Resort Reviews

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Madarao Mountain Resort
斑尾高原
Iiyama City, Nagano
Submitted by iiyamadude on 21st July 2018
Getting to be very popular
Madarao isn't the biggest ski-jo out there, so you might be surprised to see at just how popular it is becoming with the 'inbound' crowd.

The last few years have seen a noticeable increase in the number of foreigners out there and more than a few old accommodations being bought up by overseas money. From what I hear, that has only increased this year.

Madarao is one of my locals and I do like it and always have. The resort itself
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Hakuba Happo-one
白馬八方尾根
Hakuba Village, Nagano
Submitted by griller on 1st July 2018
A good season
I visited Happo-one three times this last 17-18 season.

Timing was good on each with at least good conditions from base to top.

Lots of vertical top-bottom here, and so even when conditions might not be perfect at base you can often enjoy really great snow on the upper areas of the resort. And from what I heard the season was generally pretty good and definitely better than 16-17.

When I went it was pretty busy and a fair "foreigner" presence. The
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Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma
星野リゾート 裏磐梯猫魔
Kita Shiobara Village, Fukushima
Submitted by fukdane on 29th June 2018
Some great snow and not busy
I went here on a free lift ticket that I had received. Lucky me!

And I was lucky with my choice of place and snow too.

Hardly anyone there on a weekday and my perfect timing landed me on the slopes with 30+cm of fresh snow and tons of untouched powder to play in.

It's not the biggest place out there, but the above more than made up for it.

On the impressive Bandai-san as well - the northern side in the region
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Lotte Arai Resort
ロッテアライリゾート
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by lin on 24th June 2018
Welcome back Arai!
It's great to see Arai back under the new name Lotte Arai Resort.

I just had to go to see how it had changed.

It's like a whole new place with beautiful new facilities... a very upscale feel (as are the prices).

Generally it's less for beginners and more for experienced skiers - beginners should not be getting up on the gondola.

I am guessing that next season there might be more for beginners around the base area. It certainly would make sense.

I'll be
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Lotte Arai Resort
ロッテアライリゾート
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by mina2 on 12th June 2018
The return of Arai
I was able to visit ARAI when it was open 10+ years back, then known as ARAI MOUNTAIN & SPA (if I remember correctly). I really liked the place, a spread out large mountain with excellent snow conditions and some really nice pots of powder to be found.

The facility lay quiet for a decade or so but last December re-opened after Lotte took over - and renamed it Lotte Arai Resort. Pretty exciting. I was stoked and really looking forward
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Kawaba
川場
Kawaba Village, Gunma
Submitted by xxx on 4th June 2018
Good snow, bigger than I thought it would be
I had read a few things about Kawaba - some people had noted how it was larger than they imagined, and for some reason I kind of ended up feeling that too.
Nice long lifts and if you keep to the quads, fast too.
It's a bit out of the way - well, 25 mins from Numata IC - but still pretty popular.
And I can see why.
Being high up, the snow quality was really good and... well, that's enough for
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Norn Minakami
ノルン水上
Minakami Town, Gunma
Submitted by xxx on 4th June 2018
Really good for "playing in the snow"
Not my first choice personally but I was quite pleased with Norn.
It's a fairly small ski hill and I had a good few hours on the uncrowded slopes.
The folks that I went with were really there for the "playing in the snow" gig... and Norn has a really big area for that kind of activity and seems to be popular for it.
Recommended for that.
It's also really easy to get to just 5 minutes from Minakami IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
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Grandeco Snow Resort
グランデコリゾート
Kita Shiobara Village, Fukushima
Submitted by ceekay on 5th March 2018
Great place to visit
We went to this resort as part of marketing promotion for westerners as other Asian nations no longer go there due to its location (Fukushima prefecture). This is a very Japanese style resort. In fact since I first skied in Japan 12 years ago, this resort has the least amount of non Japanese skiers. Spotting a westerner is a rare event.

What the Chinese and Koreans who used to come and the westerners, who haven't fount it yet, for us was
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Fujiten Snow Resort
ふじてんスノーリゾート
Narusawa Village, Yamanashi
Submitted by jabennett92 on 27th February 2018
Good conditions this week
I enjoy taking my young kids to Fujiten.

It is a short trip, and an easy drive for a day trip for our family without having to worry about chains. It is an easy drive.

I can just let my kids go and they have the run of the place.

This is a beginners hill, and I am just happy that my kids have fun. They love it and it is always nice to look up and see
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Ninox Snow Park
ニノックススノーパーク
Shibata City, Niigata
Submitted by cliffy1995 on 13th February 2018
Heaven Denied
Probably over 1 meter of fresh powder during last night's snowfall.

Too much for the staff to handle so top half of the resort was closed.

Recommend never going on a weekday if it snows 'excessively.' Expect staff to look at you if you're nuts for asking why lifts are not open.
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Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai
アルツ磐梯
Bandai Town, Fukushima
Submitted by Katya.j on 4th February 2018
Fun small resort for 1 days riding.
Resort is quite small but with great terrain. Lots of tree runs, trees aren't too close together too!

Green run from gondola - very flat - not fun on a board!

Foreign passports gets you cheaper ski pass - 3500 yen. Bus is 1000 yen each way from Koriyama - not free as stated! It runs 3 times a day and is a 1.5 hour trip.

One main place to eat with a few food vans outside - small and simple but
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Myoko Suginohara
妙高杉ノ原
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by jimmyb on 2nd January 2018
It's getting good!
Suginohara has long runs (especially good for boarders apparently, since they don't have to buckle and unbuckle as much) and cold snow conditions. The gondola is expensive so buy a day ticket or 4-hour ticket (which I did) rather than the individual tickets for each lift. Look online at their website for deals on lift tickets with meals or drinks, etc. They might be slightly better. Lovely views (on a sunny day) of the Northern Alps in the distance and
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Geto Kogen
夏油高原
Kitakami Town, Iwate
Submitted by XR89 on 27th November 2017
Pre-season jaunt to Geto Kogen (100cm of fresh pow in November!)
So this was my second visit to Geto Kogen (GK) and both times I have been greeted with over knee deep powder.

Outside of Hokkaido resorts GK gets some of the highest levels of snowfall in Japan and you won't be disappointed.

There are several tree runs (which unfortunately were not open when I went in November) with three more opening this season. Yet to get that beautiful powder you don't even need to venture off the piste, just head to the
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Rusutsu Resort
ルスツリゾート
Rusutsu Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by lonepeak on 3rd November 2017
Fun in the trees
Final day of a week in Hokkaido with my sons. This was my 2nd time to Rusutsu and it again did not disappoint. The snow depth seemed a bit less than Niseko but was still fun. My boys liked it a lot as well. Best part is skiing the trees then dumping out on to a groomer to get back to a lift - no hiking required
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Kiroro
キロロスノーワールド
Akaigawa Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by lonepeak on 3rd November 2017
Powder real deep but slope not steep
We day tripped from Niseko, signed up for the off-piste "no hike" side country area, then waded through thigh deep snow in the trees. The snow seemed a slight bit heavy which made it difficult to move downhill at times since the terrain was not very steep. It was bitterly cold as well with wind so we had to warm up every few runs. I would like to catch a rare good weather day following snow which
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