Where do you go to get the best ski holiday in Japan? Hakuba or Niseko?
27th March, 2014
With hundreds of resorts to choose from in Japan here are a few facts about the two most popular ones.
- There are well over 100 lifts to choose from. This makes Hakuba one of the biggest areas to ski in Japan.
- The lift lines don’t have a wait time, you get straight on!
- There are all levels of terrain from wide open beginner runs to serious experts only backcountry and everything in between.
- With temperatures rarely drop below -5 Celsius in the village so the weather is relatively pleasant.
- It is easy to get to other resorts like Nozawa Onsen as well as Tokyo and other cultural destinations that are not far away.
- And for the kids why not add a Disneyland and/or Disney Sea adventure on to your ski holiday as its only three hours away.
- There are under 40 lifts.
- The snow is great but the flatter terrain can be a limiting for those searching for more variety in runs.
- The temperature can get to -20 degrees which can be pretty cold for the kids especially when playing in the snow.
- You will need to take an extra flight from Tokyo making the package more expensive.
- Culturally, well you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Australia.
We are not saying 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.