Ski Resorts in Japan Ratings

Everyone has different variables that are important when deciding on where to go skiing or snowboarding in Japan so we've provided ratings (out of 5, where 5 is outstanding) for various factors relating to the ski resorts in Japan. Our ratings for the Japan ski resorts and Japan snowboarding are based on our experiences of visiting many ski areas around Japan. For more detailed ratings and definitions on each of the categories see our full Powderhounds ski resort ratings on the best ski resorts page, which also compare the ski resorts in Japan to those in Canada, USA, New Zealand, Europe and South America.

You can also look at each of the Japan ski resorts to see how the readers of Powderhounds have rated the resorts on the snow, crowds, lifts, piste, off-piste, child friendliness, value and nightlife.

Japan Ski Resorts
5 = outstanding
Hokkaido
Furano 4 4 3 4.5 4 4 1.5 5 3.5 4 4.5 4 1 5 3.5 4 2.5 2.5 4.5 2 4 3.5 4.5 4.5
Niseko Hanazono 4 2.5 1 3 4.5 2.5 1.5 5 2 2.5 5 3 4 5 2.5 2 1 2 2.5 1 5 1 3.5 4
Niseko Hirafu 4 3.5 3 4.5 4.5 2.5 1 5 2 2.5 5 3 3 5 4.5 5 5 3 3 3.5 5 1 3.5 4.5
Niseko Village 4.5 2.5 2 3 4 2.5 1 5 2.5 3 5 4 0 5 3 3 2.5 5 3 2 5 2.5 4 4
Rusutsu 3.5 4 3 5 5 2.5 1 5 3.5 4 2.5 5 2.5 5 3.5 4 2 3.5 3 1.5 3 3 4.5 4.5
Sahoro 4.5 2.5 2 4 4.5 3 1 4.5 5 3.5 4 3 1 5 3 3 1 4.5 4 0.5 4 2.5 4.5 4
Tomamu 4 3.5 2 4.5 4.5 3 0 4.5 4.5 4 4 4 3.5 5 3.5 3.5 0.5 4.5 4 0.5 3.5 2.5 4.5 4.5
Kiroro 4 3.5 2 4 4.5 3.5 1.5 5 3 4 4 5 1 4.5 3.5 4 2 3.5 2.5 2 4.5 1.5 4.5 4.5
Niseko 4.5 4.5 3 5 5 3 1 5 2 1.5 5 3.5 3 4.5 4.5 5 5 3.5 3 3.5 5 1.5 3.5 5
Asari 2.5 3 2 3 3.5 2 0 4 5 4.5 3 2.5 2 3 4 1 1 0 5 2 1 4 4.5 3.5
Kamui 3 3 2 4 4 2.5 0 5 4 4 3.5 2.5 2 3 2.5 0 0 0 5 0 2 3.5 4.5 3.5
Moiwa 2.5 2.5 2 4 4.5 3 2.5 4.5 3.5 4 4.5 2.5 0 3 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 4 2 4 3 4.5 4
Niseko Annupuri 3.5 2.5 2 2 4 2 1 5 2.5 3 5 3 0 3 3 3 2 2 4 2 4 3.5 4 3.5
Sapporo Kokusai 2.5 2 1.5 3.5 3.5 2.5 1 4.5 4.5 2.5 4.5 3 2.5 3 3 0 0 0 4 1.5 2.5 2.5 4 3.5
