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Beginners Guide to Japan

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Japan is a stunning place with a rich culture, history and of course amazing ski resorts, but it can be daunting for first-time visitors. Don’t worry, because we’re here to share our top tips and handy hints to get you through Japan like a pro.

These are just a few of our top tips, and our team has even more great advice and info to make sure you have the best trip ever. Contact us today for the best deals and service.

Luggage Transport

One of the biggest question visitors ask is “how can I move my luggage around?” Well, Japan is the land of convenience, and there are a range of luggage transport and storage services available. The main one is called “Yamato Transport”, also commonly known as “Taku-Bin”, and “Black Cat” named for their mascot which is a black cat. With this service, you can send your ski bags or luggage anywhere in Japan from almost any convenience store, luggage office at airports, or hotel desk. The service usually costs around ¥2,500 per ski bag, and less for regular luggage. It’s perfect if you’re going to stay a few days in a major city as part of a stopover, and don’t want the hassle of lugging around skis and boots through the city to a resort like Hakuba.

Food

There’s so much food in Japan and it’s all so good! Here are some tips to enjoy food just like the locals do.

Ramen: Commonly available in three main flavours – miso, soy and salt. They’re all delicious, so don’t worry too much about which one you choose. You’ll get roast pork, noodles and some vegetables. Try to get the noodles onto the large spoon, and then slurp away! It’s not rude or impolite to slurp, it’s just considered the normal way to eat ramen!

Sushi & Sashimi: Sashimi is simply very fresh fish that has been sliced into small portions. The price varies per species and cut, with the fattier cuts more prized, more delicious and more expensive. Sushi is when the cut of fish is placed atop a small portion of rice and commonly served with a hint of wasabi. Both sushi and sashimi can be enjoyed with special soy sauce for dipping, but make sure to try it without the sauce first! Niseko even hosts some of the best sushi restaurants in Hokkaido.

Yaki-Niku: BBQ meat is a favourite, no matter what country you’re from. In Japan, BBQ meat can be found at Yaki Niku restaurants, and are often available in timed sessions where you can eat as much as you want for a certain period of time – only in Japan!

Sake: Sake is undoubtedly Japan’s most famous alcohol, and there are many different varieties available. In the bigger cities there are even dedicated sake bars where you can try sake from different regions, and sample all kinds of different flavours and styles.

Phrases

The Japanese language is very difficult to master, and it doesn’t make sense to learn it for a holiday a few weeks a year. BUT there are some great phrases which every visitor to Japan should know!

Arigatou: (Ah-ree-gah-toh) – “Thank you”. Probably the most important word to know in Japan. You can say this at any time you would thank someone.

Sumimasen: (Sue-me-ma-sen) – “Excuse me”. If you’re at a restaurant, you can yell this one out to get the servers attention, or if you bump into someone on the street you can say this.

Onegaishimasu: (On-ne-guy-she-muss) – “Please”. There are a number of ways to say this, but this one is the most commonly used. You can say this when you order food or for that all important Japanese beer.

Daijoubu: (Die-joe-boo) – “It’s alright”. You can say this if you fall down on the snow and people ask if you’re alright, or if you’ve had enough fried chicken for the night.

Konnichiwa: (Ko-ni-chi-wa) – “Hello”. You can use this anytime you meet with someone, or even when you check in at your hotel.

Mou Ippai: (Mo’-ip-pie) – “One More”. If you’ve finished your drink, or need another plate of sushi, just say this (followed by “please”), and you’ll be served one more of whatever you just pointed at.

Sugoi Yuki: (Sue-goy You-key) – “Amazing Snow”. If it’s dumping with snow (a common occurrence), you can point to the heavens and yell this out!

Douzo: (Do-zo) – “Go Ahead”. Lift operators at ski resorts will say this to you once they sweep the chairlift of snow. When you get on the lift, you can respond with “arigato”!

Public Transport

Getting around on Japan’s public transport is super easy – especially in the cities. The subway systems might look big and scary, but they are easier to navigate than you think.

Tip #1: Use Google Maps or Hyperdia on your phone! This saves you so much time and effort. Get yourself a data sim, download one of these apps, and relax. The public transport maps in Japan can be pretty big, and using an app will save you a lot of time and effort when you need to get from place to place. They’ll give you times, routes, fares, platform numbers and up to date info.

