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Why you should do a ski season in the land of the rising sun – Japan

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Although Japan is becoming a hot destination on the planet, it doesn’t mean you have to explore it like everyone else does. Doing a ski season in Japan will shed light on the world’s mecca destination for powder.

Japan’s futuristic robotic scenes, peculiar culture and playful foodscape keep hungry travellers coming back for more. No matter how many times you go, there is always something new to discover, whether it be learning to wield the sword of a samurai or Tokyo drift Mario Kart style around the city.

Japan has it all!

It is a nation of contradictions, with a lively historic memoir remaining vibrant as it lives alongside new-age technology and advancement. A culture built on reverence, every action displays a culture of honour, respect and harmony that is encompassed in daily life!

But with incredibly kind, polite and hospitable people it is also the perfect and safest place for solo female travellers. Not to mention ski resorts are no longer the old boys club, with women on the rise crushing the winter glass ceiling. With fresh snow, adrenaline and high alpine air in your lungs, there’s no other empowering feeling than shredding a mountain all to yourself.

 

So, are you ready to take your ski skills to the slopes of Japan? Just picture deep powder, hot onsens, karaoke, snow festivals and many places to get your Après-ski on.

Niseko is known as the “Whistler of Japan”, it is located only a couple hours train ride from Sapporo city in North of Hokkaido.

Hokkaido is famous for the best white-hot chocolate and seafood in the entire nation. The main city Sapporo also hosts the annual snow festival from 31st January to 11th of February with some of the world’s most impressive snow and ice sculptures to be seen.

Niseko United is comprised of four resorts Hanazono, Grand Hirafu, Annupuri, Niseko village and is connected by local bus, so it’s easy to get around. If you’re deciding a base for the season Hirafu is the heart of Niseko! With a lot of bars, restaurants, shops and hotels it makes it a social hot spot, allowing you to truly immerse yourself into the larger passionate winter rider community and ultimately maximise your winter experience. But also, it is a place in which many foreigners describe as the ultimate winter-ski Disneyland.

“Despite being abroad you feel as if everything is westernised and accommodating it becomes the new home away from home, surrounded by polite and helpful characters. “ says – 10 year, U.K, Ski instructor Niall Folbigg.

Due to Niseko’s unique geographical location combining a large cold air mass from Siberia, moisture from the sea of Japan, sub-zero temps at sea and mountains rising off the coastline equals its secret recipe for phenomenal powder.

With deeper and consistent snow than neighbouring resorts like Hakuba, it also offers diverse terrain including huge powder fields, steep runs and vertical drops. There’s also the option of touring up the inactive stratovolcano Mt. Yotei or board through Rututsu’s abandoned theme park, offering a little bit of something for everyone at any level.

So, if you’re wanting a piece of this winter fairy-tale I recommend starting to apply for work in July!

 Some local job boards to check out include:

But personally, after trialling out half the mountain, Ski Japan and their ski school Niseko Base Sports was by far the best company with amazing management and great staff benefits!

So, what’s the advantage of doing a ski season in Niseko, Japan?

1) There is 12 to 15 metres falling in three months

2) It attracts more open and like-minded people from a diverse range of nationalities

3) The FOOD is incredible this is not an exaggeration, it’s cheap and maybe even beats grandma’s cooking, sorry!

4) Easy access to nearby cities and towns to truly immerse yourself in the Japanese culture – Otaru, Kutchan and Sapporo

5) Some ski schools will offer you free rentals, free ski pass and free lessons – no hidden schemes e.g. Niseko Base Sports

6) Multiple ski schools and companies, meaning more options for work to move around during the season if needed

7) Weekly events such as Rail Jam nights or Iglo parties – hidden in secret locations

8) Spacious night riding – most tourists are too tired to go by night, means more solo riding for you!

9) Most companies are highly organised helping with accommodation, transport, visa applications – you can thank Japanese ozendate (hospitality) culture for that!

Hot Tip: Download the Niseko App, it includes: daily snow reports, lift status, all dining and drinking options, ski maps, bus timetables, list of events, news

But of course, you are probably asking yourself about the language barrier, but luckily most ski resorts throughout Japan it is very unlikely to find a Japanese person who doesn’t speak at least a little bit of English. In saying that, learning a few essential phrases are always appreciated!

Working at a ski resort can seem like a large commitment away from the comfort of your home, but the best part is the incredibly social landscape. You will always be able to make new friends and for life, after all, we are all there for the same reason – love for skiing, snowboarding and oh, that perfect powder! There’s nothing like getting cosy ramen with your friends after shredding a day on the slopes, it’s one of the most heart-warming feelings out there.

