Where to Ski & Snowboard in Japan

With some of the best skiing and snowboarding conditions in the world, hitting the slopes in Japan is a must. But, knowing where to travel on your ski trip to Japan isn’t easy.

So, we’ve done the hard work for you. With thousands of acres of skiable terrain to explore, these are the destinations you need to visit on your ski and snowboard trip to Japan.

Most Popular Ski & Snowboard Resorts in Japan

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 Japan. 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.

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.

Hakuba Happo-One Snow Resort

Hakuba Happo-One Snow Resort

Most famous for hosting a handful of events in the 1998 Winter Olympics, Hakuba Happo-One Snow Resort is one of Japan’s most celebrated ski spots. Nestled in the northern Alps, Happo-One features massive expanses of skiable terrain, both groomed and backcountry. Off the slopes, the resort offers traditional Japanese dining, shops, and plenty of après ski festivities.

Sapporo Tein

Sapporo Tein

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 Japan along with incredible panoramic views.

Shiga Kogen Ski Area

Shiga Kogen Ski Area

Skiing at Shiga Kogen is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. The area itself consists of 18 different ski resorts that have combined to create the largest ski area in Japan. The area hosted a variety of events in the 1998 Winter Olympics and now boasts 51 lifts, almost 50 miles of ski trails, and plenty of ski-in/ski-out accommodations to complete your stay.

FAQs About Winter Vacations in Japan

Are ski resorts in Japan open?

Yes! The majority of ski resorts in Japan 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.

How much is a ski trip to Japan?

While the total cost of your trip will depend largely on your method of transportation and your selected accommodations, the average cost of an adult weekday lift ticket will range anywhere from $40-$50 USD. Multi-day passes and discounted children’s rates are also available at most ski resorts.

How to ship skis on your ski trip to Japan?

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 Japan, too.

Why ship your skis on your ski trip to Japan?

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 Japan. 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 Japan.

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

The cost to ship a small ski bag (under 25 lbs.) from the U.S. to Japan 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 Japan is $179.99 USD for the outbound leg and $229.99 USD for the return. Transit time shipping to Japan 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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As a company of active skiers, we have experienced the hassles of traveling with your gear and understand how important these items are to you. Our team is available 7 days a week ready to help answer any questions or concerns you may have.

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