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SKI JAPAN

With some of the best and most consistent powder in the world Japan has become a hot spot for skiing for travellers across the globe. There are more than 500 ski resorts of differing value, so it easy to find something that suits most budgets. Not only does Japan offer great skiing during the winter, the natural hot springs, winter wildlife festivals and activities, will keep travallers occupied when their not on the slopes.

Peak Travel Seaon - January - February

Key Booking Period - August

Average Length of Stay - 5 days

SKI REGIONS 

HOKKAIDO

The northernmost island of Japan consistently recieves good snowfall from early December to March. Hakkaido also hosts over 1200 festival, the most famous being the Sapporo Snow Festival, where hundreds of grand snow and ice sculptures line the streets. The snowfields can be enjoyed by skiiers and snowboarders of differing shill levels

Niseko

Our Number 1 destination in Hokkaido, it is known to receive more snowfall than any other ski resort in the world. Made up of four major ski resort areas; Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Village & Niseiko Hanazono. Grand Hirafu has over 80 restaurants and bars making it great for apres ski, while Niseko Village is developing into a great alternative, offering nightlife and restaurants and direct slope access.

Top Selling Hotel

Hilton Niseko Village (I) - Hilton Niseko Village is located at the foot of Niseko Annupuri Mountain and adjacent to the Niseko Gondola, that can take clients to the top of the mountain making it a true ski in / ski out property. Family friendly resort which caters to children, including an English speaking ski school which operates from the hotel.

Rusutsu

A large ski area that is spread out over 3 mountains. Long, wide and immaculately groomed courses that are great for families. Rusutsu offers ski in / ski out to West Mountain and kids ski schools, an indoor entertainment village, full of shops and attractions, apres ski bars, restaurants ans onsens. If clients are wanting a day off from skiing then they can partake in snowmobiling, dog sledding. snow rafting or ice fishing.

Top Selling Hotel -

The Westin Rusutsu Resort (I) - A luxurious hotel at the base of East Mountain featuring ski in / ski out access, with views over Mount Yotei, voted Japan's Best Ski Hotel 2018. The resort features rooms able to accomodate up to 7 people makes it ideal for large groups or families.

NAGANO

The gateway to Japan's highest mountains and the birthplace of Japanese snow sports. Buses depart from Nagano to Hakuba Valley or Shiga Kogen or you can catch the shinkansen to Nozawa Onsen, Myoko and Madrao-Tangram. The area is not just the home to great snow sports, but also culturaly significant landmarks like Matsumoto Castle and Zenko-ji Temple and the unique and captivating Jigokudani snow monkeys.

Hakuba Valley 

Located in Japan's Northern Alps, was the host of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, so there is no shortage of world class facilities. Comprised of 10 alpine resorts, means Hakuba Valley offers more terrain, vertical rise and advanced ski & snowboard slopes than anywhere in Japan. Beginers can also enjoy Hakuba Valley as there are many groomed runs at all resorts, where you can take your time and leisurely cruise down runs up to 8km long.

Top Selling Hotel - 

Hakuba Alps Hotel (V) - Located in the north of Hakuba Valley at Hakuba Norikura Resort, with a choice a Western and Japanese tatami style rooms. This hotel offers genuine ski in / ski out access, three on site restaurants and hot spring facilities allowing guests to relax and rejuvinate after a day on the slopes.

TOHOKU

Consisting of 6 prefectures in the north of Japan's main island of Honshu. Just an hour north of Tokyo by shinkansen has a number of first class ski resorts, but you will find very few westerners and therefore little English is spoken, but offers a chance for cultural immersion, with a number of traditional winter festivals held throughout Tohoku. 

Local Festivals

Yokote Snow Festival (Mid February) - A 400 year old festival that involves the creation of more than 100 kamakura igloos. Inside each igloo is an alter to the water gods to pray for clear water and offerings of sake and rice cakes. At night hundreds of miniture kamakura have lights inside creating a warm and romantic atmosphere for guests to wander through.

Iwate Snow Festival (February) - Located in Shizukuishi at Koiwai Farm, a 30 minute by bus from Morioka Station. Famous for intricate snow sculptures, elaborate firework displays and traditional cuisine. During the day activities include sledding, horse sleigh, tubing and live performances, at nightthe sculptures are lit up and and each night the festival closes with a fireworks diplay.