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  1. 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. If you are interested and check it out, please be sure to read the About page for the story behind this project and why it exists. Thank you. AL
  2. Added 22nd October: Naruko, Osaki, Miyagi https://www.snowjapanhistory.com/miyagi-osaki-naruko
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    Naruko (Osaki, Miyagi)

    SnowJapanHistory.com takes a look back at ski areas from Japan's past. Naruko Osaki City, Miyagi Prefecture https://www.snowjapanhistory.com/miyagi-osaki-naruko
  4. Snow Park Yeti - known as Fujiyama Snow Resort Yeti last year and other names before that - will open this year on Friday 31st October. Always the first ski area to open, albeit with artificial snow, expect to see it on the evening news on that date! https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/shizuoka/susono/snow-town-yeti The main lift ticket prices remain unchanged this season.
  5. [UPDATED 21st OCTOBER 2020 - Ryuoo Ski Park] On this page we will be keeping an eye on the price of lift tickets for the 2020-2021 winter season. So far, the majority of ski areas appear to be keeping their lift tickets at the same price as last season. Details will be updated on each of the relevant ski area pages on the main website. *** IMPORTANT *** This list is a work in progress. It is not complete or final, and it will be updated if and when we discover further details It is important that information presented on our site is correct We will provide as much information as we can find from local and/or official sources Rumours will not be reported All information is believed to be correct at the time of writing Information may well change, in which case any necessary updates will be made Updates and edits to this page (and the ski area pages within the main site) will be made through December 2020 Please note that SnowJapan is not a news organisation. We are just trying to bring you as much information as possible There may well be other information out there that we are not aware of Know any relevant information? Please let us know at editor@snowjapan.com Aomori Aomori Spring Ski Resort A 1 day ticket was 5,200 yen. That will be 5,500 yen for the 2020-2021 season. The season ticket, however, is cheaper this year. Fukushima Grandeco Snow Resort Some complicated lift ticket charges for 2020-2021 at Grandeco with 4 different sets of prices. A one day lift ticket on some weekend/holiday dates goes from 4,800 yen to 5,400 yen. The Gondola and Number 4 lift will also be rested on weekdays. Hokkaido Hidaka Kokusai All adult tickets (1 day, 2 hours, 5 hours, night ticket) have increased by 200 yen. A 1 day lift ticket is now 3,200 yen. Iwate Geto Kogen A 1 day lift ticket goes from 4,900 yen to 5,200 yen Nagano Asama 2000 Park One day lift tickets at weekends remain at 4,000 yen, but increase on weekdays 1 day weekday ticket: 2,500 yen >>> 3,000 yen Blanche Takayama Ski Resort The prices of lift tickets have all increased. A 1 day lift ticket has increased by 400 yen. 1 day ticket: 4,400 yen (last year) >>> 6,800 yen Hakuba Valley The price of the joint 'Hakuba Valley' lift tickets have increased for the 2020-2021 season. A 1 day lift ticket has increased by 500 yen. Examples: 1 day ticket: 6,100 yen (last year) >>> 6,600 yen 2 day ticket: 11,000 yen (last year) >>> 12,500 yen 3 day ticket: 16,300 yen (last year) >>> 18,700 yen Hakuba Happo-one, Hakuba 47, Hakuba Goryu Prices of individual ski area tickets are unchanged Kurohime Kogen Snow Park The adult lift tickets have increased: 1 day ticket: 4,000 yen (last year) >>> 4,200 yen Ryuoo Ski Park The adult and senior lift tickets have increased, mostly by 200 yen. 1 day ticket: 4,800 yen (last year) >>> 5,000 yen Half ticket: 3,900 yen (last year) >>> 4,100 yen PM/Nighta ticket: 4,800 yen (last year) >>> 5,000 yen Shiga Kogen The price of a 1 day joint Shiga Kogen lift ticket has increased for the 2020-2021 season. 1 day ticket: 5,500 yen (last year) >>> 5,600 yen 2+ day tickets: unchanged Niigata Cupid Valley A price reduction! All lift tickets are less expensive this year than last, with the one day ticket going from 4,300 yen to 4,200 yen. It needs to be noted that the gondola will not be operating this season and that means you need to get two lifts to the top area. The rested gondola means that about 600m of course under the top part of the gondola lift will not be available this season. Kandatsu Kogen 100 yen has been added to the cost of all one day lift tickets. Hokkaido Niseko United The price of the joint 'Niseko United' lift tickets have increased for the 2020-2021 season. A 1 day lift ticket has increased by 100 yen. Examples: 1 day ticket: 8,000 yen (last year) >>> 8,100 yen Yamagata St.MARY The lift tickets for adults have increased by 400 yen (though tickets for children are cheaper this year). Examples: 7 hours ticket: 3,100 yen (last year) >>> 3,500 yen 5 hours ticket: 2,900 yen (last year) >>> 3,300 yen 3 hours ticket: 2,600 yen (last year) >>> 3,000 yen Zao Onsen The price a 1 day ticket remains unchanged, but multiple day tickets are slightly more expensive.
