Luxury Ski Chalets Japan

Where deep, powdery snow falls regularly all winter, the luxurious resorts of Japan provide the perfect setting for a luxury ski holiday.

Why choose Japan for a luxury ski holiday?

  • With the abundance of deep, light powdery snow received each winter, ski holidays to Japan are a must for powder skiers and snowboarders
  • Japan offers a welcoming and unique culture with a variety of incredible food
  • It isn't all about off-piste skiing in Japan - most resorts have plenty of groomed runs for those less experienced
  • After a long day on the mountain, Japan's hot springs known as Onsen's await
  • On a Japanese ski holiday, you'll find the lifts close a lot later and night skiing is a popular pastime

Luxury Ski Holidays Japan

Although it is around the same size as the British Isles, Japan has hundreds of ski resorts for skiers to enjoy. With snow falling regularly all winter, you can be sure of excellent snow conditions during your luxury ski holiday in Japan. There are 13 main ski areas to discover between Hokkaido (North Island) and Honshu (Main Island). After a day in the powder, dine in a traditional Japanese restaurant, relax in one of many natural hot spring onsens or retire to your luxury Japanese chalet.

Typically Japan receives some of the largest snowfall out of any resort in the world, which means that Japan ski holidays offer incredible powder skiing as well as some of the world’s best tree skiing. Japan’s night skiing also gives guests the opportunity to try a variety of other activities during the day including snowmobiling and dog sledding, as well as snow rafting and reindeer rides. Japan ski holidays have something for everyone with incredible food and wellness on offer. For more information on what to do on a ski trip to Japan, explore our Ultimate Guide to Niseko, Japan’s most popular ski resort.

Luxury ski resort Niseko in JapanPhoto: Shutterstock
Ski slopes at night in JapanPhoto: Shutterstock
Luxury ski holiday with ski lifts in JapanPhoto: Shutterstock
Japanese cuisine on luxury ski holidayPhoto: Chalet Spa Niseko One
Luxury ski chalet in JapanPhoto: Chalet Spa Niseko Two, Niseko

If you are looking to really submerge yourself into Japanese culture during your luxury ski holiday, a visit to one of Niseko’s Onsens is the perfect way to relax and rejuvenate after a hard day’s skiing. A place of tranquillity and tradition, Niseko’s Onsens are naturally occurring volcanic hot water springs with many health benefits with minerals beautifying the skin and the hot water aiding high blood pressure and joint pain.

Luxury Ski Resorts Japan

On Hokkaido, Niseko comprises four interlinked resorts - Grand Hirafu, Hanazono, Niseko Village and An’nupuri. Niseko provides some of the best restaurants of any ski town and is famed for its wide-open powder bowls and tree runs. Other popular resorts on Hokkaido include family-friendly Furano, powder central Rusutsu and adventure playground Tomamu.

You might also want to consider Kiroro for a luxury ski holiday in Japan. Powder hounds will be well-rewarded and there are lots of activities for youngsters too. The accommodation in Japanese ski resorts ranges from high-rise apartments to private lodges and hotels. Niseko has an increasing number of luxury ski lodges which offer full service so you won't have to lift a finger during your stay.

One of the largest ski areas in Japan is on the main island of Honshu: Shiga Kogen is made up of 21 ski resorts incorporating 19 interlinked ski areas, beginner slopes, long cruisers, tricky moguls and powder bowls. Host to the 1998 Winter Olympics, Hakuba is another expansive region to be enjoyed consisting of 11 ski resorts and an incredible variety of terrain.

From big powder bowls to exhilarating tree runs, Niseko is renowned for its quality, quantity and consistency in snow. Open from November to May, Niseko provides incredible views of Mt. Yotei and Mt. Fuji with long runs and incredible backcountry and above treeline terrain. Located in Hokkaido a 2.5hrs drive from Chitose Airport, Niseko is Japan’s largest and best-known ski resort.

Luxury Catered Ski Chalets Japan

Whether you are looking for a ski-in ski-out luxury chalet or a breathtaking penthouse with outstanding views of Mt Yotei, at Leo Trippi, we have a selection of luxury catered chalets in Japan to choose from. With sophisticated living and dining areas, let your private chef prepare a beautiful four-course meal whilst you enjoy the views and a glass of champagne on the balcony.

Several of our luxurious lodges in Japan are located close to the winter sports action with sweeping mountain views and spacious open-plan living areas in which guests can unwind by the wood-burning fireplace.

Ideal for relaxation, our luxury chalets and penthouse apartment's in Japan also have plenty to help ease your muscles following a day on the slopes. From private massage rooms to outdoor onsens with water piped straight from a volcanic source, our luxurious Japanese chalets will take care of your every need. With something for everyone, experienced skiers will certainly have the time of their lives as they explore the black runs of Niseko village and the deep powder of Hanazono’s backcountry.

Top Catered Luxury Ski Chalets Japan

Skiing in Japan

For fans of deep powder, Japan is the place to be with up to 600 inches of snow through the mountains during the winter. January and early February are particularly popular times for powderhounds seeking incredible skiing conditions, but skiers have the whole winter season from November to May to enjoy.

Skiers of every level have something to delight in during a luxury ski holiday in Japan. For beginners and intermediate-level skiers, the Annupuri ski area in Niseko provides well-groomed runs and low gradient slopes, whilst experienced skiers will thoroughly enjoy the black runs of Niseko village and the deep powder backcountry. For further excitement, Hanazono also has three terrain parks with a pipe and jumps for all levels.

For an experience never to be forgotten during your ski vacation in Japan, accomplished backcountry skiers can even ski inside the crater of a stratovolcano before commencing their descent through some of the finest powder in the world. At 1898m, Mt. Yotei is the highest mountain in the region with the longest vertical ski run in Hokkaido.

Open every night of the season, Japan is famously known for its floodlit slopes, having offered night skiing for over 50 years. Lights cut through the evening fog and shadows are cast on the bumps of the ski terrain so visibility is often clearer at night than during the day. For skiers looking to avoid the crowds, night skiing often sees fewer skiers on the piste.

Fans of off-piste skiing can even ski in the backcountry at night with lights reaching off-piste terrain.

Eating & Drinking in Japan

Home to some of the best ski resorts in the world, ski holidays to Japan offer a plethora of incredible cuisine. From soba dishes to mouthwatering fresh seafood, the ski resorts of Japan have an incredible variety of food. For those staying in Niseko, a traditional Izakaya gastropub provides a delightful sharing experience of fresh sushi, whilst the vibrant nightlife of Hirafu in the centre of Niseko offers a variety of pubs with live music and DJs.

Should you wish to have handmade Japanese cuisine prepared for you during your stay, why not book one of our luxury catered ski chalets in Japan? Enjoy the local Japanese cuisine from the comfort of your own chalet.