Whether you’re traveling with family, a group of friends, or even solo, a ski trip to Japan will be something you treasure forever. Visiting the home of an ancient culture, surrounding yourself with beautiful scenery, indulging in sushi, ramen and yakitori, all while riding the best snow in the world is an experience no one can forget. But how can you make this all happen without breaking the budget? Here are a few ways you can enjoy everything a snowy Japan holiday has to offer, and still have some cash left over!
1. Book Early for Cheap Ski and Snowboard Rental
Rhythm is currently offering 15% off ski and snowboard hire for the 2019 / 20 season. Be quick though because the offer finishes 31 August 2019! To take advantage of the deal use the code EBPOW2020 at checkout.
2. Book Outside of Peak Ski Season
The Japan ski season runs from early December ‘til early May with the best months for snow traditionally being January and February. However, there is still a great chance you’ll get a pow fix in both December or March, which is when accommodation costs are generally cheaper. Spring skiing in Japan is also a lot of fun, think longer days with a better chance of blue sky. Rhythm also offers discounts in spring.
OUR KIDS RENT FREE IN MARCH IS BACK!
HOW IT WORKS… For every adult renting a premium or standard rental package from March 1st 2020, a child can rent a corresponding kids package for FREE*. It’s as simple as that!
3. Put Your Epic, Ikon or Mountain Collective Ski Pass to Good Use.
Niseko is one of the 35 resorts that are part of the IKON pass. This means skiers and snowboarders receive seven free all-mountain day passes to be used at any time during the season. Niseko is also part of the Mountain Collective, which offers two full days for free, plus 50% off additional days. With the EPIC pass, skiers and boarders receive five free days riding at Hakuba with no blackout dates. Rusutsu, which is only 30 minutes-drive from Niseko, is also part of the EPIC pass conglomerate.
4. Search Outside the Ski or Snowboard Box.
Niseko and Hakuba have risen in popularity over the last few years, which means there are more restaurants, après options and facilities available than ever before. However, if you cast your net wide enough, you may come across great deals on accommodation at other resorts like Rusutsu, Kiroro or Furano in Hokkaido. On Japan’s main island, Honshu, both Myoko Kogen and Madarao are both definitely worth checking out. Remember that you can always take your Rhythm skis or snowboards with you on these adventures, all you have to pay is one extra day rental to cover the travel time. Here is some more information on Multi Resort Bookings https://www.rhythmjapan.com/multiresort-bookings/
5. Find Delicious Japanese Food for Less!
Right across Japan, on practically every street corner, you’ll see a Seven Eleven, Seicomart, Lawson or similar. These convenience stores or ‘conbini’ are home to a huge variety of tasty, pre-packaged Japanese delights that will fill your stomach without emptying your wallet. Grab a rice ball (onigiri), bento boxe, sandwich (sando), fried chicken or even freshly ground coffee. In Niseko cheaper eats are more readily available if you travel outside of the resort hub, plus you get to experience some very tasty slices of traditional Japanese culture. Try out some restaurants in nearby Kutchan or Niseko Town. Restaurant prices in Hakuba are relatively low anyway so it’s quite easy to grab a well-priced meal. There are also a few easily accessible, large supermarkets (Max Valu, A Coop and Delicia) where there are plenty of familiar (and unfamiliar!) ingredients to cook with at your accommodation.