Zao Onsen

Zao Onsen (蔵王温泉) is a popular ski resort and hot spring town in Tohoku. The resort is known for its excellent powder conditions and also for its ‘snow monster trees’. Budget travel tips Works well with trips to Yamagata and Yamadera. Contact your hostel or hotel to see if they have rental discounts for guest.Continue reading “Zao Onsen”

Nagano Snow Resort Pass

The Nagano Snow Resort Pass allows holders unlimited use of trains and buses in the Nagano snow area, in the Japanese Alps. This includes access to places such as Nagano, Hakuba and Yudanaka, where tourists can enjoy snowboarding, skiiing and some amazing hot springs. What does it cost? 2 Day Pass: Adults 5000 yen (about $40/€36), Children 2500 yen (about $20/€18). WhenContinue reading “Nagano Snow Resort Pass”

Niseko

Niseko (ニセコ町) is my far the most popular ski resort for foreigners, and also the most foreign friendly with a host of services and restaurants catering for foreigners. It is therefore a great place to come if this is your first ski or snowboard trip to Japan, but people living here or those experienced traveling inContinue reading “Niseko”

Hakuba

Hakuba is the place to go for affordable, but excellent snowboarding or ski slopes.  The place is full of cheap guesthouses and hostels, and English language support is superb. Budget travel tips Hostels and guesthouse often have cheaper rental gear/snowboards/skis. Download the official map here, or get for free from the Happo (Hakuba) Information Center nextContinue reading “Hakuba”