Japan’s Best Family-Friendly Ski Resorts

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It’s that time of the year again! Since we are approaching the winter season, we’re pretty sure you’re still looking for places to go skiing and snowboarding. Well, not to worry because we have prepared a short list of where should you and your family go.

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Japan is known for their finest powder snow which what most tourists love. Other than that, Japan also provides many family-friendly ski resorts that are packed with numerous snow activities for guests to enjoy during their stay. Most of the ski resorts are located near mountainous areas which are perfect for skiing.


New Furano Prince Hotel

New Furano Prince Hotel is Japan’s most famous ski resort. Located in Hokkaido region, this resort has held many skiing competition including FIS Downhill World Cup, 2005/2006 Snowboard World Cup, and other national and international events. In 2017, Prince Hotel was awarded the Top Three World’s Best Ski Resort Company. Their powder snow and excellent ski slopes are the contributing factors which have made Furano one of the desirable locations for families to go for a winter holiday.

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The Furano boasts two skiing zones such as the Kitanomine Zone and Furano Zone which are assessable by ski lifts. They usually start their snow activities in late November until early May. Some of the activities guests can enjoy here are like skiing, snowboarding, parasailing and snow rafting. In addition, you can attend skiing and snowboarding private and open lessons provided by Furano Snow School and Furano International Snowsports School. These lessons are available in the English language.

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Guests are able to enjoy many winter events happening in Furano, for instance, Furano Kan Kan Mura (Furano Night Village). You can wander around the village located within the resort and see ice sculptures, cafes and snow pathway at night. Other activities you can join are Furano Zero Trial, The Schuss Race and The Sledding Race that will only cost you ¥500. Before 8:00 P.M, try skiing at night in the Kitanomine Zone. You’ll be surprised at how bright and beautiful Furano is.

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As for accommodation, families can stay in either the New Furano Prince Hotel or Furano Prince Hotel. These hotels are located next to each other and can host a big number of families. Guests can bask in their onsen bath, luxurious dining restaurants, art gallery, and many exciting facilities provided by the hotel. If you had the chance to come here, don’t forget to attend the Furano Snow Festival. You will be treated with their fun activities and fireworks display in the evening. Overall, Furano is one of the best family-friendly ski resorts to spend your winter.

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New Furano Prince Hotel

Address: Nakagoryo, Furano, Hokkaido 076-8511, Japan

Contact Number: +81 167-22-1111

Closest Train Station: Furano Station

Website: http://www.princehotels.com/en/

 

Furano Ski Resort

Opening Hours: 8:00AM – 5:00PM (Night Ski closes at 8:00PM)

Admission Fees: 1 Day Pass: ¥5,700 (Adult), ¥5,100 (Senior aged 60 and above) Varies according to season and activities

Night Skiing: ¥2,000 (Adults aged 13 and above), ¥1,800 (Senior aged 60 and above)

Ski Lift Pass: ¥5,500 (Adults aged 13 and above), ¥4,900 (Senior aged 60 and above), Free (Children aged 12 and below)

Website: http://www.snowfurano.com/


Hilton Niseko Village

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Facing the magnificent view of the Mount Yotei and the slopes of Mount Niseko Annupuri, the Hilton Hotel of Niseko Village is the ideal place for families to enjoy both nature and thrilling snow activities. This hotel has won Japan’s Best Ski Hotel at the World Ski Awards from 2013 until 2016. Here you can participate in several sports such as snowmobile adventure, cross-country ski course through forests, snowmobile sled, night skiing, and reindeer sledding.

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As for facilities, the hotel provides various lessons for skiing and snowboarding for both kids and adults at Niseko Village Snow School, Niseko Kids Snow School, and NVSS All Mountain Explorer. Other than that, these lessons are available in English and Japanese and the equipment can be rented near Niseko Village.

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In the hotel, there are many restaurants and bars to dine in, hot spring baths, and a gift shop. For accommodation, you can choose to stay in the suites or rooms facing Mount Yotei. Plus, the guests get to witness a remarkable view of Mount Yotei floating among the clouds in the morning.

