By Contributor / 16/05/2019

A BRIEF GUIDE TO SKIING IN JAPAN FOR BEGINNERS

Skiing is one of the most popular winter sports. When visiting Japan, you’ll want to have the experience of skiing, especially if you are a beginner.  With its high-quality snow, amazing resorts that offer something for the whole family, and international ski schools, you can’t go wrong when looking to ski on vacation in Japan.

Japan is known as expensive country, however, skiing here can actually be budget-friendly. There are so much to do and see, it is cheaper than most other ski resorts around the world, and there is something to do for the whole family.

When thinking about Skiing, Asia is not the first go to place you'll think of, however, Japan can change your mind about this. Here is a brief guide to what you need to know when considering a skiing trip.

SLOPES

Skiing is one of the most popular winter sports. When visiting Japan, you’ll want to have the experience of skiing, especially if you are a beginner. With its high-quality snow, amazing resorts that offer something for the whole family, and international ski schools, you can’t go wrong when looking to ski on vacation in Japan.

Here is a brief guide to what you need to know when considering a skiing trip.

Guide to Skiing in Japan For Beginners

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RESORTS

Located only about 5 hours from Tokyo, Nozawa Onsen is a resort that has 16 green runs, which are a bit easier than some of the others. Green is the easiest trail, and having so many to choose from gives you the opportunity to enjoy the different sceneries as you learn.

Another great resort area is Niseko United, which includes four resorts surrounding one mountain. The Hanazono area is a great resort perfect for beginners and families. This resort also offers many different schools for learning how to ski.

SKIING SCHOOLS

One of the great aspects of learning how to ski in Japan is there are many international ski schools located at the resorts. Due to Japan’s famously abundant snow, it makes for a perfect opportunity for international ski instructors to teach.

Therefore, some of the best instructors come from all over the world. Guests from all over the world can learn from instructors that are fluent in English, Chinese, and Japanese. 

NIGHTLIFE

There aren't many fun things to do in Japan after dark, but you can still enjoy yourself. The nightlife in the resorts is a mixture of modern and traditional Japanese culture alongside some international influence. Relax in a public bath or onsen and relieve the soreness from the escapade on the slopes.

And while you're at it, you can have some of the local favorites such as Sake, Nikka Whiskey, Umeshu, and other popular Japanese drinks.

Guide to Skiing in Japan For Beginners

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FOOD OPTIONS

For foods options, it's best to bring a snack. The ski resorts aren’t reliable when it comes to tasty, wholesome meals. While there might be a selection, the options are puny. You will see food items such as ramen or Japanese curry; however, you can find more delicious food options in town or at other hotels. Some of the most common dishes you will find at these locations include:

  • Yakitori (Grilled chicken)
  • Wasabi
  • Nabe (hot pot dishes)
  • Okonomiyaki (pizza and pancake mix with vegetables and/or seafood)
  • Sushi

SNOW AND WEATHER

Snow in Japan tends to be fluffier than the snow from other parts of the world. This makes it easier for beginners to learn. When going skiing, it is important to pay attention to the weather to ensure you are dressed properly.

By renting a Japan pocket wifi, you’ll be able to check conditions of the ski resorts from anywhere right from your smartphone. Be sure to bundle up on the slopes. Fortunately, you can usually rent whatever you need when you get to the resorts.

COST

Surprisingly, lift tickets are a lot cheaper than what you would find elsewhere. Some American ski resorts can charge up to JPY 20,890, which is around $200. This is just for the day! Luckily, the resorts in Japan cost a lot less. They range anywhere from JPY 5,500 to JPY 7,400, depending on which resorts you go to.

This is less than half of what you would spend going skiing in the United States and even Australia. You get a lot more for your money as well, with everything there is to do besides ski and snowboard at these resorts. On top of that, you get a beautiful view at a low cost.

BEST TIME TO GO

Timing your trip is always important, especially when you are aiming to experience a specific activity that is only offered certain times of the year. The best time to go skiing or snowboarding in Japan is between December and April. By waiting to go between January and April, there is more likely to be the most snow during that time.

As with any other traveling, no matter how well you plan, it is impossible to know what the weather will be and how much snow will have fallen, but planning your ski vacation during that time will hopefully work out so you can enjoy the great skiing in Japan.

FOR THOSE WHO DON'T SKI

There is still plenty for the whole family to do at ski resorts in Japan, even if someone in your party is not interested in skiing or snowboarding. For example, at the Karuizawa Resort, which is located a short distance away from Tokyo, there is shopping, restaurants, and even a play area for families.

Other ski resorts may have a food court where you can find a variety of different dishes to enjoy during your downtime. You can also opt to take a hot spring bath and enjoy the Onsen experience. Resorts also usually have an exciting nightlife so you can have fun after the sun goes down. 

The ski resorts of Japan offer a great vacation away from everyday work and stress. As a first timer, picking the right place is not the only important thing to consider but also having th right gears especially if you don't know what to wear when skiing for the firs time. You can get some of the best skiing lessons in Japan, as well. Take home with you the wonderful experience of learning to ski in a beautiful country.

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