But as a whole, every moment of every day in Japan is filled with new discoveries and cultural difference and utter surprises. So, although being in a completely new culture can appear overwhelming, in hindsight it is also one of the most exciting places to be on the planet.

So, what are you waiting for? 

Get your Après-ski on because you’re about to have the ultimate season of all time!


By Marika Suzuki
Find more at: https://www.thehonestexplorer.com/

Courtesy of photos by Terry Tang – https://www.instagram.com/wheres.terry/ & Sean Hook – https://www.instagram.com/seanahook/

Niseko Loyalty Discount 2020/21

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Have you stayed with us before and want to come back?

Be rewarded with 5% off standard nightly rates when you choose to return stay in one of our participating SkiJapan.com managed accommodations in Niseko. This offer applies to all travel dates during the Winter 2020/21 season for qualifying guests. Conditions Apply.

To find out if you qualify, contact us now.

 

Participating Accommodations:

Alpen Ridge Shirokuma #2
Ezo Yume Snow Fox
Full Circle Tamo
Haven Niseko Toshokan 1
Hirafu 188 Yotei Cottage
Itoku #1 Yutaka 1 & 2
Kamakura Yuki Yama
Neyuki Yukisawa
Niseko Alpine Apartments Yume Basho
Powder Haven #1 Yume House
Shirokuma #1

Terms and Conditions:

  • 5% discount off accommodation for guests returning to the same SkiJapan.com managed property
  • Guests need to have booked/stayed at least once in the requested accommodation to be eligible for the discount
  • Minimum 3 nights required
  • Cannot be combined with other discount promotions for the same travel dates
  • Can be combined with the Advanced Purchase Offer when crossing over seasons
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Why Book with SkiJapan.com?

Experience

SkiJapan.com have specialised in Japanese ski resorts for more than 20 years. Our team have first-hand experience and knowledge of the resorts so you’re getting the best service and advice. We have offices in Niseko Japan, Hong Kong, and Sydney Australia with our Niseko operation being Hokkaido’s longest serving and largest inbound ski tour operator. Our team of bilingual staff will ensure your holiday experience is a memorable one!

Custom Packages

The team at SkiJapan.com make winter travel easy with our custom package options. Servicing various Japan resorts we can help set you up with transfers, rentals, lessons, tour and dining bookings, and everything else to take the pain out of your ski holiday*. Whether you’re a couple desiring the luxe Japan Winter experience; a family seeking ski school, kids entertainment, and spacious living; or a powder hound in pursuit of the steepest and deepest in Japan, we’ve got you covered!
* Some resort services may be limited.

Book Now, Pay Later

We know sometimes plans can change, which is why when you book direct with SkiJapan.com you can secure your dream snow holiday with deposit only*. There’s no need to worry about hefty cancellation fees with SkiJapan.com! Some Terms & Conditions apply.

To Ski Japan Or To Stay At Home?

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With Coronavirus in the forefront of everybody’s mind, these are unpredictable times, and we at the SkiJapan family have been thinking about the three common bonds we share with our customers: we all love Japan, we all love snow, and we’re all feeling particularly cautious right now.

In light of the recent events which have affected the whole world, there has been a significant impact; on our sense of security, our well-being, our families, and our way of life. Businesses both large and small are struggling, with very few industries left untouched by this pandemic.

As such, we at SkiJapan are keenly aware that travel might not be the first thing on everybody’s mind right now, but the common interests we share for all things #Deep and #Japow-dery are still a wonderful escape for all of us, whether it be anticipating the upcoming season, or enjoying our shared passion vicariously online.

STAY INSPIRED

To help assist the escapism many of us are seeking right now – especially as more and more of you find yourselves at home for extended periods – we will be increasing our efforts to bring you all the best Japan winter photos, videos and articles through our social media platforms. Sit back, relax, and dream about those waist-deep turns next winter!

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Enjoyed a trip of your own recently? Tag us in your photos – we’d love to see your adventures and help share them with snow-lovers world-wide!


THE SKIJAPAN.COM BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE GUARANTEE

We understand that plans may change over the following months – whether they are related to budget, health, or travel limitations – and we are committed to ensuring that you can book with confidence when you choose SkiJapan, and leave any worrying to the more pressing issues.

We are taking three major steps to ensure that any keen adventurers wanting to secure their favourite location or make the most of early booking savings can rest assured of the best support and flexibility in the industry:

Advanced Purchase Rate

We strive to deliver on the best possible rates and value for our customers. For the 2020/21 season, not only have we turned back time with considerable reductions on rates across our properties, you can secure up to a further 30% OFF when you book by 30 September.

