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2019 Snow Resort Guide in Japan: Asia’s Winter Wonderland
- The Japan ski season typically begins from December and lasts to April. If you're aiming to see those beautiful white covered landscapes, or just looking for a thrilling slide down the mountain, this is the best time to travel Japan. Japow abbreviated from Japanese Powder, means powder skiing in Japan. Having low water content, the snow becomes dry and very powdery. Since the country is covered with an average of 10-20 meters of snow per year, there is an abundance of ski areas for beginners all the way up to experts; and but of course, for those Japow lovers out there. Most of these sites are only 2 to 3 hours away from Tokyo. With wide varieties of Ski Resorts ranging from elegant 5-Star Resort Hotels to affordable backpacker inns, you’ll definitely find a place to call home for your vacation whatever your budget is. ― Hokkaido: Japan’s Winter Sports Capital Located in the Northernmost part of Japan is the country’s largest prefecture and coldest region, Hokkaido, and it doesn’t disappoint when it comes to fresh seafood, spectacular scenery and snow resorts. Tourists from all over the world flock the area during winter time, especially snow sports enthusiasts, because of its numerous snowy mountains perfect for skiing and snowboarding.Hokkaido is famous for the Sapporo Snow Festival, usually held around the 31st of January to 11th of February, during this time over hundreds of snow statues and ice sculptures are built around the area for people to see.▼ Related Articles in the Hokkaido AreaWhat to Eat / What to Do / Other articles for the Hokkaido area Sapporo Snow Festival Niseko Mountains Derived from the Ainu language, Niseko means a cliff jutting over a riverbank deep in the mountains. Here you’ll find everything you need for a perfect winter vacation from budget to high end amenities, farm to table restaurants, drink all you can bars and clubs, traditional Onsen, to 47 kilometers of powdery snow-filled terrain – plus, the place is tourist-friendly too with its English-speaking townsfolk, you’ll find more English signboards than Japanese ones. Heavily snowed Niseko is a powder bum’s dream come true: it has powdery snow that has just the right amount of water content - making it perfect for skiing and other winter sports.▼ Related Articles in NisekoWhere to Eat / Nightlife / Adventure Activities Niseko Mountains Tomamu Ski Area Right in the center of Hokkaido is the family friendly upscale ski resort,Tomamu by Hoshino Resorts. Its 145-hectare ski area boasts of a 699-meter vertical drop, 28 trails and 4200 meters of skiing distance perfect for long runs, is covered with light powdery snow that you can get a kick out of. For thrill seekers, they are introducing half-pipe skiing and there is an area called “Freedom of Winter Mountain” where you can enjoy back country skiing.There is 70% chance of fine weather rate in the area so the kids and kids at heart can enjoy various activities like the snow playground and snow boat rides or visit the Ice Village. Tomamu by Hoshino Resorts Tomamu by Hoshino Resorts Furano Ski Area If you are looking for a more authentic Japanese Snow Resort experience, Furano is your best bet. Exquisitely blessed with Central Hokkaido’s fluffy, powdery snow, it has 25 kilometer-long of excellently groomed ski slopes with best inclination angles it’s perfect for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. It even has awesome backcountry areas such as Furano Dake and Tokachidake. Furano is also family and tourist-friendly, they have English-speaking child care centers and ski schools, a Family Snowland which offers ice hole fishing, snow shoeing and even dog sledding!After a day of thrilling activities, experience warm Japanese hospitality and culture at the Tokachidake Onsen which has four hot spring “Ryokans” 1280 meters above sea level. Furano Ski Area Rusutsu Ski Area Rusutsu is Hokkaido’s biggest ski area measuring 1,700 hectares has 37 courses, all covered by the finest dry powder snow with very little moisture, so it’s no surprise that the Rusutsu Resort has won World Ski Award – also known as the “Academy Award” of the Ski Industry – for two consecutive years. The resort is so spacious that it has all sorts of accommodations like hotels, lodges and even log houses that lets you appreciate the rich nature of the area. You won’t run out of fun stuff to do here since Rusutsu offers a lot of family-friendly activities such as tubing, dog sledding and snowmobiling. Rusutsu Ski Area Kiroro Resort Just a little off of Sapporo is the upscale Kiroro Resort. It is the part of Hokkaido that receives an overwhelming amount of snowfall, it has 21 courses mostly suited for beginners and intermediates, the longest being 4 kilometers long, has stunning views of the North Japan scenery, it also has off-piste tracks where you can run on untouched powdery snow, or you can join Kiroro Mountain Club giving you the opportunity to enjoy official backcountry skiing or