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  2. Chateraise Ski Resort Yatsugatake changes name to Chateraise Ski Valley Nobeyama Chateraise Ski Valley Nobeyama(シャトレーゼスキーバレー野辺山)is the new name of the ski area in Kawakami Village (Nagano) that used to be known as Chateraise Ski Resort Yatsugatake. Ski area information on SnowJapan: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/nagano/kawakami/chateraise-ski-valley-nobeyama
  3. Koumi Re-Ex Ski Valley changes name to Chateraise Ski Valley Koumi Chateraise Ski Valley Koumi(シャトレーゼスキーバレー小海)is the new name of the ski area in Koumi Town (Nagano) that used to be known as Koumi Re-Ex Ski Valley. Ski area information on SnowJapan: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/nagano/koumi/chateraise-ski-valley-koumi
  4. Hakuba Sanosaka to re-open for the 2022-2023 season Good news from Hakuba! Hakuba Sanosaka(白馬さのさかスキー場)in Hakuba (Nagano) will be (re)opening for the 2022-2023 winter season. Sanosaka was closed last season but there have been some changes and the ski area is now saying that it plans to open in late December 2022. No details just yet, but the below page will be updated when we have them: Ski area information on SnowJapan: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/nagano/hakuba/hakuba-sanosaka
  5. Added 28th September 2022: Kiyokawa Kogen, Aga, Niigata https://www.snowjapanhistory.com/niigata-aga-kiyokawa-kogen
  6. SnowJapanHistory.com takes a look back at ski areas from Japan's past. Kiyokawa Kogen Ski Area 清川高原スキー場 Aga Town, Niigata 新潟県阿賀町 https://www.snowjapanhistory.com/niigata-aga-kiyokawa-kogen
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  8. Gokase Highland closed for 2022-2023 season due to typhoon damage Gokase Highland(五ヶ瀬ハイランドスキー場)in Gokase (Miyazaki) will not be opening for the 2022-2023 season. The ski area was planning for a 16th December opening. However, this month's powerful typhoon (14) caused considerably damage to the access road. Unfortunately, there is not enough time to fix it before winter. Gokase Highland is the most southerly ski area in Japan. We wish them well and hope to see them back next year. Ski area information on SnowJapan: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/miyazaki
  9. Champion No 1 quad lift at Akakura Kanko Resort retired The Champion Number 1 quad lift at Akakura Kanko Resort(赤倉観光リゾート)in Myoko (Niigata) has been retired and won't be opening this season. The lift has already been taken off the official course map. Akakura Kanko has said that it will be increasing the shuttle buses from Akakura Onsen. The ski run connections between Akakura Onsen and Akakura Kanko Resort are unaffected. Ski area information on SnowJapan (new course map included): https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/niigata/myoko/akakura-kanko-resort
  10. Update 23rd September 2022 It is the news we have all been waiting for.... Yesterday, the Japanese PM said that from 11th October, visa-free individual trips to Japan will resume for vaccinated travellers. No more tours. And no more daily cap on numbers. The visa situation appears to be set to revert to how it was pre-covid. Excellent. At last! So it looks like if you are overseas and want to come skiing and snowboarding in Japan this coming winter, you will be able to. More when all the details are confirmed...
  11. Added 20th September 2022: Nyuto, Semboku, Akita https://www.snowjapanhistory.com/akita-semboku-nyuto
  12. SnowJapanHistory.com takes a look back at ski areas from Japan's past. Semboku Ski Area 乳頭スキー場 Semboku City, Akita 秋田県仙北市 https://www.snowjapanhistory.com/akita-semboku-nyuto
  13. Kita Nikko Takahata to welcome snowboarders Kita Nikko Takahata(北日光・高畑スキー場)in Minamiaizu (Fukushima) has traditionally been a skiers-only resort, but that is about to change. They have announced that snowboarders will be welcomed during the 2022-2023 season. Until 2021 Kita Nikko Takahata was known as Aizu Kogen Takahata. Ski area information on SnowJapan: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/fukushima/minami-aizu/kita-nikko-takahata Please note: The information on the above link and other pages within SnowJapan will be updated to reflect this news by
  14. Two ski areas (Himekayu and Koeji) to close in Oshu City (Iwate Prefecture) Sad news to report that two small local ski areas in Oshu City are closing (and they will not be open for the 2022-2023 season). The ski areas to close are Himekayu ひめかゆスキー場 and Koeji 越路スキー場. The other ski area remaining in Oshu City called Kunimidaira 国見平スキー場 will remain open. Ski area information on SnowJapan: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/iwate/oshu/kunimidaira https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/iwate/oshu/himekayu https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/iwate/
  15. Added 14th September 2022: Tateshina Associates, Saku, Nagano https://www.snowjapanhistory.com/nagano-saku-tateshina-associates
  16. SnowJapanHistory.com takes a look back at ski areas from Japan's past. Tateshina Associates Ski Area 蓼科アソシエイツスキー場 Saku City, Nagano 長野県佐久市 https://www.snowjapanhistory.com/nagano-saku-tateshina-associates
  17. Listings: Travel We have added a new Travel area to our Listings section: https://www.snowjapan.com/listings Currently the following types of listings can be found in the section: Accommodation Lessons Travel Resort Spotlights Jobs available SnowJapan does not own or operate any of the services or organizations introduced in the section. We do not take any reservations, and we cannot answer any specific queries about individual services. Please contact them directly with any questions!
