Ski & Study: Hokkaido is a winter sports paradise.
Our program provides exciting new options where you can enjoy the opportunity to learn Japanese (Winter program, Academic program) along with world class skiing and snowboarding at Furano and Niseko, as well as resorts closer to the Institute such as Sapporo Teine.
An extensive range of weekend and after-program tours can be arranged, including skiing and snowboarding in Furano, Niseko, Kiroro & Rusutsu. Fun in Hokkaido is not just about groomed powder snow – you can experience and enjoy back country tours, heliskiing, iceboating, fun on snowmobiles or snowshoes and much much more.
Winter sports are easy to learn, and lessons can be provided in Japanese or English. For backcountry fun, qualified English speaking guides can be arranged for those unable to pass the Japanese language requirements for avalanche safety.
For less vigorous and more graceful fun, Nakajima Park near Susukino provides well groomed and easy gradient cross country ski courses good for ski-walking or skiing.
If you are interested in ice skating, regardless of whether you are a beginner or an experienced skater, it is possible to skate outdoors in many locations (including in the Olympic stadium at Makomanai) which are open to the general public. Outdoor sports events such as the “Big Air” pro-snowboard jumping are also fun, with a wide range of live music acts entertaining the crowds during the breaks in the competition.