Night skiing

Filmed over the course of a few evenings in Niseko, Silhouettes is a fantastic showcase of what it’s like out on the mountain after the sun goes down. Lifts run until 9pm every day in peak season!

Skiing light, deep powder at night

Background Radiation Measurements in Hokkaido vs. Asian Cities

Background radiation levels in towns and cities across Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido are noticeably lower than those found in other Asian cities.

The popular resort area of Niseko is located next to Kutchan, south west of Sapporo on the map.

The next two tables show changes in radiation levels over the last week (click on images for larger versions).

This information is updated daily and can be found online here.

Hakuba Winterland

It’s nearly the weekend so take a break from what you’re doing and watch this awesome video set in and around the ski resorts of Hakuba.

Outstanding skiing and culture in Hakuba

Now Taking Bookings 2011-12

Japan Ski Experience is now taking bookings for Japan ski accommodation and guest services in the ski resorts of Niseko, Hakuba and Myoko! Experience world class powder snow, incredible night skiing, Japanese culture and visit the Japanese snow monkeys.

Use our Accommodation Search Engine to check live availability and prices for accommodation in Niseko, Hakuba and Myoko!

To find out more about Japan’s ski resorts and which one is right for you, follow links for Niseko, Hakuba and Myoko resorts.

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Travel Safety and Support for Japan

The events of March 11th and current travel restrictions

On March 11th a magnitude 9 earthquake shook the north east coast of Honshu resulting in a devastating tsunami which caused around 28,000 deaths. The earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear incident in Fukushima which, although very serious, has not caused any deaths to date. It is now illegal to enter a 20km evacuation zone around the Fukushima plant, and as a precautionary measure, the UK government advise British citizens to remain outside a 60km radius. Travel to the north east coast of Honshu which was directly affected by the earthquake and tsunami is also advised against.

How this affects Japanese ski resorts

The ski resort of Niseko lies more than 600km from the Fukushima facility on the northern island of Hokkaido and was not directly affected by the earthquake, tsunami or the disruption caused at the nuclear plant.

The ski resorts of Hakuba and Myoko lie just under 400km south west of the Fukushima facility, and were also not directly affected.

The UK government did not, at any time, advise against travel to these Japanese ski resorts because of their distance from the affected areas.

How this affects Tokyo

The city of Tokyo lies more than 200km from the Fukushima plant. The UK government advised against all but essential travel to Tokyo until April 7th because of the general disruption to services following the earthquake and tsunami (Sir John Beddington, Gov’t Chief Scientific Advisor). Since April 7th the UK goverment has lifted all advice against travel to Tokyo.

Goverments worldwide including the US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, France, Germany and China, as well as organisations such as the World Health Organisation and the United Nations also do not advise against visiting Tokyo.

Support for Japan

Governments, businesses, charities and organisations worldwide are calling for international support. The tourist industry is just one part of the Japanese economy to have been financially affected by the tragic events of March 11th, threatening countless people’s livelihoods. By travelling to Japan this year, you will be supporting local people and helping Japan to recover from the economic effects of this disaster.

Our thoughts are with all those who have lost their homes, their lives and their loved ones in this tragedy, and to the Japanese people whose strength and spirit knows no limits.