  6. [UPDATED 20th OCTOBER 2020: Classe Snow Park] On this page we will report on news of ski areas around Japan that will not be opening for the 2020-2021 winter season. News of specific ski lifts that will be rested at ski areas that will be open are reported here. *** IMPORTANT *** This list is a work in progress. It is not complete or final, and it will be updated if and when we discover further details It is important that information presented on our site is correct We will provide as much information as we can find from local and/or official sources Rumours will not be reported All information is believed to be correct at the time of writing Information may well change, in which case any necessary updates will be made Updates and edits to this page (and the ski area pages within the main site) will be made through December 2020 Please note that SnowJapan is not a news organisation. We are just trying to bring you as much information as possible There may well be other information out there that we are not aware of Know any relevant information? Please let us know at editor@snowjapan.com Fukui Prefecture Imajo 365 Imajo 365 will not be open for the 2020-2021 season. Stated reason: coronavirus related. Karigahara Karigahara was not able to open for one day during the 2019-2020 season due to lack of snowfall. It was since announced that it would be permanently closed. Shinbo Family Shinbo Family was not able to open for one day during the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 seasons due to a lack of snowfall. It will not be open for the 2020-2021 season. Gifu Prefecture Ciao Ontake Mount Resort Ciao has been closed since 2018. During 2020 there was an unsuccessful attempt to try and get it back operating for the 2020-2021 season by crowdfunding. More information on Ciao Ontake Mount Resort can be found on www.snowjapanhistory.com Hida Takayama Hida Takayama will not open for the 2020-2021 season due to damage from the heavy rainfalls in July 2020. Ibi Kogen Ibi Kogen was not able to open for one day during the 2019-2020 season due to lack of snowfall. It has now permanently closed. Hokkaido Classe Snow Park Classe Snow Park will not be opening for the 2020-2021 season. Stated reason: coronavirus related. Nagano Prefecture Iizuna Kogen 2019-2020 was officially the last season for Iizuna Kogen. It has now permanently closed. More information on Iizuna Kogen can be found on www.snowjapanhistory.com Niigata Prefecture Budoh Budoh was not able to open for one day during the 2019-2020 season due to lack of snowfall. It will not be open for the 2020-2021 season. Stated reason: coronavirus. Tainai Tainai was not able to open properly for one day during the 2019-2020 season due to lack of snowfall - only a kids playing area was able to open. It was thought that it would not open for 2020-2021, but a crowdfunding effort was held to try and keep the ski area open with a target of 30 million yen. Apparently they had raised about 23 million yen as of 1st October. [2nd OCTOBER UPDATE] Good news! It looks like a decision has been made to open for the 2020-2021 season... if it snows enough! Hopefully snow issues will not be a problem in 20-21. Wakabuna Kogen Wakabuna Kogen was not able to open for one day during the 2019-2020 season due to lack of snowfall. It will not be open for the 2020-2021 season. Shimane Prefecture Asahi Tenguston Snow Park 2019-2020 was the last season for Asahi Tenguston. It has now permanently closed. More information on Asahi Tenguston Snow Park can be found on www.snowjapanhistory.com Mizuho Highland The company that was operating Mizuho Highland went bankrupt in the spring of 2020. It is currently unclear if it will be able to open for 2020-2021.
