Early bird deals on skiing and accommodation for the 2024/25 Japanese winter season.

As the 2023/24 Japanese ski season draws to a close, many of us may already have an eye on the next winter season. Fortunately, there are dozens of early bird offers on the table, with some serious discounts available for both skiing and accommodation in 2024/25.

[NEW] Shiga Kogen from $62/night with Japan Package – incl. breakfast & lift pass

Resort: Shiga Kogen (Yakebitaiyama)
Book by: 31 August

Japan Package is currently offering a number of Early Bird deals for resorts around Japan, perhaps none more enticing than their Shiga Kogen offer, which sees guests stay at Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel, next to the Yakebitaiyama ski area.

Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel

Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel

The Stay 7 Pay 5 offer includes breakfast and a two-day Yakebitaiyama lift pass, with rooms in the West Wing starting from just ¥67,000/person (∼US$438) based on 3 share between 2 March and 31 March 2025. However, even rates during peak season are ultra reasonable, with the same 7-day offer just ¥79,000/person (∼US$516) between 19 January and 21 February.

If you’re looking to ski Japan on a budget this winter, this may well be the deal for you.

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[NEW] Hakuba from $107/night with Mountainwatch Travel – incl. breakfast & lift pass

Resort: Hakuba

Mountainwatch Travel (formerly Liquid Snow Tours) has long been a great hub for shopping Hakuba on a budget, with a substantial range of 7-night accommodation offers.

If you have four good friends and you’re prepared to get cosy, the 7-night package at Meteor Pension is a bargain at just AU$1,248/person (∼US$808), which includes five-share accom, daily breakfast, a 5-day Hakuba Valley All Mountain lift pass (valued at ¥39,900 / ∼US$260 alone), welcome drink and two hours of mountain guiding.

Meteor Pension

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Of course, if sharing a room with four others isn’t your thing, the company offers many other accommodations to suit a range of taste and budgets.

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[NEW] 20% off Niseko and 15% off Hakuba with Japan Ski Experience

Resort: Niseko, Hakuba
Book by: 31 May or 31 June

Ski Asia Awards winner Japan Ski Experience have released their 24/25 Japan deals, which includes up to 20% off a selection of Niseko apartments, townhouses, chalets and designer apartments. A minimum 3-5 night length of stay applies to all discounts, in addition to a booking deadline of 31 June or 31 May depending on the property. Offer blackout dates apply so take care to check these when you enquire.

Amongst the collection of properties on offer are Muse Niseko and Loft Niseko, two former World Ski Awards nominees.

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Muse Niseko

Muse Niseko

Niseko Central: Early Bird + Stay and Save offers (up to 50% off!)

Resort: Niseko
Book by: 31 May

Get in quick, because this one will be off the table soon!

Niseko Central, one of the resort’s long-serving accommodation providers, has once again released several 24/25 season offers. These include a “Winter Early Bird Sale” featuring discounts ranging from 10–30%, depending on when you book and what period you stay.

The company is also offering guests a “Stay & Save Special” that gives you free nights the longer you stay, ranging from a single free night for stays of seven or eight nights, and up to four free nights for stays of 14 nights and longer.

Niseko offer

The real bargains appear when you combine these two offers. For example, a 14-night stay in lower Hirafu’s Horizon Townhouse 4 from March 17 to March 31 qualifies for a 30% Early Bird discount as well as four free nights on Niseko Central’s Stay and Save Special. It brings the total cost down from ¥1,184,400 (~US$7,987) to just ¥592,200 (~US$3,994). With the capacity for nine adults, the rate works out at just ¥4,700 (~US$32) per person per night – an absolute bargain for a holiday in one of Japan’s most popular (and most expensive) ski resorts.

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Up to 15% off in Nisade’s Early Bird Sale

Resorts: Niseko, Furano, Rusutsu
Book by: May 31

Nisade is responsible for some of Hokkaido’s most luxurious ski hotels including the Vale Niseko, its sister hotel, The Vale Rusutsu, and Fenix Furano, all of which enjoy ski-in ski-out access to some of Japan’s most popular ski destinations.

The company is currently running a 2024/25 Winter Early Bird Sale with discounts of up to 10% off during early and late winter dates, and up to 5% off over key holiday periods. Guests then access an additional 5% for stays of 9 days or longer.

A minimum booking of 2-5 nights is required for most properties.

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Club Med

Resort: Kiroro, Tomamu, Sahoro

Club Med was one of the first to roll out its early bird special for the 2024/25 ski season. The global hotel chain is offering up to 30% off of its all-inclusive packages at several of its Japanese winter retreats including Kiroro Grand, Kiroro Peak, Tomamu Hokkaido and Sahoro Hokkaido.

