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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!
- 18. October. 2019
Where to Stay in Yamagata
- Yamagata is a prefecture overflowing with incredible natural beauty all season round, amazing history, and some of the best hot springs in Japan. It’s also filled with some unforgettable accommodation experiences. Whether it’s warm family style hospitality, convenience or spiritual retreats you’re after you’ll find what you’re looking for here. Zao Onsen’s Yoshidaya Ryokan Zao Onsen’s Yoshidaya Ryokan No matter what time of year you visit, Zao Onsen is a must visit destination for those exploring the Yamagata area. Transforming with the seasons, this relaxed hot spring town is lush in spring, gloriously filled with color in autumn, a snow lover’s paradise in winter and a perfect spot for respite during the sweltering summer months. If you do make it to Zao, then be sure to head straight to Yoshidaya Ryokan a friendly hotel that’s overflowing with a 300 year history and undeniable rustic charm. The spacious and quiet Japanese-style guest rooms feature all the charms of old style Japanese living with contemporary amenities. Each room is fully equipped with TVs, electric kettles and refrigerators. Zao Onsen’s Yoshidaya Ryokan Another bonus about staying here is the ryokan’s owner. A Yamagata local, the friendly and English fluent ryokan boss is more than happy to give guests unique insider’s tips on just what to see and do while in the area. The Yoshidaya Ryokan is located an easy 40-minute bus ride from JR Yamagata Station. Because it’s situated right in the heart of the Zao hot spring district, it’s the perfect place to set up base for all your going hiking, maple tree viewing and snow sports while in the area. Tsuruoka City’s APA Hotel Tsuruoka City’s APA Hotel Situated next to the bustling Tsuruoka station, the Tsuruoka APA hotel is a classic business style hotel which still has a lot to offer. Thanks to its central location it's a great place to stay when arriving or departing this region of Yamagata once known as the Dewa Province. Each hotel room features incredible city views and free wifi, air-conditioning and private bathrooms. The property offers a 24-hour front desk and downstairs is the bus stop for the bus to Dewa Sanza (Three Mountains of Dewa) making it incredibly convenient for adventuring out to one of the prefectures and Japan’s main power spots. Saikan Haguroyama Sanrosho at Haguro-san Shrine Saikan Haguroyama Sanrosho at Haguro-san Shrine Haguro-san is home to some very unique accommodation options as well great day trip options. The Haguro-san Shrine is in fact the only one of the three Dewa Sanzan shrines that stays open year round. A symbol of birth, Haguro-san is typically the first stop visited by pilgrims trekking through this historic shrine area. The temple lodging Saikan Haguroyama Sanrosho offers simple accommodations, with dinner and breakfast provided in the style of Buddhist vegetarian cuisine known as shojin ryori, and in a setting conducive to serious relaxation. Yudonosan Sanrosho Yudonosan Sanrosho Another mountain retreat getaway option is a stay at Yudono-san shrine ryokan. Similar to Haguro San’s options this is for the ultimate Buddhist retreat experience. Another type of temple lodging, Yudonosan Sanrosho is very easily accessible via a toll road. Nestled in a valley below the summit, this retreat is only 200 meters from the parking lot and next to the towering red torii gate leading up to the main shrine. Aside from its location, this sanrosho offers two onsen baths that are said to be symbols to the God of Water, as can be seen by the small shrines inside the wooden baths. A stay here is the perfect complement to the mysterious and sacred visit to Yudono-san. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 18. December. 2017
Staying at Sakata’s Wakaba Ryokan
- One of the benefits of staying at at a Japanese ryokan, and in particular at the family-run ones, is being able to interact with the owners and, depending on the location, also with the locals. In Sakata, one of main coastal cities of Yamagata Prefecture, Wakaba Ryokan is one such ryokan offering personalised and high-quality service. Staying at Sakata’s Wakaba Ryokan From the moment you enter the building you are greeted with warmth and made to feel as if you are the most special guest in the building. With cozy rooms and delicious food, the ryokan truly makes you feel at home and relaxed. Keita-san, one of the owners speaks fluent English and a good level of Spanish, and is more than eager to host foreign guests. Unofficially, he also likes to show visitors the off-the-beaten path side of Sakata (at night especially), so if you ask him he might offer a few unique suggestions for a fun night out in the town. Staying at Sakata’s Wakaba Ryokan If you prefer to relax at the ryokan after a busy day of touring, no problem, Wakaba Ryokan has you covered. The herbal onsen bath is conveniently open 24 hours, and besides the soothing waters, it has a view of the Japanese garden within the building. It’s not common to be able to take a dip at any time during your stay in a ryokan, so take advantage and unwind in the natural springs. Staying at Sakata’s Wakaba Ryokan ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 18. December. 2017
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Yamagata Main Areas
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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