Popularized by fluffy pillows of powder, steamy onsen baths, and novelty seafood, Japan has stood out as a global ski and snowboard destination since hosting their first Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Hokkaido in 1972. The event led to the skiing boom of the 1980s, which saw more ski areas in the country than ever (over 700!). Get this: today, Japan hosts more ski areas than North America!
The unique geographic positioning of Japan provides the perfect balance of moisture and temperature to create its signature powder pillows and mind-boggling snowfall. Continue reading to get a peek at six of my favorite places to visit in Japan – I saved the best for last!