Resort Reviews from May 2003

All of the Resort Reviews of Japanese ski and snowboard resorts. Currently 7 reviews.
Zao Onsen
蔵王温泉
Yamagata City, Yamagata
Submitted by andrewl on 30th May 2003
Zao Onsen review by Chris
Admittedly I'm totally biased, but Zao was a serious chore for snowboarders although I heard no complaints from my skier friends. \r\n\r\nIt was my first time there, and two things kept entering my mind:

1) I have NEVER pulled my map out that much before to figure out where I was, 2) I was taking off my board and walking FAR TOO MUCH for Zao Onsen to ever be considered boarder-friendly.

The tree area between the left and right side of
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Tazawako
たざわ湖
Semboku City, Akita
Submitted by andrewl on 30th May 2003
Tazawako review by Chris
One of the most pleasant resorts I've yet been to here in Japan.

You can easily scream through the whole mountain in half a day, but take your time. The snow quality was excellent, and snicker snicker jump the fence into the out of bounds on the far left and rights whenever possible.

Watch out for sink holes though. It's worth it. Right next door to Tazawako is Asseru Skijo - don't bother, it's for beginners.
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Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park
Hakuba47ウインタースポーツパーク
Hakuba Village, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 30th May 2003
Hakuba 47 review by Chris
Out of all the mountains in the Hakuba Valley, I maintain that this one is the most suitable for boarders.

Happo One was painful except for delving into avalanche territory! But Hakuba 47 has got it all, combined with Goryu Tomii of course - can't separate one from the other.

Mixed terrain, lots of trees (too close together to navigate through, however - you have to go to Hokkaido for that) and wonderful unexpected surprises that really test your abilities
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Iwappara
岩原
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 5th May 2003
Iwappara review (submitted before 2003)
Great resort for beginners and intermediates visiting Yuzawa. Long wide runs in the middle of the resort on an impressive looking long slope of mountain.

Moguls and challenge for those looking for something more difficult at the top. Spectacular views looking south towards Tenjindaira and Gunma from the top.

Really like this place. Will be going back soon.
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Osorakan Snow Park
恐羅漢スノーパーク
Akiota Town, Hiroshima
Submitted by andrewl on 3rd May 2003
Osorakan Snow Park
Osorakan is famous for being half owned and operated by the Government of Japan (Kokuritsu Ski jyou) and one of the original ski areas in Hiroshima.

That said, it is old school as far as access, lifts (no high speed), main lodge and food as mentioned by a previous poster.

Osorakan has ONLY two saving graces. When the snow sucks everywhere else in Western Japan, because of little or no natural snow, you will find more of it here. Why?
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Asahi Tengston Snow Park
アサヒテングストンスノーパーク
Hamada City, Shimane
Submitted by andrewl on 3rd May 2003
Asahi Tengston review by Ichiro
The good news first.

Ten Stones is just a little farther inland from the Mizuho Interchange (same as for Mizuho Highland Area), so it is a alternative change of pace for those bored with MH. An interesting over-nighter suggestion is staying at a hotel/log cabin facility located roughly half way between the two areas...one night, two days= two ski areas!

The base lodge is up to standard, amenities and food was B to B+. Yes, a gondola to the mid
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Kagura
かぐら
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 2nd May 2003
Kagura review by goff
Can't expect powder in May now can you?

This is a great place in season with super snow, but in May of course there is much less of that around - and more people searching for the remaining snow.

Better than I expected and good for a last go on the board before the summer arrives
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