High-quality powder, convenient access and minimal jet lag are some of the driving forces that Aussie travellers take to Japan’s ski season year after year.
What’s more is that travelling to Japan, whether it be your first or tenth visit, is never short of a unique experience due to the country’s amazing cuisine and culture.
For those considering a holiday during the northern hemisphere ski season, here’s how you can enjoy a culturally rich ski experience in Hakuba, Japan.
Ski until your heart’s content
Situated near the Hakuba ski area where the 1998 Winter Olympics took place, KAI Alps is a luxury hot spring ryokan where you can ski by day and unwind at night. With a variety of transport options to access high-quality powder runs, it’s a convenient place to base yourself for ski holiday whilst taking in the rich diversity of Japanese culture.
Soothe your tired muscles in a hot spring
After a full day on the slopes, what better way to relax your body than with the option of taking a dip in an outdoor hot spring. Breathe in the fresh air and take in the views of the surrounding forest and mountains from the warmth of the nutrient-rich water. Cool off in the Yuagari Lounge afterwards so you can sip on warm soba buckwheat tea and tuck into frozen treats.
Savour multi-course kaiseki meals
One of the best reasons to stay in a ryokan is to be treated to the amazing multi-course kaseki meals – an experience one must savour when visiting Japan. Visually pleasing dishes are made and presented with seasonal, local ingredients. It’ll be hard to decide which impresses you more – the exquisite presentation or careful balance of flavours.
Spend time in a Japanese igloo
In early February, traditional snow domes known as ‘kamakuras’ decorate the central court yard of KAI Alps. Why not spend some quality time inside one and take photos to show friends and family back home!
Share stories around the irori
An irori is a traditional Japanese sunken hearth. In the past, they served as both a kitchen area and a warm place to gather in Japanese homes. KAI Alps continues the custom and invites guests to experience what life was like in rural Japan – here you can play traditional games and enjoy a variety of grilled snacks and warm, local sake.
Staying at KAI Alps is a cultural experience in itself. For more information, visit https://kai-ryokan.jp/en/alps/snow/index.html
About Hoshino Resorts
Hoshino Resorts was established as a family business in 1904 and has grown into one of the largest Japanese-owned and operated resort brands. With 37 resorts across Japan, the company is expanding globally with new resorts in Bali and Guguan, Taiwan. As Japan’s premier resort company, Hoshino Resorts specialised in operating Japan ryokans (traditional Japanese inns) and hotels and offers unique Japanese cultural experiences specific to each region. The company remains proudly family-owned, offering a diverse range of Japanese accommodation, cuisine and culture to visitors.
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