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  1. SnowJapan#David

    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 would like to make a few important points. Some of you will have heard variations of all this before (sorry!), but many probably haven’t. So please indulge us for just a few moments. The first version of SnowJapan.com went online 20 years ago. It was created because there was little to no information out there in English and with the desire to share a passion. It was not born out of some strategic marketing plan to sell accommodation and package holidays, a ski resort, a specific region – or anything else for that matter. Fast forward 20 years. SnowJapan.com is now a very large website. Tens of thousands of people visit the site each day in the winter season. Even so, our values and the way we try to go about doing things pretty much remain unchanged. We are still not selling you anything and we’ll very happily leave marketing and promotional style messages to other people. Japan continues to become more popular each year. ‘Inbound’ is becoming big business and competition to attract visitors from overseas intensifies every year - more ski resorts / regions / businesses are starting to make efforts to get people to visit. While we clearly see this as interested observers and through the way our website is used, we very much like to keep out of that side of things. Regarding our daily reporting. A huge amount of collective effort is put into our reports and from the feedback we get every year we can clearly see how valuable they are for many of you. Thank you. We certainly do not claim that our reports are perfect. There are always things that can be improved, and we intend to do what we can to do that. Gambarimasu! It is very important to understand that they absolutely do not exist as promotional reports. We feel a real responsibility to provide good information; information that is not tainted by any kind of marketing viewpoints. While we will refrain from sharing specific details, pressures to change and give preferential/different treatment to certain areas exist - along with some at times rather insulting accusations. Over the last 20 years, SnowJapan.com has played a very significant role in bringing Japan winter sports information in English to the world. And this is our promise to our readers: every year as we strive to improve, our core concept won’t be changing. ---- Ski resort information on SnowJapan.com is currently being updated every day and that process will continue through into December. We hope you like the 800+ new original maps that went online last month. And there’s another site update coming soon… and of course, there’s the daily reporting to look forward to… Here’s to an excellent season with load of snow!
  2. A pre-season message from SnowJapan * This message is also 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 would like to make a few important points. Some of you will have heard variations of all this before (sorry!), but many probably haven’t. So please indulge us for just a few moments. The first version of SnowJapan.com went online 20 years ago. It was created because there was little to no information out there in English and with the desire to share a passion. It was not born out of some strategic marketing plan to sell accommodation and package holidays, a ski resort, a specific region – or anything else for that matter. Fast forward 20 years. SnowJapan.com is now a very large website. Tens of thousands of people visit the site each day in the winter season. Even so, our values and the way we try to go about doing things pretty much remain unchanged. We are still not selling you anything and we’ll very happily leave marketing and promotional style messages to other people. Japan continues to become more popular each year. ‘Inbound’ is becoming big business and competition to attract visitors from overseas intensifies every year - more ski resorts / regions / businesses are starting to make efforts to get people to visit. While we clearly see this as interested observers and through the way our website is used, we very much like to keep out of that side of things. Regarding our daily reporting. A huge amount of collective effort is put into our reports and from the feedback we get every year we can clearly see how valuable they are for many of you. Thank you. We certainly do not claim that our reports are perfect. There are always things that can be improved, and we intend to do what we can to do that. Gambarimasu! It is very important to understand that they absolutely do not exist as promotional reports. We feel a real responsibility to provide good information; information that is not tainted by any kind of marketing viewpoints. While we will refrain from sharing specific details, pressures to change and give preferential/different treatment to certain areas exist - along with some at times rather insulting accusations. Over the last 20 years, SnowJapan.com has played a very significant role in bringing Japan winter sports information in English to the world. And this is our promise to our readers: every year as we strive to improve, our core concept won’t be changing. ---- Ski resort information on SnowJapan.com is currently being updated every day and that process will continue through into December. We hope you like the 800+ new original maps that went online last month. And there’s another site update coming soon… and of course, there’s the daily reporting to look forward to… Here’s to an excellent season with load of snow!
  3. (NOZAWA ONSEN) Jobs Available / Employment Information on jobs available at Stay Nozawa in Nozawa Onsen, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-general-information/employment-opportunites-at-stay-nozawa
  4. (NOZAWA ONSEN) Jobs Available / Employment Information on jobs available at Stay Nozawa in Nozawa Onsen, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-general-information/employment-opportunites-at-stay-nozawa
  5. SnowJapan#David

