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Japan Ski Resorts: Skiing and Snowboarding Holiday Packages 2023 with the Best Accommodation, Mountains and Powder!

If you are planning a ski trip to Japan, let Active Life be your guide. We have a host of Japan ski holiday packages to offer in 2023 and we are confident that you’ll be able to find the perfect package to suit your needs and requirements. 

Whether you are new to skiing and wish to bring the whole family for a winter sports experience or you’re an avid skier on the lookout for a solo adventure, we have packages to accommodate everyone. 

For the finest ski destinations Japan has to offer with luxury accommodation to suit a wide variety of tastes and budgets, look no further than Active Life Japan.

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Best Family Ski Resorts Japan

Are you looking for the best ski resorts in Japan that can easily accommodate a family with small children? Perhaps you’re a family of skiing enthusiasts and it is time to introduce the little ones to some fine powder for the first time. Or maybe you are all completely new to skiing but want to introduce your children to a brand-new and exciting experience that you all can share. Whatever the case, Active Life is the number one place to go for family ski packages in 2023 in Japan. 

Our luxury accommodations are spacious and equipped with all of the convenience you could possibly need to take care of your family on your ski holiday in Japan – not to mention the world-class dining experiences, the breath-taking views, and the fact that little ones’ ski for free! 


Active Life Japan

There are currently 3 ski resort hotels under the Active Life Japan umbrella; we have 2 hotels in Madarao: Active Life Madarao and Xplore by Active Life, and 1 hotel in Tsumagoi: Palcall Tsumagoi by Active Life.

At Active Life Japan, we take care of your entire winter holiday experience. Active Life is not just a hotel provider, but an awesome curated experience from start to finish. Whether you’re an avid skier or this will be your first time, you will be able to enjoy the most wholesome winter sports experience with us!


Location: Maradao

Ski or ride through Japanese birch trees on Madarao’s famous powder! Experience Madarao’s 10+ meters of annual snowfall, uncrowded slopes, and feel the deep tree runs and non-stop face shots!

All visitors to Madarao are rewarded through our equipment rentals, Miyuki Snow Sports, boasting the best powder skis, snowboards, beginner rental gear, and retail accessories!  Along with our culinary experience, raising the standard of food and activities available in Madarao Mountain Resort.


Location: Tsumagoi

Located in Tsumagoi, Japan, Palcall Tsumagoi resort is the perfect holiday destination for all types of families and friends.

At Palcall, the largest-scale spacious snow resort in the Kanto region with 16 courses and the longest gondola in the Kanto region, all levels of skiers can get to explore and enjoy a whole new skiing experience. If you are not a skier or there are people in your group who are not interested in the sport, rest assured there is plenty of other activities to enjoy, such as, kicking back and soaking up the breath-taking views and fantastic hot springs in our hotel.



Madarao Kogen Mountain Resort


Frequent, gigantic Siberian winter storms passing over the Sea of Japan results in the crystal-like, fluffy and deep powder, famously nicknamed MadaPOW. 

Skiing and snowboarding in Japan is unlike anywhere else in the world and Madarao has begun to redefine Japanese snow holidays by giving visitors to Madarao the best conditions in Japan, along with small crowds and inexpensive lift tickets!

Madarao Mountain Resort, also known as Madarao Kogen, sits on the border of two of Japan’s snowiest prefectures: Nagano and Niigata. Located between the resorts of Nozawa Onsen and Myoko Kogen, Madarao is easily accessible via the snowy and beautiful town of Iiyama ("ee-yama"). A comfortable 100-minute Shinkansen (bullet train) ride from Tokyo followed by a 25-minute shuttle or taxi up the mountain. Simply put, you can begin those deep powder turns within a day of arriving in Japan! So, if you want to waste no time and get straight to enjoying your Japan snow trip, then an Active Life experience is for you.


Best Ski Resort in Japan for Beginners

Active Life in Japan provides a wholesome skiing experience for all, whether you are a complete newbie or an advanced skier. For those who are new to the sport, our Palcall Tsumagoi by Active Life resort in Tsumagoi is perfect for beginners and intermediate skiers. 

This is the largest resort in the Karuizawa region and provides the ideal introduction to skiing quality powder snow. 

For families or larger groups with individuals who would prefer to try snowboarding rather than skiing, Palcall boasts some world-class terrain that makes the spot suitable and attractive for prospective snowboarders. Everybody wins! 

And while Tsumagoi is one of the best ski resorts for beginners in Japan, it can also provide several challenging runs for the more established and experienced ski enthusiasts.

