Osorakan is famous for being half owned and operated by the Government of Japan (Kokuritsu Ski jyou) and one of the original ski areas in Hiroshima.
That said, it is old school as far as access, lifts (no high speed), main lodge and food as mentioned by a previous poster.
Osorakan has ONLY two saving graces. When the snow sucks everywhere else in Western Japan, because of little or no natural snow, you will find more of it here. Why? It is because snow melts slower at Osorakan's high(est) base elevation and getting deeper dumps than other areas. Yes, powder is more abundant here and keeps fluffier than its rivals.
Another micro jewel, is the number of ski-in /out minshuku or local inns. Maybe an overabundance of them...thus the competition for acceptable lodgings/food quality/service is unexpectedly refreshing.
Yes, a commute ski area with a history a overnighter attitude (when Osorakan was the only place other than Daisan in Tottori Pref.). Yeah, yeah, I only go once a season, under those specific conditions!
From March, 2003
Snow condition on visit:
Spring corn, slush
Things I liked:
Gets most natural snow in Western Japan and high(er) elevation condusive to keeping its lightness