#ApstrofiLeisure: Skiing in Japan | APSTROFI
17 Dec 2018

#ApstrofiLeisure: Skiing in Japan

#ApstrofiLeisure: Skiing in Japan

An international Christmas destination closer to home! The most ideal for skiing, Niseko Village is the largest ski area in the Japanese island of Hokkaido and is a favourite for its top quality snow.

Japan continues to become vastly popular with Indonesians, and with flights from Indonesia to Japan becoming cheaper these days, Japan is rivalling Singapore as the most-visited neighbouring country for Indonesians. Shopping in Shibuya and waking up early to go to the Tsukiji fish market are always top recommendations, but so is this week's #ApstrofiLeisure feature: skiing in Niseko. The island of Hokkaido in the northernpart of Japan is littered with ski resorts like those in Niseko, but these four resorts are the most popular because they are designed for tourists. Local alternatives may be less crowded but require more effort for tourists in that they would need to adjust to less English-speaking staff and more local style of accommodation. Skiing in Japan in general, is as favoured as it is for mainly one reason: the excellent powdery snow! And Niseko happens to be the largest ski area in the whole island.

Niseko is a perfect Christmas destination because while some other ski resorts around the world may only be best for skiing in January or February, Japan is covered in enough snow by mid-December. Japan gets so much snowfall, and what's more -- the snow is dry. The slopes are well-groomed, making for a smooth skiing experience so enjoyable that even Europeans will travel a longer way to ski in Niseko rather than at the nearby alps.

Skye Niseko is a five-star resort located at the very top of the Niseko-Harafu resort, and is recommended for luxury travellers. For the most modern and elegant ski experience it also offers unlimited onsen sessions and complimentary ski valet given a minimum stay. 

Night skiing is available at any average ski resort but Niseko's night skiing is especially opportune because visibility is actually better at night than during the day, and because of the many flood lights sprawled across the slopes. And whether skiing during the day or at night, there are so many slopes that beginner, intermediate, and advanced skiiers will be able to ski at their own level. 

Each resort at Niseko has a resident Santa Claus for families with kids, and some even hand out candy on the slopes. Resorts also organise fireworks to celebrate Christmas and ring in the new year, in addition to a classic new year countdown with drinks, like Japanese sake. Other tributes to local Japanese traditions include witnessing fire-torch skiing, a grand spectacle planned so that the last skiier reaches the bottom of the slope at midnight, when the fireworks come on!