I am an intermediate level snowboarder. I have been to all major resorts in Japan except Furano, and to some minor ones.
There is absolutely no reason for anyone to visit Asama2000 in my opinion. Not even beginners. Be warned: this is a small resort that obviously does not get a lot of natural snow - they have snow machines all over the place. Nevertheless, the longest run (900 meters) was not serviced by the snow makers and
Asama 2000 is a small resort located about 40 minutes from the Komoro Interchange in southeast Nagano. As it's name suggests, it's located at around 2000m above sea level, making it as high as the very top of Happo-One, for example. This keeps the temperature down and makes for very good snow conditions.
There was fresh snow the day I went (Jan 4 2002) and it was on a par with anywhere else I've been (Hakuba, Niseko, Shiga). However it is