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Shiga Kogen Ichinose Yamanokami
志賀高原 一の瀬山の神
Yamanouchi Town, Nagano
Submitted by Trishcottiernz on 8th January 2020
Patient instructor
Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel - good hotel south with basic rooms ski field side well worth it for the view of the ski field. No washing machines or dryers at this one you need to go to the West or East building.

Restaurant - ate in once then ate out after that due to price, but food was good when we used the hotel voucher. Breakfast each morning - great selection.

Small store in the hotel with basic things drinks
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Inawashiro
猪苗代
Inawashiro Town, Fukushima
Submitted by DJGamon on 3rd January 2020
Inawashiro - Small resort with amazing view of the Lake
It's not a big resort, the view of the Lake is just amazing... and easy access with free Shuttle bus from Inawashiro station.

I went to this resort end of February, snow starting to melt due to warmer temperature.. low elevation.

Mostly Beginner and intermediate slopes, there is one advance mogul slope at the top of minero area.

Recommended to visit when it's best snow condition - around early February.

Nice small ski area with beautiful Lake view... for a day
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Kawaba
川場
Kawaba Village, Gunma
Submitted by Metabo_Oyaji on 24th December 2019
At least they are open!
Went for first outing of the season at Kawaba. First time there. Given how late the season is taking to get going, my goal was just to break in my legs for the season. It was good for that.

Only the bottom two chairs were running. One chair dumps out at the top of the beginner valley course down to base, and the other exits above the first one, adding some intermediate slope before joining the top of the
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Geto Kogen
夏油高原
Kitakami Town, Iwate
Submitted by Mike5441 on 23rd December 2019
The place to be during a slow early season
Japan as a whole is struggling right now with a very slow start to winter. Currently, skiers basically have 2 options, either Geto Kogen, or Hokkaido. I planned to ski in Niigata this trip, but there is currently no open terrain there, so I had to cancel and rebook. Geto Kogen had a a couple huge dumps a few weeks ago and is now holding onto the highest base in Japan. We're all still waiting for the powder machine to
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Megahira Onsen Megahira
女鹿平温泉めがひら
Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima
Submitted by FreddieM on 10th December 2019
Hiroshima closest to Highway resort.
We have chosen this resort because it is the closest from the highway exit and we did not feel like to spend another 30min to 1h going through small windy snowy roads due to the age of our kids and the 3-4 h ride from Fukuoka has already taken some toll. Heavy snowfall was already on the highway and I had to put on snow chains just to make it to the exit. Going 40-60km/h due to low visibility was
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Geto Kogen
夏油高原
Kitakami Town, Iwate
Submitted by AndreaG on 8th November 2019
Excellent snow and tons of it as well
Get Geto on a peak day and you can't get much better. It's renowned not just in the region but in Japan (I believe) for excessive amounts of snowfall and 40-50cm+ regularly is not uncommon. There are some good official tree runs as well which are worth exploring if you are competent enough. Not the most accessible ski resort but worth a visit if it is within reach.

Not sure what it would be like for families and stuff, but for
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Ohara
大原
Uonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by AaronCarter on 1st November 2019
Small resort, quiet, beautiful surroundings
This ski hill is a bit of a trek to get to. It's in Uomuma which is north of Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma and realistically about 70-80 minutes drive from that area. But I thought I'd give it a go as I had been the previous autumn.

Ski hill itself is pretty small and there's really not much to talk about. The snow was really great when we went, with 20cm overnight. Light and fluffy. And hardly anyone else around at
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