When it comes to winter sports, Japan is the Holy Grail for skiers and boarders who love deep powder. Many resorts—and there are around 600 resorts there in total—average upwards of 600 inches of snow per winter. And this isn’t just any snow—the snow in Japan is super light, extraordinarily dry and unbelievably fun to ski or ride. Better yet? It is frequent and consistent.
If you are a powder hound, the best time to visit is January, also known as “Japanuary”, as well as early February. Spring skiing in Japan is much like the U.S. and is considered late March through the entire month of April. This is a great time to save on lodging and experience more bluebird days.
There are two main regions of Japan: Hokkaido and Hakuba Valley.
Hokkaido resorts are known for two things: deep powder and beautiful trees. The slopes’ pitches are relatively mellow, but adrenaline junkies won’t think twice when they experience the quality of the snow. Most resorts also have plenty of groomed runs for beginners.
Hakuba Valley in Nagano is also known for bottomless powder, but also offers terrain that is generally steeper. Here you will find smaller, quaint ski towns that offer a truly cultural experience.
Signature group journeys.
While we are able to customize a trip for your party, we also offer two guided trips offering you the chance to sit back, relax and enjoy Japan’s winter sports scene. Alongside your dedicated Trip Director, you’ll enjoy ground transportation to and from the airport, seven nights of accommodations, guided ski days, and exclusive access into various cultural experiences.
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