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    Late May 2021: Updates & changes

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    It’s the end of May and we thought we would give you an update on what we are up to. A time to focus With everything that has been happening over the last year or so, we have taken time to think about various aspects of SnowJapan – what we do, what we are, and what we want to be. This period has ended up being a very good chance to bring many things into focus and positive things will come from it. More on that later in the year, but for now here’s a few things...   Up
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Ski areas 2021-2022: news of ski areas around Japan not opening

[UPDATED 10th SEPTEMBER 2021: Itsukamachi (Niigata)] On this page we will report on news of ski areas around Japan that will not be opening for the 2021-2022 winter season.   *** 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 sour

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SHIGA KOGEN: Bunadaira quad lift replaced by gondola cabins

Until now the Bunadaira ブナ平 part of Shiga Kogen 志賀高原 in Yamanouchi Town (Nagano Prefecture) has featured a quad lift, connecting the Giant and Higashiyama areas. From this month, the Bunadaira quad lift has been replaced by small gondola cabins and renamed as Shiga Kogen Bundaira Gondola 志賀高原ブナ平ゴンドラ. With the new Shiga Kogen Resort Gondola opening last winter, there are now three gondola lifts connecting the Hasuike area with the top of Higashitateyama (Shiga Kogen Resort Gondola, Shig

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MIZUHO HIGHLAND: New company takes over operation with a view to re-opening

The operators of Mizuho Highland 瑞穂ハイランドスキー場 in Shimane Prefecture went bankrupt in the spring of 2020 and it was not able to open during the 2020-2021 winter season. There was a crowdfunding campaign in spring 2021 to try and help save the ski area. That seems to have raised over 6 million yen. In some good news this week, a civil engineering company based in Hiroshima City has agreed to take over the ski area operation. There are no details about re-opening yet, but hopefully Mi

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MT NORIKURA SNOW RESORT: Kyukamura area closed for 21-22 season

The Kyukamura 休暇村ゲレンデ section of Mt Norikura Snow Resort Mt.乗鞍スノーリゾート in Matsumoto (Nagano) will not be opening for the 2021-2022 winter season. The Kyukamura area comprises of two pair lifts on one side of the resort.  Uncertainty remains about whether the rest of Mt Norikura Snow Resort will be able to open for the 2021-2022 season. A lack of snow and then covid-19 has meant that the last few seasons have been particularly difficult. The resort is currently looking for ways to r

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KITA NIKKO TAKAHATA: The new name for Aizu Kogen Takahata ski area

The ski area known as Aizu Kogen Takahata 会津高原高畑  has changed name. As of spring 2021, the ski area is now known as 北日光・高畑スキー場. In English that is Kita Nikko Takahata, with Kita Nikko translating as 'northern Nikko'. It's interesting that they have gone from having Aizu in the name to associating with Nikko (city). (The official business name remains Aizu Kogen Takahata). More information on Kita Nikko Takahata here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/fukus

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The story behind Family Skijo in Fukui City

Family Skijo オース was a ski area located to the east of central Fukui City in what used to be Miyama Town. The full name of the ski area in Japanese was ファミリースキー場オース but it is unclear how the last part of the name should be written in English characters. Perhaps one reason why the name is a mystery is… because the ski area never actually opened. The facility was built in 1994 and was officially abandoned in 2007 but during that period it did not officially open… not even for one day! Mo

ZAO ONSEN: New replacement ski lift for 2021-2022

The oldest ski lift at Zao Onsen(蔵王温泉スキー場)in Yamagata is going to get a refresh this year. There has been three versions of the ski lift known as Onsen Number 1 lift, located in the lower Uwanodai area of the resort. The first one opened in 1951. The current 486m lift opened in 1976. The cables and chairs will be all-new, complete with safety bars. The towers will be relocated from the Karamatsu lift, which is being decommissioned. New LED lighting will also be installed in the sa

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MUTSU-SHI KAMAFUSEYAMA: New replacement ski lift for 2021-2022

Mutsu-shi Kamafuseyama (むつ市釜臥山スキー場) is the most northerly ski area on the main island of Honshu, located by the coast line in Mutsu City, Aomori Prefecture. The ski area opened in 1972 and has one pair lift and one single lift, but that will change in time for next winter as the top single lift is being replaced by a new pair lift. The new lift is going to be a bit longer than the current 602m lift. It will start slightly lower and go further up the mountain, opening up some new terrai

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News & Blogs: Adjusting various display settings

This News & Blogs area of the site has been updated and there are now various display settings that you can customize. You do not need to be registered and logged in to change these settings. You will need to be registered to save these display settings for each time you visit.   THEMES We have prepared three themes (see images below) - Light theme (default) - Dark theme - Background theme You can choose a theme using the link that can be found at the bott

