Snow report – Japan
If you’re living in Singapore, then Japan tops Europe for a ski holiday. Not only for its guaranteed snowfall, but the shorter flying times and the lack of jet-lag on your return! This combination of loveliness makes Japan better for avid skiers and family groups.
Hokkaido, in the north of Japan, has some of the snowiest resorts in the world with an average of 15m of lovely dry, powder snow every year. You can expect snow to fall almost constantly from early December to end of February.
Best ways to save
As Singaporeans know, Japan also tops tables as one of the most expensive countries in the world. Thankfully, there are a number of practical ways to keep your costs down.
1. Getting there
You can make significant savings on your flights as budget airlines are now flying from Singapore to Hokkaido. You can pick up a return flight for less than $600 per person.
Quick flight guide
- Scoot has a very short stopover in Tapei and costs around $550 return per person, including baggage.
- Air Asia, starting from $550, has a stopover in Kuala Lumpur.
- Japan Airlines and Singapore Airlines fly here too, but expect to pay at least $1000.
- You can also fly to Obihiro in Hokkaido with ANA Airlines for less than $600 with a stopover in Tokyo. A nice option too if you want to explore Tokyo.
- Obihiro airport is close to Club Med which offers an all-inclusive package and is ideal if you have kids. Prices here are reasonable if you can extend your budget.
- Make sure you book early. At least 6 months in advance if possible, as flights to Japan’s ski towns get booked up quickly, and that includes any special deals.
2. When to book
Book your holiday as early as possible. For instance, for a ski holiday around December, it’s best to book in April. You’ll be hard pushed to find any last minute deals as most ski towns get booked up early. The longer you leave booking, the more you’ll pay. This goes for accommodation, ski lessons and also ski/snowboard rentals. Best to take advantage of any early bird promos.
3. When to go
Chinese New Year is a big favourite with many Singaporeans. BUT be prepared to pay a premium. If you go at the end of December you can cut costs by 25 to 50% both on both flights and accommodation. There’s plenty of snow around this time too!
4. Budget accommodation and more
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