Nagano and Niigata’s heavy snowfall means there is plenty of snow even in the spring, and the turn of the seasons brings a warm climate that creates a more pleasurable environment for skiing than the harsher winter months. In particular, the period from spring to early summer is the best time for backcountry skiing.
One of our reporters shares their experience travelling to three areas where you can enjoy the delights of skiing as only spring can offer.
Hanami (literally ‘flower viewing’) is the ancient tradition of holding parties out under the falling petals of the cherry blossoms that has been passed down through the ages, and there are many places throughout Japan that are known for their excellent cherry blossoms.
A trip to the Nagano and Niigata areas in spring offers the chance to not only go skiing, but to also see cherry blossoms in full bloom.
Hitting the slopes in the morning while it's cool, then heading out to see one of the many cherry blossom sites makes for the perfect day. In this article, we take a look at a few places where you can see these beautiful trees in bloom.