Japan is home to some of the best powder skiing on the planet…

With an incredible average of 10 to 18 metres of light, fluffy snow per season and fresh dumps nearly every day. But that’s not the reason you’ll fall in love with it. In the land of the rising sun you’ll discover culture and hospitality like nowhere else.

Sample the freshest local cuisine, or learn to make it yourself with a sushi class. Meet snow monkeys in Nagano, soak up the sounds and colour of a traditional geisha performance in Kyoto or lose yourself in a cauldron of noise at the sumo hall in Tokyo. Outside the towns, away from the tourists, you’ll find rest and relaxation at the authentic onsens (hot springs), while an open-air meal of ramen and katsu curry on the mountain might make you forget you even came to ski.

For many Western skiers some of the experience may feel like a step back in time. But that’s the reason we love it. A visit to Japan will leave your heart full and your soul renewed. No wonder the Japanese have a saying: ‘The day you decide to do it is your lucky day’.

Check out some of our highlights below…

 

 
 

OUR FAVOURITE REGIONS

 

NISEKO

Step into Niseko’s winter wonderland…

and experience the dream-like powder its Hokkaido location delivers. Niseko is perfectly set up for tourism, with warm and friendly service, English spoken everywhere and a large variety of high-end restaurants serving plenty of Western dishes – so it’s perfect for first-timers to Japan.

Accommodation options are plentiful, it’s well linked up and has popular options for cat skiing too. For those who want to experience some quieter slopes, Rusutsu is just a day trip away; and if your legs are tired from skiing, you can try snowmobiling, a yoga class, go bowling or browse any of the beautifully curated stores and ski boutiques dotted around town.

HAKUBA

For an immersion into the cultural side of Japan, look to Hakuba…

This massive area in the Japanese Alps has over 200 runs across 11 resorts, so there’s a new adventure to be found every day. It’s useful to have a car, however private drivers and transfers are offered by most hotels and lodges. The accommodation ranges from traditional lodges to stunning modern chalets and the valley offers more local restaurants, making Hakuba feel like a true authentic experience. It’s also a great spot to start a variety of day trips from. See the snow monkeys, take a temple tour, experience a sake tasting and marvel at the size of the ski jump used at the 1998 Winter Olympics. The Hakuba Valley is vast with hidden gems everywhere, making it the ideal destination for mixed groups and families.

 

WHERE WE SLEEP

ASPECT

Niseko, Japan

Perched on the edge of an escarpment like a bird ready to take wing, Aspect sits on the edge of the famed “Millionaires’ Row” in Hirafu’s Middle Village. Offering stunning, panoramic views of Mt. Yotei, the ski hill & village from select apartments. Aspect is furnished with only the highest quality European and Japanese fittings and a dedicated concierge service ensures one of Niseko’s most memorable stays.

Various room types

HAKUCHOZAN

Niseko, Japan

Hakuchozan offers a masterful design combining seven stunning en-suited bedrooms with multiple luxurious living and entertainment spaces. A truly uniquely conceived property, Hakuchozan is designed to accommodate multiple families, be child-friendly while also being accessible to older generations.

Up to 16 guests 7 bedrooms | 7 bathrooms

HYATT HOUSE NISEKO

Niseko, Japan

While the apartments are fully self-contained, Hyatt House feels more like a five star boutique hotel from the moment you step inside, with its luxurious lobby entrance that wouldn’t be out of place in a European resort. Located centrally in Upper Hirafu Village, it has everything at its doorstep, including Hirafu’s only ATM. Whether you need cash, some milk, a quick feed or dinner without going outside, Hyatt House’s got it all.

Various room types

KIMAMAYA BY ODIN

Niseko, Japan

Lean back. Put your feet up and take a deep breath. Grab your glass of wine and lose yourself in the dancing flames of the fireplace as the snow falls outside the window. Kimamaya, ‘be yourself’ in Japanese, is an exclusive luxury lodge with just nine rooms. It is also one of the most laid back definitions of luxury you’ll ever find. Set in the middle of Niseko Hirafu, Japan’s renowned ski haven on the northern island of Hokkaido, this is a place where you will be welcomed as a friend into a home.

Various room types

MUKASHI MUKASHI

Niseko, Japan

Bold, artistic finishes throughout make Mukashi Mukashi an inspiring retreat for your holiday. Mukashi Mukashi has an artistic sensibility that goes beyond simple “out of the box” luxury. Unique materials, textures and art pieces evoke a different sensibility in each room of the house.

Up to 14 people 6 bedrooms | 6 bathrooms

SKYE NISEKO

Niseko, Japan

Ski-in ski-out luxury design and service in an unbeatable, breathtaking location–this is Skye Niseko. Omotenashi, the Japanese ideal of hospitality, is what we dedicate ourselves to so that we can make your stay in Hokkaido’s alpine wonderland a truly unforgettable experience. All our rooms feature superior design with beautiful appointments and furniture, exquisite stone and wood finishes.

Various room types

TELLUS NISEKO

Niseko, Japan

A convergence of luxury design in Japan's unique alpine environment. Opening it’s doors in December 2019, Tellus Niseko boasts a private onsen in every unit with exclusive views of Mt Yotei and the surrounding township. With a Michelin star Italian restaurant onsite and exclusive limousine service, your skiing adventure in Japan will be one to cherish forever.

Various room types

HAKUBA SPRINGS HOTEL

Hakuba, Japan

The Ultimate snow retreat, The Hakuba Springs Hotel offers traditional Japanese dining with stylish and spacious Western rooms, tastefully furnished with private en suites. A short walk from the main Gondola of Happo-One resort, you will be staying amongst a myriad of shops, restaurants and après bars so you can relax and unwind after a day on the slopes.

Various room types

PHOENIX HOTEL

Hakuba, Japan

A boutique hotel encompassing the best of Japanese and Western aesthetics in the beautiful snow covered Wadano Forest. Experience a traditional but luxurious tatami mat room, or a Western style bed, then wake up to an a la carte breakfast before hopping on the complimentary shuttle that will drop you at any of the multiple ski resorts of the Hakuba Valley. Return after an exhilarating day on the slopes and unwind in the private steam saunas or gorgeous onsen baths, before hitting the bar for an après drink from their unrivalled international wine list.

Various room types

PHOENIX COCOON CHALET

Hakuba, Japan

Nestled into the Wadano Forest, Phoenix Cocoon is the perfect snow retreat. The cosy living area has floor to ceiling glass doors that open on to a covered deck which overlooks the forest - the perfect spot to relax after a long day out on the mountain. The third bedroom consists of a bunk bed and two king single beds that can be joined together, making the chalet ideal for families.

Up to 8 people 3 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms

HAPPO ONE, ONE CHALETS

Hakuba, Japan

One Happo, perched on a ridge directly opposite the Olympic mountain of Happo One, is a balanced combination of comfort and luxury, providing the perfect base for your snow filled adventures. Come in from the cold to rejuvenate in your own private onsen and sauna. Then relax with a glass of wine selected from the stunning feature wine room, on the infra-red heated deck, enabling you to make the most of the spectacular mountain views in style.

Up to 10 people 5 bedrooms | 5 bathrooms

PHOENIX ONE, ONE CHALETS

Hakuba, Japan

Phoenix One is a high end private residence with floor length windows providing panoramic views of the snow-covered Wadano forest. It is home to an awe-inspiring range of facilities including a state-of-the-art gymnasium, far infrared sauna, infinity-edge granite bath and a separate mezzanine level providing a children’s escape with a foosball table. Phoenix One is the ultimate retreat for groups and families.

Up to 10 people 4 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms