Japan Ski Holidays!

Japan. It's famous for the hyper futuristic, the mind-blowing and sometimes, the ridiculous. Another thing it's famous for? Some of the best powder snow in the world. Every ski season Japan is dumped with between 10 and 18 metres of snow. And despite its teeny landmass, there are hundreds of ski fields in Japan. Many of which aren't on the radar of international skiers.

And skiing in Japan is surprisingly cheap. Prices of lift passes, accommodation and food rival Europe, Australia and the US. So you might find skiing in Japan could be just as affordable as skiing in Australia.

Of course when you ski and snowboard Japan, you also get a wonderful cultural experience too. The food. The customs. The people. They're all just delightful. Truly immerse yourself in Japanese culture and embrace a daily trip to the onsen (Japanese hot spring). After a long day carving up the slopes, there's nothing quite like treating your aching muscles in near boiling water. Just remember onsen etiquette – you strip off, then scrub yourself clean (there’ll be small stools under the showers), then soak away in the onsen.

It's not just tired skiers and snowboarders that appreciate a soak in the onsen; there are some cheeky monkeys that quite like to bathe too! The snow monkeys are native to the mountains of Honshu (the main island). They survive incredibly low temps by warming up in the onsen. So if you plan on skiing at a resort near Nagano, make sure you go see the snow monkeys splash around.

With everything Japan has to offer, deciding to go skiing in Japan is easy. What's not so easy is deciding where to go! Hundreds of ski fields, remember? First decide whether you’d like to go to Hokkaido or Honshu.

The north island Hokkaido is generally considered superior to Honshu because more snow is dumped there. That's because Hokkaido is in the direct path of snowstorms from Siberia. The most popular ski resort here is Niseko – famous for massive dumps of powder (it actually never seems to stop snowing), tree skiing and wicked nightlife. There's a wide variety of terrain for all levels and heaps of affordable places to stay – including ski-in/ski-out accommodation. Though Niseko is an exception, generally Hokkaido is cheaper than Honshu. The further you get off the beaten track, the cheaper it is. So if you’re looking to save your pennies, check out Rusutsu, Furano, Asahidake, Kamui Links or Chisenupuri.

The north island Hokkaido is generally considered superior to Honshu because more snow is dumped there. That's because Hokkaido is in the direct path of snowstorms from Siberia. The most popular ski resort here is Niseko – famous for massive dumps of powder (it actually never seems to stop snowing), tree skiing and wicked nightlife. There's a wide variety of terrain for all levels and heaps of affordable places to stay – including ski-in/ski-out accommodation. Though Niseko is an exception, generally Hokkaido is cheaper than Honshu. The further you get off the beaten track, the cheaper it is. So if you’re looking to save your pennies, check out Rusutsu, Furano, Asahidake, Kamui Links or Chisenupuri.

No matter where you decide to ski Japan, it’s sure to be a trip to remember. Just don’t forget your travel insurance, especially if you do something seriously awesome like heli-skiing.

  • Hakuba Ski, 7 Nights

    from $1,099*

    • 7 nights accommodation at 3-star Hotel De Laile in a western style room.
    • Buffet breakfast daily.
    • 5 Day lift ticket Day trip to Snowmonkeys and Zenkoji Temple.
    Japan's appeal is its unbelievable powder snow. Combined with experiencing its unique and friendly culture, Japan is one ski resort destination that makes it high on many skiers "must do" list.

    The Hakuba Valley is a huge expanse of resorts offering an incredible variety of terrain for skiers and snowboarders alike. Situated in the heart of the Japanese Alps, the alpine scenery is truly spectacular with huge rugged peaks towering above the town below. From one end of the valley to the other, and with 10 resorts accessing over 200 runs, Hakuba is the skiing mecca of Japan. Hakuba also boasts a seasonal average of 10 plus metres of snow, and comfortable winter temperatures.

    The Delaile is superb property with good facilities included authentic vibrant Japanese restaurant, great indoor and outdoor hot springs.

