Where to Ski & Snowboard in Hokkaido

As the northernmost island of Japan, Hokkaido receives some of the most consistent winter weather in the nation, perfect for skiing and snowboarding. But, knowing where to travel on your ski trip to Hokkaido isn’t easy.

So, we’ve done the hard work for you. With dozens of ski resorts to explore, these are the destinations you need to visit on your ski and snowboard trip to Hokkaido.

Most Popular Ski & Snowboard Resorts in Hokkaido

Niseko Ski Resort

Niseko Ski Resort

Notorious for its powder bowls and backcountry slopes, Niseko Ski Resort is regarded by many as the top ski destination in Hokkaido. The area features four different ski resorts and averages 50 feet of snow each season. Waist-deep powder and incredible views of Mt. Yotei continue to draw skiers and snowboarders to Niseko every season.



Thanks to its blue skies and fluffy powder, Furano is a top spot for skiers and snowboarders. With a wide variety of terrain from groomed runs to off-piste acreage, Furano is an excellent choice for both beginners and more advanced riders. The family-friendly resort also offers affordable accommodations and dining options.

Rusutsu Resort

Rusutsu Resort

For equally as impressive powder with fewer crowds, Rusutsu Resort is the ideal destination. Rusutsu boasts an annual 600 inches of snowfall with 37 runs across 3 peaks. Its close proximity to the Pacific coast serves up several sunny days throughout the winter season and its incredible tree skiing and lift infrastructure give this resort extra points, too.

Sapporo Teine

Sapporo Teine

Sapporo Teine offers some of the most incredible skiing for a much more reasonable price as opposed to other Japanese resorts. The resort itself refrains from attracting large crowds but it is still easily accessible. Sapporo, the host of the 1972 Winter Olympics, boasts some of the steepest slopes in Hokkaido along with incredible panoramic views.

Sahoro Ski Resort

Sahoro Ski Resort

Aside from stunning panoramic views of the Tokachi Plains, Sahoro Ski Resort also offers terrain for every level of skier or snowboarder. More than 15 miles of slopes and 8 lifts to access it means tons of groomed runs and off-piste skiing. Nearby accommodations complete the Sahoro ski experience.

FAQs About Winter Vacations in Hokkaido

Are ski resorts in Hokkaido open?

Yes! The majority of ski resorts in Hokkaido are open and ready to welcome you. Please be advised that some locations have suspended indoor activities. We recommend contacting your intended destination to remain informed of any mandates or COVID-related regulations. For added safety, ship your skis, snowboard, and snow boots directly to the slopes with our no-contact pickups and deliveries.

Can you ski in Hokkaido in November?

While you may be able to ski in Hokkaido in November, the ski season typically begins in December at most ski resorts and ends in early April.

How to ship skis on your ski trip to Hokkaido?

Tired of dragging your skis and snowboard through the airport? We understand. Simply pack up your skis, attach your provided shipping label, and Ship Skis will collect your skis from your home, business, resort, or lodge. Arrive at your destination to find your skis and snowboard waiting! Ship Skis will send your skis back home at the end of your ski trip to Hokkaido, too.

Why ship your skis on your ski trip to Hokkaido?

We know you love skiing and snowboarding at venues all over the globe. That’s why Ship Skis is dedicated to ensuring your skis and snowboard arrive safely and on-time on your ski trip to Hokkaido. With an on-time guarantee, complimentary insurance on every shipment, and access to real-time tracking 24/7, Ship Skis is the best way to ship your skis and snowboard on your ski trip to Hokkaido.

How much does it cost to ship skis on a ski trip to Hokkaido?

The cost to ship a small ski bag (under 25 lbs.) from the U.S. to Hokkaido is $174.99 USD for the outbound leg and $219.99 USD for the return. The cost to ship a small snowboard bag (under 25 lbs.) from the U.S. to Hokkaido is $179.99 USD for the outbound leg and $229.99 USD for the return. Transit time shipping to Hokkaido from the U.S. is 10-12 business days for the outbound leg and 5-7 business days for the return.

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