Appi is a classic example of a Bubble Era ski resort, with a grand hotel, high rise condominiums, and several annex buildings surrounding an expansive mountain. I have always wanted to see this resort, as it is very popular, almost always in the top 10 ranking of ski areas in Japan as voted by Japanese skiers.
Perhaps one of the reasons why is what Appi refers to as "Best Snow Quality - Gifted Natural Environment" and the aspirin snow. Their description
Furano is best known for its fields of lavender and being the scene of the drama called "Kita no Kuni Kara" (From Northern Country) with its rustic stone and log house. Recently, the town of Furano has been making efforts to attract more foreigners to visit, and it seems to have been successful judging from the number of non Japanese that we saw on our trip. Asahikawa airport allows easy access (much faster than through Shin Chitose/Sapporo airport).
Shizukuishi was known in the past as the flagship of the Prince ski empire. It has the typical two mountain with interconnecting course/lift layout, similar to Furano. However, it's age is starting to show, as this gem from the Bubble Era is starting to fade.
The Prince Hotel is on the left side, the Mt. Takakura side which comprises the largest area and boasting a 101 person ropeway. On the right side, there is the Mt. Kotakakura side with a 6