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  • Hakuba Ski, 7 Nights

    from $1,329*

    • 7 nights accommodation at 4-star Mominoki Hotel in a western style room.
    • Buffet breakfast daily.
    • 5 Day lift ticket Day trip to Snowmonkeys and Zenkoji Temple.
    Japan's appeal is its unbelievable powder snow. Combined with experiencing its unique and friendly culture, Japan is one ski resort destination that makes it high on many skiers "must do" list.

    The Hakuba Valley is a huge expanse of resorts offering an incredible variety of terrain for skiers and snowboarders alike. Situated in the heart of the Japanese Alps, the alpine scenery is truly spectacular with huge rugged peaks towering above the town below. From one end of the valley to the other, and with 10 resorts accessing over 200 runs, Hakuba is the skiing mecca of Japan. Hakuba also boasts a seasonal average of 10 plus metres of snow, and comfortable winter temperatures.

    Mominoki offers all modern comforts and conveniences. Ideally located at the base of Hakuba's premier mountain Happo-one and has superb natural hotel springs and big open lounges with fireplaces.

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  • Hakuba Ski, 7 Nights

    from $1,529*

    • 7 nights accommodation at 3.5-star Hakuba Tokyu Hotel in a western style room.
    • Buffet breakfast daily.
    • 5 Day lift ticket Day trip to Snowmonkeys and Zenkoji Temple.
    • BONUS 1 FREE night - Stay 7 nights, pay for 6.
    Japan's appeal is its unbelievable powder snow. Combined with experiencing its unique and friendly culture, Japan is one ski resort destination that makes it high on many skiers "must do" list.

    The Hakuba Valley is a huge expanse of resorts offering an incredible variety of terrain for skiers and snowboarders alike. Situated in the heart of the Japanese Alps, the alpine scenery is truly spectacular with huge rugged peaks towering above the town below. From one end of the valley to the other, and with 10 resorts accessing over 200 runs, Hakuba is the skiing mecca of Japan. Hakuba also boasts a seasonal average of 10 plus metres of snow, and comfortable winter temperatures.

    Hakuba Tokyu Hotel is a 3.5 star boutique hotel offering elegance, luxury and attentive service. Hakuka's premier hotel with well-appointed guest rooms with balconies.

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  • Get ready to hit the slopes!

    Snobus Japan 2015, 8 Days

    from $1,590*

    • 7 nights accommodation at the Mominoki Hotel in Western Style Rooms.
    • Buffet breakfast daily and 1 group dinner.
    • 5 Day All Mountain Lift Pass.
    • Night excursion to Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival.
    • Services of a Snobus Tour Guide.
    • Direct transfers Tokyo to Hakuba Accommodation.
    • Morning vist to Snow monkey park on departure day.
    • Coach transfer from Hakuba to Tokyo Nartia Airport.
    Japan has proved to be the 'it' destination in recent years, with record snowfall and epic snow conditions. The Snobus Group tour, is hitting the legendary slopes of Hakuba - located on Japan's main island of Honshu.

    Hakuba is situated in the heart of the Japan Alps; the mountain scenery is spectacular, and huge rugged peaks tower above the ski resorts throughout the valley. The combination of world class skiing and state of the art lifts and gondolas, with excellent grooming facilities, makes Hakuba a place that has to be experienced to be truly appreciated.

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  • Hakuba Ski, 7 Nights

    from $1,629*

    • 7 nights accommodation at 3-star Hotel Moegi in a western style room.
    • Buffet breakfast daily.
    • 5 Day lift ticket Day trip to Snowmonkeys and Zenkoji Temple.
    Japan's appeal is its unbelievable powder snow. Combined with experiencing its unique and friendly culture, Japan is one ski resort destination that makes it high on many skiers "must do" list.

    The Hakuba Valley is a huge expanse of resorts offering an incredible variety of terrain for skiers and snowboarders alike. Situated in the heart of the Japanese Alps, the alpine scenery is truly spectacular with huge rugged peaks towering above the town below. From one end of the valley to the other, and with 10 resorts accessing over 200 runs, Hakuba is the skiing mecca of Japan. Hakuba also boasts a seasonal average of 10 plus metres of snow, and comfortable winter temperatures.

    . The Moegi is one of Hakuba's best located properties, officering skiers and snowboarders fantastic access to Happo-one.

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