From the Japan Alps to the rugged mountains around Niseko, there is a world of snow to discover, and it’s as easy as putting on snowshoes and walking out the front door. The light and dry powder, combined with the generous snowfall and the accessible landscape, make the beautiful geography of Japan an absolute blast to explore on an unforgettable snowshoeing program.
Japan is an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean comprised of more than 6,850 islands in total, including Hokkaido to the north and Honshu, the main island. The northern and mountainous regions feature some of the best snow quality for winter sport enthusiasts, including dry powder and corn snow for skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. The wide geographic range means a large collection of flora and fauna, which can be found in large quantities on a dedicated snowshoeing tour on Honshu and Hokkaido. Transportation via the high-speed Shinkansen train allows inter-island travel and connects some of the elevated regions where snowshoeing provides breathtaking views. Its mountains receive a healthy snowfall each year, so diverse programs can be enjoyed before and after the peak season.
Winters are cold and snowy in Japan. Spring brings warmer temperatures and sunny days. Weather can be volatile at higher altitudes.
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Flying into the island of Honshu is best done through Tokyo. From there, the Shinkansen and its associated network of trains can get you to Nagano and the Japanese Alps. Flying into Hokkaido at the New Chitose Airport will serve the greater Sapporo region and beyond. The trains can also reach the north island. All routes are supplemented by an efficient road network once in Japan.
Winter is the best season for snowshoeing, with great programs available from December all the way through April.
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