Resort Reviews

All of the Resort Reviews of Japanese ski and snowboard resorts. Currently 2100 reviews.
Ninox Snow Park
Shibata City, Niigata
Submitted by jimmyb on 25th January 2019
When to go etc
Ninox is like an L. The top part is for advanced skiers/boarders and the lower part is for beginners. It faces to the prevailing winter winds, so be cautious about windy conditions
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Mikawa Onsen
Aga Town, Niigata
Submitted by jimmyb on 25th January 2019
When to go to Mikawa etc
Mikawa has the least snow of any of the Kaetsu areas. You will want to go on a day when there has been overnight new snow and temperatures on the day of no more than 3°C. Wait until mid-season to go to Mikawa as they get so little snow these days, their opening is delayed
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Murakami City, Niigata
Submitted by jimmyb on 25th January 2019
When to go to Budoh Ski Area
Budoh gets more snow than the other ski areas in Kaetsu (north Niigata), so when the other areas might be struggling to open (like Mikawa), Budoh is likely to be up and running.
Budoh also faces away from the prevailing winter winds, so when Wakabuna (and maybe the others) are blown out, you can enjoy calm conditions.
The food in the dining room is good and inexpensive. They have a Japanese-pickles all-you-can-eat bar of homemade tsukemono (Japanese pickles)
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Wakabuna Kogen
Sekikawa Village, Niigata
Submitted by jimmyb on 25th January 2019
When to go to Wakabuna Kogen Ski Area
Wakabuna Kogen Ski Area is the coldest of the Kaetsu (north Niigata) ski resorts, so the snow conditions will usually be better there than at the other locations – especially on warmer days. Wakabuna's weak point is that it faces the prevailing winter winds and a venturi develops as the wind comes up the Sekikawa valley. When wind gusts exceed 5 or 6m, No. 1 pair lift often does not operate – basically shutting down half the courses. Wakabuna is a
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Tainai City, Niigata
Submitted by jimmyb on 25th January 2019
When to go to Tainai
Tainai Ski & Snowboard Area is best visited after a fresh snow (of any amount) and when the mid-day temperatures on the day do not exceed 3°C.

There are longer and more courses than at any of the other Kaetsu (north Niigata) ski areas, so it's worth the trip if you live in or are visiting the Niigata area.

There is an escalator lift for kids.

The cafeteria food is adequate.

There is nothing specific to do other than ski or snowboard at
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Ishiuchi Maruyama
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by sanjo on 10th January 2019
'Japan's New Classic' - checking out the new facilities!
OK so today (10th January 2019) was the day that I got to check out all of the new stuff at Ishiuchi Maruyama.

Weather - good. Sunny at times, bit of cloud moving over at times.

Snow - good. Lots of snow over the last few weeks.

The main new 'toy' is the Sunrise Express gondola/6-person lift. I don't know if it was just today but I turned up at 9:30am to be told that the lift would be at least another
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Nozawa Onsen
Nozawa Onsen Village, Nagano
Submitted by 8oo on 7th January 2019
Nozawa is getting very very popular!
I first went to Nozawa Onsen 10 years ago. It was a popular resort with Japanese of course, as one of those classic ski+onsen places, and there were some foreigners around. But nothing like now.

Lots and lots and lots of non-Japanese around now and lots of languages to be heard being spoken. Being a foreigner myself, I of course am part of that, but I can't help feel that some of the charm I felt before has gone.

It's one
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Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park
Hakuba Village, Nagano
Submitted by 8oo on 7th January 2019
Hit and miss
Hakuba has had a slow start to the 18-19 season and while there have been some decent dumps on the mountains it still seems to be struggling to get into top gear.

We were at 47-Goryu for 3 days. The first day wasn't good, but then we got 20+cm on the mountain and conditions improved very quickly.

I really like the 47-Goryu combi, it's a really great place.

Hakuba doesn't seem to get the huge snowfall in the village that places like
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Akaigawa Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by brill on 7th January 2019
As part of my trip to Hokkaido and mainly based in Niseko, we had a day at Kiroro - and made it two days.

Kiroro is not quite as busy but with even more snow than Niseko, it didn't disappoint.

It doesn't have the apres-ski vibe that Niseko does, but you can get back there for the evening.

During the day, it's hard to beat
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by brill on 7th January 2019
Consistency of snowfall is hard to beat
Niseko might be mad popular but the snow really is fantastic. You can just see by how consistent it is - it's relentless. Being so good though does mean that it gets super busy - and many complain about it not being very "Japan". If you're all about the snow though, I would highly recommend at least one visit
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Lotte Arai Resort
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by zebedee on 3rd January 2019
Just expensive for the sake of it
It's a real shame. This place seems determined to price itself out of most peoples reach - just for the sake of it. The original Arai Mountain & Spa was expensive; this is expensive on steroids. The big shame is that they get loads of snow up on the mountain and it's often excellent quality. Makes me sad. Though I am sure that some of the (few) people there were enjoying being pampered in expensive facilities
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Ishiuchi Maruyama
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by xxx on 3rd January 2019
Brand neew stuff at Ishiuchi Maruyama
I had read about the new gondola lift and facilities that Ishiuchi Maruyama had installed for the 2018-2019 season so while I was up in Yuzawa I thought I'd check them all out.

First of all. The new Gondola/6person lift. Impressive gear! A 6 people lift seems somewhat excessive, but it all looks pretty swish and certainly runs smooth and quiet. Interesting.

It's not long either just going to the mid point of the resort. But I feel there's a "playing
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GALA Yuzawa
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by xxx on 3rd January 2019
The snow has arrived!
It may have been late arriving but end of the year Yuzawa has been dumped on. Lots of snow over the period of a few days are making for some excellent New Year snow conditions.

GALA wasn't as busy as I feared it might be. And that of course is nothing to complain about. Maybe a few people were nursing sore heads!

I really like GALA when it's not busy. The snow is often really good and I like the courses. Wish
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Madarao Mountain Resort
Iiyama City, Nagano
Submitted by iiyamadude on 21st July 2018
Getting to be very popular
Madarao isn't the biggest ski-jo out there, so you might be surprised to see at just how popular it is becoming with the 'inbound' crowd.

The last few years have seen a noticeable increase in the number of foreigners out there and more than a few old accommodations being bought up by overseas money. From what I hear, that has only increased this year.

Madarao is one of my locals and I do like it and always have. The resort itself
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Hakuba Happo-one
Hakuba Village, Nagano
Submitted by griller on 1st July 2018
A good season
I visited Happo-one three times this last 17-18 season.

Timing was good on each with at least good conditions from base to top.

Lots of vertical top-bottom here, and so even when conditions might not be perfect at base you can often enjoy really great snow on the upper areas of the resort. And from what I heard the season was generally pretty good and definitely better than 16-17.

When I went it was pretty busy and a fair "foreigner" presence. The
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