  7. Minenohara Kogen in Suzaka (Nagano Prefecture) has had an eventful few years with change of ownership and then damage caused by a typhoon last autumn. It was closed last season, but it will re-open for 2020-2021 with an interesting new name: WILD NINJA SNOW HIGHLAND リワイルド・忍者・スノーハイランド (It's not clear if the capitals are necessary!) More info should be coming soon, but the page has already been updated with some details here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/nagano/suzaka/minenohara-kogen
  8. Sayama - an artificial ski slope in Saitama Prefecture - has announced that it will (re)open on Thursday 12th November 2020. Sayama was closed for the whole of last season to undergo various changes. It looks like there will be a new 'Kids Area' as well as a 'Snow Escalator'. This post will be updated with more details as we have them....
  9. 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 the big questions. All we can really do for now is remain patient and hopeful for brighter news… sooner than later, please. I think we have all probably read more than enough on that particular subject, so we do not wish to dwell on it any further for the moment. Rather, we want to be positive and look forward, and take this opportunity to tell you what we have planned for the coming months and during the 2020-2021 Japan winter season. Basically, we are preparing SnowJapan.com to be running as close to normal as is possible. It's what we do. Here's more details: Updating our ski area information [September-December] The process of updating our all-Japan ski area information on SnowJapan has started. In a normal year... Our updating work usually takes us 3+ months, from September through until December. This year... We have only just started working on updates for the upcoming season, so we have not yet delved deep. However, we get the feeling that this year information gathering is going to be more complicated than usual. And perhaps generally later than usual, as ski areas wait on updates to general/travel circumstances. There is also probably going to be lots of ‘News’. In addition to updating information on all the ski area pages within SnowJapan, we also plan to separately post various news items on the site. That should start around early October. Every year... 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. We are not here to bring you shiny marketing messages or promotional press releases. The process of carefully checking and updating information on about 500 ski areas in multiple stages takes a lot of time. The work is all manual and we only use original Japanese sources. Updates on our site may seem to be somewhat random… …and in some ways, they are! That is because we keep checking, re-checking and updating as we find relevant information. Updates for each ski area will probably be done in stages, as more information becomes available. This work is ongoing and information is updated gradually (it doesn't all appear at once). We try to update information for larger, more well-known ski areas as early in the process as possible. We cannot update the information on SnowJapan if we do not have confirmation of information from original sources. In our experience over the years, many ski areas around Japan do not update their own websites until November (or even December!) Expect most visible updates to appear on SnowJapan around the period late-October through late-November. Just so it's clear... no-one is telling us what to do. It's all us - checking, updating, checking and updating manually. Gambarimasu! 'Now' daily reports [during the winter season] We intend to publish as many of our popular ‘Now’ daily reports as possible through the 2020-2021 winter season. However we cannot yet confirm full details… because we do not know ourselves what is going to be possible. For a ‘Now’ daily report section to be possible, we need our trusted reporters to be available, on location, and committed to posting reports every day of the season. There is no 'mid' setting - it's either a full proper report every day or no report. Due to various circumstances beyond our control, that may well not be possible for some of our usual reports this year. But we will certainly do what we can! Daily snow depth data [during the winter season] The official daily snow depth data for ski areas throughout Japan should be updating as normal throughout the winter season. --------------------------------- So keep an eye on the site for updates over the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, if the subject of ski areas from the past sounds interesting to you, be sure to check out the new SnowJapanHistory website here: www.snowjapanhistory.com. SnowJapanHistory is a personal project of the creator of SnowJapan. Currently the website introduces 114 historic ski areas around Japan and more are being added each week. That’s all for now. Stay safe and take care.
