11 Best Ski Resorts in Japan, 2022/23 (2022)

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Home to over 500 ski resorts, its hosted two Winter Olympics, and the ski season here is one of the snowiest in the world! When it comes to pure, unadulterated powder skiing, the Land of the Rising Sun is undisputedly world-class. Here's our top list of the best ski resorts in Japan!

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1. Rusutsu

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Why Ski Rusutsu

Rusutsu is home to some of the deepest snow you’re ever likely to experience in your life, a place where crowds are non-existent (for now), and offering true indulgence to enjoy off the slopes. Perhaps what makes Rusutsu such an awesome ski resort is its versatility, with a nice balance of trails to suit all abilities. If you want to party, this resort isn’t the best choice, but honestly, after bouncing through powder all day you’ll probably be too exhausted anyway. It’s really the place to live in luxury for your Japanese ski vacation and comes complete with thermal hot spring baths, lavish to say the least!

Known for

Unbeatable powder skiing for both beginners and experts

Highlights

  • Amazing quality powder with annual snowfall of over 500 in
  • Slopes are much less crowded than nearby Niseko
  • Great mix of off-piste and corduroy groomers to ski
  • Lack of nightlife and only accessible by bus or car

22/23Ski Season:

  • Opening Date:Dec 17 2022*(Estimated open date based on historical data)
  • Closing Date:Mar 12 2023*(Estimated close date based on historical data)

Closest airports

New Chitose Airport

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57 miles (1.5 hour drive)

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Why Ski Rusutsu

Rusutsu is home to some of the deepest snow you’re ever likely to experience in your life, a place where crowds are non-existent (for now), and offering true indulgence to enjoy off the slopes. Perhaps what makes Rusutsu such an awesome ski resort is its versatility, with a nice balance of trails to suit all abilities. If you want to party, this resort isn’t the best choice, but honestly, after bouncing through powder all day you’ll probably be too exhausted anyway. It’s really the place to live in luxury for your Japanese ski vacation and comes complete with thermal hot spring baths, lavish to say the least!

  • View Rusutsu Ski Packages

2. Niseko

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Why Ski Niseko

Niseko is often the first choice for international skiers and snowboarders planning a ski vacation in Japan, and it really is no surprise why. This place caters for English speakers better than any other ski resort in Japan and has plenty of restaurants serving up western fare. Multiple transport connections also make it really easy to get to, plus there’s accommodation to suit every budget and taste. It’s one of the snowiest ski resorts in Japan, with an awesome variety of terrain and access to amazing backcountry! However, its fame has brought with it an increase in prices and crowds on the slopes.

Known for

Most popular Japanese ski resort for international visitors with trails to suit all abilities

Highlights

  • Great village vibe with a vibrant nightlife
  • Easy to get to with plenty of transport options at the base areas
  • Caters for overseas skier as English is widely spoken
  • One of the most expensive places to ski in the country

22/23Ski Season:

  • Opening Date:Dec 03 2022*(Estimated open date based on historical data)
  • Closing Date:May 07 2023*(Estimated close date based on historical data)

Closest airports

New Chitose Airport

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70 miles (2 hour drive)

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Why Ski Niseko

Niseko is often the first choice for international skiers and snowboarders planning a ski vacation in Japan, and it really is no surprise why. This place caters for English speakers better than any other ski resort in Japan and has plenty of restaurants serving up western fare. Multiple transport connections also make it really easy to get to, plus there’s accommodation to suit every budget and taste. It’s one of the snowiest ski resorts in Japan, with an awesome variety of terrain and access to amazing backcountry! However, its fame has brought with it an increase in prices and crowds on the slopes.

