Best time to visit Japan

Snowboarding and Skiing in Japan

Choose winter sports in Japan, the scenery is unforgettable!

Best time: mid-December–late March

Snowboarding and Skiing
Snowboarding and Skiing
Snowboarding and Skiing
Snowboarding and Skiing

Although the season varies depending on the weather and resort, generally it opens in mid-to-late December and continues until late March or early April. The most certain period falls between mid-January and late February. However, the peak season means crowded slopes. The top six ski resorts claimed by global travellers are Niseko, Hakuba, Myōkō, Furano, Nozawa Onsen, and Yuzawa.

Moreover, if you fancy skiing in the summer, Ya​magata Prefecture can also be your destination since the Gassan skiing season starts in April and lasts until late July!

Practical info

Which ski resorts are popular in Japan, and why?

Niseko, Hakuba, Myōkō, Furano, Nozawa Onsen, and Yuzawa are among the most popular ski resorts in Japan, according to global travelers. These resorts attract skiers of all levels, thanks to the wide range of slopes available. The resorts have varying levels of snowfall, with some receiving as much as 15 meters of snowfall every season, making them an ideal destination for skiing enthusiasts from around the world. Show more

When is the best period for skiing in Japan?

The best time for skiing in Japan varies depending on the weather and the resorts visited. However, mid-January to late February is considered an ideal time, as there is more certainty of good skiing conditions during this period. Skiing season begins in mid-to-late December and lasts until late March or early April. However, tourists should be aware that the weekends and national holidays tend to be crowded, making it less certain for a quieter time skiing. Show more

What is the busiest time for skiing in Japan and what should tourists be aware of?

Skiing season peaks in Japan during the weekends, national holidays, Christmas, and New Year from late December to early January and from late February to early March. During this period, tourists should be prepared for higher accommodation and rental rates and book in advance to secure reservations. The slopes are normally crowded during peak season, which can be a significant inconvenience for those seeking a solitary skiing experience. Show more

Which is the popular summer skiing destination in Japan, and when can tourists visit?

The Gassan Ski Resort located in Yamagata Prefecture is one of the most popular summer skiing destinations for tourists wishing to continue skiing beyond winter. Visitors can enjoy the spectacular view of the surrounding mountains from the resort, which sits at an elevation of 1984 meters above sea level. Depending on the weather, the season runs from April to late July but starts around mid-May, and only one lift operates from near the mountain's top to halfway down the slope during summer. Show more

What is the skiing season duration in Yamagata Prefecture, and what should tourists be aware of?

The Gassan Ski Resort, located in Yamagata Prefecture, is a top destination for summer skiing, and the season typically runs from April to late July, but this depends on weather conditions. The season usually starts around mid-May and runs until late July. Tourists should note that the length of the season is subject to change due to weather conditions. Only one lift operates from near the top of the mountain to halfway down the slope during the summer skiing season. Show more

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin