Japan is one of the top ski destinations in the world. Throughout Japan there are more than 500 ski resorts. With the price of air tickets to Japan now just under 10 million, going skiing is remote, but increasingly easy for Vietnamese people. Enjoying the cold snow, soaking in the onsen hot springs, nothing is more wonderful.
Going to Japan in winter, there are ski resorts everywhere. From the northernmost island of Hokkaido to the southern island of Kyushu. From large areas with dozens of slopes, to small areas with only one slide. The best ski resorts, the best quality snow are usually concentrated on the northernmost island (Hokkaido), the northeastern island (Tohoku), and on the mountains located along the coast of Japan, towards Russia’s Siberia, especially in two provinces Niigata and Nagano.
Niseko – the best ski area in Japan
If you ask a New Zealander about the quality of Japanese snow (one of the best skiing countries and snow quality in the world), they will also have to nod. In the Telegraph, British athlete Jenny Jone, who won the Olympic bronze skateboarding medal, also praised the Japanese snow, calling Hokkaido a “legend” for snow quality and the number of ski resorts.
And the legend of the legend is the Niseko ski resort. Niseko resort consists of three subdivisions located on three peaks, can slide from mountain to mountain, or take the local bus every hour.
Niseko is easily accessible to foreign tourists. It is possible to take a train from Sapporo Airport or Shin-Chitose Airport to Kutchan City, then take a bus from Kutchan to three subdivisions for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, however, most foreign guests choose to take the bus. straight from the airport to Niseko. Many hotels offer a free shuttle service to and from the hotel to the nearest train station.
Niseko Resort is open from late November to early May.
From Tokyo to the far north is relatively far, but with 1-day or 2-day trips, ski resorts in Niigata and Nagano are the most ideal. By shinkansen train from Tokyo only takes about two hours to arrive.
Shiga Kogen – Japan’s largest ski resort
Shiga Kogen Ski is actually a cluster of 19 ski resorts connected together, creating the largest ski area in Japan. It takes at least 2 days to get to this area.
Located on a plateau in Nagano Prefecture, this was the venue for the competitions during the 1998 Winter Olympics.
Like other major ski resorts in Japan, there are buses called “shuttle buses”, which take guests to and from the local resorts between December and early May.
To serve guests with easy skiing, Nagaden Shiga Kogen Express long-distance bus company runs every hour from Nagano Station to transfer points in the ski area.
Yuzawa – a large ski town near Tokyo
Yuzawa in Niigata Prefecture is one of the largest ski towns near Tokyo. Because of all the cold winds blowing from the Sea of Japan, Yuzawa is famous for the thickness of the snow. There are about 20 areas from small to large. Some are located close to the town, some in the mountains, but all are accessible by bus.
All ski resorts and hotels in Japan offer onsen baths. After a tiring day on the slopes, soaking in hot water, watching the snow falling outside the window will be an unforgettable experience.