  • View Niseko Ski Packages

3. Hakuba 47 & Goryu

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Why Ski Hakuba 47 & Goryu

Hakuba 47 and Hakuba Goryu are interconnected at the summit and are both accessible with one lift pass. Hakuba 47 is known for its winter sports park that offers a half-pipe for professionals and various jumps. Meanwhile, Goryu is more beginner friendly and has the largest night skiing area out of all the resorts at Hakuba. Both parts of the resort will give you an authentic Japanese ski town experience without it being difficult to navigate by English speaking visitors. On the downside, off the mountain there isn’t so much to do, with just a few places to stay, eat, and drink next to the slopes.

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Known for

Quieter than Happo One, combining two mountains with ski terrain versatility

Highlights

  • Family-friendly including indoor and outdoor play areas
  • Night skiing available suitable for kids and beginners
  • Home to the best terrain park in Nagano
  • Limited nightlife at base and shuttle require to get to Happo Village

22/23Ski Season:

  • Opening Date:Nov 26 2022*(Estimated open date based on historical data)
  • Closing Date:May 05 2023*(Estimated close date based on historical data)

Closest airports

Haneda Intl. Airport

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183 miles (4 hour drive)

Narita Intl. Airport

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213 miles (5 hour drive)

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Why Ski Hakuba 47 & Goryu

Hakuba 47 and Hakuba Goryu are interconnected at the summit and are both accessible with one lift pass. Hakuba 47 is known for its winter sports park that offers a half-pipe for professionals and various jumps. Meanwhile, Goryu is more beginner friendly and has the largest night skiing area out of all the resorts at Hakuba. Both parts of the resort will give you an authentic Japanese ski town experience without it being difficult to navigate by English speaking visitors. On the downside, off the mountain there isn’t so much to do, with just a few places to stay, eat, and drink next to the slopes.

4. Happo One

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Why Ski Happo One

Made famous by the Nagano Winter Olympic Games in 1998, Happo One is the most popular resort in Hakuba Valley. To accompany Happo One’s huge terrain there are great shops, nightlife and restaurants that cater for those who want both western dining and traditional Japanese Izakaya. Happo really excels in their availability of sidecountry and access to the highly famed alpine backcountry with steep bowls at the ski resort. Although Happo One best suits intermediates, novice skiers will have plenty to do near the Sakka region which is loaded with beginner ski areas, tubing courses, trampolines and a children’s park.

Known for

Largest ski area in Hakuba Valley with the most accommodation, dining and nightlife

Highlights

  • Lots of terrain variety including Olympic race trails
  • Happo Village has everything you need
  • Easily accessible from most resort accommodation
  • Slopes can get very busy on weekends and holidays

22/23Ski Season:

  • Opening Date:Dec 03 2022*(Estimated open date based on historical data)
  • Closing Date:May 07 2023*(Estimated close date based on historical data)

Closest airports

Haneda Intl. Airport

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185 miles (4.5 hour drive)

Narita Intl. Airport

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216 miles (5 hour drive)

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Why Ski Happo One

Made famous by the Nagano Winter Olympic Games in 1998, Happo One is the most popular resort in Hakuba Valley. To accompany Happo One’s huge terrain there are great shops, nightlife and restaurants that cater for those who want both western dining and traditional Japanese Izakaya. Happo really excels in their availability of sidecountry and access to the highly famed alpine backcountry with steep bowls at the ski resort. Although Happo One best suits intermediates, novice skiers will have plenty to do near the Sakka region which is loaded with beginner ski areas, tubing courses, trampolines and a children’s park.

  • View Happo One Ski Packages

5. Sapporo Teine

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Why Ski Sapporo Teine

Skiing at Sapporo Teine offers one of the cheapest ways to experience the legendary powder that Japan is so famous for. It’s not a particularly big resort but does get pretty steep here, something that Japanese ski resorts aren’t renowned for. Being literally just outside of Hokkaido’s biggest city, Sapporo Teine holds something unique over most other ski resorts in Japan. Head to the Highland Zone to see the snow, sea, and sity all in one view. However, intermediates might feel let down by the terrain here so if you fall into this category, consider a more intermediate-friendly ski resort, like Kiroro.

