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Discover the Magic of a Skiing Holiday in Japan

Japan, a country known for its rich cultural heritage and technological advancements, also boasts some of the world's best skiing destinations. From the powdery slopes of Hokkaido to the serene mountain ranges of Nagano, a skiing holiday in Japan promises an unforgettable experience.

Whether you're a seasoned skier or a beginner, Japan offers something for everyone. The Travelglobe team have collated some of their favourite skiing destinations, local highlights, and hospitality venues to make your Japanese skiing adventure truly memorable. Whether you are travelling solo, with the kids or a group of seasoned snowboarders Japan is the ultimate skiing holiday destination.

Top Skiing Destinations in Japan

Niseko, Hokkaido

Niseko is arguably the most famous ski resort in Japan, located on the northern island of Hokkaido. Known for its exceptional powder snow, Niseko is a paradise for powder hounds. The resort comprises four interconnected ski areas: Grand Hirafu, Hanazono, Niseko Village, and Annupuri. With over 50 kilometers of groomed slopes and extensive off-piste areas, Niseko caters to all levels of skiers and snowboarders.

Night Skiing: Niseko offers extensive night skiing, allowing visitors to enjoy the slopes under the stars.

Onsen (Hot Springs): After a long day on the slopes, relax in one of the many natural hot springs in the area.

Snow Activities: Besides skiing and snowboarding, try snowshoeing, snowmobiling, or even a reindeer sledding experience.

Hakuba Valley, Nagano

Hakuba Valley, located in the Japanese Alps, hosted several events during the 1998 Winter Olympics. This area comprises ten ski resorts, each offering a unique experience. Hakuba is particularly known for its vast terrain, making it an excellent choice for those seeking variety.

Olympic Ski Jumping Stadium: Visit the site of the 1998 Winter Olympics and even try ski jumping for yourself.

Cultural Experience: Explore traditional Japanese villages and shrines in the region.

Après-Ski: Enjoy the lively après-ski scene with numerous bars, restaurants, and clubs.

Nozawa Onsen, Nagano

Nozawa Onsen is a charming village with a rich history dating back over a thousand years. Known for its traditional onsen (hot springs) and vibrant local culture, Nozawa Onsen offers a unique blend of skiing and cultural immersion.

Fire Festival: The Nozawa Onsen Dosojin Fire Festival in January is one of Japan's most famous fire festivals.

Public Onsens: The village has 13 public onsens, perfect for relaxing after a day on the slopes.

Authentic Atmosphere: Stroll through the village streets and experience traditional Japanese hospitality.

In addition to skiing, take time to explore Japan’s rich cultural heritage. Visit ancient temples, participate in tea ceremonies, and discover traditional crafts. All whilst indulging in its world-renowned cuisine. From fresh sushi to hearty ramen, Japanese food is sure to delight your taste buds. Discover some of our must see attractions and must try dishes below.

  • Matsumoto Castle: One of Japan’s most beautiful and well-preserved castles, located in Nagano.

  • Jigokudani Monkey Park: Watch the famous snow monkeys bathing in hot springs in Nagano.

  • Otaru Canal: A picturesque canal in Hokkaido, perfect for a leisurely stroll.

  • Sushi and Sashimi: Experience the freshest seafood, especially in coastal regions like Hokkaido.

  • Ramen: Warm up with a bowl of hot ramen, a perfect comfort food after skiing.

  • Kaiseki: Enjoy a multi-course traditional Japanese meal that showcases the best of local ingredients.

  • Izakaya: Visit a local izakaya (Japanese pub) for a casual dining experience with a variety of small dishes and sake.

When looking at accomodation, Japan has options to suit any budget or requirement. Think about where you want to be positioned and what else you want to see whilst you are in Japan. We have put together a list below for all budgets. For those seeking a luxurious experience, Japan offers a range of high-end hotels and resorts.

  • Hilton Niseko Village: Offering ski-in/ski-out access and stunning views of Mount Yotei.

  • Hakuba Tokyu Hotel: A luxurious hotel with excellent amenities and proximity to the slopes.

  • Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort Hotel: Combining traditional Japanese hospitality with modern comforts.

Or for travelers on a budget will also find numerous affordable accommodation options, from hostels to traditional ryokan (Japanese inns).

  • Lodge Koropokkuru, Niseko: A cozy, family-run lodge with easy access to the slopes.

  • K’s House Hakuba Alps: A friendly hostel offering both private and dormitory rooms.

  • Togari Onsen Ryokan, Nozawa Onsen: Experience a traditional Japanese inn with communal hot springs.

If you are looking for something a little more unique, consider staying in a traditional ryokan or a modern capsule hotel.

  • Yamamizuki, Nozawa Onsen: A traditional ryokan with beautiful tatami rooms and private onsens.

  • First Cabin Niseko: A modern capsule hotel offering compact yet comfortable accommodations in Niseko.

A skiing holiday in Japan offers a perfect blend of thrilling slopes, exquisite cuisine, and rich cultural

experiences. Whether you're seeking the deep powder of Niseko, the varied terrain of Hakuba, or the traditional charm of Nozawa Onsen, Japan has something to offer every skier and snowboarder. Don’t forget to indulge in the local cuisine, explore cultural attractions, and enjoy the warm hospitality of your hosts. Start planning your Japanese skiing adventure today and create memories that will last a lifetime!

Our team can help you book everything from flights, accomodation and lift tickets so that you don't have to worry about anything. We have some amazing ski packages available or we can tailor one to suit you and your family. Reach out to our Travelglobe agents and start planning your trip to Japan.

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