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    Furano compared with Niseko

    Furano is a much more Japanese experience than Niseko. Much less developed. The terrain is more challenging and the back- and side-country are excellent with some really great onsens. Furano is tougher to get to, and tougher to get around, but 9 times out of 10, I'd go to Furano over Niseko.
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    Myoko seasonal

    Lots of off-piste options in Myoko, guide or no-guide. Backcountry accidents and fatalities seem to be on the rise in recent years in Japan though. Travel smart in the backcountry!
  3. You'll have some good options from Ueda but none super-close by. The better resorts will be a bit to the north. Shiga-kogen is the closest, good, major one. A little further are Nozawaonsen and Madarao. Both worth the drive for sure. If you think you'll really get into snowboarding/skiing, definitely buy a car.


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