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Known for

Affordable way to experience some of Japan’s steeper slopes and its famous powder

Highlights

  • Home to some of the steepest trails in Japan
  • Easy access - 40 minutes’ drive from Sapporo
  • Doesn't attract many international visitors so theres no crowd
  • Small ski area won’t keep you busy for long

22/23Ski Season:

  • Opening Date:Nov 19 2022*(Estimated open date based on historical data)
  • Closing Date:May 07 2023*(Estimated close date based on historical data)

Closest airports

New Chitose Airport

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45 miles (1 hour drive)

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Why Ski Sapporo Teine

Skiing at Sapporo Teine offers one of the cheapest ways to experience the legendary powder that Japan is so famous for. It’s not a particularly big resort but does get pretty steep here, something that Japanese ski resorts aren’t renowned for. Being literally just outside of Hokkaido’s biggest city, Sapporo Teine holds something unique over most other ski resorts in Japan. Head to the Highland Zone to see the snow, sea, and sity all in one view. However, intermediates might feel let down by the terrain here so if you fall into this category, consider a more intermediate-friendly ski resort, like Kiroro.

6. Nozawa Onsen

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Why Ski Nozawa Onsen

Nozawa is blessed with over 32 feet of powder each season and is only made up of one ski area with around 740 acres of skiable terrain. Although originally famed for their onsens, Nozawa is becoming a mecca for keen skiers and après-skiers while still retaining its traditional Japanese charm. In terms of Japanese standards, Nozawa has one of the best après ski scenes with a wide range of bars, restaurants and karaoke joints. Families will find Nozawa especially accommodating as there is a ski school with English speaking instructors and a free-of-charge ‘Kids Park’ on weekends with a bouncing castle as well as tubing and sledding.

Known for

Charming traditional village and amazing onsens

Highlights

  • Consistent powder and terrain for all abilities
  • Village is jam-packed with onsens (hot springs)
  • Slopes are never crowded
  • Slopeside restaurants get very busy

22/23Ski Season:

  • Opening Date:Nov 26 2022*(Estimated open date based on historical data)
  • Closing Date:May 07 2023*(Estimated close date based on historical data)

Closest airports

Haneda Intl. Airport

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172 miles (4 hour drive)

Narita Intl. Airport

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201 miles (4.5 hour drive)

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Why Ski Nozawa Onsen

Nozawa is blessed with over 32 feet of powder each season and is only made up of one ski area with around 740 acres of skiable terrain. Although originally famed for their onsens, Nozawa is becoming a mecca for keen skiers and après-skiers while still retaining its traditional Japanese charm. In terms of Japanese standards, Nozawa has one of the best après ski scenes with a wide range of bars, restaurants and karaoke joints. Families will find Nozawa especially accommodating as there is a ski school with English speaking instructors and a free-of-charge ‘Kids Park’ on weekends with a bouncing castle as well as tubing and sledding.

  • View Nozawa Onsen Ski Packages

7. Shiga Kogen

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Why Ski Shiga Kogen

Shiga Kogen is Japan’s largest ski area with 19 interlinked resorts which are all accessible on one lift pass. Experts may find the terrain not challenging enough as there is nothing particularly steep and off-piste skiing is banned at most of the ski areas. The nightlife at Shiga Kogen is very modest, with no central village due to the layout of the resorts and most guests opt to eat, drink and socialise within their own accommodation. Your trip to Shiga Kogen would not be complete without a trip to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, with daily bus services running between the resort and the park. If you’re looking to fully immerse yourself in Japanese culture, Shiga Kogen is the place to go as the resort is not overrun by tourists.

