Resort Reviews from January 2016

All of the Resort Reviews of Japanese ski and snowboard resorts. Currently 10 reviews.
Aomori Spring Ski Resort
Ajigasawa Town, Aomori
Submitted by kjmelvilleives on 29th January 2016
Exceptional snow quality & uncrowded runs!
Aomori Spring (formerly known as Naqua Shirakami) has mostly mellow undulating, well-groomed terrain as well as extensive tree riding and a few steep pitches. The facilities are very good including five lifts (of which two are covered high speed quads and one gondola), extensive learning and kids’ facilities, a good range of dining options (from high end bistro to casual noodle bar) and excellent freestyle features (including a 22ft halfpipe and a terrain park).

There is the option to stay on
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Rokko Snow Park
Kobe City, Hyogo
Submitted by stonewall on 29th January 2016
A nice place to learn how to ski
My friend invited me to go skiing with him and his sister. They had never been skiing before, and it was my first time to go in Japan so I was pretty excited. We had a package deal from Sannomiya Station, and we took the cable car up the mountain. I was a little worried because it was raining in Kobe, but as we went up in the cable car it turned to snow, and it ended up snowing throughout
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Ishiuchi Maruyama
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by tokabochi on 27th January 2016
A good day at Ishiuchi Maruyama
Spent 4 hours at Ishiuchi Maruyama today after a day at Joetsu Kokusai yesterday.

The snow wasn't as good as yesterday but it was still in fairly decent conditions.

Got there quite early as the better weather was forecast for the morning. Cloud over in Tokamachi and as I got over into Minamiuonuma, but blue skies and sun above Ishiuchi and Yuzawa town. Fine morning.

It wasn't busy, especially earlier on - no waiting for lifts at all, and lots of them
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Ski Jam Katsuyama
Katsuyama City, Fukui
Submitted by FDokinawa on 26th January 2016
Fasy runs with lots of snowboarders.
Didn't stay at the hotel. Ski Jam is only 3 hours from where I live, so did a day trip. Went on a Thursday, so the lines were good and had plenty of room to ride. I've only ever been to larger places, like Niseko and Nozawa Onsen so Ski Jam seemed kind of small even though it has several runs. Probably just me. It was nice that it was kind of broken into 3 sections, bottom,
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Miyagi Zao Eboshi
Zao Town, Miyagi
Submitted by jrousel on 25th January 2016
Nice resort easy to get to from Sendai
This resort was easily accessible by booking a shuttle bus and lift ticket package from the Sendai Tourist Information Desk at Sendai Station for 5,400 yen. The mountain has a similar set up to others around the region like Spring Valley and Sumikawa.

This is a small resort that doesn't offer too much terrain, but enough for a quick day trip. Chairlift F is where you will find the most interesting challenging terrain, and just beside, chairlift E will give you
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Kusatsu Onsen
Kusatsu Town, Gunma
Submitted by onehunga on 25th January 2016
The sum of all my reviews
Kusatsu is an Onsen town that has a ski field nearby. Last season on my first visit to Kusatsu I asked a number of people why they were there. Why did I ask this, well on my first visit to Kusatsu last season the snow conditions weren't very good, the base level was low, and the snow was so icy I really needed ice skates instead of skis, and yet just up the road in Yuzawa, which as the crow
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Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai
Bandai Town, Fukushima
Submitted by skinoob on 22nd January 2016
Nice for budding begginers
Finally have good snow after 2015/2016 season's drought.

Nice long beginner runs going to blues.

I'm still a beginner and the long green run on the gondola is a nice place to practice and challenge myself.

The panorama view is too scenic (slow) so I only had the greens and the blues to play in.

Resort is big enough for you to enjoy the whole day and the gondola run is long and worth the wait
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Mt Norikura Snow Resort
Matsumoto City, Nagano
Submitted by stonewall on 15th January 2016
Beautiful scenery, fun skiing
I had a lot of fun skiing for one day. There wasn't quite enough snow for the whole resort, but then Japan as a whole has been lacking snow recently. Some of the courses were a little sparse on snow, but it was still ski-able, and you weren't skiing on dirt. Two or three lifts were closed, so you couldn't go all the way to the top of the mountain (unless you walked, which a surprising number of people did).
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by Fury on 7th January 2016
A unique experience, loved every minute of it!
Let's start at the beginning, we flew from Amsterdam to Tokyo first and stayed there for two days to see something of the city. Loved every minute of it, from the patchinko halls to a standing bar where we had "cloudy sake" with the locals. Brilliant :)

From Tokyo we did an overland to Niseko, we started with a Shinkansen bullet train which was a unique experience. Gradually the trains got smaller and the heaps of snow got larger. The past
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Hakuba Valley Kashimayari
Omachi City, Nagano
Submitted by NECK on 5th January 2016
Night Powder Lines
Kashimayari is a resort that I used to visit a lot when I first moved to Nagano. It is located at the far end of the Hakuba valley in Omachi, which makes it the first bigger resort you come to if you are driving up from the south.

Until about 6 years ago, Kashimayari used to be part of the interconnected Sun Alpina 3 resort area, along with Aokiko and Sanosaka. At this time the Sun Alpina linked resort area was
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