  18. Update 12th September 2022 Over the weekend, on a TV programme, a Japanese government spokesman said that the entry cap of 50,000 will be removed in the 'not-so-distant future', without specifying any kind of time frame. More importantly, he also suggested that other restrictions - including the visa requirement and the package tour - might also be removed at the same time as removing the daily cap. He also mentioned how many people want to visit Japan in autumn and winter. There also seems to have been similar things said today. This all sounds very promising! T
  19. About the updating of our ski area information [September-December 2022] Every year we manually check and update the information about Japanese ski areas published on SnowJapan. For the upcoming 2022-2023 season, the process has started. It's complicated and very time-consuming. Here we will try to explain the process and what to expect: As we check and update information, we are as careful and thorough as possible. Our intention is to bring you correct, reliable, and up-to-date information. It is an entirely manual process. Our information is origi
  20. Interactive graphs & charts updated The new charts & graphs that we introduced earlier this year have been updated. Functionality has been adjusted, and a few issues that we became aware of have been resolved. https://www.snowjapan.com/guides/graphs We are now checking and updating information for every ski area in Japan. That process usually takes until December to complete. Once we have confirmed details for the 2022-2023 season, the data displayed in these graphs and charts will be updated. We think they are a lot of fun and an interesting way to comp
  21. Update 7th September 2022 Today is the day from which the above changes take effect. Beyond the update from last week, there does not seem to be anything additional to report just at the moment. Again, please remember that SnowJapan is not in the business of providing tours and organising travel arrangements, so we cannot help with such things. If you are interested in such tours/packages, we recommend contacting travel companies who provide such services. We will update this topic again when there is more news to report.
  22. Added 7th September 2022: Shirakawago Hirase Onsen Shirayumi, Shirakawa, Gifu https://www.snowjapanhistory.com/gifu-shirakawa-shirakawago-hirase-onsen-shirayumi
  23. SnowJapanHistory.com takes a look back at ski areas from Japan's past. Shirakawago Hirase Onsen Shirayumi Ski Area 白川郷平瀬温泉白弓スキー場 Shirakawa Village, Gifu 岐阜県白川村 https://www.snowjapanhistory.com/gifu-shirakawa-shirakawago-hirase-onsen-shirayumi
  24. Added 3rd September 2022: Rausu Chomin, Rausu, Hokkaido https://www.snowjapanhistory.com/hokkaido-rausu-rausu-chomin
  25. SnowJapanHistory.com takes a look back at ski areas from Japan's past. Rausu Chomin Ski Area 羅臼町民スキー場 Rausu Town, Hokkaido 北海道羅臼町 https://www.snowjapanhistory.com/hokkaido-rausu-rausu-chomin
  26. Champion area to re-open at Ontake Ski Area for the 2022-2023 season Ontake(御岳スキー場)ski area in Otaki (Nagano) plans to open its Champion area for the first time in 10 years during the upcoming 2022-2023 season. The area will re-open as 'semi-backcountry' area featuring '95% ungroomed natural snow'. A new 300m long T-bar lift is being installed, and that will be the only lift in the area. (The old quad lift in the area will not be open). A bus will also be available between the base of the Champion area and the main base of Ontake. Ski area information on SnowJapan:
  27. Further update: With this latest planned change for 7th September, foreign visitors will still need to pre-book 'tours/packages' from approved agencies. Detailed guidelines have yet to be confirmed. Just to be clear, individual and independent travel will still not be allowed, for the moment. We will update again when there is more news.
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