Known for

Perfect corduroy groomers and access to the largest connected ski area in Japan

Highlights

  • Terrain for all skiing abilities
  • Ski-in/ski-out accommodation is the norm
  • Lifts and trails connect you to many neighboring resorts
  • No real ski village at the base area so dining venues are limited

22/23Ski Season:

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  • Opening Date:Dec 03 2022*(Estimated open date based on historical data)
  • Closing Date:May 07 2023*(Estimated close date based on historical data)

Closest airports

Haneda Intl. Airport

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188 miles (4 hour drive)

Narita Intl. Airport

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214 miles (4.5 hour drive)

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Why Ski Shiga Kogen

Shiga Kogen is Japan’s largest ski area with 19 interlinked resorts which are all accessible on one lift pass. Experts may find the terrain not challenging enough as there is nothing particularly steep and off-piste skiing is banned at most of the ski areas. The nightlife at Shiga Kogen is very modest, with no central village due to the layout of the resorts and most guests opt to eat, drink and socialise within their own accommodation. Your trip to Shiga Kogen would not be complete without a trip to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, with daily bus services running between the resort and the park. If you’re looking to fully immerse yourself in Japanese culture, Shiga Kogen is the place to go as the resort is not overrun by tourists.

  • View Shiga Kogen Ski Packages

8. Furano

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Why Ski Furano

Furano is one of the most famous ski resorts within Japan, and has adapted very well to its increasing popularity, catering well for international skiers without losing its authentic Japanese charm. Alongside a fulfilling cultural experience, you’ll enjoy some fantastic skiing here too. The ski area is above par in comparison to the rest of Japan, providing plenty of terrain to suit all abilities. Being so close to the city of Furano, just 4 mi away, means you’ll find a huge variety of restaurants serving all manner of traditional Japanese delicacies.

Known for

Blending amazing skiing with an equally amazing cultural experience

Highlights

  • Large ski resort with a variety of trails for all abilities
  • Nearby city offers plenty of amenities, restaurants, and shopping
  • Central location in Hokkaido means snow quality is often better than Niseko
  • Not much luxury accommodation

22/23Ski Season:

  • Opening Date:Nov 26 2022*(Estimated open date based on historical data)
  • Closing Date:May 07 2023*(Estimated close date based on historical data)

Closest airports

New Chitose Airport

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78 miles (2 hour drive)

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Why Ski Furano

Furano is one of the most famous ski resorts within Japan, and has adapted very well to its increasing popularity, catering well for international skiers without losing its authentic Japanese charm. Alongside a fulfilling cultural experience, you’ll enjoy some fantastic skiing here too. The ski area is above par in comparison to the rest of Japan, providing plenty of terrain to suit all abilities. Being so close to the city of Furano, just 4 mi away, means you’ll find a huge variety of restaurants serving all manner of traditional Japanese delicacies.

  • View Furano Ski Packages

9. Tomamu

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Why Ski Tomamu

There aren’t many ski resorts like Tomamu in the world, being nestled within a pristine national park and blessed with bundles of fluffy powder during the winter. Whatever your first impressions might be, once you stay here you’ll realize just how much of a unique and amazing experience this place serves up! Not only does Tomamu cater well for expert off-piste skiers, there’s also a nice balance of beginner, intermediate, and advanced groomed trails to keep families of all skiing abilities happy. There's an indoor wave pool, church made out of ice, sledding, snow rafting, snowmobile rides, and the list continues.

Known for

Relaxed attitude towards off-piste skiing and amazing family leisure facilities

Highlights

  • Inbounds off-piste skiing is allowed here and it’s awesome!
  • A family-friendly resort with fun activities for non-skiers
  • English speaking staff available
  • Non-existent nightlife (quite common at Japanese resorts)

22/23Ski Season:

  • Opening Date:Dec 01 2022*(Estimated open date based on historical data)
  • Closing Date:Apr 02 2023*(Estimated close date based on historical data)

Closest airports

New Chitose Airport

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68 miles (1.5 hour drive)

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Why Ski Tomamu

There aren’t many ski resorts like Tomamu in the world, being nestled within a pristine national park and blessed with bundles of fluffy powder during the winter. Whatever your first impressions might be, once you stay here you’ll realize just how much of a unique and amazing experience this place serves up! Not only does Tomamu cater well for expert off-piste skiers, there’s also a nice balance of beginner, intermediate, and advanced groomed trails to keep families of all skiing abilities happy. There's an indoor wave pool, church made out of ice, sledding, snow rafting, snowmobile rides, and the list continues.

