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While the Europeans have their addictive après ski scene, the Japanese boast natural hot springs - arguably the best way to soothe ski aches. Resorts offer an authentic Japanese experience as well as family-friendly accommodation and English-speaking staff. Powder wise, Japanese snow is often referred to as JAPOW, because it’s light, dry, and there’s plenty of it.
Light, dry powder Home to Niseko one of the snowiest resorts in the world with an enviable 16 m (52ft) of snow Lack of altitude and jet lag Closest country to fly to for the Northern Hemisphere ski season Culture, stunning scenery and amazing food Stopover options to explore with Tokyo, Sapporo, Osaka, and Kyoto
The all-rounder, with ski and snowboarding for all abilities. The quality off-piste terrain attracts advanced riders, while backcountry trips to Asahidak, and day trips to both Kamui and Tomamu, are also easy add-ons.
Hakuba incorporates three linked resorts: Hakuba 47, Goryu and Happo One, with more further afield. Kids’ group ski lessons are easy to find, English is widely spoken, and it's particularly well suited for beginners and intermediates.
A somewhat hidden gem, an authentic Japanese experience at Myoko Kogen awaits. The resort has Japanese onsens and the course has tree slopes, off-piste, beginner runs and long vertical.
Stands apart for its consistently ample snow dumps, averaging 15 metres of the lightest and driest powder every season. It’s also family-friendly, with in-accommodation babysitting and children’s ski lessons.
The snow is only half of it. Nozawa Onsen is both a hot spring and a ski region. As one of the oldest ski resorts in Japan, the cobblestone village with its ryokan (traditional Japanese inns) are as popular as the abundance of snow.
With a lack of crowds and 13 metres of light, dry snow, Rusutsu is a real highlight. Enjoy a purpose-built resort with hotel style accommodation and incredibly dry powder offering little resistance.
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