When is the best time to ski in Japan?

Here's when you should head over to Japan to catch (arguably) the best snow in the world.

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Boasting enviable snowfields countrywide, the Japanese snow season is not one to miss, especially if you’re a keen skier.

Want to know when that season is? We have the answer.

Best time to ski in Japan

Peak ski season throughout Japan is December to March. This is when you'll find the the best and freshest snowfall for your ski or snowboarding pursuits.

If you'd prefer to steer clear of the crowds and cash in on some discounts, shoulder season is in November and April. In some locations, such as Hirafu, spring skiing is available in May.

Whenever you'd prefer to visit, we've also got a host of ski deals to book in Japan for extra savings.

Latest Japan ski deals


Japan’s snow season runs from mid-December to mid-April and features dry weather and lots of powder. Some of Japan’s more popular snow resorts include Niseko, Hakuba, Furano, Nozawa Onsen and Shiga Kogen.

Japan is a popular destination for snow sports for visitors worldwide. To avoid peak prices and busy snowfields, steer clear during the Christmas holiday period (mid-late December).

The shoulder months typically provide you with the best deals and prices. Being shoulder season you'll often find the slopes quite empty as well.

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