5 reasons why Japan is a skier’s paradise

08 Dec 2017 in On The Move

Ever considered Japan for your skiing holidays? Discover why you should head there this winter!


With high mountains and cold winters, Japan has all the ingredients for exceptional skiing. Need convincing?

Here are 5 good reasons to pack your ski stuff on your next winter trip!

Powder snow

Japanese freeride spot

The snow is Japan has a very low moisture content – meaning it’s useless for snowball fights but perfect for gliding down the slopes!

Snow aplenty

It snows a lot in Japan.

Towers of Tomamu

Hokkaido ski hotel

Many parts of Hokkaido have over 140 days of snow a year, and resorts such as Hakuba, near Hoshino Resorts KAI Alps, regularly accumulate 11 metres of snow annually, with the season running from late November to early May.

A resort for everyone

Over 70% of Japan is mountains and the country houses more than 500 ski resorts – many within easy reach of Tokyo.

Ski in Japan

You’ll find both small, cosy resorts and a host of world-class destinations.

Tomamu, home to Hoshino Resorts Tomamu, for example, boasts 29 trails for beginners and experts alike.

Travelling in Japan with childrens

Japanese ski station

Night skiing

Skiing pure powder under floodlights is one of the winter’s ultimate pleasures.

Skiing during the night

Hoshino Resorts Tomamu

And many of Japan’s big resorts, including Tomamu, light up the slopes at night and keep the lifts working.

Post-ski hot springs

After a day on the slopes, what better way to rejuvenate body and mind than a dip in a traditional outdoor onsen?

Exterior onsen in Hokkaido

At Hoshino Resorts KAI Alps, you can soak your muscles in the natural warm waters while breathing the crisp winter air and gazing out at forest-clad snowy peaks.



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