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July 15, 2017 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email
Snow bunnies, unite! Ask anyone you know who is an avid snow-goer, and they’ll tell you Japan’s snow runs are up there with the best in the world (and are A LOT closer to Aus than the likes of Whistler or the French Alps!).

The Japanese rarely get it wrong – and their snow culture is no exception. This month only, STA Travel are giving you the run down of the snow-MUSTS in Japan, which of course include the “Powder Bowl” of the Japanese Alps – Madarao and Myoko. Whether you want the steepest runs, loads of dry powder, terrain parks or half pipes, Japan has it all!
We all know that you ski (or snowboard, if so inclined) in the snow, but what else is there to do? STA Travel has pulled together the best features of the snowy regions of Japan, including where to eat, where to shop, where to party and, of course, where the best slopes to suit your desires can be found.
WHERE TO EAT
Madarao Kogen, the town at the base of Mt. Madarao, plays host to some of the best dining experiences Japan has to offer. Whether you’re looking for formal dining experiences, laid back, relaxed vibes, buffet-styled dining or drinks-with-a-side-of-dinner eating, Madarao Kogen has a plethora of hotel restaurants, Japanese restaurants, Western dining, bars and cafes for you to indulge in. One thing’s for sure: your taste buds will be seriously thanking you!
Myoko Kogen, at the base of Mt. Myoko, is another hub of activity where the food destinations are plentiful and the variety is extensive. Whether you want traditional hospitality and meals, or to try out the local food offerings along the main streets (famous crepes and kebabs? You’ve got our attention), you’ll always be full of delicious food. Belly full of food and slopes full of fresh snow? It’s a yes from us.
WHERE TO PARTY
The question on everyone’s lips…where’s the post-ski afterparty at?! There are multiple bars and venues to party on into the night in both Myoto and Madarao – both stand alone and within hotels. Karaoke bars? Check out Kotobuki. Live DJs, dancing and a real party scene? The Love Bar’s got you covered. Feel like getting some real old-school vibes going? Skater Bar is up there with the most vibrant bars in town. If you’re looking for a more relaxed scene, The Castle Bar at the Windsor Hotel will be your go-to spot. There are 20+ bars and restaurants in Myoko Kogen, and while it isn’t exactly known for being a wild party town, the party is there if you look for it.
WHERE TO SHOP
Hoping to trade the slopes for the shops? Fine with us! Jump on the train from Myoto for about 45 minutes and you will find yourself in Kasugayama where you’ll be able to “Shop till you Drop” as they say. The Aeon shopping area literally has it all – recycle shops, onsen, ski shops, department stores, cinemas…the list goes on! Kasugayama brings a nice oasis away from the slopes that allows you to stay warm and get your holiday hit of retail therapy!
SIGHTS TO SEE (other than the snow…duh) 
If you’re into skiing, snowboarding or anything snow-related, Myoko Kogen and Madarao Kogen have the most picturesque of landscapes and are definitely worth it. If you want something equally as beautiful with slightly less physical exertion, visit St Cousaire, a breathtaking vineyard with an award-winning chardonnay.
Another MUST-DO while in the area is visit the Tsubame Onsen hot springs! A hidden gem, there are two free hot springs that can be enjoyed by men and women. The scenery and walk to the hot springs are also breathtaking.
So as it would appear, the slopes are not the be-all and end-all of a ski trip! There is plenty to do and see, so we suggest getting your friends together, taking advantage of the awesome STA Travel deals available and LEAVE NOW!

Woman Skis Past Snow Covered Trees

DEALS TO MAKE YOU SAY “SNOW WAY?!”

$959 p/p for cabin share (4-5 people) or $1,159 for twin/triple share. Includes:
    • Seven nights accommodation at Hotel Madarao (400m to Ski Lifts)
    • 4-day Madarao and Tangram combined lift pass
    • Ski or Board Hire
    • 1-day Myoko Akakura Kanko Lift Pass and return transfers
    • Breakfast daily and group dinner
    • Airport Pick up and transfer to Madarao

Transfer to Iiyama Train Station for Tokyo and Airport Bullet Train

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