Check out the top 3 ski spots in Japan this winter

30 Dec 2016 in On The Move

Fancy going skiing? Head for Japan to discover its incredible ski areas and enjoy a unique experience!


Japan is regarded as a skiers’ paradise. During the winter season, snow is plentiful and of excellent quality. It’s a real treat for anyone who loves powder snow. Check out these 3 destinations for your next skiing holiday.

1 – The island of Hokkaido has several ski fields within one area.

Hokkaido ski resort

Ideally located between two famous ski fields (Furano and Sahoro ski stations), Hoshino Resorts Tomamu can thereby offer a ten-day holiday trip in one place due to its privileged location. At Tomamu, Hoshino Resorts hotel, occupying two large towers, provides direct access to the slopes with a breathtaking view of the mountains. Three times a week, a shuttle bus runs direct to nearby ski stations Furano and Sahoro, giving you an opportunity to explore different locations and discover the diversity of the island’s mountain landscapes. For instance, Furano has excellent snow conditions and is a perfect destination for families, with a wide range of activities such as dog sledding and snow rafting.

2 – Hakuba, located in Nagano prefecture, in one of the valleys of the Japanese Alps, is very popular with tourists.

Hakuba hotel resorts

This ski resort holds equal appeal for beginners and for advanced skiers, and is notable for its pistes suitable for snowboarders and mogul lovers. The wooded ski area is one of the great features of Hakuba. Many skiers adore slaloming down the slopes through the trees.  After a day’s skiing, you can relax and warm up in the Onsen at HOSHINOYA Karuizawa, and enjoy all the charms of a ryokan.

3 –  Mount Bandai ski resort offers many advantages!

Mount Bandai ski station

On the southern face of Mount Bandai, 29 slopes await with deep powder snow from mid-December through to early April. With runs for all ski levels, a world-class freestyle zone, cross-country trails, dedicated play fields and full day-care facilities, this is one of the region’s largest and most accessible winter parks.

It also has a friendly atmosphere and is very suitable for families, with its ski areas for the kiddies and a great many ski-runs for beginners and intermediate skiers. Another great asset is that the ski slopes are mostly wooded, and provide wonderful views over Lake Inawashiro. To fully enjoy this area, Hoshino Resorts Bandaisan Onsen Hotel is the perfect place to stay. Situated close to the slopes, it is also the perfect way to relax in a hot bath after a day of intense activity.



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