Another way to meet and bond with lo­cals is by tuck­ing into their food. For some vis­i­tors, it’s as much of a rea­son to travel as the snow and with so many de­li­cious dishes to try, it’s good that win­ter nights are so long !

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Eat­ing plenty helps with stay­ing warm and your ap­petite i s only f ur t her sharp­ened if you have spent a few hours on the slopes. Then a warm moun­tain­side restau­rant waf ting de­li­cious lunchtime smells on the fresh air be­comes an ir­re­sistible lure. The end of the day brings more temp­ta­tion. With sto­ries of the day’s events to ex­change, there’s noth­ing bet­ter than a shared meal, maybe go­ing on for a few drinks too. Hap­pily, the dis­tinc­tive cusines of north­ern Asia have lots to of­fer. Ja­pan is es­pe­cially feted with food­ies drool­ing over the fresh­ness of seafood and pro­duce from Hokkaido in par­tic­u­lar. Korean and North­ern Chi­nese food also of­fer hearty dishes per­fect for restor­ing en­ergy and warm­ing the body. It’s not just about lo­cal food ei­ther. Though once upon a time many ski re­sorts had lit­tle to of­fer be­sides lo­cal grub and pizza, the likes of Niseko have di­ver­si­fied, of­fer­ing ev­ery­thing from fine din­ing to ke­bab vans. Be­tween meals there are more de­li­cious items to snack on: chur­ros and hot choco­late, red bean cakes, ice cream, the list goes on. Wan­der the well stocked con­ve­nience stores of Ja­pan and South Korea and you’re sure to find some­thing in­ter­est­ing – even vend­ing ma­chines of­fer novel drinks and snacks. Go on, treat your­self.

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