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Skiing Hokkaido, Japan By Diamante Travel Chris Burley and Rachel Naidus, Co-Founders Diamante Life While Japan is known as the Land of the Rising Sun, it should be known as Land of the Deepest Snow. Hokkaido, the northernmost island of the Japanese Archipelago, has long been known by deep powder aficionados as the global record holder for snowfall. When cold Siberian air from the Asian Continent mixes with the moisture of the Pacific, it creates epic snowfall, leading to amazing skiing opportunities. Combine these world-class skiing conditions with a growing ski infrastructure, unique cultural experiences and Japanese hospitality and you have the perfect getaway for your next family ski vacation.

Where to go on Hokkaido?

Niseko: Known as the Aspen of Asia, Niseko is the most developed hub of skiing on Hokkaido. Formerly a sleepy potato growing region, the Niseko Valley now plays host to the largest concentration of upscale hotels, villas, restaurants and retail centers that accommodate the visiting skier. The Niseko United resorts are a combination of four ski areas that are interconnected, allowing a variety of terrain options for all levels of skiers. Niseko also boasts the best rated ski school in the area with bilingual teachers available for hire. Rusutsu: The ski area of Rusutsu is a family friendly destination with a well developed base area that caters to Japanese and foreign families alike. It boasts the largest amount of terrain of any ski area on the island giving visitors the opportunity to explore extensively during the course of their stay. Kiroro: While among the smaller resort areas on Hokkaido, what Kiroro lacks in terms of base infrastructure it more than makes up for in quality skiing opportunities. With the deepest snow of all the other resorts and a limited daily skier allotment one can always find fresh tracks at Kiroro. The all-inclusive hotels at the base ensure that you do not have to leave the area for anything, allowing you to focus on the world class skiing at your doorstep.

Must-Dos on Hokkaido:

Relax at an Onsen: Onsen are traditional Japanese hot springs and offer the perfect place to rest your tired legs after a long day on the hill. Make sure you check the regulations before visiting as some are very strict about age limits, visible tattoos and other limiting factors. Sample Izakaya Fare: While Niseko is flush with high end restaurants and fine dining establishments, make sure to take some time to explore a traditional Izakaya (local pub, kid friendly). Izakaya food is served like Tapas, small portions for the table to share and it is delicious as well as authentic. Visit Otaru on a down day: Just a short and scenic drive from the major ski areas, Otaru is a traditional Japanese fishing port that offers a glimpse into what Japan looked like 100 years ago. Explore the downtown center and the dock area to take in the traditional architecture and village life.

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