Tip #2: Get yourself a public transport card! Instead of having to calculate and purchase a new fare every time you got on public transport, you can just tap your card and go. The two major brands are Pasmo and Suica, and both can be used on public transport across Japan. To get a card, just go to a branded machine at the station, choose the card, fill it up with cash, and then start tapping! Don’t worry if you fill it up with more than you needed, you can use these cards to pay for items at convince stores as well.

Tip #3: Plan your day in advance! This might sound obvious, but you’ll probably want to be maximising your time doing activities rather than being on trains all day, so make sure to plan your day as best you can before you leave the hotel. Sometimes the things you want to do are only a stop or two away!

Tip #4: Etiquette! Line up for trains and subways – this makes it easy for people to get off, and easy for you to get on. Don’t talk on the phone – it’s considered very rude to speak on the phone, so if you get a call, let them know you’ll have to return their call. Don’t speak loudly – it’s considered very rude to speak loudly on public transport, especially trains. Always give up your seat to the elderly or less mobile.

Tip #5: Taxis! When you check in at your hotel, make sure to take a business card with their address. If you do get lost somewhere in Japan, you can take a taxi, show them your hotel’s card and be safely returned to your room without worry.

If you’re not sure how to get from resort to resort, or want any more handy hints for getting around, talk to an expert from SkiJapan.com today.

Onsens

Getting in an Onsen for the first time is an awkward mental struggle for just about every guest to Japan. Don’t worry though, because once you get into that steaming, healing water, you’ll forget all about how awkward the naked dash just felt!

When you enter the building, check if you need to remove your shoes – if there’s a step up, you probably will have to remove them. Head to the counter or ticket machine to pay the entry fee. If you don’t have a towel with you, it’s usually possible to rent one. It’s often possible to rent either 1 large towel, or a large towel and a small towel. The large towel is to dry yourself after your soak and should be left in the changing area, and the small towel can be taken inside to wash your face or use as a ‘modesty’ towel (don’t put it in the water though!). If you’re in a more traditional resort you may be asked if you have any tattoos, so be prepared to cover them.

Once you’ve paid the fee and then head into the gender-specific change rooms. Find a basket or locker to put your clothes into and then it’s time to get naked! If you’re using a locker, take the key with you which is likely to be on an elastic wristband.

Inside the next room will be a number of showers with stools to sit on. Find a free shower, sit on the stool and then wash your entire body and hair with the provided soaps. Once you’re all clean, then you can head through the next door where you’ll find the onsen! It’s going to be a cold walk and it’s tempting to run between the wash-room and the onsen, but don’t rush – you don’t want to slip here.

Some onsens have multiple baths with indoor and outdoor areas and varying water temperatures, so try to explore all the different options. Don’t worry about feeling awkward when you move between the baths; it’s worth it to experience each option. Most people will soak for about 20 – 45 minutes, but just go at your own pace and enjoy the scenery.

When you leave the onsen, it is recommended to give yourself a quick wash in the shower again, just to wash off the natural salts and minerals from the water. After a shower, dry yourself off and put your clothes back on. There’s usually a basket to put your used towels in as well.

Many onsens have relaxation areas, massage chairs, vending machines and spaces to lie down and nap. This is the perfect opportunity to just chill out until all your friends are done.

If you’re heading to Niseko, check out Niseko.com’s onsen guide here.

So that’s some of our best advice for beginners, but of course, there’s always so much more to talk about! Contact our team of experts for everything to know about skiing in Japan.

Choosing the right Japanese resort for your family

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With so many resorts in Japan to choose from it can be tough to pick the right one for your family. Flights to Tokyo and Sapporo are becoming cheaper from Asia & Australia, and Japanese resorts are more accessible than ever with direct transport to resorts available as well as family sized accommodation and ski lessons in English now at most resorts.