And you can enjoy FREE rental gear for all the family when booking our selected accommodations. Conditions apply.

Book Now Pay Later

We are taking away the big up-front fees with no deposit and no worries. Up until 30 September, it only takes ¥10,000 JPY ($100 AUD for Australia) to secure your favourite accommodation in your favourite resort at the best time of the season!

Our aim is to help keep your dream alive and give you the confidence to secure your dream snow holiday. Conditions apply.

Reschedule your Holiday

With our Reschedule with Ease policy, booking directly with SkiJapan means you are free to reschedule your trip for new dates during the 2020/21 season without incurring extra fees.

If your plans change entirely and you need to cancel your booking entirely we also provide that flexibility and peace of mind to do so. Conditions apply.


STAY INFORMED

We recommend the following resources for updates on the status of travel to and throughout Japan, and encourage everyone to prioritize the health and safety of themselves, their families, and their communities first.

World Health Organisation
https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus#tab=tab_1

Japan National Travel Organisation
https://www.japan.travel/en/coronavirus/

Japan Ministry of Health, Labour & Welfare
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/newpage_00032.html

Coronavirus Awareness Guide
https://issuu.com/awarenessties/docs/at_-_coronavirus_awareness_guide?fr=sNmIyNTgwMDM4Mw&utm_source=Iterable&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=COVID19_Joe


Please reach out to us if you have any questions, or send us a message right now by clicking on the blue icon in the bottom right corner of your screen – we are here to help.

As our on-the-ground weather reporter says here in Niseko; “Keep a Cool Head. Ski Wise and Stay Focused!”

Niseko Advanced Purchase Offer 2020/21

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Book now and save on selected dates at SkiJapan.com Managed Properties!

For the Winter 2020/21 season, not only have we turned back time with considerable reductions on rates across our properties, you can secure up to a further 30% OFF selected accommodations in Niseko when you book by 30 October 2020.

Take advantage of this amazing deal and book your next snow getaway now!

 

Participating Accommodations:

Alpen Ridge Shirokuma #2
Ezo Yume Snow Fox
Full Circle Tamo
Haven Niseko Yotei Cottage
Itoku #1 Yutaka 1 & 2
Kamakura Yuki Yama
Niseko Alpine Apartments Yukisawa
Powder Haven #1 Yume Basho
Shinka Niseko Yume House
Shirokuma #1

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

  • Valid on selected travel dates between 01-22 December 2020 and 06 January – 24 April 2021 inclusive
  • Book by 30 October 2020
  • Minimum nights apply
  • Discounts can be withdrawn at anytime
  • Cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotions
BOOK ONLINE NOW

 

Why Book with SkiJapan.com?

Experience

SkiJapan.com have specialised in Japanese ski resorts for more than 20 years. Our team have first-hand experience and knowledge of the resorts so you’re getting the best service and advice. We have offices in Niseko Japan, Hong Kong, and Sydney Australia with our Niseko operation being Hokkaido’s longest serving and largest inbound ski tour operator. Our team of bilingual staff will ensure your holiday experience is a memorable one!

Custom Packages

The team at SkiJapan.com make winter travel easy with our custom package options. Servicing various Japan resorts we can help set you up with transfers, rentals, lessons, tour and dining bookings, and everything else to take the pain out of your ski holiday*. Whether you’re a couple desiring the luxe Japan Winter experience; a family seeking ski school, kids entertainment, and spacious living; or a powder hound in pursuit of the steepest and deepest in Japan, we’ve got you covered!
* Some resort services may be limited.

Book Now, Pay Later

We know sometimes plans can change, which is why when you book direct with SkiJapan.com you can secure your dream snow holiday with deposit only*. There’s no need to worry about hefty cancellation fees with SkiJapan.com! Some Terms & Conditions apply.

AYA Niseko Early Bird 2020/21

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Book early and save on one of Niseko’s finest ski-in ski-out accommodations this winter. 

Conveniently located at the base of  the Ace Family run, AYA Niseko consisting of 79 beautifully designed luxury apartments ranging from studios through to stunning penthouses. Onsite services include 24hr reception, onsen, restaurants and ski rental.

For the Winter 2020/21 season when you book a stay at AYA Niseko before 30 September 2020 you be rewarded with up to 20% off the standard rate!

