Japan. Famous for the hyper futuristic, the mind-blowing and drum roll please — some of the best powder snow in the world. Every ski season Japan is dumped with between 10 and 18 metres of snow. Despite Japan’s teeny landmass, there are hundreds of ski fields to consider for your next ski holiday.
As if the champagne powder wasn’t luring enough, skiing in Japan is surprisingly cheap with prices of lift passes, accommodation and food better than other snow holiday destinations. Find a sweet ski holiday package with Student Flights — it could work out cheaper than skiing at home in Australia. Of course when you ski and snowboard Japan, you get a wonderful cultural experience with delightful food, customs and people. Truly immerse yourself in Japanese culture and embrace a daily trip to the onsen (hot spring) — perfect to soothe those aching muscles after a long day carving up the slopes.
There are hundreds of ski fields in Japan. 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 thanks to being in the direct path of Siberian snowstorms — plus it’s generally cheaper than Honshu. Honshu boasts great powder skiing and snowboarding with resorts easily accessible by train or bus from Tokyo. No matter where you decide to ski Japan, it’s sure to be a ski holiday to remember. Just don’t forget your travel insurance, especially if you do something seriously awesome like heli-skiing.
The most popular ski resort in Hokkaido is Niseko – famous for massive dumps of powder, tree skiing and wicked nightlife. The further you get off the beaten track, the cheaper it is — try places like Rusutsu, Furano, Asahidake, Kamui Links or Chisenupuri.
In central Honshu, Hakuba and Shiga Kogen (home to the country’s steepest runs) boast Olympic class resorts. Nozawa Onsen comes complete with old-world charm, while Myoko has snowboard and skiing options aplenty. In Northern Honshu, Appi has exceptional snow quality while Zao is known for its snow monsters (trees covered in hardened ice wind sculpts).