Hiking, North Japan

The best Ski Resorts in Japan

If you plan to visit Japan for a ski holiday, you really can’t beat this half-year round ski destination, though more can be found on offer on the mountain throughout the winter ski season. So if you’re a first time visitor, here is a complete guide to Japan ski resorts!

1. APPI Ski Resort in Iwate

Over in the west of Iwate lies a beautiful province by the name of APPI. This is by far my favorite part of Iwate due to it having the most dramatic landscapes. One thing is for sure when in APPI – you will be amazed at the sheer size of the mountain. Whether you’ve never skied before or are a budding amateur looking to increase your skill level, you can join a wide range of ski lessons in English at APPI ski resort. Coaches are skilful and friendly, so I could improve my skills while having eye-opening experiences to enjoy nature. 

2. Tokachi Sahoro Resort in Hokkaido

This small ski resort in the center of Hokkaido is one of my favourite sites, especially because it is so underrated. There are endless slopes to explore throughout Mount Sahoro to overview the picturesque Tokachi Plain. Tokachi Sahoro Resort brings to life all your expectations of what a ski holiday should be.

3. Zao Ski Resort in Yamagata

The natural phenomenon of rime on the trees at Zao ski resort is easily one of the best natural sightings I have had over the years. We called it “ice monsters” as you can see in my pictures. It creates an incredible sight with dramatic mountain landscapes as the backdrop.

4. Inawashiro Ski Resort in Fukushima

Inawashiro is a much smaller ski resort town and is reserved mostly for locals. The ski slopes are much quieter and equally as impressive.

5. Yuzawa Ski Resort in Niigata

Yuzawa Ski Resort is first and foremost a vacation ski town, so there are plenty of accommodations, renting shops and restaurants on offer. While you are visiting the Yuzawa ski resort, be sure to stop at GALA Yuzawa. This is the most convenient ski resort in Niigata from Tokyo, due to its direct access. You won’t need to walk far from the station to visit. No matter where you choose to base yourself in Yuzawa ski resort, you will never be too far away from the ski slopes as everything is relatively close to reach on foot.

6. Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort and Parada Ski Resort in Nagano

Karuizawa is a ski resort town located in the eastern part of Nagano Prefecture. It is an incredibly popular resort area to visit year-round. For beginner skiers Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort can be quite friendly. Parada Ski Resort in Saku City is also a great place to start with a few gentle slopes to warm up on. My kids started to ski here from when they were 3-year-olds and this is the first place to turn for them.

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