Terms and Conditions:

  • 20% OFF between 1 – 18 December 2020, 4 January -10 February 2021 and 21 February – 24 April 2021
  • 10% OFF between 11-20 February 2021
  • Minimum nights apply
  • Book by 30 September 2020
  • Free cancellation up until 30 September 2020
  • Excludes Atelier apartment stays
  • Applies to a limited number of units, and is subject to booking availability
  • Applicable to standard rates only, and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers
  • Offer may be withdrawn at anytime without notice
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Green Leaf Niseko Village Early Bird 2020/21

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Book now and save!

Enjoy a pristine powder escape at Green Leaf Niseko Village this winter! This true ski-in/ski-out hotel at the base of Niseko Village ski area, offers spa, authentic onsen, and easy access to the world’s finest powder snow.

For the Winter 2020/21 season when you book a stay at Green Leaf Niseko Village you will be rewarded with 10% off the standard rate and complimentary mid-range equipment rental.

Terms and Conditions

  • 10% discount for Deluxe room & Corner Suite between 1 – 18 December 2020, 3 January – 10 February 2021 & 21 February – 26 April 2021.
  • Complimentary mid-range equipment rental between 1 Dec 2020 – 15 Dec 2020 and 7 Mar 2021 – 23 Apr 2021
  • Minimum 3 nights stay is required
  • Book by 60 days prior to arrival
  • Not applicable to Sofa Bed
  • Complimentary equipment is based on paying guests
  • Not valid with any other offer
  • Full non-refundable payment is required within 7 days from the time of booking.

 

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Why Book with SkiJapan.com?

Experience

SkiJapan.com have specialised in Japanese ski resorts for more than 20 years. Our team have first-hand experience and knowledge of the resorts so you’re getting the best service and advice. We have offices in Niseko Japan, Hong Kong, and Sydney Australia with our Niseko operation being Hokkaido’s longest serving and largest inbound ski tour operator. Our team of bilingual staff will ensure your holiday experience is a memorable one!

Custom Packages

The team at SkiJapan.com make winter travel easy with our custom package options. Servicing various Japan resorts we can help set you up with transfers, rentals, lessons, tour and dining bookings, and everything else to take the pain out of your ski holiday*. Whether you’re a couple desiring the luxe Japan Winter experience; a family seeking ski school, kids entertainment, and spacious living; or a powder hound in pursuit of the steepest and deepest in Japan, we’ve got you covered!
* Some resort services may be limited.

Book Now, Pay Later

We know sometimes plans can change, which is why when you book direct with SkiJapan.com you can secure your dream snow holiday with deposit only*. There’s no need to worry about hefty cancellation fees with SkiJapan.com! Some Terms & Conditions apply.

Myoko Kogen Winter 2020/21

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1 Free night when you stay for 10, at Myoko Kogen!

Located less than 3 hours bullet-train ride from Tokyo, on Japan’s main island of Honshu, Myoko Kogen is a culmination of ski resorts with beginner to advanced terrain. Myoko is rich in culture and offers a range of comfortable and convenient accommodations.

For the Winter 2020/21 season when you book a 10 night stay at any of these hotels in Myoko Kogen, you will be rewarded with one free night.

Available when staying at any of the following properties;

Travel Dates

Valid for all stays between 1 December 2020 to 24 April 2021

Terms and Conditions

  • Stay 10 nights and get one night free stay
  • Maximum 1 free night per booking
  • Free night applies to the lowest rate for any date of the stay
REQUEST A QUOTE

 

Why Book with SkiJapan.com?

Experience

SkiJapan.com have specialised in Japanese ski resorts for more than 20 years. Our team have first-hand experience and knowledge of the resorts so you’re getting the best service and advice. We have offices in Niseko Japan, Hong Kong, and Sydney Australia with our Niseko operation being Hokkaido’s longest serving and largest inbound ski tour operator. Our team of bilingual staff will ensure your holiday experience is a memorable one!

Custom Packages

The team at SkiJapan.com make winter travel easy with our custom package options. Servicing various Japan resorts we can help set you up with transfers, rentals, lessons, tour and dining bookings, and everything else to take the pain out of your ski holiday*. Whether you’re a couple desiring the luxe Japan Winter experience; a family seeking ski school, kids entertainment, and spacious living; or a powder hound in pursuit of the steepest and deepest in Japan, we’ve got you covered!
* Some resort services may be limited.

Book Now, Pay Later

We know sometimes plans can change, which is why when you book direct with SkiJapan.com you can secure your dream snow holiday with deposit only*. There’s no need to worry about hefty cancellation fees with SkiJapan.com! Some Terms & Conditions apply.

