Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 15th December 2017

Furano Now!

Friday 24th March 2017, 7:47am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
It is a lovely morning with mostly cloudy skies, but plenty of sunshine managing to get through. Temperatures right now are fairly chilly, but will certainly warm up during the day. There has been a very light dusting of fresh snow.   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Friday 24th March 2017, 7:49am
Weather conditions: Kind of generally overcast at the moment
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning Niseko fans.

Anyone get to enjoy yesterday? I was a bit annoyed that I had to miss it actually.

A trusted friend of mine told me conditions were rather good out there, especially in higher areas where there was more fresh than down at base. Not a massive amount, but surprisingly good snow quality for late March. Another person I know (who has a marketing hat stitched to his head) was seemingly getting a bit carried away with his version of conditions - 'best ever', apparently, which I found rather funny. Take your pick!

There's 1cm more fresh snowfall on the ground and it's nice and chilly early morning. Overcast conditions generally - dull in some directions but a bit brighter in others.

It does look like things are generally going to be getting a bit warmer in the coming week according to the forecasts (though not alarmingly so if they are correct), featuring more 'sun' than 'snow'.

There's surely not going to be much fresh snowfall left in the season, so I feel a duty to go out and make the most of it when we get some (and when I can!) - early lifts for me!

Have a good day.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base : -2°, trace new snow. Moiwa 800m: -6.3°, W5m/s, 5cm new snow, minor snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -10°, W8m/s, 10cm new snow, snowpack 230cm. Hirafu 1250m, -10°, N10m/s, 8cm new snow. Coastal data: Kamui Cape: ENE2m/s, 1014hPa, wave 0.9m, Benkei Cape NNE6m/s.

There is a strong northerly wind at higher elevations however below 800m winds are light and there is little noticeable snowdrift development. The wind is slowly dropping and it expected to be a good day. All gates are expected to be open. Note that around 1000m elevation shallow slab avalanche will easily trigger on steeper(40 degree) slopes. Avoid traversing and riding in groups on steep slopes. Do not wait in the valley bottoms.

Avalanches are a natural occurrence and happen when the conditions are right. They only become an accident if people are involved. Wearing a beacon is not mandatory but is recommended. If you or someone else is buried, it gives you one more tool to help in finding and rescue them.

Take care hitting trees or other obstacles, or falling into cracks. Wearing a helmet is also good idea. Snow is good, springtime mountain.

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Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
Resorts will likely be opening as planned this morning... though it looks like the Ace Number 2 Center Four lift might be delayed.

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Official resort snow depths as of Friday 24th March 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 330cm
Base - 125cm

Niseko Village
Top - 295cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 230cm
Base - 130cm

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Planned closing dates
Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.
Niseko Hanazono plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April.
Niseko Village plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April (and then from 28th April until 7th May).
Niseko Annupuri plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.

Night time floodlit operations have now finished for the season.   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 24th March 2017, 8:04am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Well, things didn't really clear up yesterday - rather there was still snow falling in higher areas during the day, and a bit wet lower down.

This morning, it's snowing!

I'm happy to be able to report snow on the ground in town - 7cm at our point in Yuzawa, 4cm in Minamiuonuma to the north of Yuzawa.

And here is what the 'resorts that report' are reporting:

Kagura: 20cm
Kagura (Mitsumata): 5cm
Kagura (Tashiro): 15cm
Maiko Snow Resort: 10-15cm

It's still snowing as of 8am and it's forecast to be snowing for the day.

Sunny skies are forecast for the weekend so this snowfall is perfect timing for the weekend.

Hope you can enjoy it.

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Official snow depth information as of Friday 24th March 2017

GALA Yuzawa
Central, North, downhill course and sledding area are all open
Official snow depth: 360cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 240cm

Iwappara
Official snow depth: 155cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 230cm

Kagura
Official snow depth: Kagura - 380cm; Mitsumata - 330cm; Tashiro - 350cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 310cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth: Upper - 300cm; Base - 120cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Official snow depth: 280cm

Naeba
Official snow depth: 240cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 205cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Official snow depth: Top - 240cm; Base - 140cm

Yuzawa Park
Official snow depth: 160cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Official snow depth: 135cm

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Planned 'Nighta' operations (floodlit night skiing)

** Subject to change due to snow and weather conditions

Kandatsu Kogen
'Hobo All Night' ('Almost All Night' from 6pm-4am) is on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays until 1st April 2017. Spring nighta (6pm-10pm) on Saturdays and nighta before holidays from 7th April until 22nd April

Naeba
Daily until 26th March 2017

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Planned season closing dates

** This information is subject to change due to snow and weather conditions. We will be checking and updating these dates as more information becomes available.

