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Akakura Kanko Resort
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by Bushiman on 31st October 2014
Quite a surprise!
I'd never been to Akakura Kanko before, but thanks to a SJ giveaway I decided to give it a whirl with my fellow SJ Forums lurker, Neck.

Kanko was always somewhere I'd wanted to go after reading the entry for it in The World Snowboarding Guide. Their description made it sound epic, with pillow lines and steep trees... Yet, in all my +10yrs of riding in and around Nagano Prefecture, I'd never heard whisper of the place...

We rocked up a day
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Ishiuchi Maruyama
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by lyk on 24th October 2014
Charming - love the chill/homely atmosphere
My first review, and I'd like to dedicate it to charming little ishiuchi maruyama - so far the only skijo my timid beginner better-half has requested by name to return to - and for the third year in a row we have returned.

Now let me just start off with a big disclaimer - the skiing here is actually not that great.The slopes are average, the elevation low, the terrain uninspiring, the lifts are slow and laid out poorly, transport
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Nishikawa Town, Yamagata
Submitted by Metabo Oyaji on 2nd June 2014
Spring gathering of snow fans
Visited Gassan twice: April 29, and May 25.

First visit:

Tuesday April 29 was a holiday, weather forecast looked reasonable for Gassan, so we made the early morning road trip, planning to get afternoon tickets (11:30-16:30).

The drive up was relatively uncrowded for a holiday, and we got to the parking lot around 10:30. 500 yen parking fee, which goes towards conservation efforts, and in return for which one gets a Gassan sticker, which went straight onto the kid's snowboard.

The map near the
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Tengendai Kogen
Yonezawa City, Yamagata
Submitted by Metabo Oyaji on 27th May 2014
Intriguing. Want to visit again under better conditions.
The second (and final) stop after Gassan on our Golden Week tour was Tengendai Kogen, in Yonezawa, Yamagata. The weather forecast for that day was... not so great. Wind and rain setting in. Was tempted to take in some historical sites instead, but the kid was adamant about trying somewhere new, even if the weather sucked. Doesn't take much to convince me, so off we went.

Went through Shirabu Onsen, to the base of the Tengendai Ropeway. Surprisingly small parking lot.

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Appi Kogen
Hachimantai Town, Iwate
Submitted by Metabo Oyaji on 27th May 2014
Well-managed, big bubble-era resort
Visited Appi Kogen for the first time. Late March, following a snowfall; the weather changed during our stay from from winter to pure spring conditions.

The ski area is mostly arrayed around the peak of Maemoriyama. The main base area is at the bottom of the Central Gelaende, with the Sailer Gelaende to looker's left of that, and the Second Gelaende to the left of Sailer. To looker's right of the Central Gelaende is a single lift going up the adjacent
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Aizu Kogen Daikura
Minami Aizu Town, Fukushima
Submitted by Metabo Oyaji on 27th May 2014
Small but satisfyingly steep
Took the drive through Tochigi on regular roads, past Shiobara Onsen, to Aizu Kogen Daikura.
That part of southern Fukushima had always seemed hard to get to, but in fact it takes not much more time to reach than it does to get to the Bandai-area ski areas using the expressway.

Snowed constantly all day. Visibility sufficient for the most part, wind not as bad as predicted (though gusted occasionally), lots of fresh snow.

The base area is split into two parts, the
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Akakura Kanko Resort
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by Gunma Boarder on 8th May 2014
Nice views and desent spring coverage.
This review is for the last day of the season at Akakura and doesn't reflect on how it may be mid season.

I had a good day. It was May 6th and I was able to snowboard after staying the night at a wonderful hot spring hotel in neighboring Seki Onsen. The views of Mt. Myoko from both the bottom of the gondola and during the begging of the ride up were beautiful and made the trip worth it by
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