Resort Reviews from October 2004

All of the Resort Reviews of Japanese ski and snowboard resorts. Currently 21 reviews.
Akakura Onsen
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by gemmatimons on 25th October 2004
Akakura Onsen review
There are some really long runs and good variety, some fun tree routes and routes below the chair lift and didn't appear to be patrolled.

Great fun for those who are new to boarding in deep powder.

Parking and closeness to expressway also makes this resort more appealing. Hotel was cheap and cosy (Canada house) and plenty of other resorts close by
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Aomori City, Aomori
Submitted by Bouse on 24th October 2004
Hakkoda review by Bouse
Hakkoda will make u never return to groomed slopes.

Going fast is great, but flying through 5 feet of fresh powder is impossible to explain. Nothing is off limits here, you ride at your own risk if you go off the trail, but that is half the fun.

Hakkoda is my favorite resort in Nihon
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by JellyBelly on 23rd October 2004
Niseko Grand Hirafu review by JellyBelly
Niseko is getting to be one of the busiest places there is and will be more so this coming season. English will probably be spoken more than Japanese up there this time.

My advice is to just look at all the other great alternatives before you just jump on the Niseko bandwagon.

It is good, but there are other good places too - some of them offering a much more traditional Japanese experience
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White Pia Takasu
Gujo City, Gifu
Submitted by andrewl on 23rd October 2004
White Pia Takasu review by JellyBelly
Nice place this.

Can be very busy at the weekends and so if you can try weekdays.

There's some other good places nearby as well.

Nice area
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Karuizawa Prince Hotel
Karuizawa Town, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 17th October 2004
Karuizawa Prince Hotel review by obi
Well, I'm sorry to say that I actulally worked here part-time. It was a rip-off then, too! No pass or discounts! I could only ride when i had my uniform on!

OK, here's the low-down. You can walk from the shinkansen station (right from Tokyo) to the lifts in about 10 to 15 minutes. But go to the parking lot first. Around 12 to 1 pm, some of the day-trippers have to make the drive back to Tokyo. Ask them for
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Sahoro Resort
Shintoku Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by 10shun on 16th October 2004
Sahoro Resort review by 10shun
I'm actually very reluctant to write a review as Sahoro is a hidden gem, and I really don't want that to change.

However, when the powder snow falls, I feel like telling the world how good we have it. Working in Perisher Blue in Australia, and Whistler Blackcomb in Canada, I'm used to having to dodge multitudes of people of all skiing and snowboarding abilities, and I'm also used to teaching my students how to manipulate their away around a
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Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
Minakami Town, Gunma
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2004
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira review by Jun
For all I had heard about Tenjin and it's legendary back country boarding, I was thoroughly disappointed and suprised to pay 6000 yen for short, slushy back country runs.

If you know your powder, you are far better off heading up to Hokkaido, where the powder is dry and fluffy.

Leave Tenjin to the amateurs
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Shiga Kogen Okushiga Kogen
志賀高原 奥志賀高原
Yamanouchi Town, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2004
Shiga Kogen Okushiga Kogen review (submitted before 2003)
A top & large ski resort in Japan.

Good slopes, snow perfect, weather very good.

Going back there soon again!
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Hakuba Happo-one
Hakuba Village, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2004
Hakuba Happo-one review (submitted before 2003)
Went with my wife for a Valentines / Ski trip. We stayed at Hotel Taigukan and I must say it was excellent. A little pricey, but service is excellent, and the facilities are nice and very good for a quiet and romantic stay. Mention the web site and you can get a discount. They also sell dicounted lift tickets for Happo one to the guests. Nice!

As for the skiing, it was good however the snow and wind at the top
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Shiga Kogen Sun Valley
志賀高原 サンバレー
Yamanouchi Town, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2004
Shiga Kogen Sun Valley review (submitted before 2003)
For a first time ski trip, the resort was great. We stayed at Villa Alpen, whose staff gave us good lessons at a good price.

It was a great place to learn, with good beginner slopes, and many alternatives to chose from.

Would go again.
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Makinoiri Snow Park
Nakano City, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2004
Makinoiri Snow Park review (submitted before 2003)
Good thing: Not busy.

Bad thing: Lift is very slow in Makinoiri, Kijimadaira.

Several lodges on the slopes at reasonable prices
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Fujimi Panorama Resort
Fujimi Town, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2004
Fujimi Panorama Resort review (submitted before 2003)
Fairly small Nagano resort. one long gondola holding up to 8 people right from the bottom of the resort to the top is the way to go - basically just 1 way to come down the mountain again which makes for a decent run.

A few other courses at the bottom make up the rest of the resort.

I have been there a few times, snow was decent, and never crowded.
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Nozawa Onsen
Nozawa Onsen Village, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2004
Nozawa Onsen review (submitted before 2003)
Is there a finer thing on this earth than soaking buck naked in a piping-hot (free) onsen after a long day of cutting turns on a first-rate ski hill? Not if you are staying at Nozawa Onsen.

This ski hill is bursting at the seams with long runs, great snow and tremendous opportunities to blast through the trees (and bruise your ego). You would hard pressed to find a more charming apres-ski village anywhere in Japan, to boot.

With thirteen public
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Nozawa Onsen
Nozawa Onsen Village, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2004
Nozawa Onsen review (submitted before 2003)
Nozawa Onsen has a lot of good runs, fairly steep and the skyline run is narow but for an intermediate skier no problem.

It wasn't crowded on the weekend I was there which was great but the weather was too ward - In February the snow was melting.

It is pretty high on my list of good areas in Japan.
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Nozawa Onsen
Nozawa Onsen Village, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 1st October 2004
Nozawa Onsen review (submitted before 2003)
Nozawa Onsen offers a combination, which can not be beat.

With its wonderful ski and the benefits of the many hot springs around town, Nozawa is the resort for everyone in the family.

nI've been to many resorts throughout Japan and I have to say that Nozawa is first on my list. There is a slope for everyone... from beginners to experts, I'll guarantee that your needs will be met.

One of the most beautiful places in Nozawa is its Skyline Course.
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