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  2. onsen tamago

    To ski school or not ski school?

    After a relative being injured by a complete beginner crashing into them at high speed, I think there should be a requirement to have at least a beginner sticker!! Some people out there are dangerous! Not just for themselves but for others.
  3. onsen tamago

    Is Kusatsu (Gunma) still open?

    I love Kusatsu. I did hear the ski resort was kind of struggling and that they might not be too bothered by the scale-down. Do correct me if I am wrong anyone.
  4. Hello First time visitor and potential first time visitor to Japan next winter season. Been doing lots of reading. (Excellent website such a help). I am curious about how some people comment about some ski resorts in Japan 'not feeling like Japan'. Presumably because of the large percentage of foreigners there. I'm keen to hear any comments on this - with regards to different regions/resort areas. We're keen to get a taste of Japan and some kind of cultural experience as well as the skiing. No mad rush. It'll be autumn before we can make our decisions. Thanks!
  5. SKI

    Is Kusatsu (Gunma) still open?

    I actually like going up there more in the summer than winter - the drive through to Shiga Kogen and then down to Karuizawa. Great area. Anyone know if they will they be dismantling the gondola?
  6. I would say - bring a smile and a friendly attitude and you'll be just fine. I remember when I first came to Japan and that's what I brought (or certainly tried to) and it was a fun adventure. There's more English around now than back then too.
  7. Yesterday
  8. SnowJapan daily snow and weather reporting for Thursday 21st March 2019: 2018-2019 season daily reporting on SnowJapan: Exclusive, independent and honest daily snow and weather reporting from popular snow regions of Japan. SnowJapan Daily Reports main index Now reports for Thursday 21st March 2019 All Japan weather and snow forecasts: Weather and snow forecasts for over 400 resorts throughout Japan are posted on individual resort pages within the site, updated daily throughout the year. Example (located on the 'Weather Info' tab for each resort, where available). ** UPDATED DAILY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR All Japan snow depth information: Official snow depth information for most major resorts is now updating daily on the resort listing pages and individual resort pages (where available). ** UPDATED DAILY ** Daily snow charts: All-Japan official snow depth charts - most new snowfall and most snow. ** UPDATED DAILY ** Webcams from Japan ski resorts: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports/webcams
  9. Mariemark78

    Is not knowing Japanese a problem?

    I guess no, as far as you know english
  10. Last week
  11. SnowJapan daily snow and weather reporting for Wednesday 20th March 2019: 2018-2019 season daily reporting on SnowJapan: Exclusive, independent and honest daily snow and weather reporting from popular snow regions of Japan. SnowJapan Daily Reports main index Now reports for Wednesday 20th March 2019 All Japan weather and snow forecasts: Weather and snow forecasts for over 400 resorts throughout Japan are posted on individual resort pages within the site, updated daily throughout the year. Example (located on the 'Weather Info' tab for each resort, where available). ** UPDATED DAILY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR All Japan snow depth information: Official snow depth information for most major resorts is now updating daily on the resort listing pages and individual resort pages (where available). ** UPDATED DAILY ** Daily snow charts: All-Japan official snow depth charts - most new snowfall and most snow. ** UPDATED DAILY ** Webcams from Japan ski resorts: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports/webcams
  12. Kerrie Gray

    Is not knowing Japanese a problem?

    Hi Miller! That is a fair question and I asked it before I came here. You can still make your way around and function on a trip fine without it, as I did on a number of trips here. However if you are planning on staying longer it makes life a lot easier and fuller! I think it is good to try learn some basic phrases and cultural things, as it shows respect. I knew very little on my first trip here and I went to some far-out places away from towns etc with no probs. People are very friendly and generally can read English quite well. If you take a notebook that is good for communication I found!
  13. Hi Not really at all. A bit of Japanese always helps - and creates a good impression too if you are willing to learn and try - but I first came here with virtually no Japanese and I managed. If you are going to one of the big popular gaijin-friendly ski resorts there will be plenty of English around for you.
  14. I have never been to Japan but kind of interested. This may be a stoopid question so forgive that but is not reading or speaking Japanese a problem? Specifically a snow resorts which I presume are mostly in the country rather than in the city (doh!) Just kind of wondering what the hurdle is like. Awesome to find so much good info on the subject. never imagined I'd go snowboarding in Japan.
  15. oblivion

    Minakami - playing in snow / childrens areas

    Don't know about the other two, but a friends family goes to Norn for the children area. It's pretty big by all accounts and they can do some fairly decent skiing at the same time.
  16. mina2

    Is Kusatsu (Gunma) still open?

