If you are a ski or snowboard enthusiast, mountains covered in high-quality snow will be high on your winter wish list. Many snow-seekers also prioritize comfortable winter resorts. The quality of both snow and accommodation makes Japan the ideal destination for winter sports fans. Even if you don’t ski or snowboard, Japan offers winter adventures full of culture, outdoor activity and superb cuisine. Japan celebrates the season in style with its picture-perfect snowy landscapes, steamy outdoor hot springs and seasonal food. Read on to discover three big reasons why you should choose Japan as your winter getaway.
Japan experiences huge amounts of snowfall during the winter. The top three snowiest cities globally with populations of over 100,000 are in Japan: Aomori, Sapporo and Toyama. Well-populated areas experiencing such heavy snowfall is a rare phenomenon worldwide. Japan’s snow quality is also top notch. The country’s famed powder snow is a product of particular weather and geographical conditions that result in snow with low moisture content. Deep and fluffy powder snow piles high in the northern areas of Japan. You will notice the distinctive, delicate flakes dancing in the wind.
Dry powder snow is thought of as ideal by most skiers and snowboarders, and only falls in specific areas around the world. Even in Japan, this kind of snow only falls in certain regions. However, snow travelers can easily access powder in Japan by heading to Hokkaido and the country’s other northern climes where the conditions are perfect.
The pairing of powder snow with fantastic snow resorts make Japan an ideal destination for snow travel. Gondolas and lifts connect multiple mountain peaks at some resorts and many offer a variety of courses. There are resorts that cater to any visitor, whether you are new to snow travel or an expert in traversing the backcountry.
Even if you are not an avid skier or snowboarder, there are plenty of alternative snow activities on offer. Snowshoe, sled, snowmobile or just have fun in the designated snow-play areas. Accomodation spans all needs and budgets. Extravagant luxury hotels, wallet-friendly short-stay inns, and traditional Japanese ryokan ideal for fun family vacations are just some of the lodging options to choose from.
The wonders of Japan’s winter season are not limited to ski resorts. Throughout the country, you can encounter beautiful white landscapes, festivals steeped in centuries of history and culture, and outdoor hot springs surrounded by snow. Discover the charm of Japanese snow-dome igloos known as kamakura, feast on seasonal cuisine, and enjoy glowing winter illuminations in the towns and cities. Consider a winter trip to Japan for an unforgettable adventure and discover your Japan snow story.