    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 the details, but there is logic behind each of the decisions that we made and we feel that what we have created will be of real help to people wanting to learn about ski resorts in Japan. In total we have created 818 maps and they are all to be found within the Snow Resorts section of the site: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts There are 4 different kinds of map images: Ski Resort location maps 502 maps These small maps appear on each of the ski resort information pages within SnowJapan. Examples: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/niigata/yuzawa/gala-yuzawa https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/hokkaido/kutchan/niseko-hanazono-resort They show the following information: - Location of the ski resort within the highlighted Prefecture - The surrounding Prefectures - The wider region of Japan Prefecture Maps 32 maps These maps are displayed on each of the prefecture listing pages within the site. Examples: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/prefecture/gunma https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/prefecture/nagano They show the following information: - Location of the Prefecture within Japan - Location of each of the ski resorts within that prefecture - Some major city names - The surrounding Prefectures Town Maps 270 maps These maps are displayed on each of the town listing pages within the site. Examples: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/town/yuzawa https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/town/hakuba They show the following information: - Location of the Prefecture within Japan - The location of the town, highlighted in yellow - All towns in the Prefecture that have one or more ski resorts - The surrounding Prefectures Popular area maps 14 maps These maps are displayed on popular area/region listings within the site. Examples: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/area/shiga-kogen-nagano https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/area/yuzawa-niigata They show the following information: - Location of the region - Location of ski resorts in the region - Major train lines, stations, expressways, roads and road exits - Surrounding towns and Prefectures These ‘popular areas’ are not strictly defined regions, tourism associations or anything like that. They are simply defined by us and we may add/change/adjust them at any time. General Notes: Over the many months of work we have put into this project, we have always tried to be as careful as possible. We want everything to be correct. However, there is of course always the chance of some small mistakes sneaking through. We will try to fix up any ourselves, but if you do find anything that you believe to be a mistake ---- please do get in touch and let us know! They are our original maps and we can easily edit and update them. If you so wish, you are very welcome to link directly to any of our pages and do not need to ask for permission. (Please do that rather than try to copy our work!) Googlemaps may not always appear on some of the listing pages, but they will always remain on the individual ‘Location’ and ‘Route Finder’ pages for each of the ski resorts. Hope you like them! We feel these images are a good addition to the site. We hope you like them and find them to be useful.
  6. 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 the details, but there is logic behind each of the decisions that we made and we feel that what we have created will be of real help to people wanting to learn about ski resorts in Japan. In total we have created 818 maps and they are all to be found within the Snow Resorts section of the site: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts There are 4 different kinds of map images: Ski Resort maps 502 maps These small maps appear on each of the ski resort information pages within SnowJapan. Examples: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/niigata/yuzawa/gala-yuzawa https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/hokkaido/kutchan/niseko-hanazono-resort They show the following information: - Location of the ski resort within the highlighted Prefecture - The surrounding Prefectures - The wider region of Japan Prefecture maps 32 maps These maps are displayed on each of the prefecture listing pages within the site. Examples: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/prefecture/gunma https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/prefecture/nagano They show the following information: - Location of the Prefecture within Japan - Location of each of the ski resorts within that prefecture - Some major city names - The surrounding Prefectures Town maps 270 maps These maps are displayed on each of the town listing pages within the site. Examples: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/town/yuzawa https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/town/hakuba They show the following information: - Location of the Prefecture within Japan - The location of the town, highlighted in yellow - All towns in the Prefecture that have one or more ski resorts - The surrounding Prefectures Popular area maps 14 maps These maps are displayed on popular area/region listings within the site. Examples: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/area/shiga-kogen-nagano https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/area/yuzawa-niigata They show the following information: - Location of the region - Location of ski resorts in the region - Major train lines, stations, expressways, roads and road exits - Surrounding towns and Prefectures These ‘popular areas’ are not strictly defined regions, tourism associations or anything like that. They are simply defined by us and we may add/change/adjust them at any time. General Notes: Over the many months of work we have put into this project, we have always tried to be as careful as possible. We want everything to be correct. However, there is of course always the chance of some small mistakes sneaking through. We will try to fix up any ourselves, but if you do find anything that you believe to be a mistake ---- please do get in touch and let us know! They are our original maps and we can easily edit and update them. If you so wish, you are very welcome to link directly to any of our pages and do not need to ask for permission. (Please do that rather than try to copy our work!) Googlemaps may not always appear on some of the listing pages, but they will always remain on the individual ‘Location’ and ‘Route Finder’ pages for each of the ski resorts. Hope you like them! We feel these new images are a good addition to the site. We hope you like them and find them to be useful.
  7. Accommodation Information on Kiriya Ryokan in Nozawa Onsen, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/nozawa-onsen/kiriya-ryokan
  8. Accommodation Information on Kiriya Ryokan in Nozawa Onsen, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/nozawa-onsen/kiriya-ryokan
  9. (NISEKO) Jobs Available / Employment Information on jobs available at Peak Niseko Car Rental in Niseko, Hokkaido can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-general-information/employment-opportunites-at-peak-niseko-car-rental
  10. (NISEKO) Jobs Available / Employment Information on jobs available at Peak Niseko Car Rental in Niseko, Hokkaido can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-general-information/employment-opportunites-at-peak-niseko-car-rental
  11. Accommodation Information on Geto Premium Stay Gou in Geto Kogen, Kitakami, Iwate can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/iwate/kitakami/geto-premium-stay-gou
  12. Accommodation Information on Geto Skiers Bed in Geto Kogen, Kitakami, Iwate can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/iwate/kitakami/geto-dormitory-room
  13. Accommodation Information on Geto Skiers Bed in Geto Kogen, Kitakami, Iwate can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/iwate/kitakami/geto-skiers-bed
  14. (HAKUBA) Jobs Available / Employment Information on jobs available at The Ridge Hotel & Apartments in Hakuba, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-general-information/employment-opportunites-at-the-ridge-hakuba
  15. (HAKUBA) Jobs Available / Employment Information on jobs available at The Ridge Hotel & Apartments in Hakuba, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-general-information/employment-opportunites-at-the-ridge-hakuba
  16. (YUZAWA) Jobs Available / Employment Information on jobs available at GALA Yuzawa in Yuzawa, Niigata can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-general-information/employment-opportunites-at-gala-yuzawa
  17. Accommodation Information on Atsushio Onsen Fujiya in Kitakata, Fukushima can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/fukushima/kitakata/atsushio-onsen-fujiya
  18. Accommodation Information on Atsushio Onsen Yamagataya in Kitakata, Fukushima can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/fukushima/kitakata/atsushio-onsen-yamagataya
  19. Accommodation Information on Atsushio Onsen Fujiya in Kitakata, Fukushima can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/fukushima/kitakata/atsushio-onsen-fujiya
  20. Accommodation Information on Akari House in Nozawa Onsen, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/nozawa-onsen/akari-house
  21. Accommodation Information on Akari House in Nozawa Onsen, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/nozawa-onsen/akari-house
  22. Hokkaido Ski Club - offering ski and snowboard lessons in English in Hokkaido - has joined SnowJapan. You can find the information here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/hokkaido-ski-club
  23. Hokkaido Ski Club - offering ski and snowboard lessons in English in Hokkaido - has joined SnowJapan. You can find the information here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/hokkaido-ski-club Quote Edit
  24. Just a quick but very important update as we approach the end of September (as an update to this). We are currently working on updating the information on SnowJapan.com. There's a huge amount of work to do and most ski resorts will only begin releasing information as we enter October. A few points to please keep in mind regarding our site updates: * There are over 500 ski hills in Japan * Our information is not updated automatically * Our information is all updated manually * We are (generally) not provided information from ski resorts - we gather and check information ourselves * We are not some large team of people clocking in working like robots - rather, a few trusted people working with real care * It is not possible for us to start these updates earlier, due to the fact that most ski resorts only release their information in the autumn months * Our updated information appears gradually throughout October and November (ie. not all at once) So, the process takes a lot of time. Realistically it will take us right through until December. However, you can expect most of the larger/major ski resort information to be updated by the end of October. About ski resort opening dates: I have mentioned this before, but ski resort opening dates every year are usually very similar. So if a particular ski resort planned to open on (for example) 20th December last year, they probably will be planning to open on a similar date this year. And then it's up to snowfall, of course. About ski resort lift ticket prices: As for lift ticket prices - with the increase in consumption tax from 8% to 10% from 1st October, expect many (most?) ski resorts to increase their lift tickets by a bit... We're checking it all! Patience! Winter is coming.
  25. SnowJapan#David

