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Ski Resorts Japan – Niseko or Hakuba?


Japan is a winter paradise with plenty of options for winter sporters the main attractions are, of course, its stunning scenery combined with pristine snow conditions, an expanse of skiable terrain, polite people and fabulous food. Japan’s diversity is what lures snow lovers back to the slopes every season.
But where should you go Niseko or Hakuba?


Both ski resorts offer some of the best skiing in the world for powder junkies. Japan is the best pick for a ski holiday since it receives abundant snowfall and the many runs to suit various ability levels.

Winner : Hakuba

Both resorts offer a large variety of groomed runs and off-piste skiing that are ideal for families, beginners and intermediates. Hakuba is at the heart of the Japanese Alps and its terrain is bigger, steeper and has more variety spread across 11 ski resorts, 200 runs, 139 lifts and 9 terrain parks.

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Japan’s deep powder is legendary and provides one of the best snow experiences on the planet. The season is long in some places beginning in November and lasts as late into May.

Winner : Niseko

With an average snowfall of 15m, Niseko is renowned for its consistency and quality of powder throughout the season and has the most progressive off-piste policy.

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Most of ski resort Japan caters really well to the international tourist. English is spoken by most of the staff at the accommodation, restaurants and resorts but the best part of what makes a ski holiday memorable in Japan is to experience its exotic culture.

Winner : Hakuba

Although both a port of call for Australians, Hakuba is more of a traditional village and has not yet been overrun with Western influences.

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There are various options to travel to Hakuba and Niseko, via JR, bullet trains and door-to-door shuttles

Winner : Hakuba

Hakuba is situated on the island of Honshu, around 270km northwest of Tokyo. The resort can be reached from Tokyo International Airport by a direct transfer or bullet trains. A great destination for the traveller on a time frame.


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Whether you are looking for a cosy suite or private chalet both resorts covers the full spectrum of lodging to fit every taste and budget.

Winner : Niseko

Whether you are looking for a cosy suite or private chalet both resorts covers the full spectrum of lodging to fit every taste and budget.

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Each resort has plenty of restaurants and bars, each with its own character and vibe. Guests can enjoy the daily convenience of being able to choose from a variety of restaurants for all different meals throughout the day.

Winner : Niseko

Niseko has the best nightlife and choice of restaurants of all the ski resorts. Hirafu has a large range of bars, authentic Japanese izakayas and nightclubs, there’s something for everyone. With its traditional Japanese influences and extensive terrain we choose Hakuba as our overall winner. Happy shredding!

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