When you think about ski destinations, the first places that might cross your mind might be the Rocky Mountains in North America or the Alps in Europe. And these are all great destinations, but there are some great ones that might not cross your mind. Unless you’re a true ski enthusiast, you may not realize that Japan has some of the most spectacular ski destinations in the world.
Northern Japan is covered with phenomenal mountain ranges that average upwards of 1.5m of sow each year. The best thing for skiers is that this is light, powdery snow, the best kind for skiing or snowboarding. And, with more than 600 resorts to choose from, it helps to get some tips from a Sydney travel agent to cut out the hassles and get pointed in the best direction for an unforgettable ski holiday.
Looking for a true luxury experience at a five star resort with direct access to some of the best slopes you’ve ever seen? The northern Island of Hokkaido features challenging terrain, off-piste runs, and an amazing array of deep powder runs. One of the best ski areas in Hokkaido is Niseko. Niseko is a collection of resorts in the same mountain range. Mount Yotei is in the center of Niseko and the four major resorts in the area – Hirafu, Hanazono, Niseko Village, and Annupuri – each feature regular public transport and on-mountain access gates and runs to the surrounding resorts.
Niseko brings you in close contact with the cultural delights of Japan, from poetry, painting, and song to the vibrant flavors of a long cultural tradition. Plus, you’ll have access to natural hot springs and open air garden baths for an après ski soak. Top it off with a sushi dinner with the freshest seafood you can imagine. Luxury travel companies know that Niseko is one of the top destinations for skiers and those who want to absorb authentic, traditional culture and phenomenal natural sights.
How about Hakuba? This is a city located near Nagano in the Japanese Alps. Amidst the rugged alpine scenery, you’ll find 11 ski resorts with slopes that top 3000m. Hakuba averages around 11m of sow each year, and the skiable terrain is extensive, over 960 hectares of runs and ski parks. And, for the in-between ski moments, you can take in hikes, cultural sites, and exciting nightlife. Hakuba gives you access to traditional castles and temples, authentic onsen (Japanese baths), and izakayas, or little Japanese bars.
Luxury travel agents might also direct you to the Shizukuishi Ski Resort. This prime ski destination is within sight of Mt. Iwate and features 11 ski trails, amazing terrain parks, and a full-scale downhill racing course. This is an ideal resort for the seasoned skier looking for a challenge. Plus, it’s ideally situated upslope from the Prince Hotel, a luxury accommodation for travelers with taste.
These are only a few of the ski destinations available in northern Japan. If you’d like to know more about great vacation spots or to find out about our great deals and seasonable packages, feel free to contact us. At Rose Bay, we’re dedicated to giving you the vacation of a lifetime.