Sapporo Teine 4.5 2.5 3 4 4.5 4.5 3 4 4 3.5 4.5 3 2 3 2.5 0 0 0 4.5 1 2.5 2.5 4.5 4
Hakodate Nanae 3.5 2 1 2.5 3 3 1 4 5 4.5 4 3 0 2.5 2.5 0 0 0 4.5 0 0.5 4.5 4.5 3.5
Yubari 3.5 3 2.5 3 3 2 1 4 5 4.5 -1 3 3 2.5 2 3 0.5 2.5 4 0.5 2.5 4 4.5 3.5
Niyama Kogen 3 2 2 2.5 2.5 2.5 1 4 5 5 -1 2.5 0 2 2 0 0 0 5 0 0 4 4.5 3
Otaru Tenguyama 2.5 2 3 3 4 4 2.5 3.5 5 5 2.5 2.5 0 2 2 0 0 0.5 5 0 1.5 4.5 4.5 3.5
Pippu 2 2.5 2 2.5 3.5 2.5 1.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 4 2.5 1.5 2 2 0.5 0 0.5 5 0 1.5 4 4.5 3.5
Piyashiri 2.5 2.5 2 2 3 2.5 2.5 5 5 5 3.5 2.5 1.5 2 2 0 0 1 5 0 1 4 5 3.5
Nukabira 2 2 1 0.5 0.5 0.5 0 4 -1 5 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 5 0 1 4 3 2.5
Kurodake 0 1 0.5 5 5 5 4.5 5 4.5 5 4 2.5 0 0.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 0 4 0.5 2.5 3 5 3.5
Asahidake 0 1 0.5 4.5 4.5 3.5 2.5 5 4 3.5 5 2.5 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 0 2 3 4.5 3
Honshu
Lotte Arai 2.5 2.5 3.5 5 3.5 4 1.5 4.5 4 4.5 2 4 0 5 4 4.5 1.5 4.5 2.5 1.5 3.5 2 4.5 4.5
Akakura 4.5 3 2 2.5 4 2.5 1.5 4.5 3.5 3.5 3 4.5 1.5 4.5 3.5 4.5 3.5 3 4 2 4.5 3.5 4 4.5
Goryu 4.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2 4.5 2.5 3 2.5 3.5 1.5 4.5 3.5 2 1.5 1 4 1 4 3.5 3.5 3.5
Happo 3 4.5 3.5 2.5 2 2.5 1.5 4.5 2.5 3 4 4 2.5 4.5 4 3.5 3 3 4 1 4.5 2.5 3.5 4
Joetsu Kokusai 3.5 4.5 1.5 2 2 1 0 3.5 4 4 -1 3 3 4.5 3.5 3 0.5 4 3.5 0 2 4 3.5 3.5
Madarao 3.5 3 4.5 4.5 4.5 3 1 4.5 3 3.5 3.5 2.5 2.5 4.5 3.5 3 2 4 4.5 1.5 4 3 4 4.5
Naeba 4 3 3 2.5 2 4 0 3.5 3.5 2.5 2 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 2 5 3 1.5 3.5 2 3.5 4
Nozawa Onsen 4.5 3 4.5 4 4 4 2.5 4.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3 4.5 5 5 3.5 3 4 3 4.5 4.5 4.5 5
Okushiga Kogen 3 3 1 4 4 3.5 2.5 4.5 4.5 4 4 3 2.5 4.5 4 3.5 2.5 4 3.5 2 5 3 4.5 4.5
Yuzawa Kogen 4.5 2.5 1.5 1 1 1 0.5 4 3 3 -1 2.5 0 4.5 2 5 3.5 1.5 4 1.5 2.5 4.5 3 3.5
Alts Bandai 3 4 2.5 3 3 1.5 0 3.5 5 3 -1 3 4.5 4 3 2.5 1 4 3.5 1.5 3 2.5 4 4
Gala Yuzawa 3 4.5 1.5 0 0 0 0 4 2.5 1 -1 4 1 4 4.5 0 0 0 3 0.5 4.5 2.5 2.5 3
