Hokkaido ski and snowboard resort reviews

Reviews of ski resorts in Hokkaido. Currently 10 reviews.
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by mcarples on 30th January 2015
Great Snow
Hanazano was great fun!

Had powder both days we were there, and the gates opened both days too.

Excellent runs form the top via gates 3 and 4.

Bit crowded on the better of the powder mornings, so things tracked out quickly
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by kkk on 27th January 2015
Dry/wet spell
Niseko is excellent.... when the snow is great.

It needs those snow conditions though - more than other places, I think.

Let me explain.

Places like the 'other famous places' on Honshu have a lot to offer and it isn't just all about the snow. Steep terrain, lots of different resorts in a small area, not mad crazy cold temperatures, lots of cultural attractions nearby, monkeys soaking in onsen.... that kind of thing.

Niseko, I feel, is all about the snow...
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Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Niseko Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by rufinalai on 26th January 2015
Great Place for Snowboarding
There is a 5000m green ride for beginner and for them to spend a whole day there to practice.

The snow is soft and with fresh snow all the time.

The cafe locations are great for people to get rest there.
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Akaigawa Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by Sapporo on 24th January 2015
Great powder, great groomers, great sidecountry!!
After an up and down past few weeks (temperature wise) and a lack of fresh snow for a couple days, it was great to see a snow storm heading throughout Hokkaido the day before we headed to Kiroro!

The day before, there had been an avalanche and the road to Kiroro (Kenai-Toge...name of road and spelling could be a bit off?!) had been closed for around 7 hours. That road is pretty steep and has lots of hairpins and this morning
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Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort
Niseko Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by Sapporo on 14th January 2015
Powder Powder Powder
I went to Moiwa recently, on a Sunday when there had been 20cm's of snow and then again 2 days later when there had been 15cm's of snow. It was mind blowing! I went a few years ago for the first time and it was a windy, white-out kind of day, but I had fun accessing the tree lines and mellow runs from the back of the pair lift (lift B). But when I returned there recently and the weather
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Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Niseko Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by bkurobe on 14th January 2015
Great Pow!!
This is a pretty good mountain.

It gets a little crowded sometimes, but not like Hirafu.

Wide open slopes with pow staches all over the edges and throught the trails until afternoon.

The best part of this mountain is the access to the gates. When they open it rocks. Good tree runs, wide open bowls, full of knee to waist deep pow
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Nakagawa Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by rubbersoul9 on 13th January 2015
sapporo bankei
This was my first snow field I visited in Japan, had a great time.

It was very busy (mostly children).

I was unfortunate to lose my pass out of my pocket, the parks manager was nice enough to tell lift operater that I could go back up and try find it, as it was slightly windy I knew I had no chance, although when I couldn't find it manager gave me a new pass and I bought myself a pass holder.

Just want
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Asarigawa Onsen
Otaru City, Hokkaido
Submitted by rubbersoul9 on 13th January 2015
first japan powder
Had a great time at asari.

We were staying in Otaru and decided to take the bus up to Asari somehow got there on the bus (bus driver was very nice). Was lucky enough that there where some young skiers on the same bus and I could follow then to asari. it was couple minute walk from bus station

When I got there got the lift upto the top and was greeted with a run of fresh powder underneath the highest lift.
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Rusutsu Resort
Rusutsu Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by cody on 12th January 2015
Great powder and few people to share it with!
Rusutsu is an interesting place to visit and ski.

It is a relatively small area compared with Niseko, for example, but the lack of terrain is more than made up for by the powder which is more easily accessible than Niseko where you need to wait for the gate to open to the top of the mountain.

Outside of the resort Hotel and Towers, there is limited accommodation in Pension type B&B"s.

We stayed in Pension Lilla Huset which is located across the
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by tabaluka on 2nd January 2015
Powder Kingdom
This was my third year visiting Niseko and everytime I come here there is always something new to experience. I was lucky enough to win an all mountain day pass through the SnowJapan prize draw which I put to good use!


The mountain is split into 4 resorts from left to right: Annupuri, Niseko Village, Grand Hirafu and Hanazono. Purchasing an all mountain pass will allow you access to all 4 resorts.
There is also a smaller less frequented resort called Moiwa
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