6 most popular ski destinations in Japan (Part 2)

4. Niseko on Hokkaido island

Niseko, a ski resort located in Hokkaido, has seven ski zones that are connected to make one large slide. This is one of the most snowy places in Japan. Skiing is also suitable for young children and there are many family skiing services.  When you come here because of the snow, you will have a rare skiing opportunity in your life. Niseko’s Mount Annupuri owns some of the best off-piste ski resorts in the world. Please be warned that you will need to bring a special snowboard or snow shield. Among trees, mountains and forests, you will surely be subsided without the proper equipment.

Niseko has various sliding terrain for every level of the skier. Here, besides skiing, guests can also participate in other fun activities in bars, entertainment areas and cafes.

5. Honshu island Zao Onsen hot spring area

Zao Onsen ski area is located in Tohoku area, Yamagata prefecture. This is an integrated area of ​​hot springs and ski resorts. The highlight of this area is the sliding terrain. It has 15 different slopes with 12 courses suitable for beginners to those who have long and proficient skills. Especially, if you are a strong and adventurous person, sign up for the 881-meter vertical slopes.

A unique feature of Zao Onsen is the “monsters” snowmen, appearing right on the sliding path. This is also the most tourist attraction for Zao Onsen.

6. Appi Kogen

Appi Kogen ski area has an area of ​​282 ha with 21 slopes and 828 meters of vertical in Iwate province. To go to Appi Kogen, take the Tohoku Shinkansen express train, the high speed train from Tokyo to Morioka station takes 2 hours. Then take the bus to Appi Kogen for another 50 – 60 minutes. The ski terrain here has many obstacles that are suitable for professional skiers. Here they can cultivate many skills and challenge themselves. On the contrary, for those who are just starting to ski, there are a spacious playground and a family park suitable for beginners  to practice and learn skills.