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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.