Japan is an island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, made up of four large islands and many smaller ones – more than 6,850 in total throughout the archipelago. Japan is a backcountry and ski touring hotspot. Some of the main locations to enjoy the incredible Japanese powder include Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, which boasts amazing volcanos and onsen (hot springs), and Hakuba, which is a stunning ski location near Nagano in Honshu, the main island. The nearby Gunma prefecture is another top spot for ski adventures in Japan, and there are plenty more to discover!
The weather in Japan tends to be cold throughout winter. It can be volatile at high altitudes, but the climate provides a high snowfall and low temperatures which are ideal for a prolonged ski season.
During the winter, between December and March.
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