Best Ski Resorts
Powderhounds Awards for the Best Ski Resorts in Japan
The Powderhounds offer awards for the best skiing in Japan in case you can't decide on where to go skiing in Japan
? Here are our picks for the top ski resorts in Japan:
|Top Rated Japan Ski Resorts for Powder Hounds
Based on advanced/expert terrain + snow quality & quantity
+ lack of people riding off-piste
Other highly rated resorts for Powderhounds are Asahidake
|Best Overall Ski Resorts
Based on infrastructure & services, terrain, snow & cost
Other top overall rated resorts include Appi Kogen
, Nozawa Onsen
& Myoko Kogen
Other Powderhounds.com Awards for the Best Skiing in Japan
Skiing and Snowboarding
- Best overall terrain: Niseko
- Best beginner terrain: Kagura
- Best intermediate terrain: Furano, Shiga Kogen
- Best off-piste terrain: Kiroro, Niseko, Rusutsu
- Uncrowded slopes: Chisenupuri, Hakkoda, Moiwa
- Best steeps: Sapporo Teine, Nozawa Onsen, Naeba
- Best slackcountry (easily accessed backcountry): Hakkoda, Sapporo Kokusai, Sapporo Teine, Niseko
- Best tree skiing Japan:
Rusutsu, Kiroro, Myoko Kogen
- Best lift infrastructure: Kiroro, Rusutsu
- Best terrain park: Naeba, Niseko, Hakuba
|Best ski resort in Japan for first-timers and beginners:
Kagura has the best beginner terrain, but this ski resort doesn't cater particularly well to international visitors. Niseko is the best ski resort for beginners who don't speak Japanese. The novice terrain at Niseko is very good, there are group or private ski/snowboard lessons in English, and the staff at the equipment rental shops speak English.
|Best ski resort in Japan for kids:
Appi Kogen and Naeba are very family friendly, but these ski resorts don't cater particularly well to international visitors. Niseko is the best ski resort for children who don't speak Japanese. Niseko has child care and ski lessons with English speaking staff, and there are various kids' activities on offer. See our where to ski in Japan page for more information on family friendly ski resorts in Japan for English speaking visitors.
Tours and Activities
Cost & Value for Money
See our Japan ski resorts ratings to see how Japanese ski resorts compare on various factors including the terrain, powder, apres and family-friendliness.
Best Skiing in Japan - Readers' Reviews
These awards for the "best ski resorts in Japan" are based on the public reviews on Powderhounds.com.
Come and have your say on the best skiing in Japan by reviewing and
rating a ski area. Navigate to the Japan ski resort you want to review
and click on the "add review" link in the left-hand-column. Put your
Best overall ski resort 1: Sahoro, Nozawa Onsen, Kiroro
Best Japan ski resort for powderhounds 2: Asahidake, Moiwa, Kiroro
Best snow: Kiroro, Asahidake
Most uncrowded: Asahidake, Moiwa
Best lifts: Rusutsu, Kiroro
Piste trails: Appi Kogen, Nozawa Onsen
Off-piste: Asahidake, Rusutsu
Child friendly: Tomamu
, Sahoro, Appi Kogen
Value for money: Kagura, Kamui Links, Asahidake
Nightlife: Niseko, Hakuba
NB only ski resorts with a minimum of 2 reviews were considered in the awards. Where there are equal scores, the Japan ski resort with more reviews is selected as the best.
1 The best Japan ski resort is based on an average of the other above factors.
2 The best ski resort in Japan for powderhounds is the average of the scores for snow, uncrowded and off-piste.
Japan Multi-Resort Ski Tours
||Hokkaido Multi Resort Tours - 2 days+
|If you have a hunger for powder and want to avoid the crowds, a Black Diamond Tours package could be just the ticket! Join a group tour or fully customize your own tour..
||Central Hokkaido & Niseko - 7/10/12 Nights
|Whiteroom Tours offer a Niseko-based and Furano-based tour where you head out to different locations as well as a 12 night ski safari to Hokkaido's best powder destinations..
Ski Tours in Honshu
||Powder Recon - Myoko Powder Tours - 2 days +
|Powder Recon offer full-service hosted & guided tours to Myoko Kogen and up to 20 other nearby ski areas including Madarao/Tangram, Togakushi, Ikenotaira & more. Transfers, accommodation, lifts, guiding & more..
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