Resort Reviews

All of the Resort Reviews of Japanese ski and snowboard resorts. Currently 2075 reviews.
Rusutsu Resort
ルスツリゾート
Rusutsu Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by lonepeak on 3rd November 2017
Fun in the trees
Final day of a week in Hokkaido with my sons. This was my 2nd time to Rusutsu and it again did not disappoint. The snow depth seemed a bit less than Niseko but was still fun. My boys liked it a lot as well. Best part is skiing the trees then dumping out on to a groomer to get back to a lift - no hiking required
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Kiroro
キロロスノーワールド
Akaigawa Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by lonepeak on 3rd November 2017
Powder real deep but slope not steep
We day tripped from Niseko, signed up for the off-piste "no hike" side country area, then waded through thigh deep snow in the trees. The snow seemed a slight bit heavy which made it difficult to move downhill at times since the terrain was not very steep. It was bitterly cold as well with wind so we had to warm up every few runs. I would like to catch a rare good weather day following snow which
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Niseko HANAZONO Resort
ニセコHANAZONOリゾート
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by lonepeak on 3rd November 2017
Snow...snow...and more snow
Day 3 of son trip (took a down day in Sapporo...check out the beer museum).

We bought the Hanazono only pass and were not disappointed. Similar to my previous Niseko trip, I don't think we saw the sun. The snow would let up a bit, then start again. Tracks on groomers would fill in after a few hours. All that is fine - we came for powder. We did laps under the upper quad chair, and when the
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Hoshino Resort Tomamu
星野リゾート トマム
Shimukappu Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by lonepeak on 3rd November 2017
Funky Arm Band Off-Piste System
Day 2 of my sons and my Hokkaido week. We day tripped from Furano in some blustery conditions but while skiing it was mainly gray overcast. We did the arm band thing which grants us the OK to ski off piste (unless that was Kiroro?). We didn't have new snow so skiing was just so-so. Plus, off-piste wasn't readily available other than in the trees at the resort boundary (where we maybe weren't supposed to go). My sons
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Furano
富良野
Furano City, Hokkaido
Submitted by lonepeak on 3rd November 2017
Powder + Sun = Fun
Me and my boys thoroughly enjoyed our morning off-piste run to the far right (skiers view) with some amazing powder turns in unexpected sunshine. However, we had a long run-out that included a short uphill step by a dam so we didn't repeat the run. The rest of the day was spent looking for powder with limited success as it seemed to be skied out. The lift infrastructure overall seemed decent. We only did one day which
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Sapporo Bankei
ばんけいの森 さっぽろばんけい
Sapporo City, Hokkaido
Submitted by ggrady on 9th March 2017
Resort close to Sapporo city
The resort is convenient to Sapporo, public transport is subway to Maruyama-Koen (Tozai Line) & then #14 bus from the bus terminal adjacent to the subway station. The bus stops across the road from stairs leading to the Resort base.

The resort was relatively busy on my visit, up to 10 minutes waiting in the lift line. A lot of the trails are winding ones that children's ski classes take. The open slopes are quick runs back to the base,
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GALA Yuzawa
GALA湯沢
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by Snowbladesenior on 6th March 2017
Shinkansen -ski
First let me say, from the moment you exit the Shinkansen and walk into the Gala Yuzawa information area, you are in the hands of people who really want to help everyone they meet.

There is no question too small or unrelated that will not be considered and they will attempt to help you.

Also, they have thought about how best to help visitors from allowing you to store your empty suitcases for free behind the counter after you have emptied your
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Kandatsu Kogen
神立高原
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by Snowbladesenior on 6th March 2017
Fantastic Teachers, Fantastic Fun
First let me say, if you want elegant, ski magazine resorts this region is not the place for you. This place is the place for freestyle, jump, ski and snow boarding enthusiasts. It is just fun and manageable with some really great teachers. Our lessons were in Japanese so I cannot judge the English lessons. But I will say that three of our teachers knew key words in English and the instruction was worth every word... of which there were
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Kiroro
キロロスノーワールド
Akaigawa Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by AndyK on 2nd February 2017
Waste of Money
The steeper slops are short and ending always with an flat sections. So you have to speed up, that you get over the flat section.
The same is with the free-riding area.... Really short steep beginning ended up with a flat section.

The resort is good for beginners, but not for freeriders from overseas looking for steeper terrain... sorry, but for us it was a waste of time & money and the advertising the resort does is delusory
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Echo Valley
エコーバレー
Nagawa Town, Nagano
Submitted by Nipponfraser on 31st January 2017
Icy icy all the way up
Rode the course from the very top of the mountain. I'll start out by saying that there were some very challenging runs with a very steep black level (not sure if its considered up to double black standard) route at the very top that surprised me given the relative size of the resort. That said, the runs were not suitable for any type of riding and most of the snow was man-made. There was a decent amount of snowfall that
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Muikamachi Hakkaisan
六日町八海山
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by TubbyBeaverinho on 30th January 2017
Uber snowfall
This January has seen Yuzawa area get dumped on and not wanting to miss out on the snowfall I've been itching to get away. My usual spot, Kagura, was forecast to get buffeted by some strong winds so I had a look around the Yuzawa, Minamiuonuma area for an alternative spot. I've pretty much hit all the other Yuzawa places and wasn't feeling the love for them so I decided to try out Hakkaisan. I'd heard pretty good things about
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Iwappara
岩原
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by kiehl on 23rd January 2017
A very good place to go skiing for the first time
We went to Iwappara this last week, luckily after the heavy snowfall.

My kids are learning to ski and this place really is probably the best place to do it. In this area of Japan anyway.

The wide middle area is gentle - and very wide. And on weekdays there's tons of space for everyone.

I headed up to the top area which is much more of a challenge and had fun up there. The snow was great.

Definitely recommend it for both
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NASPA Ski Garden
NASPAスキーガーデン
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by kiehl on 23rd January 2017
Tranformed!
I have been to NASPA Ski Garden twice this season with my family.

First time was before the 'big snow' in mid January and... it wasn't good. Not the fault of the ski resort of course but it was raining, there wasn't much snow and generally it was pretty grim.

Second time, it was totally different. Lots of fresh snow and some fantastic conditions. We even got some sunshine during the day.

NASPA Ski Garden is a skiers-only place, and they sell
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Kurumayama Kogen SKYPARK
車山高原SKYPARK
Chino City, Nagano
Submitted by Colintokyo on 7th January 2017
Disappointed
I spent a 3 days of good early-season skiing at Iwappara in Niigata last week on a reported 30-35cm cover, so I was expecting even better on the reported 55cm at Kurumayama.

I was very disappointed to find that the only snow anywhere seemed to be man-made, with plenty of rocks and grass sticking out of the main slopes.

Gave up the board after the first run, but by the second run of the afternoon the top of the mountain
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Rusutsu Resort
ルスツリゾート
Rusutsu Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by lonepeak on 3rd September 2016
Too Much Tree Fun
After 2 days at Niseko I took one of the buses to Rusutsu to give that a go (bus transfer is easy from the transportation hub with two different outfits). The area base is kind of different since a smallish set of runs is at the resort/hotel base, but the better skiing is on the adjacent mountain which you ride a gondola to access, and then a chair or two to get where you want to go.

I thought the
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