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Firsthand Advice for Skiing in Japan

25th September 2014

Escape Travel consultant Lidia Lewis has travelled to Hokkaido, Japan five times. Why? The lure of the world’s lightest driest powder, the amazing culture and the food make it too hard to resist. Lidia loves to powder ski and votes this region as a top spot to get your piece of snow-filled action. Let’s chat with Lidia for her firsthand advice on skiing in Japan.

Japan snow holiday

Why Japan?

I’ve skied all around the world and Japan is by far the best. Ever since I went skiing in Japan eight years ago, it has been my snow destination of choice. The snow is very reliable.

What does a typical day look like?

Skiing in fresh powder runs, followed by a nightly Onsen. Soaking in a traditional hot spring after a hard day on the slopes is the only way to finish the day.

What was one thing you found amazing in Hokkaido?

The quality of the snow and the amount of snow that would fall every single day was incredible. The scenery is also pretty special.

Japan snow holiday

A memorable activity you can share?

Our guide drove us high up into the mountains where we trekked through deep snow to find a wild onsen – a natural hot spring hidden in the forest, surrounded by snowy mountain peaks.

Where did you stay?

I recommend staying in a traditional Japanese lodge for an authentic experience. The hospitality is amazing; the locals can’t do enough to help make your stay pleasant. For first time visitors, I recommend resorts in Niseko and Hakuba.

Advice for first time skiers?

The weather is really cold so it’s important to have good quality snow gear including thermals and windproof jackets and pants. You will also need a good pair of goggles and a face mask - you won’t want to have any skin exposed.

Japan snow holiday

Top attractions?

Go snow mobiling in the powder fields and take a dip in a traditional Onsen. Try the local sashimi, it’s to die for! If you are there at the right time, don’t miss the incredible ice festival in Sapporo.  If you are travelling with the kids, take a few days out in Tokyo and visit Disneyland and Disney Sea – amazing!

Do you recommend a snow adventure in Japan?

Yes! It’s great value for money and not too far from Australia. Top snow quality, amazing food and hospitality and a real cultural experience – you can’t beat Japan!

Considering a snow holiday in Japan? Contact Lidia Lewis on 02 4298 8200 or email lidia.lewis@escapetrave.com.au. Lidia is a consultant at the Escape Travel Shellharbour store in New South Wales.