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When we think of classic winter activities, of course skiing and snowboarding come to mind.
There are approximately 500 ski resorts across Japan. Even amongst these, the Hokkaido Niseko Area, which is popular with foreigners, and the ski resorts in Japan’s northern prefectures such as Niigata and Nagano experience particularly bustling crowds of visitors during the ski season. This time we will introduce the very best of Japan’s ski resorts. Please come experience the Japanese winter and enjoy skiing and snowboarding.
Niseko Grand Hirafu is proud to be one of the largest ski resorts in Hokkaido, even among the four ski resorts in the Niseko area. With the view of Mt. Yotei, counted as one of Japan’s 100 famous mountains, spread out before you, you can fully enjoy the amazing scenery and the exquisite powder snow. If you include Niseko’s Hanazono Resort, there are an astonishing 30 courses as well as 16 lifts and gondolas (15 lifts, 1 gondola). Since skiers can choose a course to suit their own level, from beginner to veteran, this resort supports a wide range of needs. There is even a mountain lodge called 1000m Hut near the summit. Even if you’re a bit tired from skiing or snowboarding, taking a break while relaxing in the snowy mountains is luxurious isn’t it? Since there are plenty of facilities such as hotels, condominiums, hot springs and restaurants at the base of the mountain, once you’re tired from skiing there are also plenty of places to check out around town!
This is a leading ski resort in Hokkaido that is gathering attention both in Japan and overseas for its heavy snowfall and rich powder snow. Well-known not only for skiing, but also for offering a large variety of quintessentially winter-themed activities and attractions all in one place. At the sub-zero winter experience facility, Ice Star Resort Kiroro, where everything from the buildings to the tables and chairs is constructed from snow and ice, visitors can indulge in a rich Swiss cheese fondue made with local Hokkaido ingredients at the Ice Star Restaurant, and top it off with a signature cocktail served in an ice glass in the exclusive club atmosphere of the Ice Star Café & Bar. Then, add the new Ice Star Rink’s ice skating experience to fully take in the sub-zero by seeing, tasting, feeling and playing! This is a ski resort that even non-skiers and families will find incredibly satisfying.
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