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Updates & Reports: Our plans for the 2020-2021 winter season

Greetings to you all from a (still-hot) Niigata Prefecture. Wherever you are in the world, we hope this message finds you well. 2020 has been such a difficult year for so many - both individuals and businesses - and many unanswered questions remain regarding the upcoming winter season. Back at the end of last season we were all hoping that the covid-19 situation would have cleared up more than it has done by now, but the subject of course still looms large. We wish we had answers to th

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2020-2021 SEASON IN! A general message from SnowJapan

A message from SnowJapan 14th December 2020 Note: This message is also being published on all daily ‘Now’ reports on SnowJapan We hope this message finds you and yours well. As the 2020-2021 season here in Japan gets started, we wanted to post a few general thoughts as well as answer a few common questions. Coronavirus in Japan Compared to many countries, Japan appears to have managed to keep its number of (official confirmed) cases relatively low and without any major

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Another message from SnowJapan

Another message from SnowJapan This general message is being posted on all our daily reports. It is not specific to one report or region. Thank you to everyone who contacted us after the general message we posted in these reports a few days ago. It’s great to hear from people, and of course it makes us happy to hear so many messages of support. In the feedback, some questions and comments were brought up—and we would like to answer them in public. Here goes: About 'official

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Late January 2020: What's going on?

This general message was posted on all our daily reports today (28th January 2019) It is not specific to one report or region. Here we are, closing in on the end of January. Normally we would be out playing in deep, fresh snow, watching the incredible snowfall, taking pictures of the huge snow walls along the roads (while the locals moan about having to shovel snow). It is peak season, and lots of visitors are here enjoying themselves. But we can't say it's a normal year almost

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We're nearly there... this is where we are!

There is lots happening right now and just to give you a "latest" kind of update... * We are continuing to check and update ski resort information on a daily basis (over 200 still have not updated their own information!) * Our 'Now' snow and weather reports are starting to appear and will be daily once seasons get started: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports * Webcams will be checked and updated over the next few weeks: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-

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2019-2020: End of season message

I would like to add a few words to what our reporters have already said on our Now daily reports, which you can see here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports Please do have a look at their final comments from the season as each region is different.   The good people posting our daily reports really have done a wonderful job covering the season. It has not always been easy this year, but they kept going. Frustrated at times. Confused at times. Exci

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2020-2021 Season: About information updates

The 2019-2020 season is over, so now thoughts turn to 2020-2021. I just wanted to update you all on when to expect ski area information updates on SnowJapan: As always, we will be manually updating our information for every ski area throughout Japan before the 2020-2021 season The process of updating that information on SnowJapan usually takes around 3-5 months The people at many ski areas are currently taking a bit of time to re-charge and/or making their plans for th

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SnowJapan

Early November pre-season message

A pre-season message from SnowJapan * This message is appearing on all our Now daily report pages * Greetings! Here we are in November and from this month some of our daily Now reporting will gradually start appearing as we eagerly wait for the snow and winter to arrive. We have so much work to get sorted before it all starts, but at the same time we are very excited at the prospect of getting out onto that lovely snow once again. Can’t wait! Before it all begins though, we w

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800+ new original map images on SnowJapan

Around this time last year, we decided that we wanted to have own original maps on SnowJapan. Since the beginning of 2019 we have been working on making it happen and at last we have been able to get them all online. When we first started thinking about doing this, it was obvious that we needed to make various decisions. What to include. What to not include. What information was important. What important was less so. (Not to mention, what was possible to create!) We won’t bore you with

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SnowJapanHistory.com - A look back at ski areas from Japan’s past

Since January I have been working on a new personal project and today, at last, I am happy to be able to share it: www.snowjapanhistory.com SnowJapanHistory.com is an affectionate look back at ski areas from Japan’s past. The site is starting off introducing 101 ski areas across 14 prefectures and there will be regular updates. Weekly updates to SnowJapanHistory will be noted on a new FB page here: www.facebook.com/snowjapanhistory If you are interested and check

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2018-2019 Season: Daily reports - end of season message

This message is being posted on all the daily Now reports on SnowJapan.com at the end of the 2018-2019 season https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports Thank you very much for using SnowJapan.com and reading our daily reports. We hope you have enjoyed them and found them to be a useful resource guiding you through the Japanese winter season. This year marks 20 years of SnowJapan and to celebrate we might just enjoy a special cake on our birthday in September. We

