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Top 5 Ski Resorts In Snowy Hokkaido For Winter 2019-2020

Top 5 Ski Resorts In Snowy Hokkaido For Winter 2019-2020

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Hokkaido, the northernmost area in Japan, has great snow in the winter and wonderful ski resorts. This article suggests five ski resorts where you can enjoy the winter 2019 and 2020 and their operating seasons. Read this article to find out how to make the most out of Hokkaido's powder snow.

Translated by Allie

Written by MATCHA

Skiing on Powder Snow - The Highlight of Winter in Hokkaido

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Hokkaido, with a total area of about 83,450 square kilometers, is the northernmost of Japan’s main islands and is well-known for its great winter sports facilities.

Hokkaido naturally receives heavy snowfall in winter due to its northern location. As the largest prefecture in Japan, its many mountains and valleys has resulted in many ski and winter sports resorts. Moreover, winter is longer in Hokkaido, which gives you more time to enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and other snow play. In this article, we introduce our top five ski resorts selected based on the skill level required and overall quality, as well as the season for each.

In order to go from Tokyo to Hokkaido, we recommend using the New Chitose Airport to get to areas such as Sapporo and Otaru, and Asahikawa Airport for Furano and central Hokkaido. A flight from Haneda Airport or Narita Airport would take roughly from 60 minutes to 90 minutes to any of these airports. For further information, please refer to our article on traveling from Tokyo to Hokkaido.

1. Furano Ski Resort: For Beginners and Experts

Picture courtesy of Prince Grand Resort Furano

Furano Ski Resort, situated in Furano City, in the heart of Hokkaido, is a historic, full-scale ski resort where many international ski contests were held. It takes only one hour and 20 minutes to reach (by bus) from Asahikawa Airport.

Ski slopes are available in two areas, the Furano ski area with long ski slopes and Kitanomine ski area with a wide variety of ski slopes. And the view of the snowy mountains from the ropeway, which accommodates 101 people, are magnificent.

Picture courtesy of Prince Grand Resort Furano

There are 24 ski courses in total with a wide range of terrains here, not to mention long ski runs that go for 3000 meters or so. Furano Ski Resort is great not only for advanced skiers but also for beginners and intermediates too.

Furano Ski Resort 2019 - 2020 Season

General Open: November 23, 2019, to May 6, 2020
Furano Zone: November 23, 2019, to May 6, 2020
Kitanomine Zone: early December 2019 to March 22, 2020
Night Skiing: early December 2019 to March 21, 2020

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2. Niseko Annupri International Ski Area: A Spacious Resort

Picture courtesy of Chuo Bus Kanko Shoji Co., Ltd.

Niseko Annupri International Ski Area offers a discounted bus package tour which includes a round trip bus ticket from Sapporo station, Shin Chitose airport, Otaru city and Yoichi city, and a ski lift pass for eight hours. Its charm is its easy-to-access environment. Moreover, the ski resort itself has a lot of attractive things to offer.

Mostly wide and gentle slopes are found here which makes it ideal for beginners and intermediate guests. There are 13 ski runs available from average 6-degree slopes for kids to 24-degree slopes located in deeper snow areas with woods. The powdery snow found at Niseko is perfect and enables skiers to glide easily along.

Niseko Annupri International Ski Area 2019 - 2020 Season

General Season: November 23, 2019 to May 5, 2020
Night Skiing: December 11, 2019 to March 22, 2020

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai Ski Area

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3. Hakodate Nanae Snow Park: Long Ski Runs

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Picture courtesy of Hakodate Nanae Snow Park

Hakodate Nanae Snow Park attracts people with its nature-based slopes; here you can enjoy mountains with their snow-covered peaks as you ski - there are incredible views of Mount Komagatake and the beautiful city too.

The longest ski run here is 4 kilometers long, but there are also 2-kilometer ski runs with wide and gentle slopes for families. The advanced ski runs through natural settings too. This resort is ideal for all levels and those that want to enjoy the outdoors as much as they enjoy skiing.

To get to Hakodate Nanae Snow Park, from Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station or JR Onuma-Koen Station, take a complimentary shuttle bus (20 to 25 minutes).

Hakodate Nanae Snow Park 2018 - 2019 Season

General Season: December 8, 2018 to April 7, 2019
Night Skiing: December 15, 2018 to March 10, 2019

Information on the 2019-2020 season will be updated as soon as it is available.

Hakodate Nanae Snow Park

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4. Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort: Take a Day Trip

Picture courtesy of Sapporo Resort Development Co., Ltd.

Thanks to direct bus service from Sapporo City, Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort is perfect if you want to take a one-day ski trip during your visit to Sapporo. There are not only plenty of ski runs offered for intermediates but also areas for beginners and snow playgrounds for kids as well. Even if you are a beginner, you can have a blast without any worries. Make sure to get a bus tour ticket to get a great deal, which includes a round-trip bus ticket as well as lift tickets.

Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort 2019-2020 Season

November 22, 2019, to mid-April, 2020

Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort

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5. Otaru Tenguyama Ski Resort: Superb Night View

Picture courtesy of Chuo Bus Kanko Shoji Co., Ltd.

Otaru Tenguyama Ski Resort is where the first All Japan Ski Championship was held in 1923. Starting from a 24-degree slope which has its nickname, Tengu (long-nosed goblin) Wall, each slope has steep sections which make this the best ski resort for experts.

Picture courtesy of Chuo Bus Kanko Shoji Co., Ltd.

Tenguyama Shrine, located at the highest point within Otaru City, is found on the top of the mountain and from here you can enjoy stunning night views. So even for non-skiers, this resort is an exciting place to visit. The resort is accessible from Otaru Station in about 17 minutes.

Otaru Tenguyama Ski Resort 2018-2019 Season

General Season: December 8, 2018 to March 24, 2019
Night Skiing: December 15, 2018 to February 17, 2019

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*This article is a revision of an article originally published in December 2016.

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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