Resort Reviews from January 2004

All of the Resort Reviews of Japanese ski and snowboard resorts. Currently 79 reviews.
Joetsu Kokusai
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata
Submitted by andrewl on 30th January 2004
Joetsu Kokusai review by Kayoko
I went there 17th and 18th January 2004. The weather was fine, but the drive was tricky - the roads are too narrow in places to pass easily. But the Green Plaza hotel was great!

We spent a lot of time moving from one area to another, which was a pain. But it is a good ski area for families because there are many flat courses for children and beginners. But anyway, the resort is so big so it's
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GALA Yuzawa
Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by SWB on 30th January 2004
GALA Yuzawa review by simonwb
In terms of convenience and the packages available Gala is a great option. The ability to buy the full package with Shinkansen and lift tickets makes it a really easy way to get onto the mountain.

I have heard that becuse of this thought the place can get pretty packed. Every time I've been out there though we must have been lucky because there were never any long waits.

Gala is a great way to spend the day on the
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Marunuma Kogen
Katashina Village, Gunma
Submitted by andrewl on 30th January 2004
Marunuma Kogen review by Mie
I've been there 3 times this season from Tokyo. It is very far from the IC - about 1 hour from Numata IC.

But, the snow is good, it's quiet and not crowded on weekdays, and has many intermediate slopes.

It's my favourite resort!
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Sapporo Kokusai
Sapporo City, Hokkaido
Submitted by tsonda on 29th January 2004
Sapporo Kokusai review
It was one of my stops during an 8 day Christmas/Newyears trip to Hokkaido.

During that trip I tried Hakodatte-Nanae, Niseko-hirafu, and Sapporo-kokusai.

I must say that it was my favorite. Lots of fresh powder for everyone and not as much as crowded as Niseko.

I really liked the fact that the gondola takes you all the way to the top. The only problem is that the courses in general are a bit short.

The tempreture was around -5...But, that's Hokkaido!

The night course was
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Hakodate Nanae Snow Park
Nanae Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by tsonda on 29th January 2004
Hakodate Nanae Snow Park review
I was there only for one day. I was staying in Hakodate, which I mast say is a very pretty town, so I thought I'd try the local resort as well.

Well, as I mentioned before, Hakodate is a beautiful town, with many romantic places to visit if you go there with your girlfriend and the well known Hokkaido food!

I must say that there are more nice things to say about the city than the resort.

It is about 35km away, with
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Shizukuishi Town, Iwate
Submitted by firedog23 on 29th January 2004
Shizukuishi review by Deep Powder
This was the best time I have had snowboarding yet.

It snowed 30 cm in the 6 hours that we were there and was the best powder I have been in. It was a weekday so there were no crowds and nice long runs.

If you are looking for something more than the normal 4 near Misawa, drive the extra 40 minutes and find someplace great
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Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by springwind on 29th January 2004
Kagura review by springwind
This was my second trip coming here this season. Glad I timed it perfectly.

The previous day there was a heavy snow dumpage. After 50 minutes of lift ride finally made it to the upper slopes. Spent the entire morning in waist deep white bliss, up and down the the ungroomed Giant Course. The snow was so deep that in the early part of the morning many boarders were getting stranded (yours truly included) especially along the
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Semboku City, Akita
Submitted by andrewl on 29th January 2004
Tazawako review by alice
Probably the best all round resort in Akita Prefecture.

From adavanced runs that will challenge even the most advanced skier/snowboarders (Black mountain) to the wide gentle beginner slopes of Mizusawa.

Good facilities - including a ski/snowboard school with friendly instructors, good food, comfortable Lodge, plenty of accomodation options (with Onsens) and great scenery (the near by Lake Tazawa can be scene on a clear day).

What more could anyone want? (A board park....they have one don't worry)
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Yuzawa Town, Niigata
Submitted by coco-z on 29th January 2004
Kagura review by coco-z
For a Saturday, this resort was really not crowded at all.

They'd just gotten tons of snow, so the snow was soft on the groomed runs, with knee- or even waist-deep powder off-piste. I went on most of the runs once or twice each and that took most of the day. Some of the lifts are fairly slow, and there are a few flat places between Kagura and Tashiro, but overall the place is huge, with runs for just about every
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Kurobushi Kogen Snow Park Jangle Jungle
黒伏高原スノーパーク ジャングル・ジャングル
Higashine City, Yamagata
Submitted by akemitakada on 28th January 2004
Kurobushi Kogen Snow Park review by akemitakada
Jangle Jungle is very rider-friendly.

Although there are only two main quads, there are a number of runs to choose from so things stay interesting despite the size of the resort. Believe me, you will be far from bored!

We mostly stayed on the lift to the far left side (if you are facing the mountain). On a good day, plenty of powder can be found and the jumps and other novelties are well-placed and of varying levels. If jumps
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Kuma Ski Land
Kuma Kogen Town, Ehime
Submitted by andrewl on 28th January 2004
Kuma Ski Land review
We live in Ehime on Shikoku. Known for oranges and mikans. Around here this is as good as it gets. Mostly machine made snow. A couple good runs (for Ehime).

Good for families. Many onsens in Matsuyama (Dogo) for after skiing.

Been there numerous times with friends and family. Not a place they will ever have the Winter Olympics but still nice.

Can get crowded on Sunday's
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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by andrewl on 28th January 2004
Niseko Grand Hirafu review by Matt
Went up to Niseko for a couple of weeks 2 years ago expecting to be blown away by it. Was a bit disappointed by the reality but still had some awesome days in strawberries and off the peak.

The run off the peak is the best run but you have to hike it and there are usually ten thousand others trying the same thing so it gets tracked quite quickly. Also the inbounds terrain is really flat with short steep sections.
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Kurobushi Kogen Snow Park Jangle Jungle
黒伏高原スノーパーク ジャングル・ジャングル
Higashine City, Yamagata
Submitted by stashboard on 28th January 2004
Kurobushi Kogen Snow Park Jangle Jungle review by stashboard
For people snowboarding in the Sendai/Miyagi area, JJ is a great place that offers good snow, long runs, and modern high-speed lifts on a mountain reachable by normal (non-toll) roads.

It seems to be geared towards snowboarders and younger people in general and they've done a good job putting in jumps and other structures to keep things interesting.

Another big plus is the music they play over the PA system. Unlike the garbage played at other slopes, JJ does
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Myoko Suginohara
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by sean on 27th January 2004
Myoko Suginohara review by sean
This was the best powder I've ever carved through in my entire life.

We took a bus from Yokota AB (4hrs) and arrived just after they opened. There wasn't many people there and after getting our lift tickets we hopped on a gondola which takes up most of the way (10 min ride). We got off the lift and WOW! It was just spectacular.

There were a few clouds in the low lying areas and a crysal clear view
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Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park
Hakuba Village, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 26th January 2004
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park review by country
Awesome place, but not from what I seen too great for the beginner - but as far as everyone else, I would highly recomend it.

Great people and awesome views on a clear day.

Y'all have fun and make some tracks for me !!
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