Sunday 26th March:
- Muikamachi Hakkai-san

Sunday 2nd April:
- Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Yuzawa Kogen
- Yuzawa Nakazato
- Yuzawa Park

Sunday 9th April:
- Iwappara
- Joetsu Kokusai
- Maiko Snow Resort
- NASPA Ski Garden

Sunday 7th May:
- GALA Yuzawa
- Kagura (Tashiro)
- Kandatsu Kogen
- Naeba (daily until 2nd April; weekends only 3rd-28th April; daily from 29th April)

Sunday 28th May:
- Kagura area (via Mitsumata)   Read more ...
 

Madarao Now!

Friday 24th March 2017, 8:18am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: --
What's this... winter?!

Fresh snow alert! And it's pretty cold too. And snow is forecast through today.

Yes, the resort is reporting 5cm and I have 6cm on top of my vehicle outside, so let's hope there'll be more during the day.

And for you weekend visitors - looks like you can expect fine weather conditions. Get here early is my recommendation.

All sounds good, right?

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Madarao Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 2nd April.
10 days to go!

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Operating status for the day at Madarao Kogen (at time of report):

- Number 1 lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 3A lift
- Super quad lift
- Number 11 lift
- Number 12 lift
- Number 13 lift
- Number 15 lift
- Moving walkway
- Kids Park
- Free Ride Park

- Powder Wave I
- Powder Wave II
- River Line
- Powder Theater
- Adventure Aisle
- Crystal Bowl
- Ninja
- Sawa
- Rabbit
- Kamoshika
- Bear

- Remaining nighta at Madarao Kogen - today and Saturday 25th March.

Official snow depth:

- 260cm
   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Friday 24th March 2017, 8:19am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
Snow!

Real snow this morning. Enough to make it pretty fun out there.

It's still coming down at the moment, so it will be fun to see how much we finally get from this late-season snowfall. The freezing line will stay pretty low, too, over the coming days (although a little warm on Sunday, with a chance of rain before things start to warm up next week).

I'm actually sitting here at 8 am, waiting for the resorts to update their reports... I'll mark any that do not update when I get impatient and go ahead and post.

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Akakura Kanko:
370cm, -4°

Akakura Onsen:
350cm, -4°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
210cm, -2°

Myoko Suginohara:
270cm, -7° (top)

Seki Onsen:
500cm, -5°

Myoko Ski Park:
300cm, 0°

Kyukamura RunRun:
280cm, 2°

Tangram Ski Circus:
210cm, 0°

Madarao Kogen:
260cm, -5°

   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 24th March 2017, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Snow!
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

How about this then! Snow is falling and there's a nice 10+cm blanket of fresh snow across the mountain. It doesn't feel like late March this morning, which is a good thing.

Fingers crossed there'll be some more cm during the day, as by tomorrow we're expecting sunny skies.

Bottom line, it should be a very fine day and weekend. :)

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Nozawa Onsen plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May

Remaining nighta: one more time, tomorrow

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Friday 24th March 2017

Fresh snow reported by resort since yesterday morning:
- Yamabiko: 15cm
- Uenotaira: 20cm
- Hikage: 10cm
- Nagasaka: 12cm
- Karasawa: 10cm

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 410cm
- Uenotaira: 320cm
- Hikage: 170cm
- Nagasaka: 160cm
- Karasawa: 105cm

Lifts operations:
- All lifts operating except:
- Yunomine pair (usually closed on weekdays)
- Mizunashi triple (usually closed on weekdays)
- Challenge pair (usually closed on weekdays)
- Utopia pair (usually closed on weekdays)

Courses not open today are:
- Grand Prix
- Hachiman
- Kandahar East
- Kandahar West   Read more ...
 

Grandeco Now!

Friday 24th March 2017, 8:39am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

5cm of fresh snow has fallen this morning and it's still falling...

It is amazing to have this kind of light snow at the end of March and the official snow depth of the resort is still increasing.

Should be a good day!

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Snow Park Information:

[Dekodaira E park]
2 way 10m kicker, 7m table top and 10m kicker.

[Deokoboko park]
6m wide box, 6m down box, 5m table top, 6m straight rail, 6m straight box, 6m carve box, 6m arch box, volcano, volcano, 3m table top and 5m table top.

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Lifts operating:

Lifts Operating:

- Gondola
- Number 1 quad lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 3 quad lift
- Number 4 quad lift

Courses open:

All courses now open

Official snow depth:
320cm

Road Condition to Grandeco:
Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: icy in part
Goshukinuma through Grandeco: snow   Read more ...
 

