For most, Japan probably isn’t the first country that comes to mind when planning your next ski holiday. This may come down to a number of reasons – Japan is perceived as too expensive, too far to travel, or that skiers have simply been unaware that you can ski in Japan.
For others, Japan is the far-east’s best kept secret and to no surprise either. There are over 700 slopes in Japan (the most in the world), most of them are clear, resorts such as Niseko regularly receive around 14m of snow every year, and there’s the Sapporo and Kamakura snow festival. Then there’s Japan’s food and drink. If you want to get as far away as possible from beer and spag bol, Japan is a welcome break from the usual. Try a hot bowl of udon noodles, ramen or katsu curry, accompanied with a mug of sake. Sounds divine.
Best of all though, is the fact that Japan does not cost the earth. A plate of conveyer belt sushi (think Yo-Sushi!) costs around 63p, a jug of beer, about £2.18 – just take a look at the thumbnail above.
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