Why Ski Japan
The world’s best powder snow, deserted runs, Japan’s unique culture and bathing in outdoor hot springs are among the many reasons a Japanese ski holiday is different from any other. Read on to discover why the world’s more adventurous skiers and snowboarders are heading to Japan!
Japan has some of the world’s deepest, lightest powder snow. Winds that blow from Siberia dump huge quantities of snow along the west coast of Japan. With water quality as low as 8% and annual snowfalls of up to 18 metres, gliding through chest deep Japanese snow is as good as it gets!
600 Japanese ski resorts
With around 600 ski resorts its no surprise that there’s a lot of variety to be found in Japan, whether you’re looking for extreme powder, untouched backcountry, perfectly groomed slopes, or huge snow parks!
Ski Japan without the crowds you’d get in Europe and North America – and usually you can forget queuing for lifts at all! While some spots have become internationally renowned, most areas of Japan receive few foreign visitors.
World’s Best Night Skiing
Because the Japanese people work long days, night skiing is popular and in Niseko most of the mountain is open until 9pm. Night skiing on deserted, knee deep powder covered runs after a day of snowfall is an exhilarating experience!
Its flair for technology and cutting edge development are well renowned, but Japan’s traditions and unique culture ultimately prevail. As a country that closed its boundaries for centuries, Japan developed a unique and rich culture that never ceases to seduce.
Japan has a reputation for being expensive, but you’ll find that in resort costs are far lower than you’re used to paying. At around ¥1,000 for lunch or dinner and ¥400 for a drink in a bar, you’ll be able to enjoy skiing in Japan without the expense.
Forget overpriced fast-food and think hot, tasty, freshly cooked meat or seafood with rice or noodles, soup and a glass of Japanese beer – all for about 7 pounds. Typical dishes in Japanese ski resorts include hearty servings of pork ramen, Japanese curry and delicious tempura.
Japan is a mountainous, volcanic stretch of islands and all this geothermal activity results in an abundance of hot springs, or onsens. After a day in the snow, lie back and unwind in an outdoor onsen, soaking in the spectacular scenery as natural minerals cleanse your body and mind.
Visitors to Japan are amazed by the warm hospitality and high level of service. Considering Japan’s exposure to the West it’s remarkable that foreign visitors can still attract celebrity status. Local people feel honoured to have you as their guest and simply can’t do enough for you!
Celebrating Japan’s remarkable change of seasons, snow festivals are held every winter providing a spectacular insight into traditional Japan. You can see gigantic snow sculptures, experience Japanese festival atmosphere, enjoy delicious food specialities and knock back sake with the locals.
Japanese snow monkeys
Snow monkeys are abundant on the Japanese mainland. Spot them bathing in the hot springs or darting around the ski resort. You can even pay a visit to Japanese snow monkeys in the hot springs of Nagano, and observe them close-up in their natural habitat.