WINTER SKIING IN JAPAN

  • 30th January, 2019
  • Travel

If you’ve grown weary of the sweltering heat, these charming ski resorts are just waiting to be graced by your presence. So pack your warm coats and Winter knits, book your ticket, and you’ll be on your way to snow-powdered paradise in no time! Here are 5 amazing ski resorts in Asia that are sure to keep both your heart and wallet happy. Forget spending a bomb on holiday in the Swiss Alps – the slopes in Asia can be equally amazing if you give them a chance!

  1. Shiga Kogen, Japan

Shiga Kogen is one splendid place for Winter sports lovers. Made up of 19 inter-connected ski resorts and 80 exciting ski trails, Shiga Kogen is one of Japan’s largest ski areas. The stunning views of the mountainous terrain and the soft, white powder make skiing and snowboarding here an amazing experience.

STAY: You can stay Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel which is located in Yakebitaiyama, the largest of the 19 resorts. It’s a super convenient ski-in, ski-out resort that has direct access to the ski-lift. There are 15 ski trails in Yakebitaiyama itself, and you can access them easily by just hopping onto the ski lift outside your hotel.

Price: From ¥9 504 (SGD 104) per night

Website: http://www.princehotels.com/en/shiga/

  1. Naeba Ski Resort, Japan

Naeba Ski Resort is one of the most popular ski resorts in Japan due to its close proximity to Tokyo. This vast ski resort is home to 45 ski trails for all levels. There are slopes up to 32° for the thrill-seeking pros, and there are also gentler slopes at the bottom for kids and beginners. If you’re ever in Tokyo city during Winter, be sure to head down to Naeba for some time on the slopes!

STAY: You can stay at the Naeba Prince Hotel if you want a direct and convenient access to the slopes! This hotel boasts 20 restaurants, convenience stores, and hot spring baths to soak in after all that adrenaline rush on the slopes.

Price: From ¥12 358 (SGD 134) per night

Website: http://www.princehotels.com/en/naeba/

  1. Niseko Mt. Resort Grand Hirafu, Japan

This resort is on the east side of the grand Mt Annupuri and boasts 25 ski trails and 10 chair lifts. It’s known for its amazing soft powder that makes skiing and snowboarding as smooth and enjoyable as ever, and if you adore the hustle and bustle of a quaint ski town, the ski resort is connected to Hirafu Village.

STAY: Stay at the Alpen Ridge, it is a great ski-in, ski-out apartment hotel at the base of the slopes. It’s conveniently located beside the Ace Family Chairlift and boasts a ski school, ski rental service and personal ski lockers. The rooms are super modern and cozy, and there’s even a nice cafe where you can grab a cup of coffee and relax.

Price: From SGD 185 per night

Website: http://alpenridge.com/

  1. Kiroro Ski Resort

Kiroro Ski Resort is a heavy snowfall area – the base is about 5m thick every season! It’s super family-friendly, boasting 21 ski trails suited for all levels, ski lessons available for all ages, and a snow park specially for children to play and roll around. It’s one of the lesser known ski resorts in Hokkaido, but that just means less crowds and more space to revel in the blanket of white powder.

STAY: At, the whimsical Hotel Piano you will find one of the two luxurious choices of accommodation in Kiroro Ski Resort. Hotel Piano was formerly owned by Yamaha, and its beautiful lobby has a grand piano that plays by itself. The slopes are only a short shuttle service away, and this fancy place boasts restaurants, onsens, spas, swimming pools and an entertainment complex.

Price: From ¥17 400 (SGD 189) per night

Website: http://www.kiroro.co.jp/en/lodging/piano-hotel.aspx

  1. Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort

The best place that combines both smooth powdery slopes and traditional onsen hot springs would be Zao Onsen Ski Resort. This amazing ski area is also famous for its ‘Ice Monsters’ (Juhyo), which are the snow covered fir trees that look like uniquely shaped sculptures. Skiing through a terrain like this will take your breath away.

STAY: Book your room at the Zao Kokusai Hotel as it boasts many indoor wooden hot spring onsens, and a gorgeous outdoor onsen that’ll make you feel like one with nature. The hotel is also located just beside the ski lift, and you can even get discounted prices on the ski lift tickets from the reception.

Price: From ¥14 040 (SGD 153) per night

Website: http://www.zao-kokusaihotel.jp/en/

Enjoy your snow.