Japan is fast becoming known as one of the great winter destinations in the world. Here you will find the best powder snow with mountains that cater,for all ability levels. From beginner to expert, if it is steep bowls, tree runs or groomed trails you seek you will find it here. You will be immersed in a fascinating and diverse culture and are sure to be overwhelmed by the friendly hospitality of the Japanese people. Awaken your senses with the distinct flavours of Japanese cuisine, relax after a day on the slopes in a natural onsen bath, admire the breathtaking views of the mountains and their surrounds.
Japan offers something for every one and promises a holiday experience like no other.
Large weather systems move across the Sea of Japan from Siberia consistently through winter. These systems deliver snow with a moisture content of 8%. What does that mean? Champagne powder and plenty of it! Several resorts in Hokkaido receive, on average, 14 metres each season and Honshu resorts up to 13metres. It truly has to be experienced to be believed.
With champagne powder snow falling regularly throughout the season of December to March, the temperature ranges between -5°C to -8°C at most resorts. We recommend you bring warmer ski gear including thermals. With so much snow we recommend you bring warm shoes with plenty of grip.
Rental gear is usually new in Japan and costs are very reasonable. As Japanese feet are mostly smaller than ours you may need to bring your own boots if you have a larger boot size.
In some resorts English speaking ski/snowboard lessons are not available. Niseko is the most appropriate resort for English speaking ski schools.
One of the main drawcards for a ski trip to Japan is experiencing the culture. Japan has a diverse and very interesting history which has led to a fascinating cultural experience for visitors.
From onsens, tea ceremonies and famous ice sculpting festivals through to karaoke, sushi and sake you are sure to leave Japan with new experiences.