Top 5 Ski Resorts in Japan

When it comes to finding the best snow in the world, you have choices that are seemingly endless. From the high peaks of North America and Europe, you literally have hundreds of resorts to choose from. One place many snow lovers are flocking to is Japan! It’s not all technological advances and huge cities, for Japan has some fantastic ski resorts which showcase the best of the stunning landscape, and also allow you to immerse yourself in the wonderful culture Japan offers.

There are hundreds of ski resorts to choose from in this one small country alone, but here are our top five ski resorts in Japan which you should consider for your next snow adventure.

Niesko JapanNiseko – Located in Hokkaido, Niseko is Japan’s largest ski resort and is made up of four connected areas, spread out over a large land area. If you’re wanting to choose from the best ski resorts in Japan, this is the one. Great quality accommodation and easy to reach via airport shuttle bus, Niseko is a good choice for all ability levels, and is particularly family-friendly. Whether you want to ski or snowboard, you will find plenty of opportunities, with good off-piste skiing too. Niseko isn’t famous for its blue skies and sunny days, but if the quality of snow is more important to you, as well as fantastic quality facilities, then Niseko is the place to be.

Asahidake – Another resort in Hokkaido, this is the perfect resort for experienced skiers. The snow here is deep and crisp, with a quality cable car system to ferry you around the mountain, over the 500 vertical metres of terrain. Asahidake is actually home to an active volcano, and is part of the Daisetsuzan National Park, situated near a charming village where you will find great value accommodation.

Nozawa Onsen JapanNozawa Onsen – Located on the Honshu island of Japan, Nozawa Onsen is famous for not only its skiing, but also for the hot springs that are in abundance around the village of Nagano. This is a charming resort, and one that showcases Japan’s natural beauty. Spanning over 300 hectares of terrain, there is 50km of slopes, with countless areas for both beginners and advanced skiers alike. The tree skiing here is extremely picturesque!

Furano – If you want to pick one of the ski resorts in Japan which isn’t overly touristy, then Furano should be your first choice. Well developed, this large resort has 170 hectares of terrain with runs for both beginners and advanced skiers and snowboarders. The lift system at Furano is awesome, and the off-piste terrain will test you in the best possible way.

Rusutsu JapanRusutsu – If you’re wanting terrain to test your metal, then Rusutsu is for you. With over 14 metres of snowfall per year, this particular resort has something for everyone. Located just south-west of Sapporo, Rusutsu is not only perfect for pros, but is also a great place for beginners to learn to ski or snowboard. These guys have a fantastic lift system and some heavenly tree skiing opportunities; with some particularly good value accommodation nearby also. With an active theme park in the summer time, skiing under a rollercoaster is an experience you’ll only find at Rusutsu.

Japan is a fantastic country, with delicious food, welcoming people, and loads of fun to be had! When you’re not out skiing, you can have a go at one of Japan’s many other activities on offer including snowmobiling, snow-shoeing, horse riding, snow rafting and much more. Out of the many fantastic ski resorts in Japan, these are definitely the ones to have at the top of your list!

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