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Why should a Japan Ski Trip be at the top of your travel plans?

Apr 17, 2024 | Japan, Travel Tips

Japan’s ski season is gaining popularity. Did you know that Japan during the colder season is a winter wonderland?

With the perfect weather conditions of only 8% moisture, the snow in Japan is perfect for anyone wishing to hit the slopes. So get your winter coats ready, and be prepared for the incredible view that the Japanese Alps has to offer.

With an abundance of high-quality snow, breathtaking scenery, and striking mountain ranges, Japan is one of the best places in the world for skiing and snowboarding. Not to mention there are over 500 ski resorts across the island nation, with the best ones being in northern Japan where optimal conditions have given rise to the now infamous term “Ja-Pow”.

Hakuba, in particular, is one of the most popular places for skiing in Japan due to its plentiful snowfall and slopes that are suitable for all levels. Hosted as the Winter Olympics in 1998, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to hit the slopes.

The Slopes are Packed with Powder, not People

If you’ve been to any popular ski resort, the facilities are usually packed with long lines and the slopes are crowded with fellow skiers and snowboarders. However, if you travel to Japan during the winter season between December and February, you will get to enjoy the slopes during the Japan Ski season with less crowd and more space to yourself. Take the popular ski resort Niseko for example; it sees roughly 110,000 international visitors each year, a fraction of the crowds you’ll find in countries like France or Switzerland. Gear up, because you’re about to have the mountain to yourself!

view of snowboarders overlooking the slopes in Japan ski season


Thanks to where it sits on the map, Japan is in a prime position to get high-quality powder. During the winter season, strong winds are blown from the frigid Siberian tundra before getting a quick blast of moisture when crossing the Sea of Japan. By the time conditions hit the land of the rising sun, the clouds are loaded up with gorgeous snow that skiers and snowboarders can only dream of. Japan Ski truly a hidden gem for those who are interested in starting or improving their skiing skills.

group of snowboarders posing on the Japan ski slopes


Possibly one of the best things about Japan Ski is the incredible food that it comes with. After a day packed with skiing, what better way to wrap up the day than a big bowl of ramen? Not only does it fill you up and keep you warm, but having to taste the freshly-made noodles with a rich broth flavour is the type of meal on a chilly day that you will not be able to resist. It is the perfect meal to energise you before hitting back on the slopes.

A bowl of Japanese ramen after a day skiing on the Japan ski slopes


Traditionally known as an Onsen, people come from all over to enjoy the naturally forming hot springs. As a volcanically active country, there are thousands of onsens scattered across the major islands of Japan and it is the perfect way to treat yourself after a long day on the slopes. The naturally heated waters are loaded with rich minerals that come from deep inside the earth and are said to have all kinds of healing properties such as blood flow and skin improvements, promote better sleep and may reduce aches in your body.

Onsen in Japan ski resort


The red-faced snow monkey population is truly special. This particular species of macaques enjoys soaking in a nice bath in the warm hot springs. We aren’t the only ones who love a good onsen bath in the winter; it is a hard one to resist for them too.

red-faced snow monkeys bathing in the hot springs


At the end of a long day spent on the slopes, we all want something warm and delicious to sip on, so we can revive some feeling in our hands and feet — and Japan’s ski resorts have got you covered. Warm sake is the perfect way to bring some feeling back to your extremities, and if rice wine isn’t your favourite, the local Japan ski resorts also boast a great craft beer scene, so there’s something for everyone.

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned skier, you should make Japan the destination for your next skiing holiday. Is visiting Japan during the wintertime next on your bucket list? Check out our Japan Winter itinerary with a Japan Ski extension to find out all the fun-packed activities that you’ll get to experience with us. With a 3-day ski add-on, you’ll get to experience skiing or snowboarding with your new travel buddies; it’s time to pick up a new sport or perfect your skills at the blanket of snow at the Hakuba Happo-one ski resort. Our Japan Winter tour will run in between the months of December 2024 to February 2025; the perfect months for a ski season. Book your experience and don’t miss out on Japan’s winter wonderland.