If you’re looking for a resort that’s going to cover all your bases with world class facilities and a huge choice of accommodation, Niseko United is the place for you. The world famous resort renowned for its deep powder snow is now also known for having some of the best ski hotels in all of Japan, including the acclaimed hotel “The Kamui Niseko”; ranked in the world’s top 3 new ski hotels in the 2016 World Ski Awards. The village of Hirafu boasts a huge number of restaurants from family friendly ramen to high end Izakaya. There is also tonnes to do off the mountain, like rock-climbing and Hokkaido’s largest high ropes course which is open all winter long. There is a huge choice for ski lessons with group lessons available in English from most ski schools. NBS ski school now also offers the smallest group sizes in Niseko for all lessons, so you and your little ones can make the most of your time on the hill.

The nearby resort of Rusutsu is also well equipped with 2 large hotels right at the base of the resort. There are group lessons available in a wide variety of languages including English for every level. Rusutsu has a large arcade with skill-tester machines, a 4-D cinema and an indoor merry-go-round. The terrain is great for developing skills with a large number of beginner and intermediate runs right next to huge powder forests. This resort was designed to keep skiers of every level entertained, so this resort is won’t disappoint!

If you’re after an all-in-one resort experience, then Sahoro or Tomamu are your go to destinations. These resorts are very family friendly with tonnes of activities for kids of all ages, including tubing, ice sculpting classes, ice slides and more. Tomamu even has their own ice-skating rink! The terrain at both resorts offers large areas for beginners as well as some advanced runs. Lessons can be offered in English, but it’s best to book ahead when planning your holiday.

Furano is located in central Hokkaido and is definitely a very happy medium between traditional and new age Japan. The town of Furano is right at the base of the resort, and there are a number of accommodation options including hotels and apartments. There are now English lessons available for all ages, and good ski rental options. The terrain here is great with lots of advanced to expert runs as well as large beginner areas. This region is much less crowded than at some of the more well-known resorts, but there are still many of the same services and activities available which is great news for skiing families.

The traditional town of Myoko Kogen is nothing short of magical. The town is relatively new to the international snow scene, and doesn’t have everything in English like other resorts mentioned. But what it does have is tradition and history, and lots of it! The resort has great lifts, and a wide range of beginner and advanced terrain as well as the classic Japanese powder snow. Some of the longest and steepest runs are located here, and is definitely a powder paradise rich in Japanese history and culture. This resort will have something for everyone, especially for those interested in seeing what Japanese culture is all about.

One of the largest ski areas in Japan is the Hakuba Valley, hosting 7 ski resorts and many different styles of accommodation, terrain and facilities. Hakuba is located about 4 hours from the Tokyo airports, with coaches being the best choice for transport. All of the resorts in the area have great terrain for beginners, as well as long and steep runs for expert skiers. The village is quite spread out, but there are free shuttle buses that run between the main village areas and the surrounding resorts, making transport a breeze. New to the Hakuba area is the “Hakuba Gateway Hotel”, which will offer great ground services and with a SkiJapan.com office will help improve services in the area. The nearby town of Matsumoto hosts one of the greatest traditional castles in all of Japan which is a must-see if you’re in the Hakuba area. There are also the popular snow monkeys which love to hang out in the hot onsen baths.

 

If you’re still unsure about which Japanese resort is the right fit for your family, contact our professional consultants. Our team have been to many Japanese resorts, and can help you to make the best choice for your family. Whichever resort in Japan you go to, don’t forget to enjoy the culture, food and powder. With the ancient culture and amazing snow, there’s just so much to love about a winter holiday in Japan.

Contact our team and find out more today.

Hokkaido Wilds – A New Online Resource

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Hokkaido is one of the best places for ski touring on the planet. The island receives a huge amount of snow all season, and there are rolling hills and mountains everywhere you look. The landscape is stunning, and there is simply nowhere else like it. What many foreigners and tourists to the area might not know is that there are tonnes of touring trails and huts on many of these snow-covered vistas easily accessible – not only by car, but by public transport as well.

Backcountry enthusiasts local to the island prefecture have enjoyed and established these trails for many years, and, naturally, much of the trail information has been in the Japanese language – quite a challenge for non-native speakers.

Seeking to make the Hokkaido backcountry hills more accessible to English speakers, Hokkaido local Rob Thomson has launched an independent, free, online, English-language database of Hokkaido backcountry skiing routes. Originally from New Zealand, the backcountry enthusiast aims to inspire people to explore Hokkaido’s extraordinary outdoors in an informed and responsible way.