    I did too. A shame. There's not much left of interest for me now there. Like the onsen though!
  17. Hi! I think the 3 places to look at are Norn Minakami and the two Minakami Kogen areas close to Hodaigi Definitely Norn as they seem to make a big point about their snow land area and it seems popular https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/gunma/minakami/norn-minakami and maybe these two as they are smaller more family places, not exactly sure what they snow playing areas are like https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/gunma/minakami/minakami-kogen-fujiwara https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/gunma/minakami/minakami-kogen-ski-resort
  18. Hello Good to meet you Anyone here know the ski hills in Minakami well? We want to know which might be the best place for a young family with beginner kids. We're interested in the playing in the snow activity thing as much as skiing. Thank you.
  19. SnowJapan daily snow and weather reporting for Tuesday 19th March 2019: 2018-2019 season daily reporting on SnowJapan: Exclusive, independent and honest daily snow and weather reporting from popular snow regions of Japan. SnowJapan Daily Reports main index Now reports for Tuesday 19th March 2019 All Japan weather and snow forecasts: Weather and snow forecasts for over 400 resorts throughout Japan are posted on individual resort pages within the site, updated daily throughout the year. Example (located on the 'Weather Info' tab for each resort, where available). ** UPDATED DAILY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR All Japan snow depth information: Official snow depth information for most major resorts is now updating daily on the resort listing pages and individual resort pages (where available). ** UPDATED DAILY ** Daily snow charts: All-Japan official snow depth charts - most new snowfall and most snow. ** UPDATED DAILY ** Webcams from Japan ski resorts: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports/webcams
  20. Not sure joshnii, but hoping that I might. I'll also be trying to get some good friends with cars. ;)
  21. Nice, Brillow! A lot will depend on if you will have the use of a car. Do you know if you will?
  22. I'll be in Niigata city next winter and stoked that I'll be so close to the snow. My research tells me that the big two areas of Niigata are the Yuzawa area and the Myoko areas. And there's some to the north that are closer, but smaller scale. Any top tips from anyone else in Niigata? I'm a skier. Better than beginner not as good as expert! ;) Can't wait!
  23. We spent a week in the area. We had a good day over at Alts, but we preferred the places to the north - the snow was just better and more of it. Nekoma was our pick of the bunch.
  24. ILoveZao

    Gassan - worth a shufty?

    A friend mentioned to me that there's less snow than usual up there this season. Which seems entirely reasonable considering there's less than usual in nearby areas, including Zao.
  25. SnowJapan daily snow and weather reporting for Monday 18th March 2019: 2018-2019 season daily reporting on SnowJapan: Exclusive, independent and honest daily snow and weather reporting from popular snow regions of Japan. SnowJapan Daily Reports main index Now reports for Monday 18th March 2019 All Japan weather and snow forecasts: Weather and snow forecasts for over 400 resorts throughout Japan are posted on individual resort pages within the site, updated daily throughout the year. Example (located on the 'Weather Info' tab for each resort, where available). ** UPDATED DAILY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR All Japan snow depth information: Official snow depth information for most major resorts is now updating daily on the resort listing pages and individual resort pages (where available). ** UPDATED DAILY ** Daily snow charts: All-Japan official snow depth charts - most new snowfall and most snow. ** UPDATED DAILY ** Webcams from Japan ski resorts: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports/webcams
  26. Charlotte Katrell

    Steep in Hokkaido

    We loved our time in Hokkaido but next year we are going to go for a change and are thinking about some places in Nagano/Niigata. The snow hasn't been as consistent down there though by the looks which is a bit of a worry.
  27. Charlotte Katrell

    Furano compared with Niseko

    Just wanted to add to this. We spent out holiday split between Furano > Sapporo > Niseko this season. In terms of snow, Niseko was best. But we enjoyed the more laid back feel of Furano. Sapporo is a great city too, so glad that we spent a few days there. Highly recommended.
  28. I never did get there when I was in Muikamachi. Don't suppose I'll be making it there now I'm much further away, but it always was somewhere I wanted to check out. The people I know who have been there all liked it said the snow was great.
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