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Hilton Niseko Village

Address: Higashiyama, Niseko, Abuta District, Hokkaido 048-1592, Japan

Phone: +81 136-44-1111

Closest Train Station: Kutchan Station

Website: http://www.niseko-village.com/en/stay/hilton-niseko-village.html

 

Niseko Village Ski Resort

Date: 11th December 2018 – 20th March 2019

Opening Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM (Daytime), 4:30PM-8:00PM (Night Ski)

Ski Lifts Fees: ¥5,900 (Adults), ¥3,600 (Children aged 7 to 12), ¥4,500 (Children aged 13 to 15 & Senior aged 60 and above)

Website: http://niseko-village.com/en/white/index.html


Hakuba Happo-One Snow Resort

This well-known snow resort was a host for Nagano Winter Olympics back in 1998. Hakuba Happo-One Snow Resort is situated in the Hakuba Valley of Kitaazumi District that boasts 13 trails and 23 ski lifts. It is located within the Japanese Alps and is the top spot for visitors to go snowboarding and skiing. In Happo-One, there are several slopes and courses you can try. Kurobishi Course is for adrenaline junkies, Riesen Slalom Course is for intermediate, Nakiyama Slope is suggested for beginners and many other courses that are fit for kids and family.

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Among the ski activities you can do here is, definitely skiing and snowboarding, snowmobile, snow rafting, and snowshoe journeys. As for ski lessons, both kids and adults will be taught in Sakka Kids Park, while, Usagidaira Kids Park is only for kids. There will be classes for English, Japanese, and French. Apart from that, the resort also has a rental facility, onsen, and a day care.

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Since Hakuba Happo-One Snow Resort doesn’t provide any accommodation, visitors can look up for nearby hotels to spend the night. One of the nearest hotels is Hakuba Mominoki Hotel. The hotel has won Luxury Boutique Hotel of the Year in 2017, Luxury Mountain Hotel of the Year in 2016, and Luxury Mountain Hideaway of the Year in 2015. This ski to door resort is only three minutes away from Hakuba Happo-One Ski Resort’s gondola lift station which is very convenient.

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Their alkaline onsen is one of the main features in this hotel as it has great benefits for the skin. Also known as “Beauty Onsen” or “Shobei no Yu”, it is regarded as the number one alkaline onsen in Japan. The hotel incorporates both Western and Japanese influence in their rooms and suites. If you stay with your family, you can opt for rooms like the Mountain Suite. This suite can accommodate up to eight guests. Also, if you would like to stay in the woods, Log Cabin is available for booking and can fit up for five guests.

Shobei no Yu.

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In addition, you can find a gift shop, an Internet corner, a visitor center and a helipad area in the hotel. Overall, in Hakuba Happo-One Snow Resort, you can get everything you need for a winter holiday. With many snow activities and hotels to stay in, you and your family will have a good time.

Hakuba Happo-One Snow Resort

Address: 5734-1 Happo, Hokujo, Hakuba-mura, Kitaazumi-gun, Nagano 399-9301 Japan

Opening Hours: 8:00AM – 9:00PM

Admission Fees: Ski Lift: ¥5,200 (Adults), ¥3,000 (Children aged 7 to 12), ¥4,700 (Senior aged 60 and above)

Sakka Kids Park: ¥3,500 (Adult), ¥1,500 (Child)

Contact Number: +81 261-72-3066

Closest Train Station: Hakuba Station

Official Website: http://www.happo-one.jp.e.afx.hp.transer.com/

 

Hakuba Mominoki Hotel

 Address: 4683-2 Wadano, Hakuba Nagano 399-9301 Japan

Contact Number: +81-261-72-5001

Closest Train Station: From Hakuba Station (JR Oito Line)

Website: https://www.mominokihotel.com/en/

 

JAPAN WALKER SEA Editorial Team
JAPAN WALKER SEA Editorial Team
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