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Site updates: What we are up to until November

Good morning. We thought we would update you on a few things as we head into early summer. SnowJapan introduces information on every ski hill/resort throughout Japan – all 500 or so of them. That’s a lot of information. Every year we check and update this information, and of course this year will be no different. Ideally we would like to have information updated sooner than later. But unfortunately, most official ski resort information does not become confirmed/available unti

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2020-2021 Season: About our daily 'Now' reports & snow depth data

About our daily 'Now' reports As the snow season fast approaches, we thought we would let you know where we stand with regards to our daily reporting. Even with this year being as it is, we very much wanted SnowJapan to be updated as 'normal' as possible this winter. And we are largely happy for that to be happening, but unfortunately there are going to be a few daily reports that we are unable to update this season - for various '2020' reasons, including the old classic 'can't post a

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About the upcoming consumption tax increase

Unless there is a last minute change in policy, consumption tax rates in Japan are set to increase from 8% to 10% from October this year. Between April 1997 and March 2012 the consumption tax rate in Japan was 5%. It then increased to 8% in April 2014 with a view to it being increased to 10% by October 2015. For various reasons that was postponed twice meaning we are still currently at 8%, but the increase to 10% is scheduled to come into effect from October. The tax increase back in 2

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Welcome to the new SnowJapan Community

Welcome to the new SnowJapan Community area First of all, it is very good to see you here! And let me just say sorry for the 'down time' on the old SnowJapanForums site over the last few weeks. Behind the scenes it has been a frantic few weeks as we made some major changes to the community software as well as a big move. Lots of coding, setting up, consulting, testing, adjusting, checking, worrying, sighing... and cheering! If you are reading this you have obviously found your way

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A mid-April update

So here we are in the second half of April. It both feels like it has been a long season, but at the same time it has gone really quickly. Some interesting snowfall patterns this season. Many regions saw the snow stop falling sometime around the middle of February, but later on in March there was some decent snowfall in places as winter held on. It looks like spring has now taken full control with warming temperatures and lots of clearer skies. But there is still some pretty good snow

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Late May 2021: Updates & changes

It’s the end of May and we thought we would give you an update on what we are up to. A time to focus With everything that has been happening over the last year or so, we have taken time to think about various aspects of SnowJapan – what we do, what we are, and what we want to be. This period has ended up being a very good chance to bring many things into focus and positive things will come from it. More on that later in the year, but for now here’s a few things...   Up

Niseko Now: A look back at February and the season so far

Our Niseko Now reporter has posted a now-traditional monthly recap and we thought it would be good to bring it to the attention of people who may not be reading those reports. This is covering the reports and information from the Niseko area of Hokkaido. And here it is: ------ A look back at the season so far: February 2019 As is tradition, here I look back over February and the season so far. You can follow my reports and snowfall numbers at any time towards the bottom of this p

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News & Blogs: Adjusting various display settings

This News & Blogs area of the site has been updated and there are now various display settings that you can customize. You do not need to be registered and logged in to change these settings. You will need to be registered to save these display settings for each time you visit.   THEMES We have prepared three themes (see images below) - Light theme (default) - Dark theme - Background theme You can choose a theme using the link that can be found at the bott

2021: New Year Message from SnowJapan

New Year message from SnowJapan The 2020-2021 winter season seems to have got off to a good start in many mountainous regions of Japan, with some areas enjoying some very heavy snowfalls. That is of course very encouraging to see. Even if you are having to look on from afar, we’re sure you will be glad to see a return to a more ‘normal’ pattern to the snowfall this winter. So 2020 is now behind us and we surely all hope that 2021 will be an all-round better year for everyone.  

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DAILY REPORTS: New 'Kiroro Now' reporting section

We are happy to share with you a new 'Now' report on SnowJapan this season. This new report comes to you from Kiroro, a location known to be particularly snowy, on the northern island of Hokkaido. We have cunningly named the new report... Kiroro Now. And you can find it here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports/Kiroro-Now The same concept, ideals and independence apply to this report - like all of the others. As this is a new section there may

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2020-2021 Season: End of season message

End of season general message from SnowJapan This message is being posted on all of the Now daily reports in early May 2021 First of all, we hope that you and yours are keeping well. What another strange season 2020-2021 has been. In terms of snow and conditions, the story of the season can be found in the respective reports. Each region had its own story, of course, but it was certainly great to be able to get back to reporting some heavy snowfall this time round. Spring did
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