Spring in Niseko is a wonderful place to be. Gifted with some of the best skiing in the world, unique onsen experiences, and cherry blossom season – you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else for your spring ski vacation.
Many know Niseko as a famous destination for mid-winter skiing but spring has its appeal too. Therefore, we have put together some of the top choices for activities during the spring season in Northern Japan. People are discovering Japan as a year-round destination, seeing just how wonderful spring can be, that’s why these tourists are turning into buyers and investors in the area. You will experience that not only is your investment potential huge but also, Japan has so much to offer on and off the slopes. Let’s find out how. . .
The very best of spring skiing in Niseko
The legendary powder of Japan draws ski lovers from all over the world for winter. Although neck-deep backcountry skiing through the gentle slopes of Niseko in January may sound like heaven, don’t overlook the spring skiing, once the tourists have dispersed, you can see a new side to the resort.
With all the powder from the season, you’ll get well into May before the snow runs out and although the backcountry skiing may not be at its peak, the groomers are some of the best in the world. Plus, with short lift queues and empty pistes, if there is a powder day, chances are you’ll be among the first with fresh tracks!
Niseko also goes discount mad in the spring; with free child ski passes, and major discounts on accommodation, ski rental, passes, and lessons – you would be crazy to miss out!
What’s more, there’s plenty of opportunities outside of skiing that are open too. With money saved on ski passes, that leaves greater room in your budget for activities such as snow-shoeing, cat skiing, or cross-country skiing on your days off.
Most importantly though, the weather is warmer, sunnier, and in general much more pleasant. With less of the famous snow storms that bring such incredible powder, the sky clears up and you can enjoy the stunning panoramas that Japan is so famous for.
A quick guide to cherry blossoms in Japan
Springtime in Japan is like nowhere else in the world, where cherry trees all over the country come to life for a few short weeks. If you’re looking to journey to Japan for your spring vacation, we recommend coordinating so as not to miss this spectacular event.
Cherry blossoms hold a unique place in Japanese culture, with the blossoms said to represent the souls of fallen warriors. There is even a special name for cherry blossom viewing, Hanami. The times for cherry blossom viewing vary depending on where you are in the country, but the first blossoms are set to arrive in the north of Japan in late April/ early May.
To see the very best of cherry blossom season on your ski vacation head to nearby Hakkodate. Travellers from Japan and further field journey to Hakkodate (a 2hr drive from Niseko) and visit Goryokaku Fort where over 1500 cherry trees bloom during the spring. For the best experience, we recommend bringing along a picnic basket and sake and making a day of Hanami in the spring sunshine.
Visit cultural hotspots such as Kyoto
If you have the time to make the journey for a day or two, we thoroughly recommend Kyoto as a stop on your journey to Japan. A favourite among tourists worldwide, this city is renowned for its classical Buddhist temples, gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines, and traditional Japanese streets. It’s also a top pick for cherry blossom viewing too!
It is like taking a step back in time. Spared the bombing of the Second World War, it has preserved much of the buildings and traditions of ancient Japan. If you do choose to visit, you can experience classic Japanese kaiseki dining and traditional tea ceremonies.
Our top picks include; Kyoto palace, Higashiyama District, and Nanzenji Temple. If these don’t take your fancy, there are over 2,000 buddhist temples and shrines to choose from.
Spring skiing in Japan is growing increasingly popular as travellers worldwide are becoming aware of its unique attractions as well as the attractive investment potential. Nowhere else in the world can you combine spectacular late-season snow with gorgeous cherry blossoms and ancient culture.
If you would like to know more about planning a trip to Niseko get in contact with Snow Dog Village and Alpine Property Search to learn more about Niseko Property.