Keen sports enthusiasts are already planning out their Japan Olympics 2020 diaries, and may also remember the spectacular action and unique Japanese views from the 1998 Winter Olympics held in Nagano? It won't come as any surprise, then, to learn that skiing holidays in Japan are increasingly popular with global travellers.
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The Top 6 Ski Resorts in Japan
If you've never thought about a Japanese ski holiday before, why not plan your next winter ski vacation. to Japan now? There are literally hundreds of winter snow resorts on the islands. Six of the best are listed below:
The ski resort of Nozawa was the first of the winter snow resorts in Japan and has 44 different routes, up to 20 ski lifts, and plenty of heavy snow. Nozawa Onsen is Japan's most renowned ski towns, offering loads of village accommodations that were purpose-built and consequently meet any visitor requirements. The resort has base ski slopes to suit visitors of any age or ability, hot water springs, and a history dating back to the era of the Japanese samurai warriors. Nagano island was the location for the 1998 winter Olympics, and one more fantastic reason to opt for Japanese ski holidays is the length of the season, often running from October through to May!
Hokkaido is more westernised than Nagano, so visitors seeking all the contemporary delights may prefer to holiday in the popular resort of Niseko. You'll discover four connected mountains at this resort, alongside a variety of accommodations, restaurants, hotels, and bars to suit any taste.
The ski destination of Kirora is snow heaven for cross country enthusiasts, and the often featured in popular ski action movies. This Hokkaido destination offers the best powder snow, although it's not been fully developed as a tourist ski resort at this moment. Many visitors travel over for the day from the resorts of Rusutsu or Niseko.
The resort of Rusutsu is Japan's top ski destination, with lots of ski in and out hotels, and a welcoming atmosphere that rivals any of the world's most renowned resorts.
There's nothing more entrancing than tree skiing, and this is Madarao's forte. If you're lucky enough to holiday at this destination during cherry blossom season, the sight of the beautiful blossoms against the snowy backdrop will be a memory that remains with you for life.
6. Shiga Kogen
The ski resort of Shiga Kogen is the largest on the island of Nagano, and popular with sports enthusiasts looking for virgin powder. The resort was used for several of the major Olympic events, and consequently offers visitors all the essentials and comforts needed for the best ski holiday of a lifetime.