  10. [UPDATED 19th OCTOBER 2020 - Yamaboku Wild Snow Park] For various reasons it looks like there is going to be a lot of 'news' in the run up to the 2020-2021 winter season, ranging from some ski areas not opening to lifts being rested and changes to normal operations. On this page we will report on ski lifts and changes in normal operations at ski areas around Japan during the 2020-2021 winter season --- ones that we are aware of. The ski areas that are mentioned within this post will be open. Ski areas that do not plan to be open for 2020-2021 are reported here. *** IMPORTANT *** This list is a work in progress. It is not complete or final, and it will be updated if and when we discover further details It is important that information presented on our site is correct We will provide as much information as we can find from local and/or official sources Rumours will not be reported All information is believed to be correct at the time of writing Information may well change, in which case any necessary updates will be made Updates and edits to this page (and the ski area pages within the main site) will be made through December 2020 Please note that SnowJapan is not a news organisation. We are just trying to bring you as much information as possible There may well be other information out there that we are not aware of Know any relevant information? Please let us know at editor@snowjapan.com Fukui Prefecture Ski Jam Katsuyama The Family Pair and Illusion Quad A (1010m) lifts will be rested for the 2020-2021 season. Their closing does not reduce the amount of reachable terrain. Fukushima Prefecture Aizu Kogen Takahata Aizu Kogen Takahara will be closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays in January and February 2021 and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in March 2021. There are some exceptions - see ski area page for details. Aizu Kogen Takatsue All lifts appear to be scheduled to be operating, but the Half pipe and Slopestyle course at Aizu Kogen Takatsue will not be open for 2020-2021. Grandeco Snow Resort The Gondola and Number 4 quad lifts will be rested on weekdays for the 2020-2021 season - they will operate on weekends and holidays Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai The Alts Gondola will not be operating for the 2020-2021 season Alts Gondola Hokkaido Niseko Grand Hirafu The following lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu will not be operating this season: Ace Pair Number 1 lift Ace Pair Number 3 lift Ace Pair Number 4 lift King Pair Number 1 lift King Quad Number 2 lift The other lifts should be operating as normal and these lifts not moving should not really affect skiable area. They have also changed their planned opening date from 21st November until 5th December, and night skiing will be until 8:00pm. The Ace Family quad and Ace Number 2 quad lifts plan to be operating for night skiing. All details subject to change. Rusutsu Resort The following lifts at Rusutsu will not be operating this season: West Mountain - Yotei Gondola, West Tiger Pair Lift (* open for competitions) East Mountain - East Quad Lift, East Number 2 Pair Lift, Across Number 1 Pair Lift Mt Izola - Izola Number 4 Quad Lift, Izola Number 2 Pair Lift The Side Country Park (West Mountain) and Freedom Park (East Mountain) will also be closed this season. All details subject to change. Hyogo Prefecture Rokkosan Snow Park A new 'Mini Park' is planned for Rokkosan Snow Park and it will be supported by snow making machines. Nagano Prefecture Hakuba Happo-one The Central pair and Sakka Number 3 triple lifts have been taken off the official course map for 2020-2021 (downloaded Japanese language pamphlet). Skiable terrain is not reduced by those lifts not operating. The pamphlet also says 'more artificial snow making machines'. (Here's to not needing them!) There will be no night skiing at Happo-one this season. Mt Norikura Snow Resort The Torii One quad lift, Wasabisawa Lift will not be operating this season. The Yamaboushi lift may also be rested on weekdays. Nozawa Onsen The New Nagasaka Gondola will open at Nozawa Onsen this season. More on that here. New artificial snow-making machines are also being installed by the Yamabiko D course and Uenotaira courses on the upper area of Nozawa Onsen. Shiga Kogen A new pulse Gondola will open at Nozawa Onsen this season. More on that here. New artificial snow-making machines are also being installed by the Yamabiko D course and Uenotaira courses on the upper area of Nozawa Onsen. Togari Onsen There will be no general night skiing at Togari Onsen during the 2020-2021 season. You can however take private reservation (60,000 yen) to have it for yourself! Yamaboko Wild Snow Park The Number 2 pair lift will be rested on weekdays. Niigata Prefecture Cupid Valley The Gondola at Cupid Valley will not be operating this season. The gondola being rested means that about 600m of course under the lift at top will not be available. Joetsu Kokusai The Number 2 and 3 pair lifts in the Osawa area of Joetsu Kokusai are not shown on the updated official course map at Joetsu Kokusai for this year. Those lifts went from the Osawa base up to the Atema area of the resort. With those lifts not operating it would seem that the course coming down between those two areas will be closed. Note: the triple lift at Osawa remains on the course map. Night skiing will be in the area in front of the hotel. No night skiing in the Osawa or Atema areas this season. Maiko Snow Resort The single Family Lift and sledding course at Maiko Snow Resort will not be operating this season. It will not affect the available terrain. Night skiing will be only on Saturdays and Sundays in the main season as well as over the New Year period. Ninox Snow Park The upper Number 2 quad lift at Ninox Snow Park will not be operating this season. Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Resort All of the lifts plan to be operating during the daytime, but there will be no night skiing at Yuzawa Nakazato this season. Yamagata Prefecture Zao Sarukura An additional snow making machine is being installed at Zao Sarukura for the 2020-2021 season.
