For unique ski holidays for all the family, Japan offers an experience that will provide memories to last a lifetime.
World-class ski resorts abound in Nagano, the bustling city of over 300,000 on the Japanese Island of Honshu, where the 1998 Winter Olympics were performed. Nearby, the Japanese Alps offer skiing for all levels as well as snowboarding. Steep, down-hill slopes and ski jumps will entertain even the most experienced skiers. There are 14 ski areas and several large ski resorts with plenty of shopping, restaurants with international cuisine and après-ski activities.
Hokkaido, in the Northern region of Japan, is more rural and offers the unique experience of skiing Japanese volcanoes. This area is relatively new to the ski enthusiast. The steep, birch-lined slopes combined with volcanic rocks and hot springs ensure a memorable experience. The snow is deep and powdery and during the season, December to March, it tends to snow almost continually. Hiring a guide will ensure you get the most of this exciting adventure, as there are many rural areas to explore.
Investors are helping to develop the skiing regions in Japan. Surprisingly, there are 765 ski areas and Japan may just become an international favourite for skiers in the future.
With the combination of large cities offering international amenities and culture, and the small rural towns with their traditional style, there is something for everyone. The warm and welcoming attitude, diverse terrain and Asian culture make Japan is an ideal ski holiday for all the family to enjoy.