Where should I go in Japan in the winter?

#1

I’d like to go to Japan for winter (on a 90 day tourist visa). Since I like winter sports, I’m thinking about staying somewhere like Nagano or Sapporo or even a ski town e.g. Hakuba but I’m a little worried about finding solid accommodation and a quiet place to work.

Any suggestions? Also if you’ve used Airbnb in Japan while working I’d love to hear how it worked out for you.

#2

Airbnb is great in Japan. Often locals don’t like older (ie. more than 10 year old) apartments so they often the ones available. A lot of the monthly rent agencies are only in the main cities and many of them advertise a cheap monthly rate but then add on a bunch of extra charges whereas you know what you will be paying with Airbnb.

Another plus with Airbnb is that many include a mobile wifi device which is handy because it’s hard to get prepaid phone cards etc on a tourist visa.

#3

i havent been myself, but a good friend of mine stayed in Sapparo for a while and loved it. If you can check out the snow festival in Feb, the photos I saw of it were incredible!

#4

I wasn’t working during my short visit to Hakuba, but if you fancy a day or two to relax, I recommend the Hakuba Onsen Ryokan Shirouma So (http://www.shiroumaso.com/english/). Very old, traditional inn, it has an awesome Onsen in the basement.

For food, Sarugaku was by far the best restaurant!