Hakuba or Niseko
26th July, 2013
So you’ve decided on Japan for your next ski holiday, but where? With hundreds of resorts to choose from here are a few facts about the two most popular ones.
- It has well over 100 lifts. This makes it one of the biggest ski areas in Japan.
- It has terrain for all levels from wide open beginner runs to serious experts only backcountry and everything in between.
- There is no waiting in lift lines.
- With temperatures rarely getting below -5 Celsius in the village the weather is relatively pleasant.
- Easy access to other great resorts like Nozawa Onsen as well as Tokyo and other cultural destinations that are not far away.
- Great for the kids Disneyland and/or Disney Sea is a great add in for a family holiday
- It has under 40 lifts.
- It does have great snow but the flatter terrain can be a little limiting for those searching for more variety in runs.
- The temperature can get to -20 degrees which can be pretty chilly for the kids, especially when wanting to play in the snow.
- To get there you may have to take an extra flight making the package more expensive.
- Culturally, well you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Australia.
This is not to say Niseko isn’t a good place, but Hakuba just offers so much more. If you’re going to Japan to ski, a holiday in the Japanese Alps simply can’t be beaten.