Next year’s ski season is set to be one of the best, and Japan has some of the finest pistes in the world on which to enjoy it.
Three top Japanese venue choices among Prince Snow Resorts’ holidays range from traditional mountain huts to family friendly options.
Best for outstanding powder: Kagura Wagogoya Mountain Hut
The Wagogoya Mountain Hut is nestled in the alpine terrain of Kagura renowned for its high altitude and abundance of light powder.
The hut is only reachable by ski lift, giving guests exclusive access to fresh snow tracks.After a day on the trails, skiers can head back to recharge with a speciality wagyu shabushabu meal before soaking in a hot bath.
Naeba and Kagura combine to make Japan’s longest gondola, and with its consistent snowfall, has one of the longest ski seasons.www.princehotels.com/en/ski/kagura/resort.html#tabArea
Best for post-ski relaxation: Manza Onsen
On the northwest edge of Gunma, the Manza Onsen Ski Resort is renowned for its dry powder snow, unparalleled views and healing Japanese onsens.
Two hotels, Manza Prince and Manza Kogen, both double up as hot-spring resorts featuring traditional onsens which use naturally warm water from geothermally heated springs.
Guests can soak in outdoor baths, containing minerals proven to naturally cure fatigue and muscular pain, under a starry sky set against mountains.
With nine courses including an accessible off piste terrain park with trees left uncut, a snow sledding space and speciality slopes with kickers, waves and spines, this resort is suitable for all.www.princehotels.com/en/ski/manza_onsen/resort.html#tabArea
Best for families: Furano Prince Resort
In the heart of Hokkaido, Furano Prince Hotel has 23 skiing trails spread across 25km, and is perfect for families with differing ski experience.
The resort’s Family Snowland offers dog sledding, snow tubing and banana boat rafting. Across the valley is the Daisetsuzan National Park, where adults have exclusive access to local hot springs fed by an active volcano, while children learn about natural wildlife in the play park.
The nearby Furano winery offers a night of apres ski tasting famous Japanese wines.www.princehotels.com/en/ski/furano/resort.html#tabArea