  • View Tomamu Ski Packages

10. Kiroro

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Why Ski Kiroro

Kiroro is a modern Japanese ski resort that enjoys all the benefits of a well-thought-out layout and a top-notch lift system. It’s perfectly suited for destination skiers ready to spend all day on the mountain, then ski right back into their hotel at the bottom of the slopes. Not to mention, the resort's non-skiing activities including tubing and the Snow Bubble Ball make it a great family-friendly option. It’s true that not as much English is spoken here but if epic skiing is your number one priority, this place is an absolute gem.

Known for

An authentic contemporary Japanese ski destination

Highlights

  • Practically no crowds here
  • Expect huge dumps of top quality powder
  • Amazing backcountry and sidecountry to explore
  • Limited advanced terrain

22/23Ski Season:

  • Opening Date:Dec 03 2022*(Estimated open date based on historical data)
  • Closing Date:May 07 2023*(Estimated close date based on historical data)

Closest airports

New Chitose Airport

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70 miles (1.5 hour drive)

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Why Ski Kiroro

Kiroro is a modern Japanese ski resort that enjoys all the benefits of a well-thought-out layout and a top-notch lift system. It’s perfectly suited for destination skiers ready to spend all day on the mountain, then ski right back into their hotel at the bottom of the slopes. Not to mention, the resort's non-skiing activities including tubing and the Snow Bubble Ball make it a great family-friendly option. It’s true that not as much English is spoken here but if epic skiing is your number one priority, this place is an absolute gem.

  • View Kiroro Ski Packages

11. Kagura

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Why Ski Kagura

What makes Kagura so special is the stuff that lies beyond the boundaries - the off-piste tree runs, snow drenched peaks and exceptional powder. Although Kagura is relatively unknown to the international ski world, it means you won’t find many crowds on the mountain here. It really is a hidden gem considering how much amazing backcountry there is to explore, with much of it perfectly suited for a skier’s first foray into a powder-filled wilderness. The only downside to this high altitude is the freezing temperatures and wind chill, so just make sure you wrap up warm!

Known for

Offering a truly authentic Japanese ski experience away from the crowds

Highlights

  • Excellent off-piste and backcountry without the crowds
  • Consistent powder makes it easy to find freshies on weekdays
  • Cheap and authentic cuisine to enjoy off the slopes
  • Not many facilities or activities for families and beginner skiers

22/23Ski Season:

  • Opening Date:Nov 23 2022*(Estimated open date based on historical data)
  • Closing Date:May 21 2023*(Estimated close date based on historical data)

Closest airports

Haneda Intl. Airport

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150 miles (3.5 hour drive)

Narita Intl. Airport

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180 miles (4 hour drive)

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Why Ski Kagura

What makes Kagura so special is the stuff that lies beyond the boundaries - the off-piste tree runs, snow drenched peaks and exceptional powder. Although Kagura is relatively unknown to the international ski world, it means you won’t find many crowds on the mountain here. It really is a hidden gem considering how much amazing backcountry there is to explore, with much of it perfectly suited for a skier’s first foray into a powder-filled wilderness. The only downside to this high altitude is the freezing temperatures and wind chill, so just make sure you wrap up warm!

FAQs

Is Hakuba better than Niseko? ›

Hakuba is perfect for those looking for a full variety of terrain easy access and plently of local cultural activities such as the snow monkeys or visiting castles, while Niseko is great for those who want an easy-to-manage holiday in top quality Western style accommodation and some of the world's best snow at your ...

