The land of the rising sun doubles up as the land of legendary snow when winter comes. Japan’s volcanic peaks reign victorious in the pursuit of powder perfection, but there’s a lot more that makes this nation notable for luxury travel.
A culture more captivating can’t be found in the skiing world: some of the freshest, tastiest food you’ll ever eat is served on Hokkaido island, where Onsen baths soak away all cares, age-old traditions delight and National parks burst with natural beauty.
From big name brands to indie boutique lodgings, Japan’s four and five-star ski hotels have some spectacular offerings. Find them in peak locations with ski in/out access to make getting around a breeze, and sometimes a ski valet service for an uber slick skiing experience. Indoors, swimming pools, fitness facilities and spas let you work out or wind down as much as you like – some hotels have private onsens to make the wellness experience all the more special.
Restaurants serve the finest Hokkaido fare: fresh seafood and delicious veg crafted into Japanese and international classics, served with fine wines and locally distilled whiskeys.
Ask about the best ski resort in Japan and Niseko’s nearly always the answer – a collection of four resorts and 48km of runs with views of Mount Yotei, hot spring baths and top-notch restaurants. Tomamu’s emerging as a fabulous winter resort on and off the mountain, with a high-tech lift system, all-singing-all-dancing hotels, an ice village and an indoor beach…
The transport connections between Japan’s airports, cities and ski resorts is incredible, letting you tailor your travel to suit whatever experience you’re seeking - sticking to one resort, skiing a few or mixing skiing with a stint in Tokyo or Kyoto.