    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 until the autumn months. Some Japanese ski resorts don’t release their information for the winter until November - or in some cases even December! Others drip-feed information over a period, making our updates complicated. Please remember that SnowJapan.com is not a ski resort, and we are not official representatives or mouthpieces of ski resorts. Our information is updated manually... by us. Right now, the ski resort information currently shown on the pages of SnowJapan is mostly from the 2018-2019 season. Over the next the next six months we will gradually be checking and updating the information for every ski resort around Japan. We want to do it properly and that takes a lot of time. Lots of this work will be done in the background (ie. offline) while some of it will be updated online. We will do our best to concentrate on updating information for major ski resorts earlier in this process, though it doesn’t always work like that. So updates may seem rather random – that’s because it basically is; it is a manual process. But don't worry - everything will be updated online in time for the 2019-2020 winter season. ----- Regarding planned ski resort opening dates: Opening dates for ski resorts are often very similar every year, so the dates from the 2018-2019 season can usually be taken as a good idea of what to expect for 2019-2020. ----- We are also working on some other updates for the site. Things to look forward to include new maps and lots of additional useful information. These things will appear later in the year, before the winter season. And of course our “Now” daily reporting will be back as the 2019-2020 season approaches. Look out for some signs of life in that section come November. ---- We'll continue to bring you independent and honest information direct from Japan. We’ll be continuing to filter out the increasing ‘noise’ and marketing messages that are out there. If you would like to help us, one great way to do so is to simply let other people know about our website. www.snowjapan.com Thank you!

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SnowJapan.com covers the whole of Japan. We are here to introduce the world to unbiased, honest and detailed information about winter sports in Japan. We publish exclusive and in-depth and daily content throughout the winter season and we add new functionality and content to the site every year.

We are not here to promote any specific destinations or resorts, or to sell our readers any kind of products or services. We are not a travel agency and we do not own any ski resorts, ski schools, accommodations or other related businesses.

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