Skiing in Japan
Posted on 19th September 2020 at 12:42
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Japan boasts great powder snow, modern resorts and a unique culture. Our Winter Sports & Culture package combines time in the fantastic resort of Hakuba, a chance to see Yudanaka's famous snow monkeys, time in the exciting capital city of Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan's cultural and historic heart.
Fantastic snow and amazing culture; not many countries can boast such a combination! Our Winter Sports & Culture package includes five days in Hakuba, Honshu's premier ski resort, as well as stays in the must-see destinations of Tokyo, Kyoto and Hakone National Park - plus the option to make a day trip to the see the wonderful snow monkeys of Yudanaka Onsen.
Hakuba is undoubtedly the most famous ski resort on Japan's main island. In 1998 it played host to the Winter Olympics, and boasts a wide range of runs suitable for everyone from beginners to experts. We will provide you with an all-valley lift pass so you can really make the most of all that Hakuba has to offer. You'll find that people in and around Hakuba have a good level of English, and there are some great restaurants, bars and hot spring baths for après ski Japanese-style!
Bookending the trip are two stays in Tokyo, whilst in between you'll also visit Kyoto, a city brimming with culture. Kyoto was the capital of Japan for more than 1,000 years before the honour was conferred upon Tokyo. In both cities we've included a full day with a private guide to help you explore the gardens, markets, temples and shrines.
Hakone National Park is a beautiful rural region in the foothills of Mount Fuji. Sacred Fuji hides behind a haze for much of the summer, but in the winter, cool, crisp skies should reward you with great Fuji views (fingers crossed!)
The final highlight of this trip is a night in Buddhist temple lodgings by Nagano's wonderful Zenko-ji Temple. From Nagano it's also easy to make a side trip to Yudanaka Onsen to see the adorable snow monkeys. The monkeys love to escape the cold by bathing in the natural hot springs and it's easy to spend hours watching them as they enjoy a warm bath.
Snow season in Japan: We highly recommend travelling between December 25th and March 15th to be sure to get the best ski and 'boarding conditions - the snow is amazing! We are happy to arrange travel outside of these dates but cannot guarantee snow conditions.
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