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Budgeting & costs for your next Japan Snow Holiday

Budgeting & costs for your next Japan Snow Holiday

With its stunning scenery, cultural experience, and endless snowfall, there’s no wrong time to go Skiing in Japan. Japan has some of the most sought-after snow in the world, so take advantage of a Japan ski holiday.

The cost of a Japan snow holiday is not as expensive as you may think and can easily be managed with a few budget tricks.

Keeping to budget

There are plenty of ways to make sure you’re sticking to a budget when travelling Japan.


Eating on the cheap in Japan is simple, 5-star Tokyo is expensive but get out and drop into small restaurants (Izakaya) and sample local dishes like curry, ramen, local vegetables and donburi which are inexpensive and very nourishing. If your accommodation has a kitchen consider cooking your own meals, by staying in a self-contained apartment on your Japan snow holiday, you can plan and cook your meals at home. The local supermarkets are relatively economical or check where the nearest 100-yen shop is to find affordable ingredients and eat for much less.


If you are going to travel around the country a lot then you may want to reduce your train costs by purchasing a Japan Rail pass before departure. You can a flexi pass or one, two, or three-week pass depending on the length of your holiday, and it’ll save you money compared with buying individual tickets. If you are just going to Ski Japan then a rail pass would not be required and one-way travel to the resort and back is more economical.


Japan is full of museums, temples, gardens and attractions for tourists. When you’re not smashing the Japanese powder snow, you might want to visit a few of these attractions. Some have reasonably priced entry tickets, but you can also find free temples, gardens, or parks that are both beautiful and on budget!

Added costs

Part of the cost of a Japan snow holiday is your rental gear, lift passes, and lessons if you require these.

When you rent ski or snowboard equipment, you’ll find that some equipment hire gives the option between premium and standard equipment. Prices for premium skis, boots, and poles may cost around ¥6,500 ($75.40AUD per day), while the standard option may cost around ¥4,750 ($55.10AUD per day).

If you’re a beginner headed on a Japan ski holiday, a ski or snowboard lesson is a must. Group lessons are cheaper than private lessons and depending on your resort, a two-hour group lesson will cost you between ¥6,000 and ¥7,000 ($70-80 AUD), while a private lesson of the same length might cost you around ¥20,000 ($232AUD).

A lift pass is an essential component on any Japan ski holiday. Prices can vary depending on how long you stay and which resorts you choose. A one-day lift pass in Hakuba Valley might cost you ¥6,000 ($70AUD), and Niseko charges around ¥7,400 ($85AUD) for a one-day pass.

How Deep Powder Tours can assist

Deciding where to ski in Japan can be a daunting task. Deep Powder Tours are the experts of Japan ski holidays and offer one of the largest selections of Japanese ski resorts and accommodation selections.

Deep Powder Tours make it easy and straight forward to plan and book your Japan ski holiday, their prices are as good or better than you would find on-line. Contact us today


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