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Best family ski resort in Japan

1Niseko United, Hokkaido


At the top of our list for Japan again this year, Niseko United Ė located at Mount Niseko Annupuri and consisting of four linked resorts Ė continues to be celebrated as the powder capital of the world. With more than 800 hectares of skiable terrain offering freeriding opportunities and world-class, English-language ski and snowboard schools for first-timers, thereís something here for all ages and abilities.


=2Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU, Hokkaido


For family fun in the snow, itís hard to beat the unique atmosphere of Tomamu, especially if youíre looking for more than ski slopes for your holiday. Check out the Ice Village or Mina-Mina Beach indoor wave pool.


=2Appi Kogen, Honshu


A compact base area, first-class facilities and variety of easily accessible terrain make Appi a fantastic choice for families. Thereís a range of beginner and intermediate runs and plenty to keep you busy off the slopes.


=3Nozawa Onsen, Honshu


Nozawa Onsen has been renowned for its hot springs and traditional inns since the early 17th century. More recently, however, itís known as one of Japanís most diverse winter sports areas.


=3Cortina, Hakuba, Honshu


Cortina is one of the smattering of resorts that makes up Hakuba in the northern section of Nagano Prefecture, loved for its tree skiing and its high levels of annual snowfall.

Expert picks

Best for beginners


1. Niseko United, Hokkaido

2. Sahoro (Club Med Sahoro Hokkaido), Hokkaido

3. Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU, Hokkaido

Best for advanced families


1. Cortina, Hakuba, Honshu

2. Kiroro, Hokkaido

=3. Rusutsu, Hokkaido + Madarao, Honshu + Myoko Kogen, Honshu

Best village


1. Nozawa Onsen, Honshu

2. Hirafu, Niseko United, Hokkaido

3. Myoko Kogen, Honshu

Best for all-round family activities


1. Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU, Hokkaido

2. Appi Kogen, Honshu

=3. Niseko United, Hokkaido + Rusutsu, Hokkaido

Best freestyle resort


1. Niseko United, Hokkaido

2. Appi Kogen, Honshu

=3. Goryu and Hakuba47, Hakuba, Honshu

Readers' picks

Readers' Choice Awards


1. Niseko United, Hokkaido

2. Hakuba, Honshu

=3. Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU, Hokkaido + Rusutsu, Hokkaido

4. Nozawa Onsen, Honshu

=5. Sahoro, Hokkaido + Kiroro, Hokkaido

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