Reason #3 – The possibilities for ski trips
Being more or less mountainous from North to South, with elevations reaching over 10,000 ft, it is understandable why in Japan there are hundreds of ski lifts established along its landscape, with a wide range of ski resort options.
Because of that, Japan allows for all types of ski and snowboard activities, whether it is off-piste skiing, ski touring or splitboarding. For example, ski touring enthusiasts will enjoy going up and down the alpine landscapes of Hakuba and the volcanic ranges in Hokkaido (Mount Yotei, Mount Asahidake, Mount Rishiri), while off-piste skiers will have fun around any of the several ski resorts in the country, amongst which the most famous are Sapporo, Niseko, Furano, Rusutsu (in Hokkaido) and Hakuba, Nozawa onsen and Shiga Kogen in Honshu. Some of these are open even at night!
Also, if you are into stealthy ninja ski rides through the trees, the white birch lining Japanese mountainsides will provide you with some of the best tree riding you can get.