Skiing and Ice Skating are the most popular winter sports
in Japan. Millions of ski fans from domestic and overseas
participate in these sports every year. The Japanese Winter
Sports Facilities are well equipped with Skiing Slopes,
Skating Rinks and Ski Lifts. Facilities can accommodate
both expert and amateur skiers and skaters. The prime skiing
areas are located in the centre of the island encircling
the city of Sapporo. The mountain peaks are covered with
sheets of fine snow, glistening in the morning sun and inviting
you to unravel your adventurous spirit. The drops may look
dangerous but the challenge is worth taking. The slopes
are the favorite spots for holding Downhill, Super G, Cross
Country competitions. Lifts are available to transport skiers
to the top of the slope.
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, One of the best ski resorts in Japan, is arguably the
most popular winter sports region in Honshu and is home
to a number of snow resorts set against an impressive mountain
Hakuba features 14 ski areas joining together to form six
large ski resorts. Hakuba is located an hours drive west
of the 1998 Winter Olympics host city, Nagano and 350kms
from Tokyo. The men's downhill and super giant slalom as
well as the ski jump and nordic combined events of the 1998
Nagano Winter Olympics all took place in Hakuba. Hakuba
is ideal for skiing and snowboarding.
This season Hakuba is seeing an increase in interest from
overseas and it seems it's popularity will only increase.
on the island of Honshu, in the Chubu region of Japan, is
a popular ski and snowboard resort with a wide range of
courses, regular powder snow conditions and spectacular
views of the surrounding regions.
The resort is divided into three main skiing and snowboard
areas which are called "Pine Peak Area", "Taro Area" and
Nagano was the host city to the 1998 Winter Olympics and
thus is clearly related to winter tourism activities. The
Olympics also brought with them new infrastructure including
a Shinkansen link to Tokyo.
is a town and ski resort located in Hokkaido, Japan. Niseko
is Hokkaido's pre-eminent ski resort. Based on the mountain
of Annupuri, this resort has three major independent ski
Niseko is sometimes regarded as the best ski resort in Japan
for three main reasons: weather, size and infrastructure.These
areas can all be skied on the one ticket giving an incredible
variety of runs. Niseko is close to the coast to the west
of Sapporo and is in the path of the cold Siberian air stream
that blankets Hokkaido in snow.
In January and early February Niseko particularly benefits
from this due to it's proximity to the coast.
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59th Sapporo Snow Festival
Sapporo Snow Festival, one of Japan's largest winter events,
is attracting a growing number of visitors from Japan and
abroad. Over two million people came to the annual event
last year to see the hundreds of beautiful snow statues
and ice sculptures.
The Sapporo Snow Festival is held in the first week of February
every year. The festival began in 1950 when senior high
school students of the city made six snow statues in Odori
Park. In 1955, the Self Defense Force joined in and built
massive snow statues as well. The Festival has grown from
these humble beginnings to become the biggest and most well-known
of Hokkaido's winter events and a snow festival of international
caliber. The festival is now carried out in the three places,
Odori Site, Susukino Site, and Satora ndo Site.
The Snow Festival is considered to be a festival of international-caliber.
It is very cold in Sapporo in February, so you need to dress
warm when going to see the festival. You should wear thermal
underwear and a sweater and then an overcoat like a ski
jacket. Also, you should bring a hat or ear-warmer and gloves.
The sidewalks are icy, so you need to walk very carefully.
When you get very cold, it might be a good idea to stop
at a ramen noodle shop. Sapporo is famous for tasty ramen
noodles, and there are many ramen noodle shops around the
city. It is advisable to wear colorful ski gear and ski
with an experienced person if the sport is new.