snowboarding.Go out with the family to a snow cat sightseeing tour, snow tubing or dog sledding. One big plus is that the place feels less crowded than the other resorts in Hokkaido, even during the peak season. Kiroro Resort Sahoro Resort Only a two-hour bus trip to Shinchitose Airport is the Sahoro Resort. Being the biggest Ski Area in Eastern Hokkaido, it has 21 courses for all levels of skiers or snowboarders though the ski slopes are reserved for middle to high level skiers and boarders.The Club Med Sahoro offers an upscale, international level of convenience, attracting more foreign visitors.Fine weather rate is high here and the temperature is always low, so the Japow’s powdery snow quality is well preserved. Lifts are also a little pricier than in smaller ski areas, thus there’s less skiers and snowboarders allowing for a smoother and more pleasant cruising. In Sahoro, you can take your partner to a romantic evening with the majestic Tokachi Plane and experience a place full of a sense of openness by joining the snow-covered car tour. Sahoro Resort Sapporo Teine Just a thirty-minute drive away from the popular Sapporo City, you can ski like a local in the easily accessible Sapporo Teine. A beginner’s favorite, it has wide, gentle slopes with the breathtaking views of Sapporo so it is great for just chill cruising or night skiing. Go to downtown Sapporo after skiing for a fun night of sightseeing and have a bottle or two of the famous Sapporo beer. Sapporo Teine ― Nagano: A Dip into Japanese History Nagano has hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics and it’s easy to see why.The modern Japanese city has several world class ski resorts and lots of traditional Onsens that gives you the picturesque silver winter view of the mountains.This is also home to the famous Jigokudani Monkey Park where you can watch endangered Japanese Macaques or “snow monkeys” go about their daily lives, chasing and playing with each other in the Jigokudani hot springs.▼ Related Articles in the Nagano Area What to Eat / Getting Around / Other articles for the Nagano area Jigokudani Monkey Park Nozawa Onsen Ski Area Powderhounds love the area for the vast terrains of 100% natural snow, where about 40% is reserved for beginners. The longest slope is about 10 kilometers and is a gateway to see some surreal mountain views. However, Nozawa is not only known as one of the best Ski locations, but it is actually more popular as an Onsen village known for its traditional Japanese onsens and ryokans, like the Nozawa Onsen Sparena and “Gensen-kakegashi” or natural hot springs. Have the best winter party of your life by coming to the Dosojin Fire Festival that is held here every year on the 15th of January.▼ Related Articles in Nozawa Onsen Get to Know / A Day of Skiing / Where to Eat / Nightlife / Public Onsen Experience Nozawa Onsen Ski Area ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
Skiing and Snowboarding in Japan
- The 1998 Nagano Olympics was the first time that many foreigners were introduced to the idea of winter sports in Japan. Powder. When skiers talk about Japan, they are talking about the Hokkaido powder. Japan is a destination for skiers of all types and interests. From hardcore enthusiasts, to the luxury resort experience, and everywhere in between, we have you covered. SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING IN JAPAN Rentals and Lift Tickets For the vacation skier, the exorbitant price of purchasing ski or snowboard gear can be daunting. Luckily most resorts rent gear for roughly 5,000 yen per day; some places also rent ski wear: pants, gloves, goggles, and jackets. Lift Tickets Resorts Japan ski resorts stand apart from their international counterparts by providing the unique experience of the Japanese hotel (ryokan). After a long day of skiing, you come back to the onsen (natural hotsprings) to relax the weary bones. Followed by a traditional Japanese meal before heading to your tatami mat room and futon bed. A new and relaxing way to enjoy your vacation. Resorts The hills in Japan are not typically as steep as their international counter parts. Though they use the international classification of green triangle through double black diamond, the existing mountains do not provide the same thrill seeking cliffs you might have seen in a YouTube video once.Fear not, for those dare devil ski aficionados Japan does provide heliskiing. For those looking to dive out of a helicopter into back country powder, this is your ticket. Be warned, this option is for the truly adventurous at heart; nobody can say that skiing in Japan is for wimps. Après Ski If you are coming to Japan for the night life of the ski town, you might find yourself disappointed. Fine dining, lounges with fireplaces, and even dance clubs are common resorts abroad. However, the bars and karaoke rooms to be found at hotels in Japan are intended for small groups. The ski resorts cater to a clientele looking for a more intimate experience with friends. ONSEN The 1998 Nagano Olympics was the first time that many foreigners