A WHITE CHRISTMAS IN JAPAN

A WHITE CHRISTMAS IN JAPAN

Tick off two popular bucket list items in one fun packed trip: experience a white Christmas and take your kids skiing. We were lucky enough to venture to Japan last Christmas and what an experience it was!

Japan really is a fantastic place to take the family, especially if you are in search of snow, which, let’s face it, is something most kids dream of seeing at least once. Japan is clean, safe, the food is amazing, the transport is the best in the world, and the people are simply delightful. Plus it’s a lot cheaper than skiing in Australia. And better snow too!

Here is what you need to know to make your White Christmas dreams come true:

Japan’s snow season is long, in some places it begins as early as November and lasts into May, with the peak in February. It’s a seven and a half hour flight from Cairns to Tokyo with Jetstar on the Dreamliner.

Once you arrive in Japan, choose accommodation close to a train station for the first night. That way you can get some sleep before travelling to the snow. Most snow destinations are 2-4 hours travel on a very comfortable train and/or bus.

Where to Go

Japan’s major cities, including Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, receive only small amounts of snow, but great snow is accessible by hopping on a train.

Here are a few destinations to consider:

•Karuizawa – Located just 1 hour and 15 minutes outside of Tokyo by bullet train, Karuizawa has artificial snow so you’re guaranteed to have
some skiing fun. There is also designer shopping, sledding, tubing, and slopes perfect for beginners.
•Niseko – Located just 1 hour and 15 minutes outside of Tokyo by bullet train, Karuizawa has artificial snow so you’re guaranteed to have some skiing fun. There is also designer shopping, sledding, tubing, and slopes perfect for beginners.
•Yuzawa – A resort town located in the Japanese Alps, Yuzawa is known for its spectacular skiing locations and hot springs.
•Nagano – A popular destination for families and also where the 1998 Winter Olympics were held!
•Hakuba – A village in the Japanese Alps accessible by a bus ride from Nagano.

Check out our PakMag TV YouTube channel as well as www.pakmag.com.au/japan to hear more about this fantastic destination and to read my top tips on giving your kids a white Christmas to remember.

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