With its reliable falls of powder snow December – March, Japan offers great opportunities for skiing and snowboarding. Equipment hire is readily available in the resorts, and hotels in certain areas have hot spring bathing facilities too. Why not include a few days winter sports in your trip to Japan, or plan a longer stay this winter, to enjoy Japan’s reliable powder snow as well as stays in Tokyo, Kyoto and the rest of Japan?
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Japan offers a choice of winter sports areas: the northern island of Hokkaido gets enormous amounts of powder snow, for a long and reliable ski season November – March. The mainland areas of the “Japan Alps” has less snow than Hokkaido, but more than enough for good skiing, and within easy reach of Tokyo. And within each area, each resort has a different character, slopes and ski lifts, and family-friendly activities.
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Japan hosted the Winter Olympics at Hakuba, in the mountainous centre of Japan’s mainland known as the “Japan Alps”. The area of Hakuba offers several resort towns with good skiing and snowboarding:
- Shiga Kogen
- Nozawa Onsen
- Myoko Kogen
And the great convenience of the Japan Alps area is that it is so accessible from Tokyo by train. The Nagano Shinkansen runs twice every hour from Tokyo, reaching Nagano in as little as 1.5 hours.
Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido gets massive quantities of powder snow, and facilities for winter sports are well developed, both for the domestic Japanese market and for the Australians who have encouraged a gradually more ‘international’ feel to the resorts. Most ski towns are within a couple of hours coach ride from the island’s gateway airport of Chitose (Sapporo).