Uchi CEO Chris Pickering chooses five of the most exciting properties currently on the market

While we all long for the snow to start falling again in Japan (it’s only a few months away don’t worry!), the truth is that the top resorts in Asia’s most popular ski destination don’t go into complete hibernation each summer. Chris Pickering, CEO of Uchi – Japan’s most popular resort real estate site – explains:

“While winter is always the theme with ski resort real estate investment in Japan (obviously!), property here offers excellent potential, not only during winter but year-round. Renowned for its world-class powder snow, Japan attracts skiers and snowboarders globally, ensuring high demand and profitability during winter. However, the appeal extends beyond the snowy months.

In summer, these resorts transform into hubs for outdoor activities. Hiking, mountain biking, and scenic nature tours draw enthusiasts seeking adventure and tranquillity. Golf courses, often situated in breathtaking landscapes, are attracting more and more international golfers looking for unique and challenging courses. Hot springs, or onsens, provide relaxation and health benefits, attracting visitors throughout the year. The picturesque landscapes also make these resorts ideal for events like weddings and corporate retreats.

Additionally, the current weak yen makes property prices particularly attractive for foreign investors, offering excellent value. Combined with Japan’s efficient transportation network and the country’s safety, hospitality and rule of law, investing in Japanese ski resort real estate right now makes a whole load of sense. And of course, as other global resorts continue to struggle with reductions in snowfall, the famous Japanese powder snow tap is still a guaranteed source of the most important element of any snow holiday!”

Visit uchijapan.com/properties to search all the latest properties or check out these 5 picks from Chris below:

Muwa Niseko Penthouse

Location: Niseko-Hanazono, Hokkaido
Price: 1.1bn JPY ($7.1m USD)

MUWA Niseko 805: Penthouse Suite

MUWA Niseko 805: Penthouse Suite. View more images

Why? A luxurious penthouse in the brand new ski-in ski-out MUWA Niseko development. Situated on top of this beautiful onsen hotel, the residence features epic views of the resort and Mount Yotei as well as all the benefits of ownership associated with this top-end property. Onsen, delicious restaurants, owners’ lounge, ski valet service and more!


Midori Cottage Misorano

Location: Hakuba, Nagano
Price: 57m JPY ($360k USD)

Midori Cottage - Misorano

Midori Cottage – Misorano. View more images

Why? Hakuba has seen a huge winter in terms of real estate investment as the resort continues to gain popularity as an alternative to Niseko. This 3 bedroom home sits on a large plot and has great access to the various resorts that make up Hakuba Valley.


Niseko Golf Estates

Location: Niseko-Hirafu, Hokkaido
Price: from 95m JPY ($600k USD)

Niseko Golf Estates

Niseko Golf Estates. View more images

Why? This new onsen estate is only 2 minutes from Niseko-Hirafu’s fabled ski slopes but also neighbours one of the region’s top golf courses. With on-site management including a golf centre to hone your skills, this development is certainly set up for year-round enjoyment!


Myoko Chalet

Location: Myoko, Niigata
Price: 26m JPY ($170k USD)

Myoko Chalet

Myoko Chalet. View more images

Why? 5 bedroom home near to Myoko station, this property is ready for a bit of renovation and to be poised to take advantage of the upcoming investment in the Myoko area by Patience Capital.


Lake Toya Cabin

Location: Lake Toya, Hokkaido
Price: 15m JPY ($100k USD)

Lake Toya Cabin

Lake Toya Cabin. View more images

Why? Well the price is pretty much enough of an attraction, but this cabin is perfectly located to enjoy the summers on the lake and then access Rusutsu and the Niseko area in the winter.


Check out hundreds of ski (and summer!) properties at uchijapan.com/properties now