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.

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