Skiing in Japan is unlike skiing anywhere else in the world. The combination of huge snowfall, beautiful scenery and a rich, diverse culture will make your ski holiday to Japan unforgettable.
When To Go
The ski season in Hokkaido runs from mid November to mid April, with the best conditions often being found in January & February. The powder in Japan is some of the lightest, driest around and if you’re looking to ski waist deep powder every day and even at night, then a ski holiday to Japan is a must!
How To Get There
To reach the ski resorts in Hokkaido, you can take a direct flight to Tokyo and then a short 1½ hour flight to Sapporo/ New Chitose airport. From there we can offer a transfer which is approximately a 2½ hour journey to Niseko. For the more adventurous we can offer a train journey from Tokyo to Niseko! For more information on how to get to Japan - click here
Japanese Twin Centre Holidays
Niseko and Rusutsu are located approximately 45 minutes apart which makes for a perfect twin centre ski holiday, or even if you just want to do a day trip. Niseko or Rusutsu to Furano is just over a 4 hour drive, and we can arrange transport between all three resorts if you want to do a Japanese ski tour. Just ask one of the reservations team for more information.
Many Ski Independence clients combine skiing with a stopover in one of Japan’s large cities before or at the end of their trip, allowing you to experience the hustle and bustle of Japanese city life. This is easily done and we can book a wide range of city centre hotels in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, just ask for more details. We sell a wide variety of excursions and trips within Japan including Bullet train journeys, the temples of Kyoto, and a day trip to view the snow monkeys - it all adds to the unique culture of Japan.
Browse our range of hand-picked Japanese ski hotels and get in touch so we can create your perfect itinerary. Every holiday that we provide is completely tailor-made, so for an accurate quote please contact our team of Ski Specialists on 0131 243 8097.
For an idea of holiday costs, you’ll find price guides on individual accommodation pages.
Skiing in Japan
Japan is becoming an increasingly popular destination for international skiers, especially the Australian market which benefits from short flights and less jetlag than travelling to North America. However, with an increasing number of direct flights and a similar travel time to resorts on the west coast of America, British skiers are taking more ski holidays to Japan than ever before.
So why visit Japan? If you ask our Ski Specialists they will say one of the number of things - some visit for the famous crispy-dry powder, some to experience the unique night skiing, whilst others it is for a totally different culture, sushi on the slopes or a post ski dip in an onsen. There are many reasons to visit Japan for a ski holiday!
Most people who visit Japan are there to experience the famous powder, however it's not just for powder hounds, it also offers some superbly groomed runs and even after several feet of fresh powder they will get the piste bashers out en masse, preparing the slopes for the day ahead.
Japan is also famed for its tree skiing, with large amounts of snow accumulating between the wide spaced trees - it would be the perfect introduction to tree skiing if you've never tried it before.
Off-piste skiing in Japan
There is a large degree of confusion about off-piste skiing in Japan and this isn't helped by resorts having different policies.
In Niseko it is much like skiing in North America, with skiing allowed pretty much anywhere within the boundary of the ski area. There are a few exceptions, however this is mainly for safety due to steep cliffs.