For ski enthusiasts, nothing screams a “ski-tastic” holiday like a few days spent at a ski resort for Christmas. Here are some of the stellar ski resorts in Japan to catch snowflakes and good vibes.
Niseko Tokyu Grand Hirafu
If you’re born to play winter sports, Niseko Tokyu Grand Hirafu in Kutchan, Hokkaido, is where you’re meant to be this winter. As one of the four large resorts forming Niseko United, it offers an extensive array of activities, delectable food options, and impressive ski hotels for the ultimate Christmas getaway.
The resort features a wide variety of terrain suitable for skiers of all ages and levels, as well as hiking trails. When it comes to accommodation, travelers can choose from hotels, apartments, and condos for the best ski-in, ski-out experience. AYA Niseko is one of the hotels on our radar.
Furano Ski Resort
Stress less and ski more at Furano Ski Resort. Nestled in Furano, Hokkaido, this well-known destination, operated by Prince Snow Resorts, caters to both ski newbies and professionals. It has gained popularity among travellers and occasionally hosts prestigious ski competitions such as the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup.
Its vast area features two different zones, Furano and Kitanomine, which are joined at the mountaintop and offer a total of 28 trails. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced skier, the resort has a diversity of terrain that will suit your level. Depending on the size of your group and preference, guests can choose from various accommodations the resort offers.
Dubbed as one of Japan’s largest ski resorts, Shiga Kogen, situated in Joshin’etsukogen National Park in Nagano, offers fun for everyone through diverse terrain and slopes with different levels. Some noteworthy facts about the resort include the designation it received in 1980 as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve or UNESCO Eco Park and its role as the host of the 1998 Winter Olympics.
Some of the hotels located in the area that should be on your radar include Villa Ichinose, Hot Spring Hotel Itakura, Chalet Shiga, Okushiga Kogen Hotel, and Bluee. Each comes with different designs, styles, and concepts, so follow your hotel bliss. The best ski vacation awaits!