“Good quality information about Hokkaido backcountry ski routes simply doesn’t exist in English,” explained founder Rob Thomson. “The Hokkaido Wilds changes that. Our aim is to be one point of inspiration for independent and experienced backcountry skiers wanting to get off the beaten track in the Hokkaido winter hills.”

This great resource is totally free and is easy to follow with photos, route maps, tips and more. There are campsites, huts and onsens listed near trails as well. This is one to add to your bookmarks, and follow on social media.

Check out their website and all the information here: https://hokkaidowilds.org/ski-touring

If this inspired you to travel to Hokkaido, contact us today to start your journey. Enquire now.

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Asahikawa – Japan’s Ski City

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There are so many reasons that people love to travel to Japan. There’s the culture, the food, the cities, and of course the snow. Many people don’t think they can get all of these amazing things in one place, but Hoshino Resorts plans to change that perception with the launch of their OMO7 Hotel Asahikawa in April 2018 – an incredibly affordable, modern hotel in downtown Asahikawa.

Visionary CEO of Hoshino Resorts, Yoshiharu Hoshino, skis over 60 days every year across Japan and the world, gaining priceless insight into the future of ski tourism in Japan and abroad. After visiting Queenstown in New Zealand, and Banff in Canada, he realised the charm of staying in a town instead of directly at a resort.

“Access to the slopes is certainly important, and in the past I emphasized this aspect. However, since learning how to enjoy skiing as part of a comprehensive trip, availability of restaurants, bars, activities to enjoy on days with snowy weather, and entertainment highlighting the regional charms of the area became more important.” – Yoshiharu Hoshino

He realised the potential that the Hokkaido city of Asahikawa has for rivalling even the world’s most established ski towns.

“This town has many delicious, inexpensive, and authentic Hokkaido restaurants. With wonderful cafes, bars, and izakayas lining the streets, one would not tire of the city no matter how many days one stays. That is why OMO7 Asahikawa will take on the challenge of promoting the city as a New Ski City.” – Yoshiharu Hoshino

This winter season will be the first for OMO7, and comes in as one of the most affordable ski hotels at from ¥6,340 per person, per night. Ski resort access from the centrally located hotel is very easy with dedicated shuttles going to and from Kamui Ski Links, Asahidake, Furano and Tomamu ski resorts every day.

There’s so much to love about skiing in Japan, and you can do it all in Asahikawa.

For more information or to book your dream holiday to Hoshino Resorts OMO7 Hotel Asahikawa, contact us today.

Japans Major Resorts – Opening Dates 2018/19

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Winter is right around the corner and all the major resorts have announced their opening dates for the 2018/19 season. Make sure to mark these dates in your diary and stay up to date with all the latest.

Niseko

Hokkaido’s powder mecca, Niseko United will be officially opening on the 23rd of November 2018 but the opening date might be delayed due to weather. Once it does open the lifts set to spin at both Grand Hirafu and Niseko Annupuri. Niseko Village and Hanazono will follow suit shortly after with both opening on the 1st of December. Follow our Niseko Snow Report for daily updates all season, and Niseko.com on Facebook for weekly forecasts and local news.

Kiroro

Kiroro Resort is set to open on 23rd of November 2018, matching the date of Niseko. The mountain resort is at a higher elevation those nearby, so there might be some decent terrain on opening day – pending early snow falls.

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Furano

The central Hokkaido resort of Furano will open its main area on the 25th of November 2018, with the secondary area of Kitanomine opening in mid-December 2018. Furano is well known for its mix of excellent, steep terrain and great beginner areas.

Tomamu

Heading a little further east, Tomamu Resort will open on 1st December 2018 – a bit later than other Hokkaido resorts on the list. That doesn’t mean it gets any less snow though, with an average of 14 meters of snowfall throughout the season, rivalling numbers to even that of Niseko.

Hoshino Resorts Tomamu in Winter

Calling all early birds! Have you already decided where to go for skiing and snowboarding this year? We have the answer – Hoshino Resorts Tomamu! Whether it's your first time or you've visited us before, we look forward to welcoming you here!

