Published On: Tue, May 24th, 2016

The Best Locations for Skiing and Snowboarding in Japan

The Best Locations for Skiing and Snowboarding in Japan

best ski and snowboarding in japan

Going into vacation might be one of the most interesting things that you can do in holidays. There are so many places in this world that you can choose as your destination if you want to go on vacation. One of the most interesting places that you can visit on our vacation is Japan. Japan is not only considered as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia but also in the whole world as well. There are so many interesting activities that you can do during your visit in Japan. One of them is skiing.

During the winter, snow covered mountains in Japan will be visited by people who love to ski. Japan is considered as one of the best spot for skiing and snowboarding in the world. This country has several mountains that will be covered with snow during the winter. This condition makes them as perfect spots for skiing and snowboarding. For those of you who love to ski or snowboard and you want to visit Japan on your holidays, you might want to know which resorts that you should go so that you can ski or snowboard with your friends or family in more exciting way.

Preparation is one of the most important things that you should do when you want to visit Japan on your vacation. If you love to ski or snowboard, you need to choose the right date to visit Japan. You also need to know the best spots in Japan where you can go skiing and snowboarding. Below are several recommendations about which resorts that you should visit when you’re in Japan if you want to go skiing or snowboarding.

1.     Zao in Yamagata Prefecture

Zao, Yamagata Prefecture

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One of the best spots in Japan for skiing and snowboarding is Zao. Zao is located outside of Japan on Yamagata Prefecture. Compared to other spots for snowboarding and skiing in Japan, Zao might be not well known enough. However, many people who visit this resort describe Zao as a perfect place for skiing and snowboarding. Zao is also known as the best place in Japan for those of you who want to learn about skiing or snowboarding. This is because Zao has several widest runs that you can find in Japan.

Other great thing about Zao is that it offers great scenery. Most people who visit this ski resort said that Zao is a very beautiful place for skiing. Besides it’s suitable for people who ski or snowboard for the first time, Zao is also very suitable for those of you who want to learn and try new tricks. Zao is also known for its “snow monsters”. This term is used to describe bizarre shapes that are formed by snow that covers the trees in this area which makes them look like mythical beasts.

2.     Shiga Kougen in Nagano Prefecture

Shiga Kougen, Nagano Prefecture

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Other great spot for skiing and snowboarding in Japan is Shiga Kougen that is located on Nagano Prefecture. Nagano is known as home of Winter Olympic in 1998. This area is also known for its superb ski resort as well. The Shiga Kougen or also known as Shiga Highlands are considered as one of the most popular ski resorts in Japan, especially among foreign visitors. You can find total 21 resorts in this area which can be accessed by only using one ticket.

Shiga Kougen is also considered as one of the largest ski resorts in the world with 1.6 square miles or 4.3 square kilometers of mountains which came with full variety. The quality of the snow is excellent. You also can use snowmobile to explore the area if you feel tired of walking. Shiga Kougen is also known for its natural hot springs as well. You also can find monkeys on these hot springs.

3.     Furano in Hokkaido

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Hokkaido also has great spot for snowboarding and skiing as well. This area is called Furano and it’s located near the Asahikawa City. This city is known as home to great annual winter festival which is called Fuyu Matsuri. The ski resort in Furano consists of two main areas. Both areas are operated under Prince Hotels Group management.

Furano is a great spot for both intermediates and advanced snowboarders and skiers. You can find various choices of runs and amazing powder snow in Furano. However, if you want to ski or snowboard in Furano, you might need to follow the rules. You are not allowed to carve and dodge trees in this ski resort. If you did it, you will be stopped by the staffs of the resort.

4.     Hakuba Happo One in Nagano Prefecture

Hakuba Happo One, Nagano Prefecture

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Happo One is located in ski resort named Hakuba. This ski resort is located on Nagano Prefecture. This ski resort is known for its great conditions and wonderful snow. Happo One is known as one of the most popular ski resorts in Japan. One of the great things about this ski resort is that it can be reached easily from Tokyo. There are several direct links from Tokyo and Narita Airports to this ski resort. Maybe that’s why this ski resort is very popular among travelers from other countries.

There are total 13 ski runs that you can find in Happo One. The runs are little bit wilder and steeper than average runs on other ski resorts in Japan. If you’re looking for challenge, Happo One is definitely a ski resort that you should visit. However, if you are a beginner, you don’t need to be worried since you still can find lower level runs on Happo One.           

5.     Niseko United in Hokkaido

Niseko United, Hokkaido

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Niseko United is considered as one of the best ski resort in Japan. This ski resort is located in Hokkaido which might require you to use more efforts to get here. However, the runs in this ski resort came in various choices. The snow powder in this ski resort is also considered as one of the best snow powders in Japan as well.

There are various accommodations that you can find in this ski resort from hotels, lodges, restaurants, even to bars. If you only have little amount of time to stay in Japan during your vacation, this ski resort is the ski resort that you must visit.

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