Snow Holidays in Japan
Travelers who want to ski on slopes that Olympic athletes used will enjoy snow holidays in Japan. The Winter Olympics were held in Sapporo in 1972 and in the Nagano Prefecture in 1998. Other places in Japan for winter holidays include Niseko, Rusutsu, Kiroro and Furano which can be accessed easily from a number of major destinations including Tokyo and Kyoto holidays.
The city of Sapporo hosts a snow festival every February. Large snow sculptures are displayed in Odori Park. There are more sculptures at the Tsu Dome Site. Visitors can go snow rafting and play on snow slides here. There are food stands and a stage for events at Tsu Dome. Skiers who want to follow the path of Olympic athletes can ski on the Sapporo Teine Olympia Hill.
The Shiga Kogen ski resort in the Nagano Prefecture was the site of 1998 Winter Olympics. It is Japanâ??s biggest ski resort. The 21 ski areas here have slopes for skiers with all levels of experience. Skiers and snowboarders will appreciate the powder snow here.
Thirty-six feet of snow fall on Niseko every year. Beginning and experienced skiers can ski on the slopes here. Travelers who spend their winter holiday at Rusutsu can go skiing, tubing and snowmobiling. Visitors can also go for dog sled rides here while Kiroro visitors can attend ski school, take snowshoe tours and take snowmobile tours.
Furano hosted an international snowboarding event. Snowboarders and skiers can ride to the top of the mountain in a large cable car, a gondola or in small lifts.
Travelers can participate in a variety of winter sports and see different parts of the country when they take a snow holiday in Japan. Skiing and snowboarding tours to different resorts in Japan can be arranged through travel companies.