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Hakuba Valley

Happo-One in Hakuba Valley are planning to open 23rd of November 2018 with many of the surrounding resorts to follow suit. There are some awesome deals for rentals in Hakuba making an early season trip much more tempting.

If this inspired you to ski in Japan, we want to hear from you! Enquire today and get started on your journey to the powder capital of the world. Enquire now!

The Best of Japan’s Early Snowfalls

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Winter is almost here and there’s nothing more exciting than seeing the snow starting to settle across the Japan’s resorts. Most of the major resorts have had their first taste of snow, offering a first look into the season to come. Here are our favourite pics and videos from around Japan!

Stay up to date on conditions this season by following our daily Niseko snow report, and Niseko.com social media for live and weekly updates.

Mt. Yotei becoming Snow-capped Once Again

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Grand Hirafu Ace Hill – Puking like it’s mid-winter already

Roads are covered near Kiroro

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Stunning Mountain Views in Hakuba

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Aerial Views over Happo-One

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Historic Hakuba – Matsumoto Castle

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First built in 1504, Matsumoto Castle is one of the best preserved traditional castles in all Japan. This historic site features a dramatic six storey keep that overlooks a huge moat, as well as a total of five separate structures. There is only one other castle in Japan that consists of six storeys, so Matsumoto is definitely a must see while you’re in the Hakuba area. The castle walls are mostly black with white highlights which contrast beautifully against the mountainous backdrop.

When you arrive at the Castle, you can walk around the Inner Moat area before making your way inside the main keep. Once inside you can explore each level, viewing samurai armour and weapons that are on display. On the sixth storey there is a magnificent view out towards the mountain peaks and across Matsumoto town.

The castle was ruled by 23 different lords over a 280 year period up until the Meiji restoration period. The impressive site has been embraced by locals for generations and it was saved from demolition in the late 1800’s because of the love the townspeople have for the castle. The impressive structure still survives in its original design and was designated a national treasure in 1952.

A stay in Hakuba is not complete without a visit to this historic site. If you’re considering a trip to Hakuba, SkiJapan.com’s very own Hakuba Gateway Hotel is in a great, central location with onsite ski/snowboard rental, physio, restaurant and access to the Hakuba Valley resorts, transport to Tokyo and local attractions.

Enquire now to book your stay in Hakuba and experience everything Japan has to offer.

 

Freeride World Tour – Hakuba 2019

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The calendar for the Freeride World Tour has been announced, and the legendary big-mountain competition will kick off in Japan’s Hakuba Valley. From the 19th of January 2019 till the 26th, over 50 of the world’s best freeride skiers & snowboarders will be competing for the title of Freeride World Tour Champion.

The venue is set to be Happo-One, where the event has been held for the last two seasons. In 2017 the top spot was taken out by veteran snowboarder Travis Rice. Check out his epic winning run below.

With such great terrain and village atmosphere, it’s easy to see why Hakuba is the choice of so many top riders as well as families and intermediate riders.

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Shiga Kogen East- Early Bird 2018

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For the Winter 2017/18 season when you book a stay at the Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel (East Wing) before 27 December 2018 you will be rewarded with up to 3 extra free nights with complimentary Yakebitaiyama Area lift pass!

This ski-in / ski-out hotel located at Yakebitaiyama resort offers 690 guest rooms in three separate wings.

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum nights required.
  • Up to 3 day complimentary lift ticket (only valid at Yakebitaiyama Area) per person is available. 
  • Reservation period from 1 November to 27 December 2018.
  • Valid check-in dates 11 February – 31 March 2019.
  • Blackout period 15 December 2018 – 10 February 2019 (inclusive).

Contact us now for a quotation on your holiday specifics.

5 inspirations to enjoy a White Christmas in Japan

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New Zealand and eastern Australia might be the first countries to enjoy a visit from St. Nick on Christmas Eve, but there’s good reason for him to be dressed for the elements with the island nation of Japan next on the destination list!

The transition between the mid-summer temperatures in Oceania during December and January versus Japan’s stunning winter weather is like night and day, and the opportunity to enjoy a true winter Christmas experience is something most Aussies and Kiwis will have on their bucket list.

