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SKI JAPAN

Furano

Nestled in the heart of Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island, lies Furano, a city that paints a breathtaking tapestry of contrasting landscapes. Rolling hills carpeted in vibrant lavender fields during summer give way to powdery ski slopes in winter, while charming farmhouses and quaint towns add a touch of rustic charm to every season.

When the first snowflakes fall, Furano dons a pristine white coat. The Furano Ski Resort, with its two interconnected zones, comes alive with skiers and snowboarders carving through powdery slopes. Gentle beginner runs coexist with challenging chutes and tree runs, catering to all levels.

For a truly magical experience, take a ride on the Furano Ropeway, a gondola that ascends to the top of the mountain, offering panoramic views of the snow-blanketed valley below. After a day on the slopes, soak in the warmth of a traditional onsen (hot spring) and indulge in hearty local cuisine featuring fresh Hokkaido seafood and melt-in-your-mouth Furano wine.

Kiroro

Kiroro is a smallish ski resort on the Northern island of Hokkaido. Close to Niseko it enjoys mountains of snowfall (approx 12m per year), without the crowds and has that family friendly feel. Less well known, Kiroro is the hidden gem of the region, only an hour North-East of Niseko. Usually receiving more snow than its sibling resorts, locals come to Kiroro to escape the lift lines and find deep untracked tree-skiing. Lift lines are rare and even when the snow does stop falling, fresh tracks can be found for days. There are 21 runs ranging from 400m-4,050m in length, with a good spread of difficulties, split almost evenly between green, red (blue), and black.

​Kiroro is situated in the southwestern part of the Shiribeshi subprefecture of Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island. It is conveniently located approximately 90 minutes away from New Chitose Airport, the primary gateway to Hokkaido, making it easily accessible for both domestic and international travelers. The resort provides shuttle services from the airport, ensuring a seamless journey to this winter wonderland.

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Minamifurano

Minamifurano is a town located in the Sorachi Subprefecture of Hokkaido, and is known for its scenic beauty, with picturesque landscapes, agricultural fields, and the backdrop of the Hokkaido mountains.  Rolling hills blanketed in emerald green fields and forests, serene lakes reflecting the sky, and majestic mountains framing the horizon - Minamifurano's scenery is a photographer's dream.

 

In summer, the air is filled with the intoxicating fragrance of lavender as fields burst into vibrant purple hues. Take a stroll through the picturesque Lavender Farm Tomita or visit the Biei Flowerland to witness this floral spectacle.

 

When winter arrives, Minamifurano transforms into a snow-covered wonderland. Powdery slopes beckon skiers and snowboarders, while frozen lakes offer opportunities for ice skating and fishing. Don't miss the Furano Ski Resort or the picturesque Shirahige Falls adorned in icy grandeur.

Sahoro

Nestled in the heart of Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island, Sahoro Ski Resort stands as a testament to the region's pristine natural beauty and its reputation as a world-renowned winter sports destination. Sahoro, situated in the Shintoku region, is part of the greater Niseko United ski area, known for its consistent snowfall and high-quality powder. The resort is easily accessible from major cities like Sapporo and Asahikawa, making it a convenient destination for both domestic and international travelers seeking an authentic Japanese winter adventure.

The resort offers a variety of slopes catering to all skill levels, from gentle slopes for beginners to challenging runs for advanced skiers. With a total skiable area of over 80 hectares, Sahoro provides ample space for visitors to explore and enjoy the winter wonderland. The well-groomed trails ensure a smooth and enjoyable skiing experience, while the breath-taking scenery of snow-covered mountains adds a touch of magic to every run.

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Shiga Kogan

Shiga Kogen, located in Nagano Prefecture, Japan, is a picturesque mountainous region renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, abundant wildlife, and exceptional skiing opportunities. Spread across the Joshinetsu Kogen National Park, it encompasses a vast area of approximately 13,000 hectares, making it the largest ski resort in Japan. Shiga Kogen offers an array of attractions and activities throughout the year, attracting nature enthusiasts, outdoor adventurers, and winter sports enthusiasts alike. Let's delve into the captivating world of Shiga Kogen and explore its unique features, cultural significance, and recreational offerings.

Geographically, Shiga Kogen is nestled in the northern part of Nagano Prefecture, bordering the famed Jigokudani Monkey Park, which draws tourists from around the globe. Its location at an altitude of 1,300 to 2,300 meters above sea level blesses it with abundant snowfall and a long winter season, making it a haven for skiers and snowboarders. The region boasts an impressive ski season from mid-November to early May, offering enthusiasts an extended period to enjoy the powdery slopes and world-class facilities.

Tomamu

Tomamu, nestled in the heart of Hokkaido, Japan's northern island, is more than just a ski resort. It's a winter wonderland bursting with activities, unique accommodations, and breathtaking natural beauty that extends far beyond the snowy season. Tomamu comes alive during the winter months, transforming into a haven for snow enthusiasts. Powdery slopes cater to skiers and snowboarders of all levels, with gentle beginner runs to heart-pumping expert terrain.

 

Hokkaido Powder Paradise: Imagine carving fresh tracks through untouched powder, leaving the first mark on a blanket of pristine white. Tomamu boasts some of the lightest, driest snow in Japan, guaranteeing an unforgettable skiing or snowboarding experience.

 

For those seeking alternative thrills, Tomamu offers a plethora of winter activities. Glide across the frozen wonderland on a snowmobile, test your balance on ice skating rinks, or build a snowman with the whole family. Step into a fairytale world sculpted from ice. The Tomamu Ice Village, open from December to March, features shimmering ice castles, twinkling pathways, and even an ice chapel for unforgettable winter weddings.

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