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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.

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.

The best time to ski in Japan

December to April.

Why?

December to March is Japan’s peak ski season. The shoulder season is in November and April.


Overview

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 will typically provide you with the best deals and prices.


Weather and prices

The best time to visit Japan for skiing, weatherwise: December to March.

The cheapest time to visit Japan for skiing: Look for flight, hotel and ski package deals during the shoulder months of November and April. Many resorts will offer discounted snow lift passes during these months too. We've also got a host of ski deals to book in Japan for extra savings.


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Hot Japan ski deals

Contiki Contiki

15-day Japan tour + 6-day ski experience from $4,979

Valid from 22 December 2018 - 26 January 2019. Includes accommodation, meals, transportation and more. T&Cs apply.

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13-day Japan tour + 4-day ski experience from $4,589

Valid from 22 December 2018 - 26 January 2019. Includes accommodation, meals, transportation and more. T&Cs apply.

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Club Med Club Med

7-night Sahoro Hokkaido ski package from $2,125

Valid from September 2018 - March 2019. Includes accommodation, gourmet dining, lift pass, group lessons and more. T&Cs apply.

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7-night Tomamu Hokkaido ski package from $2,520

Valid from September 2018 - March 2019. Includes accommodation, gourmet dining, lift pass, group lessons and more. T&Cs apply.

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G Adventures G Adventures

13-day Tokyo to Sapporo Snow Festival experience from $5,299

Valid from 28 January - 12 February 2019. Includes internal flight, accommodation, meals, transportation, Sapporo Snow Festival visit, Snow Light Path Festival visit and more. T&Cs apply.

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G Adventures G Adventures

5-day Sapporo Snow Festival and Hokkaido experience from $1,899

Valid from 5-12 February 2019. Includes accommodation, meals, transportation, Snow Festival visit and more. T&Cs apply.

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TourRadar TourRadar

Up to $205 off Hokkaido Snow Festival experience

Valid from 5-17 February 2019. Includes accommodation, meals, transportation and more. T&Cs apply.

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TourRadar TourRadar

5% off 12-day Hakuba ski adventure

Valid from 1-21 December 2018. Includes accommodation, meals, transportation, seven-day Hakuba lift pass, snow monkey full day tour and more. T&Cs apply.

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TourRadar TourRadar

5% off off 11-day Hakuba ski and Tokyo experience

Valid from 1-20 December 2018. Includes accommodation, meals, transportation, five-day Hakuba lift pass, snow monkey full day tour, Tokyo foodie tour and more. T&Cs apply.

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5% off 15-day Hakuba ski and Tokyo experience

Valid from 1-24 December 2018. Includes accommodation, meals, transportation, seven-day Hakuba lift pass, snow monkey full day tour, Tokyo foodie tour and more. T&Cs apply.

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TourRadar TourRadar

Up to $504 off Japan ski package

Valid from 16-22 December 2018 and 6 January - 9 March 2019. Includes accommodation, meals, Hakuba ski pass, transportation and more. T&Cs apply.

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Groupon Groupon

45% off Hakuba Japan ski getaway

Valid from 9-23 December 2018 and 28 February - 8 May 2019. Includes accommodation, luxury onsen tour, daily breakfast, gourmet dinner, transfers and six-day lift ticket. T&Cs apply.

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Popular Ski/Snow Holidays coupon codes

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25 Sep 2018 15-day Japan tour + 6-day ski experience from $4,979 ********
25 Sep 2018 13-day Japan tour + 4-day ski experience from $4,589 ********
25 Sep 2018 7-night Sahoro Hokkaido ski package from $2,125 ********
25 Sep 2018 7-night Tomamu Hokkaido ski package from $2,520 ********
25 Sep 2018 13-day Tokyo to Sapporo Snow Festival experience from $5,299 ********
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