Japan boasts numerous world-class ski resorts with plentiful, high quality powder, marvelous views and relaxing thermals. The country hosted the winter olympic games twice during the last 40 years.
There are over 500 ski resorts throughout Japan from the northern island of Hokkaido to the southern major island of Kyushu, different in size from large resorts with dozens of trails to little one-lift slopes. The northern Japan (Hokkaido and Tohoku) offers the best resorts, snow and ski conditions and in the mountains along the Sea of Japan Coast (such as Niigata and Nagano).
Many ski areas in Japan are also known as thermal resorts, and many visitors enjoy skiing and snowboarding and after that relax in a thermal tube. The ski season usually begins in December and ends in April, with the finest snow conditions from mid January to February. Snow is abundant and temperatures are mild, hardly falling below -10 degrees.
Snowboarding popularity here is growing, as well as the number of resorts friendly to snowboarders and offering special snowboarding amenities, such as half pipes.
The usual cost of a one-day pass for immense ski areas is about 4000 to 4500 Yen. Several resorts also have half day, multi day, season and nightskiing tickets. In addition to that there are ski holiday packages, including transportation, lift pass and lodging, are offered at travel agencies.
You may easily rent ski equipment and ski wear as well as snowboards in almost all ski resorts throughout Japan. Typical costs are about 3000 to 5000 Yen for a day for a whole set (skis, boots and poles).
Niseko is one of the best ski resorts in Japan that boasts some of the greatest off-trail powder skiing in the world. Visit Niseko and experience skiing and the mysterious culture of the Far East.