Club Med Kiroro Peak

These packages include all the usual bells and whistles including all-day gourmet dining, open bar, lift tickets and group classes, childcare, all-day entertainment options, plus more than 60 sports and activities to choose from. Additional discounts on deluxe rooms and suites are also available as part of the offer.

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Yu Kiroro

Resort: Kiroro

Yu Kiroro is a luxury condominium hotel at the foot of Kiroro Ski Resort, offering ski-in ski-out access to one of Japan’s best powder destinations. The resort, which receives an impressive 21m of snowfall per season, is also within an hour’s drive of Sapporo, Hokkaido’s lively capital – recently named one of Skyscanner’s top 10 trending cities to visit in 2024.

Yu Kiroro

Image: Yu Kiroro

Yu Kiroro’s 1-3 bedroom residences are spread across two wings, and offer stunning panoramic views of Kiroro valley. Guests have access to a variety of luxury facilities including a ski valet, onsen, 24-hour gym and kid’s space. The hotel is currently offering 15% off their best available rates for all winter 2024/25 bookings, with no minimum stay requirement. A 25% discount is applied to bookings of 3+ days.

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Setsu Niseko

Resort: Niseko

Voted the ‘World’s Best New Ski Hotel’ at the 2023 World Ski Awards, Setsu Niseko is a 6-storey condominium hotel comprising 190 serviced apartments, six restaurants, a gym, yoga studio, spa, onsen and sauna, all within a 10 minute walk – or 2 minute shuttle ride – from the Grand Hirafu Gondola.

Image: Setsu Niseko

The hotel, which opened in December 2022, is currently offering its Winter Advanced Special for the 2024/25 ski season – available for stays between 29 November 2024 and 31 March 2025. The deal includes daily breakfast, a shuttle service to Grand Hirafu’s slopes, ski locker access, first visit access to its private onsen, plus best available stay rates.

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EA Ski + Snowboard Training

Resort: 10 resorts across Japan

Founded in 2006, EA has grown to become the world’s largest snowsports training program provider, now operating in 30 resorts across five countries. Its instructor internships are offered at 10 ski resorts throughout Japan including Niseko, Hakuba, Rusutsu and Shiga Kogen. These internships include staff accommodation and lift tickets, plus a guaranteed job offer at the completion of the level 1 exam.

EA is currently offering up to $1,500 off its instructor courses for the 2024/25 winter season as part of its Super Early Bird Sale. Aspiring instructors can register their interest via EA’s website.

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Niseko Ski Lodge

Resort: Niseko
Book by: 31 July 2024

Niseko Ski Lodge is a collection of properties based in Hirafu and Higashiyama, Niseko, ranging from 1-bedroom self-contained apartments to an 11-bedroom ski lodge with communal dining and living areas and an on-site restaurant/bar. The company has announced two early bird specials for the 2024/25 season – a choice between free beginner ski/snowboard lessons or free off-piste guided tours for all 3+ night bookings made before 31 July 2024.

A 3-night booking at either Niseko Ski Lodge Higashiyama or Chalet Banff includes either one full day’s beginner group ski/snowboard lesson or one full day’s lift-accessed group guided tour. Skiers booking out entire properties (apartments, town houses or houses) are entitled to additional days.

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Gakuto Villas Hakuba

Resort: Hakuba

Gakuto Villas, based in Hakuba’s Wadano district, comprises twelve 2-bedroom chalets, all within minutes’ reach of Happo One ski resort. Each of the villas measures 100 sq. m over two storeys and sleeps up to six people, while facilities include living and dining areas, a fully-equipped kitchen, a ski equipment storage area, plus TV, DVD-player and laundry machines.

Hakuba Gakuto Villa

Image: Gukuto Villas Hakuba

Gakuto’s early bird special includes 10% off all bookings made before 30 April 2024, and is also available at Koharu Resort Hotel & Suites and Shizuku Villas.

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Ski Safari

Ski Safari is a ski holiday specialist, offering tailor-made holiday packages that include everything from flights and accommodation, lift passes, lessons, car hire and non-ski activities. The company is based in the UK but specialises in North America (USA, Canada), Europe (Norway, Sweden, Switzerland) and Japan.

As part of its 2024/25 Early Booking sale, Ski Safari is offering up to 15% off stays at a number of hotels throughout Japan including Green Leaf Niseko, Address Nozawa and Fenix Furano, among others.

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