Ski Japan for unique culture and some of the best powder snow on earth.
SKI HOLIDAYS IN JAPAN
One of the newer and more exotic ski holiday destinations, Japan has a long history of alpine sports and is one of the most fascinating ski holiday destinations anywhere. The landscape of the northern island of Hokkaido is wonderful and volcanic whilst the towns and the culture are quite superb. Not obviously for everyone but if you are tempted by a Japanese ski holiday then you are unlikely to be disappointed.
FAMILY SKI HOLIDAYS IN JAPAN
The Japanese are heavy on convenience and many of the Japanese ski holiday resorts have purpose built resorts on the slopes. Lake Toya , close to Sapporo and Furano both offer resort hotel complexes, providing everything for a ski holiday. Lake Toya has a compact ski area but one that is privately owned by the resort, whilst Furano resort has ski-in, ski-out luxury. Rusutsu also offers good family skiing.
POWDER SKIING IN JAPAN
The northern-most Japanese island of Hokkaido offers numerous ski holiday resorts that are famed for their superb snow record. Resorts such as Furano and Niseko offer some of the powder conditions anywhere and have an international visitor profile. The mountains are lower than in the Alps or North America but the frigid Siberian winds that roll in across Siberia offer some of the very best snow conditions anywhere.
COMBINED SKI AND CITY HOLIDAYS IN JAPAN
Sapporo , the capital and principal city of Hokkaido does not have skiing directly in the city but has an Winter Olympic legacy and accesses numerous local ski holiday resorts. Asahikawa is located more centrally in Hokkaido and similarly accesses the ski holiday resorts of the region. Both cities offer impressive culture and facilities and have area northern Japanese feel to them, far removed from the cities of the south.
TELEMARK POWDER SKIING IN NISEKO
Short video of powder skiing in the trees of Niseko, Hokkaido, a resort famed for its superb powder snow record.