Situated in the Hidaka mountain range stretching across Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido, the Sahoro ski resort is considered one of the country’s top wintertime destinations. Featuring exceptional powder snow throughout the season, Mount Sahoro is popular amongst local and international snowboarders thanks to its groomed runs, sprawling freeride areas, and thrilling snow park.
There are numerous top-notch ski resorts to explore across Hokkaido, including Niseko, Furano, and Rusutsu. However, Sahoro’s stellar reputation as a somewhat quieter and cozier alpine resort makes it an appealing destination for families looking to spend quality time together rather than late nights at the bar. Meanwhile, the soaring slopes are perfect for beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders.
If you want to discover Sahoro for yourself, Japan Airlines offers an all-inclusive vacation package with domestic flights, mountainside accommodation, and tasty meal plans. Alongside optional extras for ski lift tickets and transportation, this is the only instant-book ski package accessible to inbound travelers.
Sahoro instant-book ski package inclusions
This special all-inclusive package includes:
• Destination: Sahoro, Hokkaido
• Highlights: Skiing, snowboarding, and regional dining
• Length: Customers can choose the length of their stay
• Accommodation: Sahoro Resort Hotel
• Meal Plans: Breakfast only, or breakfast and dinner
• Ski lift tickets
• Transportation: Ski bus tickets or private transportation
Experience Japan’s incredible powder snow
Sahoro ski resort is renowned for its high-quality snowfall, with the slopes attracting almost nine meters of fresh powder snow every year. Once it’s time to get amongst the resort’s 21 runs, which total over 25 kilometers of groomed slopes, navigating the ski resort is simple. Beginner sections are known as Streets and Roads, while intermediate runs are named after Avenues. For those keen to take on the advanced runs, keep an eye out for the Ways.
Find thrilling runs for beginners and experts alike
Rising to 1,060 meters, Mount Sahoro offers superb slopes no matter what alpine experience you have. Many beginner-friendly runs like North Road and Central Street are located close to the bottom of the mountain. Meanwhile, South Street is a slow, easygoing run that traverses from the peak to the gondola station 2,700 meters away. If you’re still finding your feet, the Sahoro Ski & Snowboard School offers group and private lessons for kids and families.
For those seeking a bigger challenge, the North-Facing Powder Zone is where travelers will find several challenging courses that will impress even the most talented alpine athletes. With demanding mogul slopes and forested glades to complete, as well as a snow park with boxes, ramps, and rails, mastering these obstacles will keep you occupied for days. Plus, Central Street and The Skirts Road remain active late into the evening with floodlights illuminating the runs.
In total, the Sahoro ski resort features eight lifts that make seeing the entire mountainside a breeze. This includes the six-person Sahoro Gondola, which runs from the top to the bottom of the resort. At the summit, there are incredible views of the Tokachi Plains and the distant Hidaka Mountains.
Enjoy a relaxing mountainside stay
This amazing wintertime vacation package also comes with splendid accommodation to match. Situated on the edge of the ski slopes in the forest, the Sahoro Resort Hotel’s refined lodging features all the amenities you need to enjoy the perfect visit. Often chosen by locals when skiing at Sahoro, this hotel presents numerous authentic Japanese experiences that will make your stay unforgettable.
The relaxed western-style bedrooms ensure your downtime is always comfortable, with many rooms offering views of the surrounding forest. Guests will undoubtedly enjoy a soothing visit to the Sahoro Resort Hotel’s elegant spa. Across a selection of baths with negative ion water to reduce muscle fatigue, there’s also an open-air bath surrounded by bakuhan stones. You're also welcome to step inside the Tokachi sauna, featuring steam produced from fresh mountain groundwater alongside the rejuvenating aroma of birch leaves.
Feast on authentic local specialties
Dining at the Sahoro Resort Hotel is also a pleasure. The Hana Mori Kuma Café serves guests great coffee and light meals made from regional ingredients. For a fine-dining experience combining French culinary techniques with seasonal Japanese flavors, Sahoro Garden is bound to impress even the most discerning travelers. Select an award-winning bottle of wine or let the in-house sommelier guide your decision.
If you’d prefer traditional Hokkaido cuisine, Yukizasa Restaurant provides incredible insight into the region’s most beloved dishes. Dine on locally-caught seafood dishes presented kaiseki-style or relish handmade Shintoku soba noodles. With optional meal plans available to travelers through JAL's vacation package, we can ensure you sample only the most sumptuous cuisine on the mountain.
Dive into world-class alpine activities
Alongside first-class dining, the Sahoro Resort Hotel offers a range of exciting activities that ensure your alpine adventure never has a dull moment. Hokkaido is home to a wide range of fascinating wildlife, with the region especially known for its population of brown bears. To get an up-close glimpse in a safe environment, take a tour of the nearby Bear Mountain refuge to see these stunning animals while they hibernate.
If you’d like a slightly less daunting experience, the Wakasagi Ice Cave Fishing Tour is a great alternative. The frozen Sahoro Lake is perfect for dropping your fishing rod through the ice and seeing what bites. There’s also plenty of nighttime activities to discover on the slopes. One of the most romantic is an after-dark trip to the summit of Mount Sahoro, where you can soak up the starry sky and admire the surrounding countryside.
In addition, there’s no shortage of organized winter sports activities found on the mountain. Explore the backcountry as you head out to a nearby mountain pass and receive first-hand experience of the region's untouched powder snow. Plus, downhill snowshoeing adventures and waterfall trekking tours ensure you explore every perspective of the alpine area.
Explore Sahoro with total convenience
When you book your visit to the Sahoro ski resort with Japan Airlines, you don’t have to worry about organizing your travel to and from the mountain. As we take care of everything for you, this once-in-a-lifetime winter vacation package includes domestic flights from Tokyo to Obihiro Airport. Whether you choose to explore other parts of Japan first or dive straight into snowboarding in Hokkaido, reaching your destination is made simple.
Once you arrive at Obihiro Airport, it takes around 75 minutes to travel to the Sahoro ski resort. There’s no need to stress about missing your connection as our package provides convenient transfers. Choose from either ski bus tickets or a private transfer that ensures you can start your inspiring vacation sooner rather than later. With JAL’s all-inclusive vacation package, your life-changing visit to Japan’s alpine regions will go off without a hitch.
Book your all-inclusive vacation package today
Japan is home to many of the world’s top skiing and snowboarding destinations, with Sahoro's slopes admired across the globe. If you want to explore everything this stunning region has to offer, JAL’s all-inclusive vacation package ensures you experience a hassle-free trip from start to finish.
As the only instant-book ski package available to inbound travelers to Japan, relishing the peaceful charms of the Sahoro ski resort is a delight. Whether you’re visiting the slopes on your own or bringing the entire family, we’ll handle the flights, transfers, accommodation, and more to ensure you spend more time enjoying your holiday.
With the Sahoro ski resort beloved for its powdery snow and authentic Japanese experiences, choosing these slopes for your next alpine ski trip is an incredible decision. Book with JAL today and ensure your wintertime getaway is one to remember.