When it comes to choosing your ski destination this winter, Japan might not be the first place that comes to mind. Most people automatically spring up thoughts of Austria, Switzerland, Canada and North America, however Japan has some of the best ski resorts in the world, with fantastic and plentiful snow quality, and low costs to boot. One of the reasons I chose to came to Japan is actually because of the great skiing options!
Ski holidays in Japan are increasingly low cost, and without a doubt one of the most affordable ways to visit the country, without heading to pricey Tokyo or one of the other cities, which will zap your budget within hours. The breathtaking scenery of the Japanese ski resorts is something to behold, and there is a resort for every level of ability.
Niseko is a very popular spot due to its level of nightlife and family-friendly atmosphere, as well as Haikkaido for mega-cheap deals. Shiga Kogen and Hakuba are also popular spots. It’s impossible to list all the resorts, there are hundreds to choose from!
So, you’ve now got Japan on your ski radar, how can you cut costs?
Package deals – Look for low cost holiday packages, meaning you don’t have to think about putting together your own holiday facets. There are always deals on these kinds of holidays too, so you can easily grab a bargain if you look hard enough, all it takes it patience to search.
Or, do it DIY – The beauty of DIY holiday booking is that you can put together all the parts of your break yourself, and coordinate different bargains if you find them. For example, finding a cheap flight and then stumbling upon a cheap hotel means you save money.
Go in a group – If you can find a group wishing to share accommodation you might find you save money on those that charge by the room, rather than by person. You can also bargain for freebies if there is a large group when you hit the slopes, e.g. free lessons or at least a little cut off the price. If you don’t ask, you don’t get!
Think off peak – Travelling towards the end of season or at the beginning will always save you money when compared to booking your break right in the heart of the season.
Go last minute – Hoteliers would always prefer to sell their rooms off cheaper than have them totally empty, so if you book last minute you might find you save yourself serious cash.
Be food clever – Book self-catering accommodation and cook to save yourself the cost of eating out every night. I’m not suggesting you slave over a hot stove every night, you’re on holiday after all, but eating out a few nights and staying in for the rest will save you money.
As you can see, there are ways to cut costs, meaning a Japanese ski holiday is well within sight.