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Mountain Holidays in Japan

Japan receives one of the biggest dumps of powder you’ll ever hear about- with its northern mountains receiving a huge 16 metres per year!

Japan is a great destination for skiing or boarding from November through to late March and is one of the most cultural ski areas to visit on the planet. There are some ski focussed villages but also a combo of traditional Japanese villages too. Kate our Ski holidays specialist was lucky enough to get up there this year and can give you some great insight into the awesome destination.

There is a range of great mountains to ski or board on in the North as well as the Main Island. The mountains on the Mainland are outside of Tokyo about a 5 hour shuttle away. The mountains here are Hakuba, Nozawa Onsen and Shiga Kogen, these are all great mountains with a huge amount of terrain to keep you happy. This is also home to the Snow Monkeys too which is a must see! In the North which is famous for powder we have Niseko, Rusutusu and Furano, these mountains are great too with a huge variety of runs to keep all levels of skiers and boarders happy.

We can also add in stop overs if you wish in Tokyo and Sapporo. So if you wish to stop off in Tokyo and visit Mount Fuji or perhaps Tokyo Disneyland, or visit Sapporo beer brewery or winter festival let us know as we have great info on this too.

Each destination has something different and we don’t just offer what is on our website so if you are after a ski holiday that is not on here contact us and we will be able to help!

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Currency in Japan is the Yen. 1 yen corresponds to 100 sen. However, sen are usually not used in everyday life anymore, except in stock market prices. Bills come in 1,000 yen, 2,000 yen (very rare), 5,000 yen and 10,000 yen denominations. Coins come in 1 yen, 5 yen, 10 yen, 50 yen, 100 yen and 500 yen denominations.


In general NZ passport holders will be issued a 90 day tourist visa upon arrival in Japan. In most cases obtaining a visa prior to departure is not required. If you are travelling with a non-New Zealand passport please feel free to check with me or the Japanese consulate prior to departure. Japanese immigration procedures now require all visitors to be electronically finger printed and photographed upon arrival.


Japan is a country surrounded by oceans and consists of four major islands (Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu) and many small islands. The climate varies widely from one region to region. Most parts of the country has four distinct seasons. Spring months are March, April, and May. Summer months are June, July, and August. Autumn months are September, October, and November. Winter months are December, January, and February. In the Winter it gets very cold in Japan so warm closes and waterproof shoes are highly recommended.


Japanese in the local language spoken throughout Japan. However you will find a lot of English speaking people in Japan too. In most hotels, shops etc you will find English speaking staff too.


As at December 2014 no inoculations are required for entering Japan from anywhere around the world. As Situations are always changing please check with your GP or the Travel Doctor before departure.


Tap water in Japan is drinkable, however boiling is always recommended. After the 2011 disasters there has been some worry about the water systems so always best to be safe and boil water and drink bottled water while out and about.