The variety in terrain - ski slopes range from gentle perfectly groomed beginner runs to expert powder trees, bowls and chutes. The average snow depth is over 2.5 metres. The average snowfall for the season is over 14 metres. There's hi-tech and high speed lift and gondolas.
Japan has a diverse and interesting history which has led to a fascinating cultural experience for visitors. From onsens, sacred castles and shrines to tea ceremonies and famous festivals through to karaoke, geisha dancing, taiko drumming, sumo wrestling, sushi and sake you are sure to leave Japan with new cultural experiences.
Onsens/Thermal Hot Springs
There is no shortage of onsens (Japanese hot springs) in the Nagano region and each one has something different to offer. With options like crystal clear water, high levels of minerals (to refresh the body), indoor, outdoor (rotenburo) and stunning views, onsens are the perfect way to finish up a day of skiing or snowboarding.
Getting hungry? Japanese food is amazing and every area has regional specialties as well as traditional Japanese options Liquid Snow Tours associate with the country (sushi, tempura, soba noodles etc.). Many ski villages also offer lots of Western and other ethnic dining options (from Mexican to Thai and everything in between).
If you can manage a stopover in Tokyo you'll get to see the neon lights, sights and sounds that make the city famous. Do some electronics shopping in Akihabara, see the latest fashions in Harajuku and party in Roppongi. Finally, finish with a true Japanese experience and stay in a capsule bunk hotel in the middle of Tokyo.
Want to party? Hakuba is one of the better ski resorts for nightlife, with places to sing karaoke and dance the night away are dotted around the village. Other less lively resorts still have traditional Japanese pubs (Izakaya) and hotel lounges to relax and have a drink with friends and compare the day's runs.