Intriguing. Want to visit again under better conditions.
The second (and final) stop after Gassan on our Golden Week tour was Tengendai Kogen, in Yonezawa, Yamagata. The weather forecast for that day was... not so great. Wind and rain setting in. Was tempted to take in some historical sites instead, but the kid was adamant about trying somewhere new, even if the weather sucked. Doesn't take much to convince me, so off we went.
Went through Shirabu Onsen, to the base of the Tengendai Ropeway. Surprisingly small parking lot.
Visited Appi Kogen for the first time. Late March, following a snowfall; the weather changed during our stay from from winter to pure spring conditions.
The ski area is mostly arrayed around the peak of Maemoriyama. The main base area is at the bottom of the Central Gelaende, with the Sailer Gelaende to looker's left of that, and the Second Gelaende to the left of Sailer. To looker's right of the Central Gelaende is a single lift going up the adjacent
Took the drive through Tochigi on regular roads, past Shiobara Onsen, to Aizu Kogen Daikura. That part of southern Fukushima had always seemed hard to get to, but in fact it takes not much more time to reach than it does to get to the Bandai-area ski areas using the expressway.
Snowed constantly all day. Visibility sufficient for the most part, wind not as bad as predicted (though gusted occasionally), lots of fresh snow.
This review is for the last day of the season at Akakura and doesn't reflect on how it may be mid season.
I had a good day. It was May 6th and I was able to snowboard after staying the night at a wonderful hot spring hotel in neighboring Seki Onsen. The views of Mt. Myoko from both the bottom of the gondola and during the begging of the ride up were beautiful and made the trip worth it by
I went to Happo on May 2. It was a Friday, and ostensibly a weekday, but the last day before the four consecutive national holidays of Golden Week, so many more people from other parts of Japan than other weekdays in April. You can tell from the number plates of the parked cars.
It was sunny, and I went up at lunchtime. I had a free ticket, so thanks Snow Japan. Keep an eye on the forums if you'd like one