Appi Kogen Now!

Friday 24th March 2017, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy skies
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

Another cloudy day with the sun trying to burn its way through and a current temperature of -2.

Yesterday brought some welcome snow and we can expect another few cm today too. Fairly steady weather for the next couple of days with the winds dying down somewhat for the weekend ahead. Temperatures will be negative until Tuesday although they shouldn't rise too much. We may also see light snow flurries on and off over the weekend too and into. extra week.

The mountain is fully open for business and the runs are in great shape for those venturing our way.

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Planned operating lifts at time of report (subject to change due to weather conditions):

Appi Gondola
Central quad
Central number 2
Central number 3b
Central number 4
Central number 5
Central number 6
Sailer Gondola
Sailer quad
Vista quad
Nishimori
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Official snow depth:

210cm

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Appi plans to be opening until Sunday 7th May this season   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Friday 24th March 2017, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba on this late January morning.

Oh hold on... it's late March! I was over at the base of Hakuba 47 just earlier on and it didn't feel like late March over there with snow falling and cold temperatures.

I like it. :)

Here's what the resorts are reporting in terms of fresh snowfall:

Hakuba 47: 10cm
Hakuba Goryu: 5cm lower slopes, 15cm upper slopes
Hakuba Happo-one: 5cm
Hakuba Cortina: 5cm

So another fresh blanket of snow, though we can't expect it to continue for much longer, so forecasts say. (Yahoo weather - not exactly my go-to! - even has sun lined up).

Whatever, looks like the sun should be out for tomorrow so visitors for the weekend will be looking on with excitement today.

Limited visibility by the looks of most webcams this morning.

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Resort news as of 8:40am on Friday 24th March 2017:

All information as available and subject to change during the day due to weather and snow conditions.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Upper: 325cm
Base: 155cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 5cm (lower) - 15cm (top) of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Alps: 295cm
Toomi: 145cm
Iimori: 90cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top).
Top lifts affected by weather at the start of the day.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 250cm
Kurobishi: 325cm
Lower: 100cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Uma-no-se course appears to be closed.
The Tsugaike Ropeway is now operating for the spring season.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 360cm
Han-no-ki: 350cm
Maruyama: 130cm
Oya-no-hara: 125cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 115cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Top: 355cm
Base: 210cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Open until Sunday 26th March.
Official snow depth:
Top: 230cm
Base: 120cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Open until Sunday 2nd April.
Official snow depth:
Top: 135cm

Kashimayari:
Open until Sunday 2nd April.
Official snow depth:
Top: 140cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Open until Sunday 26th March.
Official snow depth:
Top: 90cm

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Planned nighta operations - be sure to check with resorts for latest:

Hakuba Goryu:
Planned to be open daily until 31st March (6pm until 9:30pm)

Hakuba Happo-one:
Planned to be open daily until 25th March (until 9pm on the Nakiyama area)
   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 24th March 2017, 8:49am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Shiga Kogen.

I was just reading some of the other reports before posting this and I agree - it doesn't feel like late March.

There's some pretty heavy snow falling here right now and a wind blowing it around as well, and it's very cold too. Feels like mid winter!

We might get to see some sunshine tomorrow but the snow clouds aren't due to be giving up just yet - more decent snowfall forecast as we go into Monday.

Should be a great weekend.

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Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:

Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish.

Giant
220cm

Higashitateyama
260cm

Ichinose Family
260cm

Ichinose Diamond
260cm

Kumanoyu
340cm

Maruike
220cm

Nishitateyama
260cm

Okushiga Kogen
300cm

Sun Valley
200cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
260cm

Terakoya
260cm

Yakebitaiyama
280cm

Yokoteyama
320cm

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Spring season dates for Shiga Kogen resort areas:

Planned closing dates...it's complicated!
We surely have enough snow this season for resorts to be open as long as planned.
Below are the dates that I have found for each of the resort areas of Shiga Kogen.
Please note that from 8th May, joint Shiga Kogen lift tickets are not valid - individual tickets from the individual areas will be required.

Sun Valley
Both Sun Valley lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 2nd April

Maruike
The Number 1 triple lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
The Number 2 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 26th March

Hasuike
The triple lift and ropetow plan to be operating until Sunday 26th March (ropetow weekends only)

Giant
The pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April

Higashitateyama
The Gondola plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April

Bunadaira
The Hoppo quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April

Takamagahara Mammoth
The quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 10th April until 28th April).
The triple lift plans to be operating until Friday 31st March.
The pair lift plans to be operating until Friday 31st March (* Saturdays, Sundays and holidays only)

Nishitateyama
The Nishitateyama lifts plan to be operating until Friday 31st March

Tannenomori Okojo
The quad lift plans to be operating daily until Sunday 2nd April and then on 8th/9th April and from 29th April until 7th May

Ichinose Family
The Ichinose quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May
The Ichinose Number 2 pair A lift plans to be operating until Friday 31st March
The Ichinose Number 2 pair B lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May
The Ichinose Number 3 quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 26th March (* closed Tuesdays)

Terakoya
The Terakoya lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 3rd April until 28th April).

