Top Heliskiing and Catskiing Trips in Japan
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Boasting some of the best powder in the world, Japan is a veritable paradise for heliskiing. Whether you venture an hour outside of Tokyo to the slopes of the venerated Mt Fuji or out west in the Japanese Alps, you’re sure to find plenty of amazing off-piste action.
Hakuba, located in the westermn section of Honshu – Japan’s main island – offers some excellent heliskiing option. From drops onto the 3.000 meter high peaks around Nozawa Onsen and Myoko Kogen to more mild descents in the valley, tiself, there are plenty of great options. Heliskiing, in fact, is one of the best ways to see them all.
Niseko, which is located about as far north as you can go in Japan, also boasts excellent options with Mt Yotei and Sapporo Teine offering plentiful off-piste action and unbeatable views. Heliskiing can get you to both spots in just a single day, too!
Good to Know
What’s the weather like?
During the winter, Japan is quite cold and gets plenty of snow. Temperatures and snowfall do vary, but from Mount Fuji to Hokkaido, it is usually below freezing during the winter. Due to its proximity to the Sea of Japan, most of the mountainous areas also receive plenty of snowfall, averaging 10 to 16 meters per season!
How do I get there:
Any trip to Japan begins with a flight into either the Haneda International Airport (HND) or Narita International Airport (NRT). From here, you can take a regional flight or the famous bullet train on to your final destination.
Japanese Yen (JPY)
Best time to visit:
December to March
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