  11. Nozawa Onsen Nozawa Onsen Village, Nagano Prefecture New Nagasaka Gondola lift During the off season the old Nakasaka Gondola at Nozawa Onsen was totally dismantled, and a brand new gondola has been installed. The old gondola had a mid-station with a change in direction but the new one goes straight up from the same base point to the top Yamabiko area of the ski area. The new gondola is scheduled to be open in December. Nozawa Onsen also said earlier in the summer that they had plans to have some snow making machines available this season. Obviously, we hope that such machines will not be needed!
  12. Shiga Kogen Yamanouchi Town, Nagano Prefecture New pulse gondola lift for 2020-2021 A new ‘pulse gondola’ lift at Shiga Kogen should be ready for the 2020-2021 season. Pulse gondolas feature cabins that are grouped together in “pulses” rather than being spaced evenly along the cable. The new lift will feature two ‘pulses’ of 3 cabins, each holding 8 people, and the short 400m journey will take just 90 seconds. The location of the new gondola is by the side of the Shiga Kogen Yama-no-Eki building (opposite the Sougo Kaikan 98 Building that houses the Tourist Information Centre). That is close to the Hasuike area of Shiga Kogen. The new gondola goes down from there to the base of the pair lift at the Giant ski area. Until 2012 the 1,500m Shiga Kogen Ropeway used go from the same area over to Hoppo Onsen. That lift operated from 1960 and was removed after closing. There will be parking for 500 vehicles close by the new gondola and with the main bus stop within walking distance, Shiga Kogen is proclaiming it as a new convenient way to get over to the Takamagahara, Terakoya, Ichinose, Yakebitaiyama and Okushiga areas of the resort.
  13. Main post updated (above): YAMABOKU Wild Snow Park, Nagano Prefecture
  14. Added 16th October 2020: Gozu Kogen, Agano, Niigata https://www.snowjapanhistory.com/niigata-agano-gozu-kogen
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    Gozu Kogen (Agano, Niigata)

    SnowJapanHistory.com takes a look back at ski areas from Japan's past. Gozu Kogen Agano City, Niigata Prefecture https://www.snowjapanhistory.com/niigata-agano-gozu-kogen
  16. Main post updated (above): Ski Jam Katsuyama, Fukui Prefecture
  17. New snow making machines confirmed! They will be placed by the Yamabiko D course and Uenotaira courses on the upper area of Nozawa Onsen.
  18. Main post updated (above): Aizu Kogen Takatsue, Fukushima Prefecture Aizu Kogen Takahata, Fukushima Prefecture Zao Sarukura, Yamagata Prefecture
  19. Main post updated (above): Grandeco, Fukushima Prefecture
  20. Main post updated (above): Togari Onsen, Nagano Prefecture
  21. Main post updated (above): Shiga Kogen, Nagano Prefecture
  22. Main post updated (above): Nozawa Onsen, Nagano Prefecture
  23. Main post updated (above): Rokkosan Snow Park, Hyogo Prefecture
  24. Main post updated (above): Hakuba Happo-one, Nagano Prefecture > two lifts taken off course map
  25. Thank you. I have just updated it with another of those surprising discoveries. Well, I thought it was anyway. Ohira was a small ski area about 500m from the Toyota Iiyama IC exit of the Joshinetsu Expressway - though that wasn't there when the ski area was operating. Photos taken back in April. https://www.snowjapanhistory.com/updates Went to another very interesting little area with a curious backstory in Nagano yesterday. That will appear sometime in the future... OK must get back to work now....

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