Is Japan open for ski season 2022? ›

With the current easing of restrictions, we are once again optimistic that borders will reopen to tourists at some point in the summer, and Japan ski resorts like Niseko and Hakuba will once again welcome international visitors for the 2022-23 winter ski season.

What is the best month to ski in Japan? ›

So when is the best time to ski in Japan? If you're after powder, the best time to visit is January and February. For festivals, the best time to go is from late January till mid-February. If you want to get a great deal and enjoy stunning weather, March and early April is the time to go.

Where in Japan gets the most snow? ›

Record snow in snow country

Nestled in a nook of the Japanese Alps and less than 30 miles from the coast, the town of Tsunan in Niigata Prefecture unofficially holds a title as one of the world's snowiest towns. Across history, the region it sits in has been known as snow country.

What airport do you fly into for Niseko? ›

The nearest airport to Niseko is Sapporo's New Chitose Airport, which receives flights from all over Japan and some international destinations as well. New Chitose Airport is Hokkaido's main transport hub and the gateway to Hokkaido for both domestic and international travelers.

Can I ski in Japan in 2023? ›

Ski resorts in Japan can get over 12 metres of snow a year, providing visitors almost guaranteed powder runs at some point during their holiday.
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Ski Season Dates
ResortOpensCloses
FuranoMid December 2022Early April 2023
NisekoEarly December 2022Early May 2023
RusutsuLate November 2022Early April 2023
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Is Japan open for winter 2023? ›

The Government of Japan announced a policy of resuming entry by individual travellers for tourism purposes beginning on October 11.

Will Japan open to tourists for the ski season? ›

Ski resorts are looking forward to welcoming tourists back for the first winter in 3 years, and given the positive steps taken towards opening the border this August, we expect visitor numbers and services to be getting back to normal for Japan ski season 2022-2023.

Is skiing in Japan expensive? ›

Skiing and snowboarding are hardly cheap pastimes anywhere in the world, and Japan is no exception. Lift tickets, transportation costs, equipment rental, lessons, accommodation, and food can all add up. However, some aspects can be surprisingly inexpensive in Japan compared to other countries.

How good is skiing in Japan? ›

It's true, for the insiders, skiing in Japan is considered some of the best in the world and here's why: 1. Perfect for beginners The thing with Japan is, it snows more than any other country in the world. This means the softest slopes you can possibly imagine. For beginners, it's much easier to learn than on hard ice.

Is Niseko good for beginners? ›

If you've never been to the snow the thought of learning to ski can be daunting. The good news is that Niseko is one of the world's most beginner-friendly places to learn!

Is Hokkaido always snowing? ›

The locals say that during winter, it snows somewhere in Hokkaido every day. But in some cities, such as Sapporo and Asahikawa, there are sunny days in winter without any snowfall. Sometimes you'll even have the rare phenomenon of snow falling out of a bright sky!

How much do ski instructors make in Japan? ›

The average ski instructor gross salary in Tokyo, Japan is ¥4,160,632 or an equivalent hourly rate of ¥2,000.

Can you ski in Japan in March? ›

March is the unsung hero of the ski season, especially in Japan. There are no crowds, stunning weather, and the chance of some serious Japow (yes even in March). There's also the sweetener of reduced rates on accommodation, lift passes and there's so much more to love.

What is the snow capital of the world? ›

Aomori City, Japan

By many accounts, Aomori City is the snowiest place on the planet, receiving around 312 inches of snowfall per year. In general, Japan receives more snowfall than anywhere else, so if you love snow, this is the place to be in the winter.

What is the snowiest city on earth? ›

Aomori City, Japan

What to do: Located on Honshu Island, Aomori City holds the title of snowiest city in the world, and winter is the best time to take advantage of seafood (like scallops) at the Furukawa Fish Market.

What country has the most snowfall in the world? ›

According to statistics, in the 21st century, there has been a snowfall of more than 3000 inches in Japan so far. In this way, Japan becomes the number one country in the world in terms of snowfall.

