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Best Skiing in Japan? And When?

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Best Skiing in Japan? And When?

Hi,

I'm looking at booking a trip to Japan for some snow.

Where is the best place for snow there and what is recommended as the best time to go? Somebody told me it's pretty much all year round there. I'm looking at either May time or Christmas next year.

Any feedback grateful.

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1. Re: Best Skiing in Japan? And When?

Hi Ash

There are basically two geographic areas in Japan for skiing.

Hokkaido for reliable powder & off piste/tree skiing, and Japan Alps (Honsu) - more European style alps.

Peak season is January to March - it's all over in May.

Therefore choose Xmas (may be busy) when best chance of snow is in Hokkaido. Fly to Tokyo then use cheap air pass to New Chitose. Then usually a bus to ski resort.

This schedule allows a day or two in Tokyo or Sapporo.

You could also add three or four days in Hakuba on return (Nagano area - J alps).

The main resorts in Hokkaido are Niseko, Rusutsu and Furano. Your budget may determine the final choice.

The main resorts in J alps are Hakuba, Shiga Kogen, Nozawa & MyokoKogen.

Do some investigation at: http://www.snowjapan.com/e/index.php

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2. Re: Best Skiing in Japan? And When?

That is some great info to get me started.

I didn't realise I'd have to get an internal flight once in Tokyo. Would there be any way of involving the bullet train or is that in a totally different location?

Do you recommend any "wow" luxury hotels to look at?

With ski-out etc? With all that travelling we may need something special to relax in.

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3. Re: Best Skiing in Japan? And When?

December is a bit early for 'best' snow, however if the season starts early it should be OK.

Honsu

There is a bullet train from Tokyo direct to Echigo Yuzawa (Joetsu Shinkansen), with a shuttle bus to the New Otani, a delux hotel, see:

http://www.naspaskigarden.com/

Yuzawa is north of Tokyo and on the east side of the J alps. This is the easiest travel option.

Also in the Yazawa area:

princehotels.co.jp/naeba-e/snow/index.html

The Super Asama Shink travels west to Nagano. From here express buses run to ski resorts (about 1 hour).

For the Hakuba Tokyu Hotel, see:

hakuba-r.tokyuhotels.co.jp/english/index.html

In Nozawa Onsen area (fantastic onsen village but not ski skiout ):

http://www.nozawa.tv/english/

Hokkaido

I usually head for Rusutsu:

http://en.rusutsu.co.jp/

If Amanda's on the Board she may add Hokkaido information.

Here's a link for domestic airpasses:

http://www.jal.co.jp/yokosojapan/

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