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Skiing In Japan: Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Go

Updated on May 17, 2013

If you’re looking to spending your next ski holiday at some awesome resort, then you might want to consider pushing on a little further and having your local currency exchanged for yen. While Japan is just the right place to explore an entirely different culture, it’s also turning into a popular ski destination.

What is it about Japan, though, that makes it a better choice than the ski resort hubs of Europe or North America? Listed below are top five reasons why tourists from all stretches of the globe constantly swing by.

Easiness on the pocket. Any large Japanese city sure can blow your budget almost immediately but hit the rural road and you’re in for a great treat. Compared to the other trendy ski resorts in Canada, Australia, and the US, a one-day pass on the slopes in Japan is relatively cheap – with the price, usually averaging at Y4, 500 (or < USD $500).

Niseko, Japan

Abundance of powder. Of all the natural attributes of snow, nothing compares to the ones in Japan. Its snow depths can rack up to 3.5cm, which warrants the land a massive name for having fluffy powder. If you’ve had it with snow machines, Japan will certainly not disappoint – not with its powder that comes with moisture content of about eight percent.

Energy-restoring cuisine. If you’re a fresh food buff, then you’ve chosen the best destination to holiday at. You’ve probably had one of those costly sushi boxes at work, and so you’re no stranger to Japanese cuisine: authentic, fresh, and tasty. Have noodles or sashimi prepared right before your eyes, and top it off with a traditional soup. You will, for sure, leave, wishing every meal were like this.

Hakuba, Japan

Onsens everywhere. You’re probably not used to ditching your clothes to bathe with total strangers. When in Japan, you’ll have to get used to it, learn how to scrap your insecurities, and go crazy naked. Every ski resort in Japan has an onsen – where thermal spring waters are pumped into huge indoor and outdoor pools. After a long day of playing against the wind chill, you’ll be glad, too, they’re available for you.

It’s an entirely new culture. Even with the bright lights of Tokyo, Japan is awfully rich in its culture and perpetually rooted in age-old traditions. Therefore, besides going skiing, make sure to experience such other things as visiting a temple or signing up for a sushi-making class. Research in advance for any festivals worth going to.

Without question, Japan offers some of the most amazing skiing and snowboarding experiences in the world. With its excellent powder conditions, wealth of hot springs, and rich culture, tourists are guaranteed to have a great time.


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    • Rae Saylor profile image

      Rae Saylor 4 years ago from Australia

      Oh, nope! It's a lot less than that :) Thanks for reading, pal!

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      Solaras 4 years ago

      Very nicely written; sounds like some place I would like to play in the snow. Did you mean to say a one day pass was $500? That sounds a little pricey!