Japan has become the go-to skiing destination for powder enthusiasts from around the world. Whilst Japanese resorts may not have the vertical drop, gnarly terrain or sheer size of some of the European ski resorts, it has what few other alpine destinations can offer - consistent powder. No matter when you decide to visit during the winter season, the snow-sure nature of Japanese ski resorts means you are nearly always guaranteed fresh tracks each day.
Japan boasts over 400 ski resorts and ski hills and skiing in Japan is unlike skiing anywhere else in the world. It can rival Switzerland for efficiency (transport runs on time, and the lift systems are efficient, thanks to extensive investment), but few other places offer the chance to ski on a live volcano, or to eat sushi or yakatori on the slopes. Onsens - piping hot baths - are a way of life in Japan, and the ideal way to recover from a day in the powder.
Japanese ski resorts also offer good summer seasons with plenty of mountain activities when the snow melts such as hiking, climbing, golfing and white water rafting to name a few.
While Japanese ski resorts are already a favourite among Australian skiers, and those coming from China and Hong Kong, their growing popularity with western visitors is relatively recent. Developments in the well-known resort of Niseko are exciting and cutting edge, making Japan a ski property haven to keep your eye on as property developments in the well-known ski resorts of Europe and North America reach their capacity and buyers look elsewhere to invest their money.
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