Known to be blessed with some of the driest powder in the world and an annual snowfall of up to 46 feet, Japan is no longer the ski destination underdog. With more than 500 ski resorts to choose from, it has something to offer everyone, from beginners looking for gentle Blue runs to experienced skiers hunting adrenaline on the slopes.
It’s also a unique cultural experience combining thermal hot springs (known as onsens), traditional Japanese cuisine made from world-class beef and seafood, or maybe a thrilling stopover in dazzling Tokyo. You can catch a short flight to the northern island of Hokkaido or take in snowy landscapes at high speeds on the iconic Shinkansen bullet train.
When it comes to where to stay, you can have cushy ski resorts or modern hotels brimming with entertainment options – not to mention ski-in, ski-out access. Or you can go for a secluded hotel in the forest, still close enough to reach the slopes at sun-up but away from the après-ski parties. From Hokkaido to Hakuba, the Land of the Rising Sun lets you experience alpine skiing at its best.