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Best skiing in Japan?

I'm planning a trip to Japan in February, and as an avid skier I want to include a trip to a ski resort. Which ski resort is the best in Japan? Willing to travel a far distance from Tokyo and Kyoto (the cities where I'm planning to spend most of the trip)!

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  • Michael Kwok

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    The best snow in Japan is on the island of Hokkaido. Hokkaido is also home to some of the best seafood in Japan. Since its a bit away, plane would be the preferred method to get there. The biggest and probably best resort is Niseko, and there happens to be a nice Hilton Niseko Village Hotel which has a gondola that goes right into the hotel. January / February is probably the best time of the year to go.

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      Is there still good seafood during February? That would be awesome. Thanks! · (0 likelikes)

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      Greg, YES! Always seafood in Japan! · (0 likelikes)

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    You'll find Hakuba which is an hour from Nagano by bus (1.5 hours from Tokyo my Bullet train) to have the largest peaks and generally better steeps. It doesn't have a great village but has more and more stuff every year. Plenty of mountain in the area including happo, Hakuba 47, and lots of others.

    Niseko has the best overall village but is a 1.5 hour flight from Tokyo plus 2 hour bus drive. It has the best snow but is quite flat.

    There are others just 1.5 hours from Tokyo. Those would generally be smaller and not have anything but the mountain. Day trips basically.

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      This is really helpful. Thanks, Alex! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Seth Hara

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    Check out Niseko up in Hokkaido! In 2007, it was named the 2nd snowiest ski resort in the world. On the way there, be sure to stop in Sapporo and check out the Snow Festival, which is held in February. Perfect timing! Oh, and there's no better way to finish a day on the slopes than soaking in an onsen!

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      Good to know! Are there any onsens you'd recommend? I'd be interested. Thanks! · (0 likelikes)

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      Ah, sorry, I'm not sure. When I was there I stayed at the Niseko Grand Hotel and they had a bath in the hotel. It was nice, but no destination onsen. Good luck! · (0 likelikes)

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    Probably Niseko in Hokkaido.

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  • Tsurayuki Kino

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    Niseko in Hokkaido is the best place.

    There are some good hotels which are traveler from abroad often stay.

    enjoy!

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      Thanks, Tsurayuki! · (0 likelikes)

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    I recommend looking up Tokyo Snow Club on facebook, they go to all the best spots Japan to snowboard. The tour guide Sam is a super cool dude and used to be a pro snowboarder so he knows a lot of people there and will help you out. Let him know G sent you.

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    You can try Niigata, 新潟. It is the closest snow ski place from Tokyo.

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