Resort Reviews by onehunga

Reviews of ski resorts submitted by onehunga. Currently 12 reviews.
Kusatsu Kokusai
草津国際
Kusatsu Town, Gunma
Submitted by onehunga on 25th January 2016
The sum of all my reviews
Kusatsu is an Onsen town that has a ski field nearby. Last season on my first visit to Kusatsu I asked a number of people why they were there. Why did I ask this, well on my first visit to Kusatsu last season the snow conditions weren't very good, the base level was low, and the snow was so icy I really needed ice skates instead of skis, and yet just up the road in Yuzawa, which as the crow
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Kandatsu Kogen
神立高原
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by onehunga on 26th February 2015
A great day out
First off a big thank you to Kandatsu Resort and SnowJapan for the free pass. The free pass meant I went to Kandatsu, the great day we had there means I'll return.

Kandatsu is easy to get too, the entrance road is very close to the Yuzawa IC on the dreaded Kan-etsu expressway. It was quite busy the day we were there and we were directed off to a secondary carpark. If you are driving and have a 2WD avoid this
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Kusatsu Kokusai
草津国際
Kusatsu Town, Gunma
Submitted by onehunga on 26th January 2015
No more KFC
No more KFC, yes you read that right. The KFC at Kusatsu has gone, replaced by an outpost of the main restaurant. KFC biscuits were always a favorite for lunch on days at Kusatsu, now I'll have to stick to the excellent pizzas at the main restaurant.

Other than KFC missing, everything is pretty much the same at Kusatsu as my last review. The lift that used to run above the top gondola is still closed, but lift 5 was up
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Kawaba
川場
Kawaba Village, Gunma
Submitted by onehunga on 30th December 2014
A "civilised" resort
I visited Kawaba on the 29th thanks to a ticket from the SnowJapan Giveaways. So a big thank you to SnowJapan and Kawaba Resort. I enjoyed nearly everything about Kawaba, the multi-storey base building, the long lifts, that had short lift lines, the nice variety of runs, my only grip was the music. If you are going to have music playing on a loop, please include more songs. I get to hear “Let it go” enough at home, without hearing
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Snow Town Yeti
スノータウンYeti
Susono City, Shizuoka
Submitted by onehunga on 24th December 2014
Skiing on a snowcone
Snow Town Yeti is probably the closest "resort" to Tokyo, and I use the word resort in the loosest way. It's the only ski area I've been to that had and entrance gate to get in and out. talking about out, when you leave they take your lift ticket from you in exchange for a discount ticket for future visits. No keeping the ticket for a souvenir.

Yeti is easy to get to by car, and given the number of local
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Mt Granview
Mtグランビュー
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by onehunga on 11th March 2014
A great little resort
Mt Granview is a great little resort, with amazing views and on the day I visited great snow.

The main part of Mt Granview is accessed by a single lift located near the carpark. The lift control room is also the ticket office. Once up the lift you arrive at the base area, although the buildings there look like they belong in the 1950's.

Two further single lifts take you to the top of the mountain. From the top of the
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Kagura
かぐら
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by onehunga on 3rd March 2014
A great day out
I got to visit Kagura for the first time thanks to Yuzawa town and SnowJapan. Thank you both.

Kagura the resort is made up of three areas, Tashiro, Kagura and Mitsumata. As I was with a non skier I was able to start in Tashiro, and make my way across, though Kagura and onto Mitsumata.

Tashiro area is access from Tashiro station by a ropeway. There's a ticket office, a small shop, nice waiting area, toilets and the ropeway station. The
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Hyperbowl Tohachi
ハイパーボウル東鉢
Yabu City, Hyogo
Submitted by onehunga on 19th February 2014
Great skiing in Hyogo
I've been to Hyperbowl twice now, both times the day after a big dump of snow, and both times as part of a visit to Sky Valley. Once was nice and sunny, the other snowing with nil to little visibility. Both times it was a great resort to be at.

Hyperbowl and Sky Valley share a lift ticket, and the mountain. At the top of the mountain there is a rope in one place separating the two resorts, but most of
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Sky Valley
スカイバレイ
Kami Town, Hyogo
Submitted by onehunga on 19th February 2014
Great Skiing in Hyogo
I've been to Sky Valley twice now, both times the day after a big dump of snow. Once was nice and sunny, the other snowing with nil to little visibility. Both times it was a great resort to be at.

The base at Sky Valley is situated in a very narrow valley, to reach the lower lifts you have to walk though the base building. It's a two story building bottom floor has two changing rooms (male and female), rental area,
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Oku Ibuki
奥伊吹
Maibara City, Shiga
Submitted by onehunga on 31st January 2014
A popular resort for Kansai folk
Oku Ibuki seemed to be the most popular resort in Kansai on the 30th, there was really no need for the nav system in the car. Just follow all the cars with skis/boards on the roof, they all headed there.

Once there the car parks gave an indication on how popular this place was. Arriving at 8:00am there were already about 750 cars there. (Based on carpark capacity, I didn't count. Total carpark capactiy is 1800)

From the lower carparks there
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Ojiro
おじろ
Kami Town, Hyogo
Submitted by onehunga on 6th January 2014
A wonderful day out
Ojiro is a small resort on the side of a hill in Hyogo prefecture. We choose this resort because it was a reasonable distance to my parent-in-laws place, and with 6 year olds and under free, the tickets weren't going to be expensive. There is also a 300 yen discount ticket on their brochure. The ticket office is at the gondola base, along with tiolets and a small shop.

You need to take the gondola, up and down over a couple
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Kusatsu Kokusai
草津国際
Kusatsu Town, Gunma
Submitted by onehunga on 20th December 2013
Two Resorts in One
Kusatsu is based around one long run, halfway down is the lower Gondola base and upper car park. This splits the resort into two, more experienced skiers/boarders may want to stick to the top half, although the run down from top to bottom is a lot of fun.
To get up the mountain it is necessary to either drive to the lower Gondola base then take the gondola, or take two lifts (nice little downhill in between) then the gondola.
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