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Skiing in Japan

Japan is known for their ski and snowboard destinations that provide an abundance of high-quality powdered snow, incredible scenery, and comfortable onsens to enjoy. There are more than five hundred ski resorts located across Japan, from Hokkaido's northern island to southern Kyushu. Located in northern Japan, in the Hokkaido and Tohoku area, the ski resorts have the best snow conditions and best facilities, and for views with mountains along the sea of Japan, they are located in Niigata and Nagano. Most resorts have areas designated for families with small children and for those who are not interested in skiing. We at Japan Holiday can provide you services with special Ski Tours, professional transportation services in northern Japan, and find cooperative ski resorts to help you book the ideal ski area at a more competitive price. Please do not hesitate to contact us, as our online customer service staff can help you answer any questions you may have.

Most Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I rent a car from Haneda Airport to ski center in Nagano?
    As foreign traveler, you can drive in Japan with an international driver's license. However, Japan has very strict regulation on international driver's license. Instead, we recommend using our private transfer service. Our driver will greet you at the airport and smoothly transfer you to the destination.
  • What are the popular ski resorts in Hokkaido?
    If you want to ski in Hokkaido, you can consider: Grand Hirafu (Niseko), Furano Ski Resort, Hoshino Resorts Tomamu Area, Kiroro Resort, Annupuri (Niseko), Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort.
  • I plan to visit Japan in March for skiing. Are there any ski resorts available?
    The weather starts to get warm in March, thus quality of the snow goes down. However, resorts located at high altitude, with thick snow, and low temperature are rarely impacted. Thus, you can consider Gala Yuzawa Snow Resort, Hoshino Resorts, Nekoma, Annupuri.
  • What other attractions to visit near Shiga Kogen Ski Resort?
    You can visit Jigokudani Monkey Park to see snow monkey in hot springs. There are buses to the park from Yudanaka Station and Nagano Station. Then, take a half an hour walk from the bus stop to the ticketing office. Winter opening hour is from 9:00AM to 16:00PM.
  • Do you provide any vehicles that fit a group of 8 people with luggage and ski equipment?
    With the given information, we recommend our Toyota Hiace Van, which provides seats for everyone and space to store your luggage.
  • What time do the ski resorts open in Nagano?
    Nagano ski resorts usually open from December to March. For the specific opening time at each resort, please refer to their official website.
  • Can I buy or rent ski equipments at the ski center?
    Karuizawa Prince Hotel Snow Resort provides the newest snowboard and ski boards for rent. Gloves, goggles, and hats can also be purchased in stores.
  • What are the most famous ski centers in Japan?
    Japan is well known for its ski resorts, including Niseko Ski Resort, Furano Ski Resort, Shiga Kogen Ski Resort, Hakuba Happo-one Snow Resort, ZAO Onsen Ski Resort in Yamagata, Gassan Ski Resort, and more.
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