COVID-19 Travel Updates

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What a year it has been. With assurance of health, wellbeing and safe travel in the forefront of everybody’s mind, SkiJapan are keenly aware that travel to Japan’s famous powdery resorts for the 2020/2021 season has become a distant hope.

In light of the unprecedented events which have affected the whole world, there has been a significant impact; on the way of life for us all. Very few individuals or industries have been left untouched by this pandemic.

There are also three common bonds the SkiJapan family share with our customers: we all LOVE Japan, we all LOVE snow, and we WILL enjoy it again.

These 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.


This year will be the year to dream of your next travel adventure! 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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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

Japan National Travel Organisation

Japan Ministry of Health, Labour & Welfare

Go To Travel (Japanese Only)

New Hokkaido Style

New Niseko Travel Journey

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.

“Keep a Cool Head. Ski Wise and Stay Focused!”

The Icy Jewel of Japan: Sapporo Snow Festival

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Nestled in the heart of Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, Sapporo is the country’s fifth largest city with a population of almost 2 million people. The far-northern location offers a wide climate range between summer and winter; in the warmer months offering prime conditions for outdoor beer festivals and terrace dining, then in winter transforming into a scene from within a snow globe, with frozen flurries swirling the white streets and the denizens retreating to the vast network of subterranean arcades, shopping centers and restaurants interconnected by a labyrinth of heated tunnels.

During February, Sapporo takes advantage of the vast amounts of snowfall to transform into a winter wonderland with the Sapporo Snow Festival; snow and ice sculptures are erected at key locations in Odori Park, Tsudome community dome, and Susukino in celebration of the beauty and tranquility that the snow brings to the city.
Now entering its 69th year, the event first started with six snow sculptures created by local high school students. Interest in seeing their creations was so high – with around fifty thousand people viewing the statues – that it quickly became a major yearly event in Sapporo, now attracting teams from all around the globe and in excess of 2 million visitors annually to view more than 200 sculptures and the beautiful illumination displays around the city.

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Don’t miss out on one of the most unique experiences northern Japan has on offer: offers return transport from Niseko to Sapporo on the 5th and 11th of February, so book your trip today!

Sapporo Snow Festival Day Trip with

  • 2019 dates 31 Jan – 11 Feb 2019
  • 12:45 – 22:00
  • Adult 7,000 yen, Child 6,000 yen (5-11 years)
  • Includes return coach transport from Hirafu < > Sapporo, attendant staff, information kit
  • This is NOT a guided tour, this is a return transfer service

City of Sapporo, Sapporo Tourist Association, Sapporo Board of Education, Sapporo Chamber of Commerce and Industry

New Years Eve in Japow

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We’re fast approaching the New Year and it’s looking festive all around Japan’s great resorts. It’s not all DJ’s and shandies at your favourite bar, though (although there’re plenty of those!) If you’d like to experience your local resort’s annual celebrations then look no further than our New Years Eve in Japow guide below. Enjoy the first snow of 2018 with a fresh head this year!


20:30 – 23:00 Free night skiing!

23:45 Torch light skiing begins on the Grand Hirafu slopes. Watch from the village as hundreds of participants illuminate the slopes on their descent, followed by a stunning fireworks display.

Midnight – 02:00 “Hatsumoude” – the first Shinto shrine visit of the new year. Visit Yamada Shrine and join the locals in this traditional practice of praying for happiness in the coming year along with free sake and on-site food stalls


19:45 ~ Enjoy complimentary hot drinks at the West Mt. before a torchlight parade and fireworks display

23:00 ~ Head to the Cricket Bar for drinks, Bingo and NYE countdown


22:45 – 00:15 Traditional New Year’s soba noodles (Toshikoshi), sake, raffles, and countdown fireworks display at the Tribute Portfolio Hotel

23:00~ Live DJ and sake barrel opening ceremony at Ice Star Bar


16:00 – 18:00 Toshikoshi soba & Japanese sake service at the Tower Hotel lounge

19:00 – 21:00 Welcome Party and mini concert with free drink at Risonare Hotel

20:00 – 22:00 Free Toshikoshi soba

24:00 Fireworks display at Ice Village 


20:00~ Live concert by a Japanese artist in the Chapel of the New Furano Prince Hotel

22:00~ Traditional food stalls, games, music and demonstrations at the base of Furano ski area along with NYE countdown and fireworks display


13:30~ ‘Mochi’ Rice Cake Making

17:30 & 19:30 Restaurant Concert at Sahoro Garden. Bookings necessary.

22:00 – 23:00 Free Toshikoshi Soba

23:30 – 00:30 Countdown Party


22:00~ Free Night skiing at Happo One Ski Resort, Nakiyama Slope. Hot calpis & sake barrel opening ceremony, costume contests, prizes and fireworks.  Complimentary rice wine and Nagano apple for the first 500 people


23:30 Night skiing extended until 23:30. Complimentary mulled wine and sake while enjoying fireworks display


22:00 – 23:30 Torch light skiing at Mt Yakebi No.3 high-Speed lift. Pre-booking required. (English OK).


Furano Early Bird Special 2017

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This world-class ski area is regarded as having the lightest and driest powder in Japan delivering an average of 9m of snow. An ideal destination for families and offers a quieter more relaxed atmosphere than other resorts.

Save 15% off Fuyunoki, Forest View, Wonderland Furano, Kaku and Ume apartments!

Contact us now for a quotation on your holiday specifics.


Book by 1 June 2017 for Fuyunoki.
Book by 1 August 2017 for Forest View, Wonderland Furano, Kaku and Ume.
Minimum 5 night stay required.
Not valid 18 December 2017 to 23 February 2018, inclusive.
Full payment will be required within 14 days from the booking.
Discount can be withdrawn at anytime.