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Skiing in Japan

Japan is rightly famous for its high-quality skiing, and seasoned skiers who discover its slopes find a winter sports nirvana. Whether heading to the white peaks of Niseko in northern Hokkaido, or to the chic Hakuba Valley in easily-accessed Nagano Prefecture, you can expect perfect powdery conditions to suit all abilities from total beginner to slalom expert. Throw in an apres-ski experience of steaming ramen and onsen soaks, and it makes for a heady mix.

Skiing in Japan is high quality, fun and individual. Skiers come to Japan all the way from Canada, Switzerland and France - countries with famously top quality skiing of their own - to experience the powdery snow of Japan’s resorts. 

We often arrange ski trips in Japan as part of wider itineraries, including everything from lift passes and equipment hire to guides and logistics, ensuring everything runs smoothly. Even if it's only for a day it can be a fantastic (if tiring!) experience, although to get the most from skiing in Japan we’d recommend a 2- or 3-day trip. Include a night or two in an outstanding ryokan with a private rotenburo onsen and fine multicourse kaiseki dining to round off the experience. After a hard day's enjoyment, the onsen beckons to soothe tired muscles... 

We don’t all claim to be huge ski enthusiasts, and even non-skiers can get a huge amount out of a trip into the mountains. Revel in the majestic alpine scenery, soak in sumptuous hot springs, and warm body and soul with huge bowls of comforting ramen - bliss. If it's just a snow day you’re after, then there’s even a resort train station with its very own ski lift just 1.5 hours from Tokyo.

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