Of course, a ski experience is about so much more than the powder, but the broader experience itself. With over 135 luxurious rooms with the most incredible views overlooking Mt. Asama, you’ll be certain to enjoy a vacation like no other.

Best Ski Resort in Japan for Advanced Skiers

If you are an advanced skier and you are looking for challenging runs with an endless supply of premium-quality snow, then Madarao is worth a look! Active Life Japan has 2 hotels in Madarao: Active Life Madarao Japan and Xplore by Active Life, so you’ll be certain to find a hotel that suits your tastes and requirements. 

One of the biggest selling points of skiing or snowboarding in Madarao is the fact that 60% of the mountain is left entirely ungroomed, thus offering a natural, off-piste experience that you’ll be hard pressed to find elsewhere. 

Further to that, for advanced skiers looking to try their luck on a naturally formed halfpipe, you’ll find the Sawa Natural Pipe on the Madarao terrain map! This grants an excellent opportunity to take your skiing to the next level and try out some new moves.


Beginning with renovations in 2016 Active Life Madarao has become one of Madarao Kogen’s finest hotel offering. We have since added  Xplore by Active Life, along with our very own international ski school, inter-resort shuttle service, equipment rentals and much more!

Life is about exploring, experiencing and being free. Being active and living an Active Life. Active Life was founded with a purpose of offering an awesome curated experience to sports enthusiasts like you. At Active Life, we take care of everything from sport, to food, to rest so you can focus on your adventure.


Everything about it. I enjoyed my stay. As a solo traveler, everyone was friendly and hospitable. I hope I can come back soon and I will definitely recommend it to my snowboarder friends! It’s very near the ski area, there are many restaurants/ cafes nearby. I hangout every night in the bar, I met new friends and the hosts are there to mingle with everyone. It’s like a small family. When I had some requests, they were openly providing/ helping. I’m very happy with my stay overall! Cleanliness is a 10 too! That’s one of the most important, and I want to add safety too!

Stayed in February 2019

10/10 Reviewed: March 1, 2019

MA, Singapore


Brilliant Stay
From the moment we walked in, we felt incredibly welcomed and like one of the Explore family. The staff, particularly Lisa, went above and beyond to make our stay enjoyable. Our room comfortably fit our group of three people and the beds were incredible - just perfect after a long day of skiing. The hotel is well located, just a short walk to the slope and rental shop, and it has a low key community vibe that suited us perfectly. We highly recommend staying at Explore and are already planning our trip for next season.
5/5 Reviewed: February 2019

Kym, Phillipines


Best Ski Holiday Ever

We had a fantastic stay at Xplore, staff are awesome, our room was cosy, clean and with a perfectly comfortable bed to come back to after a hard days skiing.  They also have an Onsen on sight we highly recommend Xplore

Stayed in February 2019


10/10 Reviewed: March 1, 2019

Tracie, Australia

Stop looking, stay here

Hakken is a fantastic little hotel, right next to the slopes. Great spacious rooms with tatami, good drying room and excellent breakfast. The owners could not have been more accommodating and the place soon felt like home. Beer on tap and cosy bar after a long day on the slopes - what more could you want?

10/10 Reviewed: Feb 25, 2018

KIRI, Australia


5 stars holiday

The Hakken is a small hotel which is run by PK and Kaylee whose aim for you to have great holiday.  The double rooms are very comfortable and have everything that you need.  There is a ski room, breakfast room and a bar that serves excellent food.  There is a private Onsen, hot hub, which is a great bonus in the evening after a day on the snow.

All the staff were very helpful, made dinner reservations, helped with equipment hire and anything else that we needed.   The hotel is ski I ski out and is in easy walking distance to most bars and restaurants.  The free ski and snowboarding lessons are a great bonus.  The young instructors were very professional and this was definitely an added bonus that helps the active life group stand out.  We will definitely be recommending this hotel to others and will be back next year.

Stayed in: January 2019


5/5 Reviewed: January 17, 2019

Blundells_10, UK


Snow condition was excellent when we arrived at Iiyama station. Although a clear direction from bus stop to the hotel entrance was informed, we took a Jumbo taxi which only cost 2-3k JPY more than the bus ride for 4 persons, a snowboard bag and 4 luggage. The room is spacious in size, with new comfy beds and towels, and has the nicest view. Very good breakfast and dinner, kids play area, relaxing bar. My girls love the brownie at coffee corner. The most valuable asset of the hotel is the staff. They are very smart, hard working, extremely helpful and friendly. Thank you all very much for taking care of our stay. Cheers!

5/5 Reviewed: February 14 2019

Chiu Kai

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