Skiing and winter sports adventures in Japan

Thanks to the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano and several occasions of the Winter Asian Games, Japan's top mountain resorts boast excellent infrastructure, buzzing nightlife and comprehensive tourist facilities. Not only this, but its snowfall is amongst the most reliable in the world, so although bad years do happen, you're unlikely to be left fretting over that all-important weather forecast before your holiday.

Japan in the winter is also a wonderful place for sightseeing, and as the crowds die back you'll have spectacular locations almost to yourself. Then, to cap it all off, the après-ski is gloriously Japanese: sit back in an outdoor hot spring bath surrounded by snow, with a cup of sake to ease away any aches and pains.

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Skiing & Winter Sports accommodation across Japan

    • Hakuba Springs

      Hakuba Springs (Hakuba)

      The Hakuba Springs is a comfortable hotel in a very central location in Hakuba, just 5 minutes' walk from the Happo lifts.

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    • Jinpyokaku

      Jinpyokaku (Yudanaka)

      Unassuming and elegant, the Jinpyokaku Honten is a wonderful mountain retreat in the tiny hot spring town of Yudanaka Onsen.

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    • Alpen Hotel

      Alpen Hotel (Niseko)

      The Alpen Hotel is the premier hotel in the Niseko Hirafu ski area and features its own indoor swimming pool, hot spring baths (indoor and outdoor) and a true ski-in/ski-out location at the bottom of the main piste.

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    • Morino Lodge

      Morino Lodge (Hakuba)

      Morino Lodge ticks all the boxes: great location, friendly and laid-back atmosphere, knowledgeable staff, and comfortable, well-equipped rooms.

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    • Keio Plaza Hotel Sapporo

      Keio Plaza Hotel Sapporo (Sapporo)

      The Keio Plaza is a luxurious hotel in the centre of Hokkaido's capital city, just five minutes' walk from Sapporo Station.

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    • Green Leaf

      Green Leaf (Niseko)

      The Green Leaf Niseko Village is a beautifully crafted hotel at the base of Mount Annupuri, offering ski-in, ski-out convenience, hot spring baths and spa treatments, fantastic food and great customer service.

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