Ichinose Diamond
The Ichinose Diamond quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 10th April until 28th April)
The Ichinose Diamond triple lift plans to be operating on 25th March

Yakebitaiyama
The Gondolas and Number 2 lift plan to be operating until Sunday 2nd April

Okushiga Kogen
The Okushiga Kogen Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating on 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd April and between 29th April and 7th May
The Okushiga Kogen Number 2, 3, and 6 pair lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May
The Okushiga Kogen Gondola lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May

Kumanoyu
The Kumanoyu Number 1 pair lift plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May
The Kumanoyu Number 2 pair A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 14th May
The Kumanoyu Number 3 quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April; and then on 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd April and from 29th April until 7th May

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge
The Yokoteyama Number 1 Sky A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May
The Yokoteyama Number 2 and 3 Sky lifts plan to be operating until late May
The Yokoteyama Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (may be closed on certain days)
The Shibutoge lift plans to be operating until late May   Read more ...
 

Minakami Now!

Friday 24th March 2017, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: --
Woke early this morning to more fresh snow. It's falling heavily right now but was moderate earlier on and it looks like it didn't snow all night long. Zero here at the base so colder than the past few days and this snow doesn't look like letting up. They will open Tenjin from 9am. If you are heading to the mountains this weekend its elevation that will deliver the goods. The higher your ski spot, the better and more plentiful the snow and Tenjin has tons of it. If this keeps up for another few hours we will hit a 5m base.

Tenjin will open at 7am this weekend and Hodaigi will be getting this too.

Photo was taken yesterday in the backcountry of Tenjin/Tanigawadake, really good conditions.

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Fresh snowfall:

20cm Tenjin

Temps at 8am

Official snow depth:

480cm Tenjin
250cm Hodaigi
210cm Okutone

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Resorts in Minakami (forecasts available from each page):

Akasawa
Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Norn Minakami
Oh-ana
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawa Tenjindaira
Tanigawa Onsen White Valley

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*** Please note that the fresh snowfall number being reported on this report is taken from the ‘base area’ of Tenjindaira - which is just by the top station of the Ropeway at that resort. Other snowfall numbers and commentary will be mentioned within each report when available.   Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Friday 24th March 2017, 9:02am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao and there's a bit more fresh snow on the ground here.

Much improved visibility this morning and generally cloudy skies above.

More snowfall is expected early in the week but before that we should be able to enjoy generally clearer conditions with some forecasts giving us the chance of light snowfall at times.

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Lift info:

Closed for the season:
- Paradise Number 3 pair
- Diamond Number 1 pair
- Zao Kokutai pair
- Ryuzan pair
- Karamatsu pair

Course info:

Closed for the season:
- Kotan
- Ryuzan
- Karamatsu

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Official snow depths (as published by the resort itself):
Summit - 150cm
Paradise - 240cm
Chuo - 240cm
Utopia - 190cm
Uwanodai - 130cm
Yokokura - 130cm   Read more ...
 

Naeba Now!

Friday 24th March 2017, 9:18am
Weather conditions: Overcast and snowing
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba everybody.

Powder day! We were expecting snow, but not quite like this! With more than 20 cm of fresh snow overnight, today is an excellent late season powder fest. It's not too busy out there so I would expect the powder to stick around most of the day.

Looking on we are expecting snow every day with some rain occasionally. Sunday night / Monday morning currently looks like it will have both the most rain and the most snow.

Stay tuned!   Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Naeba Now
15th Dec, 11:06am
Myoko Now
15th Dec, 8:58am
Shiga Kogen Now
15th Dec, 8:56
Grandeco Now
15th Dec, 8:54
Appi Kogen Now
15th Dec, 8:47
Zao Now
15th Dec, 8:44
Hakuba Now
15th Dec, 8:36
Niseko Now
15th Dec, 8:35am
Nozawa Onsen Now
15th Dec, 7:55
Geto Kogen Now
15th Dec, 7:31
Yuzawa Now
15th Dec, 7:27
Furano Now
15th Dec, 7:21
Madarao Now
14th Dec, 9:25
Minakami Now
14th Dec, 8:34

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