We give the lowdown on what slopes to hit in Japan, from Hakuba Valley to Mount Naeba, based on your interests. Whether you're looking for the best apres-ski option, flawless powder or great facilities for your family, we've got the right pick for you.
Best For Snowfall
Niseko – If the idea of riding waist-deep powder excites you like no tomorrow, Niseko is the Japanese ski resort for you. With an annual average of more than 15 metres of snow, it’s considered one of the world’s ‘snowiest’ ski resorts.
Best For Food
Tomamu – After a hard day’s skiing, the selection of buffets and venues serving ramen noodles at Tomamu, Hokkaido, will please.
Best For Apres-Ski
Hakuba Valley – The nightlife is diverse and teeming in Hakuba with traditional izakayas (informal drinking dens), clubs and karaoke bars dotted throughout the region.
Best For Family Fun
Shiga Kogen – The biggest ski area in Japan is ideal for families thanks to its 21 interlinked resorts available all on the one lift ticket. With the Jigokudani Monkey Park close by (where wild monkeys bathe in hot spring waters), little ones can be kept entertained.
Best For Exploring
Mount Naeba – Take a ride on the ‘Dragondola’ gondola, which connects neighbouring resorts and ski areas; chill out in a steamy hot spring; or explore the great runs on offer.
Best For Having It All
Rusutsu – Family friendly with a dedicated kids’ snow park, accessible runs and plenty of on-snow activities like tubing, Rusutsu caters for all.