Winter Sports in Japan
Japan is a country blessed with mountains and a climate very
conducive for snowboarding and skiing. As a matter of fact, a
lot of Japanese people engage in the said activities. Various
ski areas are not too far from the country's capital, Tokyo.
However, these locations have less snow and have more ice. If
you want to have a good snow sport experience, the Northern regions
of Japan are ideal for it. Honshu island's northern part and
the entire Hokkaido island is rich in amazing mountain areas
for all types of snow sports.
The Winter Olympics of 1998 was held in Japan, in the Nagano
Prefecture of Honshu island. The Nagano Prefecture is sometimes
called as "The Roof of Japan" and has three mountain
ranges (Japan Alps). With mountains that are towering from 2,000
to 3,00 meters, it is divided into the Northern Alps, the Southern
Alps and the Central Alps.
During winter, the island of Hokkaido is converted into a real
winter wonderland. It contains active volcanoes, huge lakes,
and wide virgin forests. Sapporo city offers an excellent vacation
place for skiers and snowboarders. Visitors and locals can experience
taking runs on the actual courses used during the 1972 Olympics
and the Asian Winter Games. It has a lot of ski sites than can
easily be accessed via public transportation within two hours.
The deep powder snow piled during arctic storms in the island
of Hokkaido makes skiing and snow boarding a wonderful site.
The elevations of mountains in Hokkaido are relatively lower
as compared to the larger ranges in the Americas or in Europe.
By this, the lower elevation offers an advantage of making it
a bit easier for some people to enjoy the sometimes vigorous
activities of alpine sports.