European ski chalets are so yesterday. We’re booking a Japanese ski ryokan this winter.
Taking the ski lift to the top of any action sports lover’s travel bucket list, Japanese ski resorts have been popping up many and plenty in recent years, as the East Asian island sees an influx of avid skiers and visitors falling for its perfect powder snow slopes. And indeed, it should not come as much of a surprise. Some regions in Japan get up to four times more annual snowfall than their Western counterparts, and in combination with a post-ski hot spring onsen, world-class cuisine and an array of refined accommodations to choose from, it’s not difficult to see why they’re coming into hot demand. Also, sake and sushi as an apres-ski treat? Groundbreaking.
Sure to get you in the mood to shoop, shoop, shoop (skiing sounds, these are skiing sounds) in no time, we’ve put together a list of some of the most luxurious Japanese ski resorts of the minute. From dreamy mountainside views to ski-to-door experiences, there’s something for everyone here – be you a hardcore professional skier or just a hardcore professional Japanese whisky sipper. Need any more convincing? Three words: Japanese snow monkeys. Read on.