Fortunately, travel between Australia and Tokyo only requires a couple of notches of winding back on the wristwatch, so there’s already plenty of reason to jump at the opportunity for a Northern Winter holiday without worrying about jet lag!

Snow

As one of the world’s top winter destinations, it goes to reason that the snow in Japan is worth travelling for. Japan’s landscape offers an effortless variety of terrain to enjoy; from high altitude alpine skiing with endless runs and challenging vert, to rolling hills of bottomless powder and tight birch forests for the powder hounds and sled necks. With many Hokkaido resorts boasting consistent 15+ meter seasons it’s no surprise that the powder in Japan is the stuff of legends attracting riders from all corners of the globe for a taste of the action.

Hakuba Valley ski resorts receive a huge amount of snow as well, and there is great accommodation in Hakuba that won’t break the budget. If you’ve ever wanted to enjoy a Christmas morning snowball fight Japan is the place for you!

Onsen

Ditch those paddling pools, sunscreen bottles, and sandy jocks; there’s no better way to relax after a day on the mountain than stripping down to your birthday suit to soak in the waters of a relaxing, volcanically heated hot-pool or onsen. Japan’s unique location upon the ominously named Ring of Fire – a vast ridge of volcanic activity surrounding the perimeter of the Pacific region – provides the country with an abundance of natural springs and geo thermal heating opportunities. The naturally heated waters are pumped beneath roads to prevent ice build-up, through drains to melt cleared snow, and to hotels and ryokan for outdoor hot baths.

Certain rules and etiquette must be followed when enjoying the waters in these public baths, but the opportunity is not one to miss – especially during a winter holiday when you can relax in the steamy pools and daydream about what Santa is going to deliver tomorrow as snow flutters all around. Check out this great onsen guide for more info.

Food

We all love good Christmas traditions; large family gatherings with more food than you can eat, followed by enough dessert to sink a ship. While you might not find your usual family favourites on the menu in Japan, the country hosts a wide range of must-try local dishes, as well as a huge array of international Michelin Star cuisine options.

If you’re a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas dinner you can find excellent carvery and pudding buffets at some hotels, as well as hearty roast dishes at selected western pubs located in larger resorts such as Hakuba and Niseko.

If you’re planning to eat out at your resort, ask SkiJapan.com about booking you a seat in advance – no one wants to go hungry on Christmas!

Festivities

Japan is a primarily Shintoist country and the western traditions around Christmas time are not commonly celebrated by locals, however the seasonal vibe can certainly be felt all over the cities and resorts with the sheer amount of decorations that pop up. In Japan, the holiday period is focussed more on the turning of the New Year and most resorts put on excellent New Year’s Eve fireworks displays for the countdown. Sapporo City is also renowned for its stunning light shows during this period.

While you’re not likely to see any Christmas parades braving the cold on the main streets, St Nick frequently makes an appearance at most of the larger resorts – sometimes even with a few reindeer in procession. He’s been spotted every year the day before Christmas taking photos with guests and enjoying some mulled wine and hot chocolate outside NBS in Niseko – as well as popping up all over the country for more cheeky photo ops.

Accommodation

SkiJapan.com has a wide range of accommodation options across Japan resorts, from quaint traditional pensions and ryokan for a more cultural experience, apartments and hotels with varying room numbers to suit groups both large and small, and sprawling luxury penthouse suites with all the mod-cons.

Niseko is a popular option with some of the most diverse accommodation options available of all the Japan resorts; plus being within easy travel distance to Sapporo city makes Christmas shopping in Japan a convenience.

If Hakuba is on your agenda this Christmas and New Year – as it should be, being so close to Tokyo City – then be sure to check in at the Hakuba Gateway Hotel. Located centrally in Happo One and only a few minutes’ walk to the Nakayama Chair Lift. This affordable hotel now features a range of excellent services including NBS Japan’s famous rental and retail facilities, restaurant, and Altitude Physio – one of Australia’s most respected Olympic level physio services. Hakuba Gateway Hotel is well suited for in-resort convenience, and to enjoy the evening fireworks show lighting up the valley on New Year’s Eve.

Whatever your needs for a perfect white Christmas in Japan the team at SkiJapan.com are on hand to provide a personalised quote and take the hassle out of travel – contact us today!

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