Top travel tips for making your Japan ski easier
Japan, and particularly the northern island Hokkaido, is probably one of the best powder skiing and snowboarding destination in the Northern Hemisphere. Winter season in some areas gets over 15 meters of deep, dry, blower snow – it’ll often dump 30+cm every other day during the peak months of January and February. And also gets great spring snow in
But just chasing the deep untracked snow and playful natural features in beautiful silver beech trees is not the only thing on offer. Japan is steeped in culture and respect. It’s a world away from Europe, North America
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Japan has an amazing range of food from the budget minded Ramen (noodles) to those who want to try some of the best seafood that Hokkaido has to offer including Hokkaido King Crab. So a few eating etiquette tips are: don’t go waving your chopsticks all around the place and sticking them in your food is not the done thing. Also walking and eating is not polite, and just be mindful of other people around the table while you are eating.
Tipping is another thing that is not in the culture and can be embarrassing as it is not generally accepted.
Be very wary of this as in most houses the will always be shoes
Japanese is an incredibly difficult language to learn, and no-one expects you to be able to converse fluently! However, outside the main tourist traps like Niseko English isn’t always that widely-spoken, so it definitely helps to have a few words in your pocket!
Here are some starters:
- Hello – Konnichiwa
- Excuse me – Sumimasen
- Please – Kudasai
- Thank you – Arigato
- Where is the toilet? – Toilet
wa docadesu ka?
- Cheers! – Kanpa!
Hokkaido is full of onsens or hot springs and they are
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