General Information

General information resources on SnowJapan.  In the coming months we will be adding to these pages and re-writing our general Japan introduction.
Introduction to Japan winter sports

Our introduction guide to the Japanese winter sports scene. Either read through the guide from the start or jump to any page below.

Snow... in Japan?

History of skiing in Japan

Ski boom and bust

Snowboarding and the inbound market


Where to ski or snowboard in Japan?

Skiing and snowboarding in Hokkaido

Skiing and snowboarding in Tohoku

Skiing and snowboarding in Niigata

Skiing and snowboarding in Nagano

Other snow regions of Japan

The Japan ski and snowboard experience

The expense of skiing and snowboarding in Japan

The Japan ski and snowboard season

Japan ski resort facilities

Japan ski resort opening and closing

Japan safety

Start exploring SnowJapan!

Japan Guide

This simple 'Japan Guide' section has been brought over from the previous version of SnowJapan.  In the near future we will be re-writing and updating the section and plan to provide more comprehensive information to help people visiting Japan.

Getting to Japan

Tourist information

Passport and visas

Costs and money issues

Post and telephone

Internet and newspapers


Health and safety



More food!

Route Finder Tool

Use our Route Finder tool to create and save maps from any resort or accommodation listed on SnowJapan.

Quickly find how to get from any snow resort in Japan to any other resort.  You can also create maps from resorts to any of the Places to Stay accommodation listings on SnowJapan.

Go to Route Finder

Feature articles

A selection of some of the more popular feature articles published on SnowJapan over the years.  Some of these are more of historical interest than up-to-date information!  As such please note the original published date at the top of each article.

Interview with Andrew Lea

The Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani Nagano

Working at GALA Yuzawa

Winter work in Hakuba

The Tunnel

Interview with Ryoma Ohira from Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort

Trials Tribulations and Triumphs

Theres skiing in Japan

Thank God I Didn't Go To Whistler

Snowboard instructing in Japan

Rookie adventures in Fukushima snow

Nozawa Dosojin Fire Festival

Niseko Ski Patrol

Niseko Summer

Niseko Local Rules

Just Enjoy Niseko

International Snow Season Workers in Japan


Just Enjoy Niseko

Boarding Mt Fuji

Annual Pilgrimage to Mount Fuji

A Westerners Japanese Ski Adventures

A Pint of Petrol Barman

Mt Fuji Ascent and Snowboard Descent

The Snow Dance

About SnowJapan

Learn more about SnowJapan, what we do and how to join in the community and contribute.

Introduction to SnowJapan

Start Here

About the MySnowJapan members area

Join the community (Forums register)

The SnowJapanForums community

Contact Us

Travel Guides

All-new regional Travel Guides are coming to SnowJapan later in the year. Thank you for your patience.

In the meantime, simple location information and maps can be found on each resort page of the site. You can also use our Route Finder tool to find your way to and from Japanese ski resorts.

Great East Japan Earthquake

Our guide to the Great East Japan Earthquake of 11th March 2011, along with feedback and opinions of people living in the snow regions of Japan. This report was originally published in June 2011.

Guide to the Great East Japan Earthquake

Feedback from around the regions