If you're one of the lucky ones joining us for our exclusive Niseko ski adventure, then get ready to pack your bags. TSW Japan is nearly here and we have everything you need to make the most of our invite-only experience. From après outfits to power adaptors and ski socks, we’ve got you covered.
Comfort and warmth are essential for a great day on the slopes, so make sure you check the weather and pack accordingly. We advise bringing backups in case anything gets wet (or misplaced during all the fun that is après-ski - it happens). Plus, don't forget to pack some clothes to relax in.
- Waterproof ski jacket: we love brands like Arc'teryx, Peak Performance and Patagonia.
- Waterproof snow pants or salopettes.
- Thermal base layer tops: bring two or three in either merino wool or synthetic fabric.
- Thermal base layer bottoms.
- Fleece or merino/down mid-layers.
- Fleece or merino scarf or neck warmer.
- Ski socks: bring three-four pairs.
- Evenings: whether you're going out for dinner or chilling in your apartment, pack something to wear in the evenings.
- Sleepwear: pack something cosy for nights.
Our après-ski parties involve skiing off the mountain straight into the party. If you want to pack an easy change of clothes into your day bag, we recommend the following.
- Warm sweaters, jumpers and fleeces: think cable-knits, turtlenecks and woolly garms galore (we favour après-ski motifs).
- Stylish padded jackets or vests.
- Thermal leggings (vibrant colours and classy prints are encouraged), woollen tracksuit pants or ski pants.
- T-shirts: essential for TSW Japan! Our après-ski parties in Niseko are inside so it can get hot and steamy. Make sure you have a t-shirt underneath all your layers.
Activities to pack for
- 24 hours in Tokyo: before we hit the slopes, we're spending a day in the Japanese capital. Pack clothes for Tokyo - whether you Mario Karting by day or belting out karaoke by night, you'll need something other than skiwear for this.
- Onsens (hot springs): if you want to soak in Niseko's fabled restorative water, pack some swimwear - or go naked! The choice is yours.
- Small backpack or rucksack: not essential but bringing a small backpack is handy for carrying your water, sunscreen, lip balm and any clothing you may discard during the day or need for après-ski.
- Ski gloves or mittens: opt for ones that are waterproof, insulated and breathable.
- Goggles: Japan is mainly overcast but does get breaks of sun. Bring some low light lenses for your goggles or opt for Oakley Prizm lens goggles, which adapt to light automatically.
- Helmet: safe is the new cool. Bring your own helmet or rent one from Rhythm Rentals (use the code ‘TSW102020’ for 10% off).
- Skis or snowboard: wide skis for powder are perfect for Niseko. Bring your own or rent some skis or snowboard from Rhythm Rentals (use the code ‘TSW102020’ for 10% off).
- Ski poles.
- Snow boots: bring ones with good grip.
- Ski lock.
- Warm hat.
- Hand and boot warmers.
- Power adaptor: Japanese power points resemble North American ones but are 100 volt, which is different from North America (120V) and Central Europe (230V). Top tip: bring along a power adaptor that can adapt any plug to any power point.
- Phone charger: always an easy one to forget.
- Portable battery pack: keeps your devices juiced, wherever you are.
- SPF for days: bring a high factor sunscreen that is made for extreme sports.
- Lip balm: protect your pucker with a balm that also has a high SPF.
- Après-ski balm: if you're feeling the effects of windburn on your face or hands while on the slopes, this little pot will help to soothe and protect your skin.
- Waterproof mascara: to make sure your ski adventure is free from panda eyes.
- Deodorant: Niseko gonna make you sweat.
- Don't forget your toothbrush!
- Muscle rub: make sure you pack some Deep Heat or Tiger Balm. Your aching limbs will thank you.
- Painkillers: your hangover will thank you.
- Band-aids, gauze and tape: just in case.
- Travel insurance: make sure your insurance covers travel to Japan, all winter sports and any extra TSW activities you plan to take part in.
- Valid visa: many nationalities can enter Japan for a short-term stay without a visa. Make sure you check if you need a visa or have any entry requirements.
- Passport: make sure your passport is valid for the entire length of TSW.
- Spending money: cash is king on the slopes and Japanese Yen (JP¥) is the local currency.
- Flag: fly your national flag with pride.
- Camera / GoPro: capture all the memories you'll make.
- Reusable water bottle or Camelbak: saves buying endless plastic bottles of water on the slopes and saves the environment.
- Ankle, knee or wrist supports: if you need them.
- A book (real or Kindle): for downtime.
- Earplugs and eye mask: if you're a light sleeper.
- Playing cards.
Leave at home
- Bed linen and pillows: we've got you covered.
- Expensive jewellery: leave your diamonds at home.
- Single-use plastics and non-biodegradable glitter: save our ski fields by keeping them free of microplastics.
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