While countless ski veterans have already pioneered the world’s mountains, skiers who have snowboarded on the slopes of multiple continents are few and far between. In today’s day and age, however, it’s easier than ever before to travel abroad for that epic, once in a lifetime ski trip. When it comes to determining where to go, more and more skiers are picking Japan, and for good reason.
So, what is it about Japan that makes it so great? My trip there was the best of my life, and for good reason; with unmatched powder on the slopes, a fantastic history to explore while you’re there, and friendly tourist services to provide for your every need, Japan is perhaps the number one spot to ski abroad.
Veteran skiers understand the importance of preparing before they venture off, particularly when their destination is in a foreign country. Rookies seldom understand just how important it is to lay the groundwork for your amazing ski trip ahead of time, and should follow these tips if they hope to have a good time when they visit Japan.
First and foremost, don’t let yourself blindly wander around. You should seriously consider hiring a tour guide if you want to avoid missing out on amazing local opportunities, or booking a trip with a service with planned destinations for your visit. You don’t want to focus too much on having to find your own way when you’re in Japan, after all; you’ll need plenty of time for the slopes, as this training site shows, and some local help will get you there the fastest.
Outside of the amazing abundance of resort options you’ll have to choose from, Japan also has some non-skiing facets you’ll definitely want to explore while there, however. When travelling abroad, it’s wise to ensure you have a go-bag with some (but not too much) cash, refreshments, and the tools you’ll need to keep your electronics powered when you’re out and about. You will want to make sure you have a good WiFi connection on your trip with a good router. With the exception of souvenir shopping, you’ll want to purchase everything you need ahead of time, as prices in the country are likely to be steep, particularly in tourist areas and resorts.
Japan’s unique mixture of natural beauty in its landscapes and an ultramodern culture in its cities made for the best trip of my life. Be sure you don’t learn how to mind your manners abroad the hard way, however; I found it incredibly useful to beef up on local costumes before I went, and researched the area around my resort on the internet as a safety precaution. If you’re going as a group, be sure to work your schedule out ahead of time, too, to prevent any last-minute conflicts surrounding where and when you should go skiing.
Don’t break the bank
Every trip overseas is going to cost you some cash, but you don’t have to break the bank when planning your ultimate trip to Japan. You just have to learn to live within your means by carefully budgeting your trip there, and should expect to do some serious saving ahead of time if you don’t want to fall short of cash when you’re abroad. Japan isn’t needlessly expensive outside of highly urbanized areas or tourist traps, and by relying on the extraordinarily efficient local transportation, you can get around the country with ease, too.
Japan became one of the hottest ski destinations in the world for good reason; the country’s natural beauty is truly a marvel to behold, and its resorts are extraordinarily welcoming to veteran and rookie skiers alike. Make sure you don’t disrespect local costumes, however, and as always when abroad, understand that you’re a guest in another’s country, and that certain behaviors that are acceptable at home won’t be okay here.
You should focus on finding an English friendly resort if you don’t have someone in your group capable of speaking Japanese, and snow-gear is an absolute must if you’re heading into the more mountainous areas of the country on your trip. Again, booking a guided trip and packing your belongings ahead of time will save you a world of headaches when you’re in an unfamiliar land.
Few locations match the sincere beauty and excitement of Japanese ski resorts. By heading into the heart of the pacific with your ski trip, you’ll enjoy amazing experiences and create lifelong memories. Brush up on your travel etiquette, and do your research on the local area you’ll be staying in, and you’ll soon find yourself hitting the slopes in Japan and having the time of your life.