Thinking of Japan as a destination for your next ski trip? We already told you our 5 top reasons to ski in Japan. So if you are now convinced, it’s time to start planning! When to go, which destination to choose, what to do, which kind of trip… The number of questions to deal with can be a bit overwhelming. So our idea with this article is to give you all the information and necessary elements for you to decide and organize your trip. Then, just get on that plane and make real your dream of skiing in Japan!
Japan offers a unique experience, which is a combination of high standards of service, very unique culture (onsen –hot thermal springs-, the food, people, etc.), beautiful landscape and high quality powder snow (and great ski terrains, of course)!
And to make the best out of it, we recommend you to take a certified local guide. With him or her you can get all of the experiences listed above, rather than just one! The local guides also know the best terrain and hidden spots, in order to enjoy safely the best quality snow.
So it’s not just about skiing in Japan; there are many reasons that will make your experience memorable. Depending on what you want to experience, you can pick among a variety of destinations and trips.
The story of Cedric and Stéphanie, who spent 10 days skiing around Hokkaido with Daisuke, shows it very clearly. This is what they said about their guide: ‘Daisuke directly understood very well what we were looking for: a full immersion in the Japanese culture, the discovery of a fine cuisine, the rituals of the onsens after every skiing day and above all, the best “untouched skiing spots”, looking constantly for the best quality snow!’
The season to ski in Japan goes from January to the beginning of May. But depending on what type of skiing you do, some months can be better than others. So let’s have a closer look:
There are mainly three areas in Japan that receive a lot of snowfalls. Some are more famous and some are waiting to be explored…
It’s not the end of the world, if you want to explore multiple ski areas. The local guides can customise the itinerary to suit your needs and travel with you, in a Road Trip style, to different ski areas within the same region, or even across regions.
Of course just ask if you want Guiding only but want to add certain services. There’s no problem in combining both kind of services.
From north to south, there are many possible destinations where to ski in Japan. Some people prefer to move around, exploring different spots, while others choose to stick and fully explore one.
Aubrey and Marie, a couple from Canada, would be an example of the first kind of trip. Guided by Toshiya, they went backcountry skiing in Rishiri. And they absolutely loved it: “The terrain in Rishiri can satisfy the whole specter of riders. The options go from loaded snow fields to steep chutes: this place is the ultimate playground.”
When planning a backcountry skiing trip or any off piste skiing (even just by the side of resort) in Japan, you should read this flyer made by the Japan Avalanche Network. It covers dangers very relevant to skiing in Japan:
And you should also check this avalanche bulletin for some areas in Japan, including Hakuba (very limited at the moment in terms of area coverage but info quality is good).
So, know that you have all the information, it’s time to go and ski in Japan! You can check the different options listed in Explore-Share, or write to us, and we’ll help you find the ideal certified guide to make your dream trip come true.
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