Hakuba Cortina 2.5 3 2.5 4.5 5 4.5 2 5 3.5 4 4.5 3 0 4 3 3 0.5 4 4 1 3.5 3 4.5 4
Hakuba Iwatake 3 3.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 1.5 0 3.5 3 2.5 -1 3 1.5 4 2.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 4.5 2 3.5 4 3 3.5
Norikura 4 3 2.5 3 3 2.5 1 4.5 4.5 4.5 3 2.5 2.5 4 3 2.5 0.5 4 5 0.5 2 4 4.5 4
Inawashiro 3.5 3 2 3 4 2.5 0 3.5 5 3 -1 2.5 2 4 2.5 0 0 0 4.5 0 1.5 4 4 3.5
Maiko 4.5 3 2 3 3 2 0.5 4 4 3 -1 3 1.5 4 3.5 1 0.5 2.5 4 0.5 2.5 3.5 4 3.5
Myoko Kogen 4.5 3 2.5 4 4 3 2 4.5 4 4 3 4.5 2.5 4 3.5 4 3 3.5 4.5 2 3.5 3.5 4.5 4.5
Tangram 2.5 3.5 2 3.5 4 2.5 0.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 -1 2.5 2 4 2.5 2 0.5 3 4 0.5 2 2 4.5 4
Tsugaike 5 3 1 4 5 3 1.5 4.5 3.5 4 4.5 4.5 3 4 4 2.5 1.5 4.5 4.5 2 2 4 4.5 4.5
Aomori Spring 5 2.5 1.5 3 5 3.5 2 4.5 5 4.5 4 4 5 3.5 2.5 3 1.5 4 4 1.5 4.5 2.5 5 4.5
Kandatsu Kogen 3.5 2 4 4 4.5 4 2 4.5 4.5 3 -1 2.5 3 3.5 3 0 0 0 4.5 1 2.5 3 4.5 4
Oze Iwakura 2.5 4.5 3 4.5 5 4 1.5 4.5 4.5 3 2 3 0 3.5 3 1.5 0 3 5 0.5 1 4.5 4.5 4
Ryuoo 4 2.5 3 4.5 4.5 3.5 1.5 4 5 3.5 -1 2.5 2.5 3.5 2.5 1.5 0.5 3 4.5 0.5 2 3.5 4.5 3
Shiga Kogen 4 5 4 3.5 3.5 2.5 1 4.5 4.5 3.5 -1 4 2 3.5 3 2.5 2 5 3.5 1.5 3.5 3 4.5 4.5
Zao Onsen 4 4.5 2.5 4 3.5 3 2.5 4.5 5 3.5 -1 3 2 3.5 3 3 2 3.5 4 2 2.5 4.5 4.5 4.5
Grandeco 3.5 3 1.5 3 3 1.5 1 4 5 5 2.5 4.5 0 3 3.5 2 0.5 2 4 0.5 3 3 4.5 3.5
Hachimantai Panorama 3 2 0 0.5 0.5 0 0 4.5 5 5 2 2.5 0 3 1.5 1.5 0 2.5 5 0 1.5 4.5 3 3
Hakuba 47 2 2.5 2.5 3.5 4 3.5 2.5 4.5 2.5 3.5 -1 3 4 3 2 2 2 0 4 2 4.5 3 4 4
Hakuba Kashimayari 4 3 2 2.5 2.5 2 1 4 4 4.5 -1 2.5 0 3 2.5 2 0 2 5 0 2.5 4 4 3.5
Ikenotaira 4.5 3 0.5 2.5 3 1 0 4.5 4 4.5 2 2.5 2.5 3 2.5 1 0.5 1 4.5 1 2.5 4 4 3.5
Ishiuchi 3 3.5 2 1.5 1.5 1 0 3.5 3 3 -1 2.5 3 3 4 1 0.5 3 4.5 0.5 2.5 4 3 3.5
Iwate Kogen 2.5 2.5 1.5 3 3.5 3 1.5 3.5 5 4 3 3.5 0.5 3 2.5 0 0 0 5 0 1.5 4 4.5 3.5
Kawaba 2 2.5 2.5 4 4 4 1 3.5 4.5 3 -1 3 2.5 3 4 0 0 0 4.5 0.5 2 4 4 3.5
Mt Norikura 4 2.5 2 2.5 2.5 2 1 4.5 4.5 4.5 -1 3 2 3 3 1 0 1.5 5 0 2 3.5 4.5 3.5
