Top 5 Reasons to choose Japan for Winter Holidays
What we love most about skiing in Japan is that you are never too far from a slope, whether you are in Tokyo or Kyoto, you can be guaranteed easy access to the big resorts. You can expect top quality snow (powder at its best) with facilities and service (many English speaking) that cannot be beaten. Japan’s mountains receive the best snow fall in the world while temperatures average at between -5 to -10 degrees centigrade. Compare this to Europe and US, consider this warm.
For any food lover out there, Japan is heaven with Winter arguably the best time of year to visit. A trip to the local fish markets, buzzing with activity, is the perfect chance to sample the best seafood and sushi in the world. From oysters in Hiroshima to giant crabs and BBQ lamb in Hokkaido, reading menus in Japan is always a treat. Meet the lively locals at your nearest ‘Izakaya’ (Japanese style pub). Accompanied with warm ‘sake’ (rice wine), sample hearty wholesome ‘Oden’ (slow cooked simmered vegetables, eggs, tofu, boiled in seasoned broth) and ‘Nabe’(stew cooked and shared with family and friends at a table) which both come out in force over the winter months in the home or outside.
Fourth on our list for Winter highlights is getting out of the cities and resort towns to meet the wild snow monkeys in Nagano or the red crowned cranes in Hokkaido. Although you can access this all year round, it is not until the harsh Winter weather approaches that you will find an abundant amount of monkeys bathing in the outdoor onsen, with snow capped trees and rocks in the background .If you chose Hokkaido as your Winter destination then we highly recommend venturing to the untouched marshes in Eastern Hokkaido, home to the symbolic red crowned cranes.
5, Sapporo Snow Festival ( Yuki Matsuri )