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Kiroro Snow World
Akaigawa Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by endure on 6th March 2015
Kiroro resort
My friend and I had a great time at Kiroro for a day trip. We were staying near Niseko and it was about an hours drive to get there. It was great to get away from the crowds around Hirafu. The drive was easy, even with some freezing rain on the roads.

Once we got there, we were told that the gondola was closed for the day because of the weather (moderate to high winds in particular).
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Tsugaike Kogen
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by woody on 5th March 2015
Great stepping stones from beginner to intermediate
Thanks to SnowJapan's competions, wining us a free lift pass we booked a private lesson and picked Tsugaike Kogen to use the pass.

Tsugaike is a great place especially for beginners and intermediates, lots of wide open runs allowing you to progress your sking gradually or quickly as there are many types of graded runs. My husband and I are at different level of sking but we were able to ski some runs together or part runs then meet up at
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Myoko Ski Park
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by nhorsnell on 5th March 2015
Great snow, good variety
Myoko is still a quaint village though it appears to be undergoing a rapid transition as visitor numbers increase. There are plenty of small, cheap restaurants to choose from though the quality is only average - as is the variety of food on offer.

There are several alternative resorts that are relatively easy to access within 30 to 40 minutes via shuttle. However if your visit is during a busy time you may find yourself waiting for infrequent services and not
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Hakuba Valley Kashimayari
Omachi City, Nagano
Submitted by Mick Rich on 5th March 2015
Let's Kashimayari!
The last review for Kashimayari was 9 years ago, so an update is long overdue! I took a nightbus trip from Tokyo, leaving Shinjuku at 22:45 and arriving at the resort at 05:00. For those who haven't experienced the joys of a Tokyo nightbus, be prepared for an at best restless, and at worst sleepless night, with an aching neck and/or back by dawn! On the plus side it's comparatively cheap, on this occasion (a Friday, so the most expensive
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White Valley
Minakami Town, Gunma
Submitted by Gunma Boarder on 3rd March 2015
Ungroomed Powder Fun!

White Valley is a small, local hill in Tanigawa Onsen (hot spring) in Minakami. It is known by many of the locals as “Little Tenjin” in reference to the larger and more famous Tanigawa Tenjindaira located just above White Valley. Besides it’s location, White Valley and Tenjin have a number of other similarities. Both get a lot of fresh powder and both have nice ungroomed walls. In fact the majority of White Valley is ungroomed which is their major selling
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Mt Norikura
Matsumoto City, Nagano
Submitted by Kansaiash on 2nd March 2015
Mt. Norikura
The weather leading up to this trip was a little worrying. My original pan was to head to Dynaland on this day, but due to a freezing level of over 1500m and rain on the forecast I decided to head for higher ground. With Ontake still closed and a free ticket thanks to SnowJapan, I decided to check out Mt. Ñorikura. The forecast at Norikura was for 24cm overnight. I think that forecast was one of the most accurate forecasts
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Grandee Hatoriko Ski Resort
Tenei Village, Fukushima
Submitted by SaifuddinR on 2nd March 2015
Amazing place with good facilities for beginners & Intermediates
1. Good course and lift facilities
2. Neat and clean
3. Fun courses for beginners and intermediates
4. Long runs of about 1KM
5. Good place for one day outing with friends.
6. Decent snow condition
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