There is really one word that really differentiates Japan from skiing elsewhere in the world and that word is powder! Japan literally offers an incredible amount of powder. The average snow depth in Japan is over 2.5m. So if you want to ski in amazing powder and loads of it, this is the place for you. There are also over 700 ski resorts here so you certainly have lots of choice. There's also the night skiing which, unlike other ski countries, has floodlights at the top of the mountain which even lights up the off piste.
But what also differentiates Japan is that this country will offer you a completely different experience. The food is different, the language, culture and traditions. So opt for Japan if you want to maybe take in Tokyo and really experience a different type of ski holiday. We should also mention the snow monkeys in Hakuba, now that's a sight worth watching!
Which Ski Resort?
Japan has a huge number of ski resorts, in fact 700 in total which is more than any other country in the world! Not all of them will be set up for overseas visitors so we have focussed on the main resorts. If you want really steep runs then check out Hakuba. Here you will find 10 main ski fields with over 200 runs. These ski fields are also accessible on the one ski pass.
Niseko is seen as Japans premier resort based on its weather, size and infrastructure. Here you get amazing light, dry snow and the biggest concentration of bars and entertainment and western owned accommodation in Japan. Finally check out Furano, famous for its light, dry powder snow. Here at least 1m falls in a week. The slopes are also a bit quieter here than in Niseko.
Is It Right For You?
Read all our resort reviews to find out which resort is right for you. We tell you all about the slopes, accommodation, travel and of course the apres ski. Overall Japan has a lot to offer. Yes the travel will be longer but at the end of your journey you get rewarded with the best powder in the world!