Late May 2021: Updates & changes

It’s the end of May and we thought we would give you an update on what we are up to. A time to focus With everything that has been happening over the last year or so, we have taken time to think about various aspects of SnowJapan – what we do, what we are, and what we want to be. This period has ended up being a very good chance to bring many things into focus and positive things will come from it. More on that later in the year, but for now here’s a few things...   Up

NISEKO HANAZONO: Two new ski lifts for 2021-2022 season

Niseko HANAZONO (Kutchan, Hokkaido) have announced two new lifts that should be ready for the 2021-2022 winter season. They are replacing their base quad lift with a shiny new 6-person ski lift - complete with 'leather seats and footrests'. That lift will be 1589m in length. In addition to that lift replacement, there is going to be a brand new 10 person gondola lift, called Hanazono Symphony Gondola. Also apparently featuring leather seats. That lift will be 1362m in length and have a

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2020-2021 Season: End of season message

End of season general message from SnowJapan This message is being posted on all of the Now daily reports in early May 2021 First of all, we hope that you and yours are keeping well. What another strange season 2020-2021 has been. In terms of snow and conditions, the story of the season can be found in the respective reports. Each region had its own story, of course, but it was certainly great to be able to get back to reporting some heavy snowfall this time round. Spring did

The story behind Makiyose in Hakuba

Makiyose was a ski area in the Shiojima neighbourhood of Hakuba Village in the northern region of Nagano Prefecture. Makiyose opened in 1962 and closed after less than a decade of operations in 1969. The single ski lift at Makiyose remains in place but it has been swallowed up by more than 50 years of natural growth, providing some very striking images. In recent years cross country and snow shoe tours have been held on this hill, and the old ski area has become something of a historical monumen

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The story behind Sarugedake in Kamo City

Sarugedake was a ski area located on the north western slopes of the mountain of the same name, in the Saruge neighbourhood of Kamo City in Niigata Prefecture. Sarugedake opened in the mid 1960s and closed in the late 1970s. This region of Niigata Prefecture used to receive more snow than it does now, but even back in the 1970s Sarugedake apparently struggled with limited snowfall. A hiking course on the mountain comes down through what used to be the ski slopes. The old ski lift and other facil

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2020-2021 Season: About our daily 'Now' reports & snow depth data

About our daily 'Now' reports As the snow season fast approaches, we thought we would let you know where we stand with regards to our daily reporting. Even with this year being as it is, we very much wanted SnowJapan to be updated as 'normal' as possible this winter. And we are largely happy for that to be happening, but unfortunately there are going to be a few daily reports that we are unable to update this season - for various '2020' reasons, including the old classic 'can't post a

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The story behind Kamishiro in Hakuba

Kamishiro was the name of a ski area in the Kamishiro neighbourhood of Hakuba Village in Nagano Prefecture. This ski area existed before what is now known as Hakuba Goryu was fully developed. The top of the Kamishiro slope was connected with the Champion Expert Course at Hakuba Goryu as that ski area expanded. The ski lift at Kamishiro closed in the 1980s and has been removed. In recent years the area has been used as an official tree run course of Hakuba Goryu and is known as the Kamishiro Gela

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The story behind Annandaira Ski Area in Yamanouchi Town

Annandaira was a ski area located in Yamanouchi Town in the northern region of Nagano Prefecture. It was on the lower western slopes of Boderayama, about 3km off Route 292 at a point before the road starts to climb up to the Shiga Kogen area. Annandaira opened in 1980 and closed in 1986 and so only had a short lifespan, but it has a fascinating story: Annandaira Ski Area, Yamanouchi Town      

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2021: New Year Message from SnowJapan

New Year message from SnowJapan The 2020-2021 winter season seems to have got off to a good start in many mountainous regions of Japan, with some areas enjoying some very heavy snowfalls. That is of course very encouraging to see. Even if you are having to look on from afar, we’re sure you will be glad to see a return to a more ‘normal’ pattern to the snowfall this winter. So 2020 is now behind us and we surely all hope that 2021 will be an all-round better year for everyone.  

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Updates & Reports: Our plans for the 2020-2021 winter season

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 th

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Ski areas 2020-2021: news of ski areas around Japan not opening

[UPDATED 27th DECEMBER 2020: Hiroshima Kenmin-no-mori / Mount Racey] 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 pres

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Lift tickets 2020-2021: ski lift ticket prices news

[UPDATED 21st DECEMBER 2020 - Kuzuryu] 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... we won't be mentioning those on this page. Some ski areas offer cheaper tickets online (their official websites). The below is for the 'normal'/on-the-day charges. Details will be updated on each of the relevant ski area pages on

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2020-2021 SEASON IN! A general message from SnowJapan

A message from SnowJapan 14th December 2020 Note: This message is also being published on all daily ‘Now’ reports on SnowJapan We hope this message finds you and yours well. As the 2020-2021 season here in Japan gets started, we wanted to post a few general thoughts as well as answer a few common questions. Coronavirus in Japan Compared to many countries, Japan appears to have managed to keep its number of (official confirmed) cases relatively low and without any major

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