Arrived at 10am and it was busy but not packed like other resorts.
Me and wife were there to get some skill training for snowboarding. The snow and slopes were excellent. Soft powder and well groomed. no Ice at all. It was busy but very short lines and everyone was having fun. good mix of snowboarders, skiiers and families. We enjoyed it so much we are going back next weekend. The conditions
I went by myself on a day trip starting from Yokosuka (south of Tokyo), and it took about 5 hours to get there and 5 hours to get back. Going by train from Yokosuka costs about 7500Y each way, assuming you use the buses to get to the mountain from Jomo Kogen shinkansen station. You have to take the bus from Jomo Kogen to Minakami station (600Y) and then from Minakami right to the mountain(440Y). Alternately, a taxi ride
Third time to this resort and got to see some kamoshika (it's a Japanese serow goat) this time while riding the lifts.
I had the opportunity to run each course at least once this time (two blacks were closed though).
Gave it a 4 because of "all things considered" on this trip with equal amounts of "PROS" as well as "CONS" (see below). No, it's not backcountry, it's a Japanese resort; so I'm scoring it like that. (If you're an