I normally avoid all-inclusive resorts but since I was going solo I decided to join a group trip organized by YMCA Outdoors Singapore. Thankfully I met some other fun-loving solo travellers on the trip and overall we had a great four days with some 30cm of new snow. Loved the resort (ski area), hated the hotel.
If you just want to see snow / play snow, you DO NOT need to go all the way to a large or “famous” ski resort as these require more time and effort to access. There are less well-known ski resorts less than one hour from Sapporo that you can visit on a day trip and have a fun snow experience.
Baffled at the numerous ski resorts in Japan? Just because you have “heard of it” does not make it the right choice for you. Here are some things to think about before picking a ski resort in Japan.
Trip reports and budgeting for my Feb 2015 snowboarding trip to Club Med Sahoro.
Niseko is tourist-friendly and there is no need to go through an agent. Here’s a step by step guide to DIY ski Niseko trip- Where to stay, getting there, getting around, ski lessons, lift passes and gear rental.
Hot springs are the best way to soak away your aches and pains after a long day out on the slopes! I love the ones where the outdoor pool is the traditional kind made of real boulders, and not sheltered (very awesome when it snows). Don’t sweat it if your hotel doesn’t have an on-site onsen as there are several public onsens in Niseko Hirafu village. Here’s my list.
Club Med Sahoro (all inclusive) or DIY Niseko? Budgeting and pros/cons for those considering the 2 most popular Hokkaido skiing destinations.