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Japan is world renowned for some of the best powder skiing in the world. Japan ski resorts get an average of 10-17 metres of snowfall per season. With ample high quality snow, beautiful scenery, great food and relaxing hot springs a ski holiday to Japan is one you’ll never forget.

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Skiing and Snowboarding in Japan

Skiing in Japan offers an amazing experience of powder snow and local culture, making it a great destination for a Ski holiday.  A holiday here combines, perhaps the best snow in the world with, great value, Japanese food and culture, and stop over options such as Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoko or Sapporo! 

The majority of ski resorts in Japan get 10 to 18 meters of snow every season due to the snow clouds that move from Siberia over the Sea of Japan picking up moisture then dumping on the Japanese Alps. 

Ski Resorts in Japan are located on the 2 northern most islands of the country. Honshu and Hokkaido. Hokkaido Skiing is known for light dry powder snow while skiing on Honshu will give you bigger more European sized  Mountains and easy accessibility to Tokyo Osaka and Kyoko.

Ski Resorts in Japan, Japan has more than 100 ski resorts these are mostly on the main island of Honshu and the northern island of Hokkaido we have selected the best (in our opinion). 

Niseko- A famous Japanese ski resort that is famous for the big snow dumps, the nightlife, family friendliness and tree skiing, it takes away your “foreign fear” as English is commonly spoken here!


  • Famous for Asian and Australian markets
  • Many Five-star and deluxe hotels, Condominiums and Apartments
  • Many bars and restaurants of all cousins

Rusutsu, is located 2.5 hours from Sapporo Airport and 30 minutes from Niseko. Rusutsu is renowned for the same snow quality as Niseko without the same crowds and long groomed runs plus a fairly liberal off piste policy.


  • Easy access from Sapporo airport
  • Big hotel ski in ski out at the base with 5 or 6 restaurants and a few bar options
  • Significant snowfall and not as busy as Niseko

Furano, is located in central Hokkaido and  renowned for the off-piste riding, long groomed runs and family friendliness. It’s also a base to visit other closely located ski areas.


  • Limited restaurants or nightlife
  • 2 large main accommodation options: New Furano Prince Hotel and Prince Hotel
  • Not as commercialized and large snow falls

Tomamu is more of a family-oriented ski resort. It includes many activities for families, off-piste skiing and standard quality amenities and accommodation.


  • Located 3 hours from Sapporo airport
  • Not as busy as Niseko
  • Family orientated

The Hakuba Valley is huge, 11 ski resorts, and perfect for off-piste or on piste snowboarding and skiing. From beginners to advanced. It’s great for English speaking visitors and has a vibrant nightlife.


  • Accommodation
  • Hakuba valley has 11 resorts
  • Longer and steeper runs plus beginner options
  • Ease of access than Hokkaido resorts

Nozawa Onsen is ski area, 2 hours from Tokyo (bullet train) which showcases Japanese culture, significant snowfall and traditional accommodations. It is a captivating town full of hot springs spread throughout the villages, to soak in after a long day.


  • Full of relaxing hot springs
  • Japan’s oldest and important resort culturally
  • Off and on-piste skiing and snowboarding, with access by 2 Gondolas and many chair lifts

Myoko Kogen arguably gets the most snow in Japan. It is a ski area located on the boarder of Nagano and Niigata 2 hours from Tokyo by bullet train. In Myoko, Akakura Onsen, is the main village and where we recommend you stay. Here you are walking distance to the lifts which server the 4 interconnected resorts you will access through a “big 4” ski pass.


  • Most accommodation is midrange to budget with a few deluce
  • One lift ticket for 4 interlinked ski areas
  • Main street borders in ski resorts
  • Highest snowfall in Japan ski resorts

Appi Kogen is gaining more popularity with western guests. After a day skiing the uncrowded slopts It gives loads of chances to submerge in culture & hot springs! The resort has large hotels, ski-in-ski-out at the base of ski region, Appi Grand Hotel. You can take night & day trips into the neighborhood Morioka city, which is a great culture rich recommendation when stayin in Appi!

  • Lots of powder snow!
  • Situated in Tohoku  prefecture
  • Off the beaten road


The significant advantages of skiing in Japan aren't only related to snowboarding and skiing. Inviting people, marvelous food, and traditional accommodation and facilities in most resorts are some highlights. When you go to Japan on a ski holiday, you have the opportunity to drench yourself in the magnificent culture. Whilst also experiencing the best snow in the world. 


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