How do I get to Niseko by train? ›

To take the train to Niseko Hirafu, guests will need to travel to Kutchan station via Otaru, which takes about 2.5 – 3 hours. From Kutchan it is about a 15 minute drive by taxi to accommodation in Hirafu, and around 25 minutes to Niseko Village. You can find train schedules and fare information here.

How long is the bullet train from Tokyo to Hokkaido? ›

The Hokkaido Shinkansen route is connected Honshu (the main island of Japan) to Hokkaido, allowing direct access from Tokyo Station to Shin-Hakodate Hokuto Station. The bullet train journey takes approximately four hours and costs 23,210 yen.

How do you get from Sapporo to Niseko? ›

The best way to get from Sapporo to Niseko is to bus which takes 2h 51m and costs ¥1700 - ¥2400. Alternatively, you can train, which costs ¥1600 - ¥2600 and takes 3h 32m.

How do you get from Hakuba to Niseko? ›

Train
  1. Take the train from Niseko to Oshamambe.
  2. Take the train from Oshamambe to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto.
  3. Take the train from Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto to Omiya(Saitama)
  4. Take the train from Omiya(Saitama) to Nagano.
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How many ski resorts are in Hakuba? ›

About Hakuba Ski Resort

Host to the 1998 Winter Olympic Games, this is one of Japan's largest and most renowned alpine resorts. The valley consists of 9 ski resorts, giving an incredible variety of alpine terrain, accommodating everyone from novice to expert.

Is Niseko good for beginners? ›

If you've never been to the snow the thought of learning to ski can be daunting. The good news is that Niseko is one of the world's most beginner-friendly places to learn!

How do you get around Hakuba? ›

The Hakuba Valley operates a shuttle bus service connecting 9 ski areas in the Hakuba Valley during the daytime and a nighttime bus for restaurants and nightlife. In addition, each individual ski area runs its own shuttle bus service to access their ski area.

How much is Shinkansen from Tokyo to Hakuba? ›

Costs ¥5,800 each way

There is only 1 direct train to Hakuba a day, and that leaves at 07.30 am from Shinjuku station in Tokyo.

What is the closest airport to Hakuba Japan? ›

Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND), is the closest major airport to Hakuba.

Does Hakuba have an airport? ›

The nearest airport to Hakuba is Matsumoto (MMJ) Airport which is 59.6 km away. Other nearby airports include Niigata (KIJ) (178 km) and Nagoya Airfield (NKM) (181.6 km).

Is there night skiing in Hakuba? ›

Let's night skiing!

Goryu Toomi slpoe lights for night skiing everyday during the winter season. Our slope maintenance team will maintain snow conditions to provide a satisfying 1,000m groomer suited for skiers and snowboarders from beginners through to the more advanced.

How cold does it get in Hakuba? ›

The cold season lasts for 3.2 months, from December 8 to March 15, with an average daily high temperature below 41°F. The coldest month of the year in Hakuba is January, with an average low of 21°F and high of 32°F.

Do you need a car in Hakuba? ›

Having a car is the only way. Hakuba is often described as pockets of activity around various areas – the train station, Echoland, Happo-one, Goryu, Tsugaike. That's generally true.

When should I go to Niseko Japan? ›

Mid December through March is typically the snowiest season, with the best snow in late December, January and February. Niseko receives an average of 14 meters of snow per season with most of it coming during this time. There is excellent powder skiing during this time.

Where is best to ski for beginners? ›

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How cold does Niseko get? ›

The cold season lasts for 3.6 months, from December 2 to March 20, with an average daily high temperature below 37°F. The coldest month of the year in Niseko Town is January, with an average low of 19°F and high of 28°F.

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Located in northwestern Nagano Prefecture at the base of the 3,000-m tall Northern Japan Alps, Hakuba Valley boasts 10 resorts blessed with abundant snowfall and high-quality powder snow.

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