Home to some of the best ski resorts in the world, Japan is a popular ski holiday destination particularly with Australians and visitors from overseas. Beginning in late December, the Japan ski season can run as late as March and offers some of the best powder. Not just a haven for skiiers, Japan is also popular with snowboarders and offers a number of excellent ski fields including Niseko in the northern region of Hokkaido as well as famous Hakuba and Nozawa Onsen in the Nagano region of central Japan. There are also some fun activities on offer for families and those more interested in sledding or snow tubing as well as nearby attractions including hot springs.
The closest ski resort to Tokyo, Hakuba is a famous ski village offering some of the best skiing and snowboarding in Japan…
Famous for its huge amounts of excellent powder snow, Niseko is one of the hottest skiing destinations in Japan and receives 15m of snowfall in winter…
There's a lot to consider when it comes to Japan ski holidays, especially when you think about the fact that you'll be visiting a foreign country where they speak a foreign language, and you'll also be taking part in a physical activity which is likely to also be foreign to you. However with some of the best skiing and snowboarding conditions in the world as well as a unique culture, Japan ski holidays are truly special. To demystify some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from our customers, we've put together a handy guide on everything you need to know before you go.
Japan offers a great range of accommodation for visitors on ski holidays including hotels, self-contained apartments, traditional lodges, ryokans and family-owned pensiones. Offering both traditional Japanese as well as Western style bedding, Japan ski accommodation is conveniently located at some of the country’s most popular ski resorts. Situated within a short walk of the ski fields and lifts, most Japan ski accommodation also offers shuttle bus services to the ski fields and can also help arrange local sightseeing. Book Ski Accommodation in Japan
Between the language barrier and the unfamiliarity of the country, organising a Japan ski holiday can seem a little overwhelming. However, you can take the stress out of planning for your ski holiday with these Japan ski packages. Combining all your holiday needs including accommodation, flights, lift passes and ski hire, you’ll enjoy significant savings with these excellent value for money packages. Booking everything together gives you access to some great discounted rates and offers a level of convenience and peace of mind, knowing everything is confirmed before you leave. See Japan Package Deals
Japan is a winter wonderland famous for its fantastic powder and is a playground for skiers and snowboarders alike. Home to some of the world’s best ski resorts, there around 500 ski fields in Japan, however the most popular include Niseko on the northern island of Hokkaido as well as famous Hakuba in the Nagano Prefecture. Nearby Nozawan Onsen is another popular Japan ski field also home to famous public hot springs which offer a wonderful way to warm up and relax after a big day on the slopes. There is some outstanding skiing and snowboarding to be had as little as 90 minutes from Tokyo and with Japan’s ski fields offering a less crowded experience than some of the other famous snow destinations, you’ll enjoy plenty of ‘freshies’. More about Japan Ski Resorts Map
Located in the town of Narita in the Chibu Prefecture, the Narita International Airport is Japan’s primary international airport and is situated approximately 70km northeast of Tokyo. The most popular option for getting to Tokyo from the airport is the 90 minute rail service Narita Express from Narita International Airport to Tokyo Central Station. Getting to the Japan ski fields is similarly easy, with connecting trains available from Tokyo Station on the Nagano Shinkansen line to Hakuba and Nozawa Onsen. For those skiing in Niseko, catch a domestic flight from Narita Airport to Sapporo and then grab one of the regular bus services from the airport to Niseko ski resort. How to get to Japan Ski Fields