Japan is a country known for many things. From its rich heritage and strong cultural beliefs to its iconic cityscapes that boast towering, ultra-modern skyscrapers that sit next to historical landmarks, Japan offers something for everyone. One of the most popular features of the country is the brilliant winter sports opportunities that the snowy mountains offer visitors. If you’re planning a ski trip to Japan, you will need to figure out where to stay and when. Read on to discover our top suggestions for skiing in Japan.
Niigata is one of the most prominent ski destinations in Japan. Here, the unusual powdery white snow of Japan falls heavy, reaching waist heights with ease in winter. The season in Niigata runs from December through to April, giving you a generous time frame for you to select a hotel in Niigata Japan that offers to most fantastic winter sporting activities. If you opt for late March to early April, you will be able to experience the stunning cherry blossom season in Tokyo, which is only a couple of hours away by train. This means you can have full and varied experience in Japan.
Hokkaido is up there with Niigata for popularity. However, unlike your hotel in Niigata Japan, you can enjoy the snowy adventures and activities with an impressively long season of 5 months. That’s right, between November and May you can ski to your heart’s content. As well as this, you will be able to experience the beautiful frozen waterfall festival and the snow festivals that Hokkaido host during these seasons. Hokkaido has the most concentrated number of ski resorts in Japan, so you will have plenty to choose from. However, don’t be too relaxed on this front, as the popularity of Hokkaido means that suitable accommodation gets booked up very quickly.
Karuizawa is a resort town that’s hidden in the mountains that make up the Nagano Prefecture. An excellent spot for relaxation away from the bustline cities, Karuizawa boasts stunning natural surroundings, spectacular views, and yes, great skiing opportunities. Only a short distance from the hotels in Niigata Japan, the ski seasons offered in Karuizawa are similar. However, there are a plethora of other experiences to enjoy in and around this town, for example, the incredible natural hot springs. Allow your body to absorb the healing properties of the water, that ease muscle soreness, hydrate dry skin and promote sleep.
In terms of ski tourism, Tazawako fails to register to most people. However, to locals, this is one of the best winter sports locations in Japan. Lake Tazawako welcomes a plethora of visitors in spring and summer because of its vibrant displays of stunning flora against the calming qualities of the lake. In the winter, Tazawako transforms into an icy haven. Skate on the lake, or enjoy skiing, shoeing, sledging and snowboarding on the surrounding mountains for a location that super easy to reach from Tokyo.