Skiresort.info, the world's largest skiing portal, has selected the top 5 snow resorts in Japan, so take advantage of the snow season in Japan (late November to late March) and see what makes the list!
Top 5: Zao Onsen Ski Resort
With 20+ trails, 40+ lifts, and the longest ski distance of 10km, Zao Onsen Ski Resort is the largest and most varied ski resort in Japan! Zao Onsen is the home of Zao Onsen, which has been flowing for nearly 1,900 years along with Shirakubu Onsen and Takayu Onsen as the "Ou three high springs" (Ou is the old name for the Tohoku region of Japan), so what could be better than soaking in the warm water after skiing?
In addition, we must mention the mysterious "tree ice" spectacle at Zao Onsen Ski Resort! Such a huge and spectacular tree ice group is very rare in the world, and when the lights are turned on at night, it becomes a mysterious and fascinating "snow monster" viewing spot.
Opening dates: early to mid-December to early April 8:30-17:00 (nighttime 17:00-21:00)
Top4：Furano Ski Resort
Furano Ski Resort is a famous "powder snow paradise" in Japan, and the snow is dry and fluffy because it is located inland. With over 469 acres of skiing area, the highest point is over 12,000 meters, and the largest slope is 80 meters wide, you can experience the pleasure of skiing whether you are a beginner or an expert skier. The view of the snowy peaks in the distance while skiing is spectacular!
It is also the only facility in Hokkaido that offers childcare services for overseas visitors, "Snow Nursery".
Opening hours: November to May 8:30-20:00
Top3：Hakata Onegi Ski Resort
With an altitude of nearly 2,700 meters, 850,000 square meters of snow, 13 slopes and a maximum of 8km of snow, and a maximum slope of 38°, you can try both freestyle and wild snow, and the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympic Games were held here. When the sun sets and the slopes return to silence, you can enjoy a romantic dinner and wine in the on-site restaurant, and drink around a warm campfire.
From the 1,400-meter-high rabbit flat, you can overlook Hakuba Village from the "Mountain Beach Resort" and enjoy the vast view of the mountains, while looking out over the vast ski area and enjoying the top relaxing experience in the Jacuzzi and sauna.
Opening hours: December to March 8:00-17:00
Top 2: Rutsuido Ski Resort
Every winter, the Rutosu Ski Resort is decorated with powder snow, making it the largest ski resort in Hokkaido, with 37 trails on 3 mountains and a total ski distance of 42km.
In addition to skiing, there are a variety of snow fun, such as exciting snow banana boats, tire tracks and bobsleds, and the famous Toyako hot spring next to the snow park.
Opening hours: Late December to late February
Top1：Niseko Four Snowfields
Niseko Big Four Snow Park consists of four snow parks, each with different opening hours. With the best powder snow in Japan, 70+ ski runs, and the world's top 4 snowfall, this is the most popular and largest snow park in Hokkaido with first-class skiing hardware.
Snow lovers who have never been to Niseko want to make a pilgrimage here, and those who have been to Niseko say they won't leave! The amount of snowfall, snow quality, and drop-off are all unparalleled in Japan in the extreme~
Opening time: December to May