Nekoma 3 3 2.5 3.5 4 3 1 4 5 5 2.5 3 3 3 2.5 2.5 0 0 4.5 0.5 2 3.5 4.5 3.5
Okunakayama Kogen 4 1.5 2 3.5 3.5 3 1 4 5 5 2 2.5 1 3 2.5 1 0 2 5 0.5 3 4 4.5 3.5
Oze Tokura 3 2.5 1.5 3.5 3.5 2.5 1 4 5 4 2 2 3.5 3 2 0.5 0 1 5 0 1 4.5 4.5 3.5
Shizukuishi 2.5 4 2 2.5 4 3 1 4 5 4 3.5 2.5 2.5 3 2.5 2.5 0.5 3.5 4 0.5 2 3.5 4.5 4
Suginohara 4 3 1.5 2.5 4 4 4 4.5 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 0.5 0.5 3 4.5 0.5 2.5 4.5 4.5 4
Tazawako 3 3 2.5 4 4.5 2.5 2 5 5 4 -1 3 0 3 2.5 0 0 0 5 0.5 2 4.5 5 3.5
Togakushi 3 3 2.5 3 3 2.5 1 4.5 5 5 2.5 3 1.5 3 2.5 1 0 2 5 1.5 2 4 4.5 3.5
Amihari Onsen 2 2.5 1.5 3 3 3 3 4 5 5 4 2 0 2.5 1.5 2 0.5 3 5 0.5 1.5 4 4.5 3.5
Cupid Valley 2 2.5 1 2 2 1 2 4.5 4 4.5 2 3 0 2.5 2.5 0 0 1.5 5 0 1 4 4 3
Geto Kogen 2.5 3 2.5 4.5 4 2.5 0 5 5 5 3 4 1 2.5 2.5 1 0.5 1.5 4.5 0.5 2 3 5 3.5
Kagura 5 3 2 3.5 4 3 1 4.5 4 4 4.5 3.5 2.5 2.5 3.5 1 0 1 4.5 1.5 2.5 3 4.5 4
Kurohime 3.5 2.5 2 2 2.5 2.5 1 3.5 5 3.5 -1 2.5 3 2.5 2 0.5 0 2 5 0 1 4 4 3.5
Marunuma Kogen 4 2.5 1.5 0.5 0.5 1 0 4.5 2 3.5 -1 3 0 2.5 3 0 0 1 4.5 0 1 4 3 3
Minowa 3 2 2 4.5 5 3 1.5 4.5 5 4.5 4.5 2.5 0.5 2.5 2.5 0.5 0.5 1 4.5 0.5 2.5 3.5 5 3.5
Oguna Hotaka 3 2.5 2 2.5 3 2 0 4 5 4 -1 2.5 1.5 2.5 2 0 0 0 4.5 0 1 3.5 4 3
Ani 2 2.5 1.5 3 5 4 2 4.5 5 5 4.5 2.5 0 2 2 0 0 0 5 0 2 4 5 3.5
Charmant Hiuchi 1.5 2.5 1.5 4.5 3.5 3 1.5 5 4.5 5 3.5 3 2 2 2.5 0 0 0 5 0.5 1 4 5 3.5
Hachimantai Shimokura 2 2 1.5 2.5 3.5 3 2.5 4.5 4 5 2.5 2 1 2 2 0 0 0 5 0 1.5 4 4.5 3
Hakkaisan 2.5 2.5 3 4.5 4.5 4.5 4 4 4.5 5 5 2.5 1 2 2 0 0 0 4.5 0.5 2 4 5 3.5
Tenjindaira 2 2 2 5 5 5 5 5 4.5 5 5 2.5 0.5 1.5 2 0 0 0 4.5 0.5 2.5 3.5 5 3.5
Adatara Kogen 1.5 1.5 1 1 1 0 0 3.5 5 5 -1 1.5 0 1 1 0 0 1.5 5 0 0 4.5 2.5 2.5
Hirayu Onsen 2 2 2 4 4 4 4 3 5 5 3.5 2 0 1 1.5 2.5 0 0 5 0 1 5 4.5 3.5
Tengendai 2 2 1 1.5 3.5 4.5 4 4 5 5 4.5 1.5 0 1 1.5 0 0 0 4 0 1 5 4.5 3
Hakkoda 1 2 3 4.5 4.5 3 2 5 4 3.5 5 2.5 0 0 2.5 0 0 2 4.5 0 2.5 3.5 4.5 3.5
Seki Onsen 0 1.5 2.5 3.5 4 4.5 3.5 5 3.5 2.5 4 1.5 0.5 0 1.5 1 0.5 2 4.5 0.5 2.5 4.5 4 3.5
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