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Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Niseko Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by el3ctr1csheepz on 6th July 2016
Wow. Just wow.
I can't say enough good things about Niseko United, and specifically the Annupuri side. I've been riding in Japan for three seasons and I've never experienced anything quite like this. We spent a half a day on the Grand Hirafu side and then went over to Annupuri and never looked back.

Grand Hirafu was slightly crowded; not terrible, for the time of year, but crowded nonetheless. Annupuri was basically empty. No wait time for the lifts, no congestion on the runs,
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Appi Kogen
Hachimantai Town, Iwate
Submitted by el3ctr1csheepz on 6th July 2016
Nice resort with lots to offer
I've been to APPI five, maybe six times now and I'll probably be back.

Some big time pros for APPI are:

Open early, open late. The last couple of seasons have been a little hit or miss, especially early season. APPI was one of the only places open when I started the season in mid December last year, and they tend to have good snowfall even when smaller resorts are hurting.

Large selection of courses. APPI has a little bit of everything.
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Hachimantai Resort Shimokura
Hachimantai Town, Iwate
Submitted by el3ctr1csheepz on 6th July 2016
Good Views, Nice Runs
We had a bad season last year, in terms of snowfall... Rain, well into December, even on some of the bigger mountains. Overall very bad stuff. Our first half of the day we were on the Panorama side and the snow conditions were pretty bad... Slushy, thin, very thin, rocks visible in a lot of places. About lunchtime we decided to go see what the Shimokura side had to offer and we were not disappointed.

Not only was Shimokura less crowded,
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Nozawa Onsen
Nozawa Onsen Village, Nagano
Submitted by Runamuck on 14th April 2016
Amazing Japan Alps cultural & après experience
The town of Nozawa Onsen could not be faulted in any way or form. The accessibility from Tokyo is easy especially by the Hokuriku Shinkansen (Bullet train) from Tokyo after the Narita Express train from the airport. So you disembark just after Nagano at the nearby Japan Alps township of Iiyama and then either a bus or taxi to Nozawa Onsen.

On arrival you can see this is going to be a special experience. I arrived on the Tuesday prior to
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by pdt_85 on 1st April 2016
Great Resort
We were lucky to have very light snowfall during our visit there in March (-4 cm per day), but it wasn't enough to refresh the slopes overnight. Snow was also icy instead of powder, but we were there in Spring, so even having snowfall was a fortunate blessing indeed.

I am a beginner skier, so kept mainly to the green slopes such as Kogen & Family. With the snow conditions as it was, it was a challenge to me but it
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Kandatsu Kogen
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by TubbyBeaverinho on 30th March 2016
Spring-slush funanza!
This is my 2nd time to Kandatsu, the previous being a number of years ago. I won a ticket on SJ, of which I'm eternally grateful, but with the crappy all round snow year I had been putting off using it, waiting for better conditions. Those days have passed and so I thought I'd enjoy an end of season, bluebird, spring slush day.

Kandatsu is kinda small and compact but there are a few tree areas that would be good
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Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Niseko Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by pl4 on 10th March 2016
So much Powder!
Using one of the day passes I won in a giveaway from SnowJapan, we had an amazing time at Annupuri.

Every day there was plenty of fresh, light powder to ski. I can't say I've ever experienced better conditions.

Heading skier's right off of the "bubble chair" quad at Annupuri resulted in untracked lines through the trees all day long.

I can't wait to get back
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