Where to ski in Japan?

Published May 16th, 2012

Contrary to popular belief there is much more to Japan than Tokyo, Fuji Rock and really fast trains. Come winter, Japan is a skier’s paradise, with six leading ski resorts offering modern facilities and pristine runs.


Imagine spending days carving up powder on the slopes of Japan followed by a night of warm sake, hot ramen noodles and hilarious karaoke. Sounds like a good time to us! Here are two Japanese ski resorts you’re bound to love.




Ask a local about the skiing at Niseko and they’ll no doubt gush about its powdery snow – though if you don’t understand Japanese this won’t be of much help to you. Avoid a lost in translation moment and just take our word for it, Niseko is the bees knees when it comes to skiing in Japan. The mountain, known as Niseko An’nupuri Mountain, is huge; there are four ski resorts available, 47km of groomed slopes and the peak of the mountain reaches 1,308 metres high. With 38 lifts servicing the resorts for 12 hours a day, the mountain is more than equipped to host the hordes. In addition to dream ski runs, Niseko also offers value for money. The on-site cafes and restaurants are reasonably priced and a shuttle bus ensures easy access to the slopes.


Why you’ll love it: Niseko’s size is hard to beat, offering plenty of room to ski, board and make a fool of yourself in the snow. Great for beginners.



Hakuba is well known by the skiing professionals. It was after all, the site of numerous events during the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. Olmpic standards not only mean Hakuba boasts quality facilities but also challenging ski runs. Its tricky slopes continually attract serious skiers seeking thrills. Another highlight of this ski destination is the small village atmosphere complete with charming cafes and cosy venues.


Why you’ll love it: Niseko has some of the steepest runs in Japan. Adrenalin junkies will be in their element!


To find out more or book your a ski holiday in Japan, call a Student Flights consultant today on 1800 046 462.


Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.