We all know about the life-changing experience of skiing Japan’s incredible snow and enjoying the food and onsen of resorts like Niseko, Hakuba, Nozawa and more. But visiting Japanese ski resorts during the summer can be a unique and enjoyable experience. While many of these famous resorts are typically associated with winter, more and more are offering a range of activities and attractions that make them appealing year-round destinations.

Uchi founder and CEO, Chris Pickering, certainly moved to Hokkaido for the snow but like many others, now finds himself loving life because of the green season. “For me personally, winter is often mainly about snow clearing and shuttling my kids to and from ski lessons and races!” says Chris. “In summer I can enjoy the temperate climate which is perfect for exercising outdoors or hitting the golf courses. The days are long and it’s great to gather friends for camping and BBQs too.”

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And if you want to know more, here is Uchi’s guide as to why visiting ski resorts in Japan in the summer can be just as fun as winter.

1. Natural Beauty

Japanese ski resorts are located in picturesque mountain regions surrounded by stunning natural landscapes. In the summer, these mountains transform into lush green paradises with blooming flowers, vibrant forests, and cascading waterfalls. The scenery is breath-taking, and it provides an ideal backdrop for various outdoor activities. On top of that, the climate is so pleasant – temperatures usually range between 20-30 degrees and the days are long and sunny.

2. Hiking and Nature Trails

Many ski resorts in Japan boast extensive networks of hiking trails that offer opportunities for exploration and adventure. You can embark on scenic hikes, ranging from easy walks to more challenging mountain treks. The trails take you through forests, meadows, and alpine landscapes, allowing you to appreciate the region’s natural beauty up close. More and more resorts are adding mountain bike trails too, giving more fun activities on the slopes for everyone to enjoy.

Hakuba's Happo Pond

Hakuba’s Happo Pond

3. Outdoor Sports and Activities

You can try your hand at mountain biking, zip-lining, paragliding, or rock climbing, among others. Plenty of resorts also have facilities for tennis, golf, and fishing, providing options for sports enthusiasts. Golf in particular is extremely popular with international visitors from Asia due to the low price and pleasant climate.

4. Onsen (Hot Springs)

Japan is renowned for its hot springs, known as onsen. Many ski resorts have onsen facilities where you can relax and rejuvenate after a day of outdoor activities. Soaking in the mineral-rich, naturally heated waters while surrounded by beautiful scenery is a cherished Japanese tradition.

Kotobuki Onsen Rusutsu

Kotobuki Onsen Rusutsu

5. Festivals and Events

Ski resorts in Japan often host summer festivals and events to attract visitors. These can include music concerts, fireworks displays, traditional performances, and local food festivals. These events provide an opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and experience Japanese traditions.

6. Scenic Gondola Rides

Ski resorts typically have gondolas or chairlifts that operate during the summer season, allowing visitors to enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. These rides provide a unique perspective of the landscape and are a great way to appreciate the natural beauty of the region.

7. Family-Friendly Activities

Ski resorts in Japan cater to families and offer activities suitable for children. You may find adventure parks, playgrounds, and kid-friendly hiking trails that make it a fun destination for the whole family. Some resorts also organize special events and workshops for children.

8. Relaxing Atmosphere

Ski resorts in the summer tend to be less crowded compared to winter, but this means you can enjoy a more peaceful and serene atmosphere while exploring the resort and its surroundings. It’s an excellent opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and reconnect with nature.

If you haven’t yet visited your favourite Japanese ski resort in summer, give it a try and fall in love with this amazing country all over again.

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