Shiga Kogen- Early Bird 2020/21

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Book now and get up to 3 free nights stay at Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel for Winter 2020/21.

One of Japan’s largest ski areas, Shiga Kogen is made up 19 linked ski resorts all accessible on one ticket with plenty of long runs and steep terrainThis ski-in / ski-out hotel located at Yakebitaiyama resort with 690 guest rooms in three separate wings.

The East Wing with 100 large premium western style rooms, in an ideal location has impressive views of the ski slopes from every room. The West Wing with 350 rooms offering reasonably priced accommodation where self-service is the order of the day. The South Wing with 240 rooms. The South Building, has a casual atmosphere and is where you can board the gondola directly from the hotel.

For the Winter 2020/21 season when you book a stay at the Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel before 30 October 2020 you will be rewarded, with up to three free nights with complimentary Yakebitaiyama Area lift pass!

 

Terms and Conditions

  • Stay minimum of 7 nights and receive 3 nights free (i.e. stay 7/pay 4) plus a complimentary 3-days lift ticket (only valid at Yakebitaiyama Area) per person
  • Stay minimum of 4 nights and receive 1 nights free (i.e. stay 4/pay 3) plus a complimentary 1-days lift ticket (only valid at Yakebitaiyama Area) per person
  • Book by 30 October 2020
  • Offer excludes 28 Dec 2020 – 02 Jan 2021 and 09-10 Jan 2021

 

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Westin Rusutsu Early Bird 2020-21

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The Westin Rusutsu is the perfect ski-in/ski-out family retreat with all the trimmings. Book early to relax in comfort at the three-time winner of Japan’s Best Ski Hotel award and enjoy up to 30% off your accommodation! Located a short distance from Niseko resort in Hokkaido, the comparatively quiet lift lines and extensive terrain of Rusutsu Resort offer a compelling invitation for anyone seeking a winter escape.

Book Now and Get Up to 30% off!

For Winter 2020/21 the Westin Rusutsu Resort are offering up to 30% off standard nightly rates



Westin Rusutsu Resort

The Westin Rusutsu Resort brings its international signature style and comfort to this ski-in/ski-out resort hotel. Large maisonette rooms, with on-site restaurants and gym. Direct access to East Mountain.

 

Terms & Conditions

  • Book by 30 October 2020
  • Minimum 5 nights required
  • Excludes dates 28 December 2020 – 3 January 2021
  • Free cancellation up until 29 October 2020
  • Full payment due 30 October 2020 (non-refundable)

 

REQUEST A QUOTE

 

Why Book with SkiJapan.com?

Experience

SkiJapan.com have specialised in Japanese ski resorts for more than 20 years. Our team have first-hand experience and knowledge of the resorts so you’re getting the best service and advice. We have offices in Niseko Japan, Hong Kong, and Sydney Australia with our Niseko operation being Hokkaido’s longest-serving and largest inbound ski tour operator. Our team of bilingual staff will ensure your holiday experience is a memorable one!

Custom Packages

The team at SkiJapan.com make winter travel easy with our custom package options. Servicing various Japan resorts we can help set you up with transfers, rentals, lessons, tour and dining bookings, and everything else to take the pain out of your ski holiday*. Whether you’re a couple desiring the luxe Japan Winter experience; a family seeking ski school, kids entertainment, and spacious living; or a powder hound in pursuit of the steepest and deepest in Japan, we’ve got you covered!
* Some resort services may be limited.

Book Now, Pay Later

We know sometimes plans can change, which is why when you book direct with SkiJapan.com you can secure your dream snow holiday with deposit only*. There’s no need to worry about hefty cancellation fees with SkiJapan.com! Some Terms & Conditions apply.

Naeba- Early Bird 2020/21

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Book now and 1 free nights stay at Naeba Prince Hotel for Winter 2020/21!

One of Japan’s less well-renown destinations, Naeba is a fantastic example of a well-rounded resort with the perfect combination of facilities, terrain for all skill levels, and few visitors to crowd the lift lines. The Naeba Prince hotel offers ski-in/ski-out access and features a range of onsite facilities including numerous spa and onsen, over 20 restaurants, retail stores and snow school. 

For the Winter 2020/21 season when you book a 7 night stay at the Naeba Prince Hotel before 30 October 2020 you will be rewarded with one free night plus one day complimentary lift pass!

Terms and Conditions

  • Free night applies to night with lowest rate
  • Complimentary 1-day lift ticket (valid at both Naeba Area and Kagura Area) per person
  • Book by 30 October 2020
  • Black out dates apply
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