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When we think of Japan we think of January, not April. In January, big snowfalls are like clockwork but in April, the sun comes out and reveals the incredible high mountains of the Japanese Alps as well as their 18-foot-deep snowpack.
If you want to ski and ride the Japanese Alps in April, you’ll want to stay at the Hakuba Powder Lodge, located in Hakuba, Japan. These guys know where to go, how to go, when to go, and the place is cozy and in a prime location.
The Japanese Alps are located about 5 hours nortwest of Tokyo and they reach heights of over 10,000-feet. These mountains are big, steep, and gorgeous. They’re easily accessible via the numerous ski resorts in the area that will usually drop you off at around 6,000-feet. This is where Jeremy Jones went in Japan in his movie “Further”.
From the resorts, you can climb up these high peaks to witness the Sea of Japan all around you. From the peaks, you’ll be dropping into steep, big lines that will earn you around 6,000-vertical-feet of skiing before you bottom out in town.
Japan is cheap and April is even cheaper with resorts and lodges dropping prices after the busy months of January and February. Crowds are thin and the living is easy.
If you’re thinking of heading to the Japanese Alps this April, you’ll want to head to Hakuba. In Hakuba, you’ll want to stay in the Hakuba Powder Lodge.