were introduced to the idea of winter sports in Japan.Powder. When skiers talk about Japan, they are talking about the Hokkaido powder. Japan is a destination for skiers of all types and interests. From hardcore enthusiasts, to the luxury resort experience, and everywhere in between, we have you covered.Skiing, hakuba, winterPhoto by kawaharaRentals and Lift TicketsFor the vacation skier, the exorbitant price of purchasing ski or snowboard gear can be daunting. Luckily most resorts rent gear for roughly 5,000 yen per day; some places also rent ski wear: pants, gloves, goggles, and jackets.Skiing, winter, zaoPhoto by Christopher JohnsonResortsJapan ski resorts stand apart from their international counterparts by providing the unique experience of the Japanese hotel (ryokan). After a long day of skiing, you come back to the onsen (natural hotsprings) to relax the weary bones. Followed by a traditional Japanese meal before heading to your tatami mat room and futon bed. A new and relaxing way to enjoy your vacation.Skiing, hakuba, sunset, winterPhoto by Petra BensteadThe hills in Japan are not typically as steep as their international counter parts. Though they use the international classification of green triangle through double black diamond, the existing mountains do not provide the same thrill seeking cliffs you might have seen in a YouTube video once.Fear not, for those dare devil ski aficionados Japan does provide heliskiing. For those looking to dive out of a helicopter into back country powder, this is your ticket. Be warned, this option is for the truly adventurous at heart; nobody can say that skiing in Japan is for wimps.Skiing, winter, yuzawaPhoto by shinji_wAprès SkiIf you are coming to Japan for the night life of the ski town, you might find yourself disappointed. Fine dining, lounges with fireplaces, and even dance clubs are common resorts abroad. However, the bars and karaoke rooms to be found at hotels in Japan are intended for small groups. The ski resorts cater to a clientele looking for a more intimate experience with friends.Skiing, nozawa onsen, winterPhoto by Peter CartledgeSkiing, nozawa onsen, winterPhoto by Ichiro MurakamiJapan’s version of après ski is sipping on a cold drink while you soak in the onsen after a tiring day of smashing through hip deep powder. If you are lucky, the hot spring will feature an outdoor roten-buro bath. Can you imagine anything better than relaxing outside in hot spring water with a cold beverage as snow continues to fall all around?If traditional après ski is a must on your list, Niseko and to a lesser extent Hakuba are your best choices. Off-Piste, Backcountry, and Tours A final note for those hard core powder junkies, the powder in Japan really is as good as advertised. There is a wide variety of back country options: snowshoe, snowmobile, snowcat, and even heli-skiing. Be sure to take a local guide, and use the correct equipment. That said, go enjoy the powder and come back next year to tell us all about it! Suggested Resorts We are highlighting these resorts as the biggest baddest ski locations in all of Japan.Niseko, Hokkaido – World-renowned. The “powder king” resort.Shiga-Kogen, Nagano – Massive interlinked resort area. Home of the Snow Monkey Beer Live festival in mid-March.Nozawa Onsen, Nagano – Picturesque village and snow resort.Zao Onsen, Yamagata – Home of the ‘Ice Monsters’ illumination.Hakuba, Nagano – The best powder outside of Hokkaido.GALA Yuzawa, Niigata – A bus ride away from Naeba and Kagura, popular day-trip resorts. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- Roadside Station Yonezawa
- Michi no Eki Road Station
- Yamagata Yonezawa-shi Kawai 1039-1
- Roadside Station Tendo Onsen
- Michi no Eki Road Station
- Yamagata Pref. Tendoushi Kuwanomachi 2-3-41
程よい温かさでした。入るときはくるぶしまでズボンをまくったほうがいいです。足拭き用のタオルは販売してますが持参したほうがいいです。 It was reasonable warmth. You had better wear trousers to the ankle when you enter. I sell towels for wiping feet, but it is better...
- Zao Onsen Ski Resort
- Skiing/Snowboarding Area
- Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Zaouonsen 708-1
- Roadside Station Cherry Land Sagae
- Michi no Eki Road Station
- Yamagata Pref. Sagaeshi Yakuwa Kawara 919-6
ここでは山形県村山地方のお土産物がすべてそろいます 周りがさくらんぼ果樹園で６月はさくらんぼ一色です ５月の連休にはさくらんぼの種飛ばしを競うイベントがありました
- Tsuruoka Park (Tsurugaoka Castle ruins)
- Park / Green Space
- Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Babachou 4
We visited the park on 21 Apr and it was the time for full bloom. The park wasnt overcrowded and there were many stalls for food and games. There are buses from train station to the park but they...
Although often overlooked, Yamagata prefecture by no means lacks appeal: the Yamadera temple trail through the mountains, deliciously tender Yonezawa wagyu, and over 100 steaming hot springs, most notably Zao Onsen, await visitors. When winter comes, the snowcapped peaks become dotted with skiers by day and onsen-goers by night, while summer brings the celebration of juicy Yamagata cherries.
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